The Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of so many important library programs. To find out details about any specific program, please contact the Beaverton City Library . If you would like to support a particular program, please write the name of the program on your donation form or check. Remember, all donations are tax deductible and 100% of contributions go towards supporting the our fabulous library.
As you read through the below list, please think of the children whose lives are touched and consider donating to your city library (no amount is too small).
Summer Reading Program:
Studies have consistently shown that during the summer months, kids can lose up to 30% of their reading comprehension and cause teachers to spend the first months of the new year essentially trying to catch up where the kids left off. Our Summer Reading Program effectively eliminates this ‘backsliding’ and jumpstarts our kids to the head of the pack. It's a wonderfully fun program that kids look forward to all summer long.
As this program's main sponsor, we are able to help over 5000 children and teens keep reading skills over the critical summer months when school is out.
Creativity and critical thinking are important skills for today's youth. By sponsoring events such as art, poetry and essay contests, we hope to encourage kids by rewarding them for excelling in this area.
From collections to furniture, office supplies to technical equipment, the Foundation prides itself in meeting whatever need the library may have while at the same time enhancing the library's appearance and use.
The Beaverton City Library continually needs to purchase equipment and supplies. Items such as new printers, additional bookshelves, and patron supplies are all vital to the day-to-day operations of the library, but rarely receive the attention and funding they require. Your donation to “Library Choice” will go toward these critical needs.
This series of speakers on various topics of interest is popular to both students and adults. In the past fall we had three wonderful Chautauqua programs including Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada. We were also happy to sponsor the Indian Community Cultural program.
Early Literacy Program:
There is no greater need than to have our children ready to read by the time they enter school. The library offers important programs such as Story Time, designed to instill a love of books and reading at an early age. Help us support these great early reading programs!
There is always a need to add books, CDs and other materials to the library’s collections. With your support you can designate a subject area that is important to you!
All of the library’s story times are designed to instill the love of books and reading in kids at an early age. Storytellers model excellent book presentation and interaction with kids and introduce families to high quality children’s literature.
The Library offers nine sessions of Story Time per week for kids of all age groups, with a total weekly attendance of over 250. Story times are presented by trained professional librarians. The “Spanish Storytime” is presented by a contracted storyteller, with fees (about $2,100 per year) covered by a portion of our Ready to Read Grant which we receive from the Oregon State Library.
Babies & Books
Two sessions of “Babies & Books” feature short stories, songs, and finger plays for ages 9-24 months. Each session ends with a “playtime,” where kids can explore age appropriate toys, books, and each other.
The library offers three sessions of “Toddler Time,” where ages 2 through 3.5 enjoy picture books, songs, and other activities just right for those enthusiastic toddlers.
Preschool Story Time:
Two sessions of “Preschool Story Time” include excellent picture book stories for ages 3.5 – 6 years, as well as a creative craft project at the end of each session.
Evening Story Time:
Aimed at a wider age range, ages 3 through 8, this features stories and puppetry. It is offered in the evening so that families with working parents can attend.
Spanish Story Time:
For all ages and held on Saturday afternoons. It includes songs and stories in Spanish.
Every Child Ready to Read:
A national program developed by the Public Library Association and the American Library Association to help libraries address early literacy. Early literacy is defined as “what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write.” Two key activities libraries can engage in to further early literacy are (1) infusing existing programs, such as story times, with elements of early literacy, and (2) developing new programs, such as classes for parents and caregivers, to share information about early literacy.
Library on Wheels:
The library visits over 50 daycare centers through the Library on Wheels program. Librarians drop off library books and read stories to the kids which is an essential step towards kindergarten preparation.
Computers in the Young Adult Room are of varying age, quality, and capability. The library would like to have high quality, up-to-date computers at all of the stations. Teens are especially aware of technology and providing good equipment can be a strong draw to the library.
Books on CD:
Collections can always use support. Books on CD are just one area that needs “beefing up”. As with any collection donation, the library will place an acknowledgement plaque somewhere on the item. Plus, with a donation of $1,000 the donor’s name will go on the donor plaque. We can also acknowledge donors with an article in the “Your City” newsletter. Another incentive is that WCCLS will match our collection expenditures dollar for dollar.