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Message from the Chief Executive Officer

February, 2024

Dear Friends of the Library Foundation,

One of our most important efforts is to fund literacy programs for both children and adults. Seasonal reading programs, such as our “Where We Come From” Winter Reading Challenge, is just one example.

Another impactful program is Let’s Read - a literacy program fueled by providing 3,000 books each school year to children living in some of the most economically challenged areas of the city. Established in 2003 by the staff at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach and funded through the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, the program encourages a passion for reading by taking weekly story time into the classrooms of four academically struggling Title 1 elementary schools and pre-schools. Let’s Read brings great books and adult mentors into classrooms each week to help children in preschool through second grade develop a love of reading and discover libraries.

During the school year, Let’s Read volunteers share stories and rhymes, distribute library cards, encourage library use, and support reading at home. Each week, approximately 1,000 children are reached by the Let’s Read program. Three times during the academic year, every child in the participating classrooms receives a gift book to build their own home library that can be shared with siblings!

How can you help? Please donate today to support Let’s Read and promote literacy. Let’s join together to change the statistics of only 40% of our young people having become proficient readers by the third grade.

All my best,

Dean W. Dimke
Chief Executive Officer
West Palm Beach Library Foundation

Phone: 561-868-7793
Email: ddimke@wpbcitylibrary.org

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