Yolo County Library Foundation

News and Events

YCLF Welcomes Lisa A. Baker to its Board of Directors
November 2021

Lisa A. Baker is both a consultant, and a housing and community development professional, helping state/local governments and nonprofit entities create access to affordable housing, improved economic opportunity and more equitable outcomes for constituents.

Lisa currently works as a consultant, both for CP HR Consulting, as well as for the firm of Lisa A. Baker Consulting and serves as a contract trainer for local agencies through the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). She is the former CEO for the Housing Authority of the County of Yolo, where she served for 14 years.

She is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and completed both her B.A. and M.A. at UCD.

Lisa believes that early emphasis on literacy and on a good, well rounded, education are the building blocks for future success in life and that libraries are a foundational key to achieving this.


Yolo County Library Foundation Prioritizes Early Literacy in 2021
November 2021

As a volunteer-run organization, 100% of donations and grants are used to support YCLF’s top funding priority – early literacy. The National Commission on Reading states, “the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.”

In 2021, YCLF:

  • Purchased 2,400 children’s books that were distributed during Yolo County Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program.
  • Purchased 1,125 books that were distributed by Yolo County Library staff to children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
  • Funded an eBook and eAudiobook collection specifically for children for the Yolo County Library.
  • Funded a 3-year subscription to the Tumblebook Library, a database of children’s eBooks that has over 1,100 titles for grades K-6, which have been used over 4,000 times by children in four local school districts.


Yolo Community Foundation’s Grantee Spotlight:
Yolo County Library Foundation
August 2021

One of Yolo Community Foundation’s Buck Education Grant recipients in 2020 was YCLF. 

What did the Buck Education Grant from the Yolo Community Foundation enable you to accomplish? YCLF was awarded $3,000 from the Yolo Community Foundation’s Buck Education Grant, as well as $1,000 each from YCF’s Stallard Family Fund and Hewitt Family Fund, to support Yolo County Library’s early literacy efforts. These funds, along with a $10,000 grant from YCLF, were used by the Yolo County Library to purchase a three-year subscription to the Tumblebook Library.

The Tumblebook Library is a curated database of children’s eBooks that has over 1,100 titles for grades K-6, and includes animated, talking picture books, audiobooks, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, nonfiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish. Parents, caregivers and children have 24/7 access to Tumblebooks from their phones, tablets and computers at home. This digital content is age appropriate, interactive, entertaining, bilingual and educational.

Yolo County Library partnered with four local school districts to promote and provide access to Tumblebooks.  Since purchasing the subscription in December 2020, the Tumblebook Library has been used more than 3,000 times, including 866 times by students in the Esparto Unified School District and 1,209 times by students in the Davis Joint Unified School District.

One learning specialist noted: “I use Tumblebooks for struggling readers, as well as a fun engaging activity for good readers who are at times reluctant to read. During silent reading times I make Tumblebooks available so students with reading challenges can select the same books all their friends are reading and read along with the audio feature. Audiobooks like Tumblebooks help students improve word recognition, decoding skills, and vocabulary, while modeling fluent oral reading. To improve a student’s decoding skills and sight word recognition, it is helpful if a student can see which word is being read as they listen and follow along.”


2021 Big Day of Giving

YCLF raised $8,869 during the 2021 Big Day of Giving
May 6, 2021

100% of our Board of Directors donated to our 2021 Big Day of Giving efforts.  In addition, we have received three matching gifts totaling $4,000 from:  Chan Family Fund, Stephens DeWall Family Fund, and the Wide, Wide World Fund. Overall, we received contributions from 47 donors totaling $8,869! These funds will be used to purchase and distribute free books to children so they can read at home.  THANKS for your support!


Yolo County Library Foundation
Supports Digital eBook Collection for Children and Youth
March 9, 2021

Yolo County Library is now offering popular eBooks and eAudiobooks which are immediately available without waiting. You can see each day’s selection by visiting Yolo County Library’s Overdrive collection on the Library’s website or through the Libby app.

The digital Lucky Day collection was made possible, in part, with the generous support from the Yolo County Library Foundation.


