This Foundation supports the Reach Out and Read, Tutor.com, and Solano Kids Read, primary programs of the Solano County Library.
The mission of the Solano County Library Foundation is to support the programs of the Solano County Library, literacy, and lifelong learning of the community it serves.
Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. At every Well Child Visit from birth through a child’s fifth year, doctors and nurse practitioners provide tips and techniques for reading with young children, the life-long benefits for doing so, along with an age and culturally-appropriate book to take home. Currently, there are 73 medical providers participating in Reach Out and Read at 13 local clinics in Solano County
Tutor.com combines live online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation with highly qualified tutors in a variety of subjects from algebra, calculus, and statistics to English, chemistry, and physics. Every session is one-to-one and personalized to the student’s subject and questions. Students access this free site using their Solano County Library card number via the Solano County Library website.
Our program, Reach Out and Read, which gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together, handed out over 19,730 books in 2018. We celebrated a milestone this year of having supplied 250,000 books since the program’s inception in 1999.
Our program, Tutor.com, which combines live online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation with highly qualified tutors in a variety of subjects from algebra, calculus, and statistics to English, chemistry, and physics, provided over 7,000 tutoring sessions in 2018.
1. Increase the number of medical providers in Reach Out and Read (ROAR) local clinics. Then subsequently increase the number of books that would be needed to distribute to each child at the Well Child Visits in 2020. The cost of books will increase proportionally to the added number of children being served. A budget increase of $5,000 would potentially cover the cost of added books. The budget for 2019 was $36,500 and we are currently under budget.
2. The goal for Tutor.com in 2020 is to provide free tutorial services to a minimum of 10,000 students. Thus, we plan to increase our 2020 Tutor.com budget by $2,000, an increase of 50%.
In addition, our esteemed Board member and local philanthropist, Dr. Ash Varma, has again donated $15,000 to be matched by other donated funds.