Join us in supporting the Friends of Manitowoc Public Library on Giving Tuesday! This year, the Friends will be experiencing a significant revenue shortfall due to the need to cancel their book sales. These book sales enable the Friends to support our Summer Reading Program. Without those revenues, it’s more difficult to support one of the cornerstone activities that bring families together to celebrate literacy and prevent the Summer Slide. This is your chance to make up the difference. Give what you can, whether it’s $5 or $50. Every bit helps!
The benefits of the Summer Reading Program impact so many in our community —from the youngest picture book enthusiast to the most seasoned reader. It combines a love of reading with informative, fun programming with spectacular results. In 2019, before the onset of the pandemic, nearly 3,000 people participated in the Summer Reading Program and the program Finale—the Summer Carnival—drew more than 4,000 attendees. More importantly, we’ve discovered that the Summer Reading Program directly impacts students in the Manitowoc community. A small study of our 2019 Summer Reading Program participants revealed that those who participated in the program performed better in the fall semester on standardized tests in comparison to their peers. With all the disruptions to learning that our children have faced in the last year, the Summer Reading Program serves a more important role than ever.
Your donation has the potential to make a big impact this year and for years to come in the lives of children in our community. The gift of literacy is the greatest gift! Donating is easy. Just donate via the Friends of Manitowoc Public Library’s PayPal account button below, or by mailing a check to the Friends of Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220. Earmark your donation for “Giving Tuesday.”