Yolo County Library Foundation
Strengthens Family and Youth Reading Programs
March 6, 2021

Contact: Mark Fink

The Yolo County Library Foundation (YCLF), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is proud to announce a $15,000 gift to the Yolo County Library to advance its mission to “provide access for all to ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire.”  The gift reflects YCLF’s commitment to strengthening family and early literacy in Yolo County and, in turn, building community resilience.

A portion of the YCLF gift will be used to purchase eBooks for youth and teens to enhance the Library’s “Lucky Day” collection, which provides instant access to digital versions of current popular reading materials. The remainder of the gift will go to purchase books that will be distributed to families with young children in Yolo County.  The gifts are part of a broader YCLF goal to ensure that every child reads at grade level by 3rd grade in Yolo County.  Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink believes that these concerted efforts will yield generational results. “Parents and caregivers are their children’s first teachers,” Fink noted, “and by providing free, high-quality, age-appropriate books and early literacy tips, we can help them model positive reading behavior for their children and make learning to read a fun family activity.”

This donation supplements an earlier gift YCLF made to the Yolo County Library to fund a three-year subscription to the TumbleBooks Library. The TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s eBooks that has over 1,100 titles for grades K-6, and includes animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, nonfiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish. Additional funding for this digital literacy resource was received from the Buck Education Grant from the Yolo Community Foundation, the Meg and Tom Stallard and Bret Hewitt Donor Advised Funds.


Yolo County Library Foundation Thanks Our 2020 Donors
January 2021

In 2020 Yolo County Library received donations from 93 individuals, families and charitable organizations. Every penny donated will be used to provide direct support for Yolo County Library’s early literacy efforts.


Yolo County Library Foundation
2020 Year End Giving Campaign
December 31, 2020

In this challenging year, there have been some wonderful surprises.  The Yolo County Library Foundation organized its first Year End Giving Campaign. Board members reached out to community members and stakeholders and asked them to help fund the Yolo County Library’s efforts to better prepare children to read at grade level when then they enter kindergarten.  The campaign raised $8,350, and we want to thank our generous donors.


Shyam Shinde Memorial Fund
December 2020

Mr. Shinde’s family established the Shyam Shinde Memorial Fund to honor his love of reading, and his weekly visits to the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library.  Donated funds will be used to purchase books that will be distributed to local families to establish literacy-rich learning environments in their homes.


Giving Tuesday
December 1, 2020

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. We participated in Giving Tuesday for the first time on December 1, 2020 and raised $2,012.56.  Thank you to our generous donors!


YCLF Board Chair, Sharon Hallberg, to be Honored at National Philanthropy Day Event
November 17, 2020

Image of Sharon Hallberg, YCLF Board Chair

Sharon Hallberg, YCLF Board Chair, will be recognized for her five decades of advocacy for library services in Yolo County on National Philanthropy Day, November 17th.  The event is being presented by the Yolo Community Foundation.

In addition to serving at the Board Chair of the Yolo County Library Foundation, Sharon chairs the Yolo County Library Advisory Board.  Sharon represents the City of Davis on the Yolo County Library Advisory Board, a position she has held for three decades.

Sharon served as a teacher-librarian at Davis High School for 35 years, and advocates frequently on behalf of the Friends of the Davis Public Library, the Friends of the Yolo Branch Library, and for the enhancement of library services throughout Yolo County.

On November 17, 2020, Yolo Community Foundation is hosting a virtual program featuring a State of the Nonprofit Sector presentation with updates on the health of Yolo County’s organizations, as well as a celebration of volunteers and donors, including Sharon, who made a significant impact this year.

Register for this event and join us to honor Sharon’s work supporting Yolo County library services.


Yolo County Library Foundation Receives Buck Education Grant to Support Early Literacy
October 2020

TumbleBooks for KidsYCLF has been awarded $3,000 from the Yolo Community Foundation’s Buck Education Grant, as well as $1,000 each from the Meg and Tom Stallard and Bret Hewitt Donor Advised Funds to support early literacy in Yolo County.

