Join us as we inspire the joy of reading

Enriching our community through literacy

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Our Work

Our support is focused on the areas of success in schools, the workplace and communities.

Early Childhood


Lifelong Learning

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Our Mission

The mission of the Library and Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County is to support programs in our communities that foster literacy and promote the power of reading to enrich lives.

Be a Literacy Hero - Donate Today!

Your donation, big or small, amplifies the reach of our programs. Together, we can bridge the literacy gap and create a brighter future for our community. Thank you for being the spark that ignites a love for reading!


Discover the impact of literacy! In San Joaquin County, a whopping 52% of residents read below a 3rd-grade level—putting things in perspective, even prescription medicine infomation hits a 6th-grade reading level. That’s a big deal! Poor literacy costs us a staggering $73 billion a year in unnecessary healthcare expenses, and businesses splash out $600 million on employees lacking basic skills.

Think about it: General Motors tossed $25 million into remedial education, while the military chips in $70 million annually for basic skills training. And those basic job applications? They’re on a 9th-grade reading level.

Now, picture not being able to fill out a job app or read a prescription bottle for your kiddo. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for over half of our community.

Reading isn’t just a skill; it’s the key to a successful life. Your support can change lives! Your donation to the Library & Literacy Foundation fuels crucial programs, helping folks tackle literacy challenges. Let’s give the gift of reading—donate today and be a literacy hero!

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