We want to support a culture of reading at the elementary and middle school levels specifically. We work directly with the school in greatest need of resources (i.e. schools in high poverty areas) so we can make the most significant impact with at-risk students. We want to see circulation rates up, more students reading at grade-level and fresh collections that represent excellent writing and diverse topics and authors.
-We provide grants directly to librarians for them to select the books they need. We don't micro-manage their selections.
-We partner with local, independent bookstores so that money stays in our local communities.
-We build relationships with schools over time and aim to fund the schools year-after-year.
-We establish and apply consistent grantmaking criteria so that schools know how to be eligible and how to apply for funds.
-We encourage applications for author visits, in addition to book grants.
-We also partner directly with large community library systems on Reading Challenge programs that involve multiple schools
We are celebrating 30 years as a nonprofit organization in 2019. We keep our mission focused on serving the schools that need our resources the most and stay tuned into our core mission.
Our all-volunteer board includes directors with expertise in children's literature, school library operations, writing, data and information systems, finance and marketing.
-We assess the age and size of the collections at the schools we partner with, in addition to their annual circulation.
-We assess metrics associated with Reading Challenge programs (e.g. number of participating schools and students, geographic reach, number of new schools joining).
-We assess if schools eligible for our grants know about us and are applying for grants consistently.
-We evaluate new donors each year,
The schools we support are making progress toward collections that represent their student populations. Older books are being replaced with new titles. Circulation is up in schools where we can make investments are made year-after-year.
The annual Reading Challenge events at Seattle Public Libraries and Sno-Isle Libraries are growing. Each year, as more teams are participating, the benefits inside the classroom escalate as well.