WHERE WE ARE GOING:
Foundation Priority Projects 2014-2018
Life in the future of this region will be very different from the past. Library roles and resources are shifting to keep pace with changes in customer interests, learning modalities and economic opportunities. Over the next five years, the Library Foundation will attract investment in priority service innovations and collaboration that make an impact on reading, learning and achievement in our community.
Exposure to early literacy activities and reading directly relates to school performance, the ability to learn, and even high-school graduation rates. The Foundation will engage in high impact, collaborative initiatives with other pre-Kindergarten community partners, contributing library resources and expertise in early literacy training and helping families and caregivers create rich early literacy activities and environments that lead to school readiness and measurable success.
Learning at the TechArt Studio
Videos, graphics, video games, digital photography and music are today's tools for expression, learning and employment. New and innovative TechArt Studio programs improve school performance and employment prospects by connecting local youth with new technology, mentors and employers. Teens produce their own work or collaborate with peers. This service innovation is being launched with support from local partners and national foundations.
We're expanding neighborhood-based homework help in response to high demand from students and parents. Now in eight branches, this project will grow new locations and impact. Certified teachers, who will align the program with local curriculum standards, will be hired engaged to supplement the current corps of student homework help tutors from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Education.
Success in times of profound change requires continuous learning and adaptation. The Foundation is cultivating new partnerships and investment in library learning opportunities for all residents in our region. Some highlights include English language instruction, meet-ups for business owners and job seekers and other learning activities that help people reset and align with new conditions.
Engage the Community
An active corps of volunteers has helped the Library District stretch resources in hard times, at the same time volunteers have learned more about the community and enjoyed an active civic life. The Foundation oversees the activities of between 350 and 450 Library District volunteers at any one time that together provide over 41,000 hours of time, talent and customer service each year.