News and Events
December 1, 2020
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. We are participating in Giving Tuesday for the first time, and are excited to join this global generosity movement.
Donate today to help transform our communities in Yolo County.
YCLF Board Chair, Sharon Hallberg, to be Honored at National Philanthropy Day Event
November 17, 2020
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
YCLF 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 Sakai Joins YCLF Board
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
Ben 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.