Posted on December 20, 2016
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The Library and Literacy Foundation was featured in The Record newspaper in a special section highlighting nonprofit organizations this holiday season. Here is the article that ran December 14, 2016.
Library and Literacy Foundation: Promoting Literacy, General Welfare
The Library and Literacy Foundation of San Joaquin County was incorporated in August 1990, as a nonprofit public benefit corporation, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The specific purpose of the Foundation was “to support and assist the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library with its Adult Literacy Campaign.” The library’s adult literacy program began in 1985 with government funds, and the amount of government funding was gradually reduced to $0 in 1990.
The Foundation’s early focus was on raising funds to support the adult literacy program. In 1992, the Foundation held its first fundraising event, The Trivia Bee. Since then, The Trivia Bee has been held annually with the 2017 Bee, “The ’80s,” scheduled for this coming spring.
In 2000, the Foundation updated its bylaws and changed its name to The Library and Literacy Foundation of San Joaquin County. The purpose of the Foundation also changed to “Promote literacy and the general welfare of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library system,” to reflect the broader purpose of the foundation.
Mission: The mission of the Library and Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County is to support programs in our communities that foster literacy and promote the power of reading to enrich lives.