About Us

Enriching our community through literacy and reading

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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.

Board Members

Frances Richardson headshot

Frances Richardson


Michiko Soto headshot

Michiko Soto

Vice President

Moses Zapien headshot

Moses Zapien


Anna Sass


Folly Ashaolu

Board Member

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Aleena Contreras

Board Member

About Us

The Library and Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County was incorporated in 1990 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in response to the specific need to fully fund the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program. The Foundation has since expanded to support family and community literacy programs and assist with sustaining the Library’s book budget.

Our History

The Library Literacy Foundation of San Joaquin County was incorporated in August of 1990, as a nonprofit public benefit corporation, under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The specific purpose of the Foundation was “to support and assist the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library with its Adult Literacy Campaign”. The library’s adult literacy program began in 1985 with government funds and the amount of government funding was gradually reduced to $0 in 1990.  The Foundation’s early focus was on raising funds to support the adult literacy program.

In 1992, the Foundation held its first fundraising event, The Trivia Bee. Since then, the Trivia Bee has been held annually. A list of winning teams and their members is attached. In addition to the funds raised by the Trivia Bee, the Foundation raises money through grants and direct solicitation. In 2000, the Foundation updated its bylaws and changed its name to The Library and Literacy Foundation of San Joaquin County.  The purpose of the Foundation also changed to “Promote literacy and the general welfare of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library system”, to reflect the broader purpose of the foundation.

In January 2001, the City of Stockton donated $1,000,000 to the Foundation to create an endowment for the benefit of the City of Stockton Library.  The principal amount of $1,000,000 is permanently restricted and cannot be spent, but the earnings from the endowment are available for the enhancement of library services benefiting the residents of the City of Stockton.

Over the years, the Foundation has raised funds for and supported the following programs and library services:

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