With grant and matching funds from YCLF, the Yolo County Library will provide all parents, caregivers and children who have library cards with 24/7 access to Tumblebooks, an online tool they can access from their phones, tablets and computers at home. This digital content is age appropriate, interactive, entertaining, bilingual and educational.


Joy SakaiJoy Sakai Joins YCLF Board
October 2020

Joy Sakai is a native Californian, who from an early age, was a lover of books, libraries and reading. Joy and her husband are graduates of UCSF College of Pharmacy. Early in her career as a clinical pharmacist, Joy and her young family relocated to Visalia, California, where she became a volunteer librarian in her children’s school.  

In 1989, with four friends, Joy founded Read for Life, a family based literacy program that continues to serve families in Tulare County. Joy remains dedicated to promoting reading, singing, and talking to babies beginning at birth, as the best way to ensure that children are ready for school. 

Joy has served as a member of the Visalia Unified School District Board of Trustees, Visalia Education Foundation Board, Visalia County Center Rotary Board, and served as President and board member of Read for Life. She developed the pharmacy technician training program at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and has published two textbooks for pharmacy technicians. Since moving to Yolo County in 2016, she served as a CASA for Yolo County and is a Yolo County Master Gardener. 

Regarding her decision to join the Board, Joy notes, “YCLF is committed to promoting early literacy. Since that has been my passion for 30 years, it was a perfect fit.” 


Ben Cadranel joins YCLF Board
September 2020

Ben CadranelBen Cadranel is an attorney with Young, Cohen, Durrett, LLP in Sacramento, serving the needs of the Sacramento and California business community.

Ben has also worked for Woodland Community College, U.C. Davis, and Cascade Corporate Management. Ben earned a Doctor of Law in International Law and Legal Studies from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, and is an alumni of U.C. Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature. 

In his professional and philanthropic roles, Ben helps entrepreneurs and nonprofits achieve their fundraising needs through private placements, public/private strategic partnerships, grant writing, and philanthropy case plans.  Ben has advised on a nationally recognized partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of America and Major League Baseball on behalf of Now Performance. Ben wrote (and won) a $190,000 grant with the City of Sacramento in partnership with the Greater Sacramento Urban League for a student animated film project on behalf of Animation Intern Education. He also authored a $150,000 grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation on behalf of the California Summer School for Math and Sciences.

Upon his appointment to the YCLF Board, Ben noted, “the Library is a critical public asset in Yolo County residents. We cannot invest in literacy soon or often enough, and this is part of my investment and commitment to our community.


Yolo County Library Summer Reading Program
May 18, 2020 – August 28, 2020

We provided financial support for the Summer Reading Program by funding Yolo County Library’s subscription to Beanstack, an online tool that allows readers of all ages to track reading time.


Big Day of Giving
May 7, 2020

On May 7, 2020, we participated in Big Day of Giving, hosted by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. YCLF was part of the community-wide effort that raised $12 million for local nonprofits.

Thirty-four donors contributed $5,681 to our organization, including matching gifts from the Chan Family Fund, the Stephens DeWall Family Fund and the Wide, Wide World Fund.


Yolo County Library’s Winter Reading Program
January 1-31, 2020

We sponsored Yolo County Library’s first Winter Reading Program. Participants read for more than 5,000 hours and took part in over 300 library activities.

Readers used Beanstack, a web, and mobile application to track self-directed reading and activities while earning badges and prizes along the way.


Yolo County Library Foundation Launch Celebration
May 1, 2019


From left: James Fallows, Mary L. Stephens DeWall, Deb Fallows, Camille Chan, Sharon Hallberg, Chris Crist, Sally Brown, Mark Fink, Lynnel Pollock

On May 1, 2019, we held our Launch Celebration in Winters, California. Featured authors James and Deb Fallows were on hand to talk about their book, Our Towns: A journey into the heart of America, which included a chapter on Winters.The sold out event was held at the Palms Playhouse in downtown Winters. More than 150 guests enjoyed catered food from the Buckhorn Steakhouse, and took home signed copies of the authors’ book.