What We Do


What We Do

The Library Foundation enriches lives in our community by advocating for a vital library, increasing awareness, raising funds and supporting key library programs.

The Stanislaus Library Foundation supports the Stanislaus County Library in a variety of ways. For instance, since 2011, the Foundation has fully funded the Summer Reading Program for children and teens, reaching more than 13,000 youngsters annually.  We also support the library’s purchase of e-books.  These programs further promote literacy and positively impact our community.

Additionally the Foundation presents

  • Community workshops on topics such as estate planning and home organization at branches throughout the county, and

  •  Its annual Shining Start awards..  Library volunteers from Stanislaus County’s 13 libraries are honored.

The Shining Star awards 

Established in 2004, this event honors an individuals, businesses, or organizations and Friends of the Library members for their exemplary support of the library.  Support includes volunteer efforts, advocacy, a program, or financial contributions.

CLICK HERE for more information about current & past Shining Star Award winners.


Ryan’s Reading Tree  

Click here to see the video about the Ryan’s Reading Tree

Ryan’s Reading Tree is an extraordinary example of what a partnership can accomplish. The tree was inspired and is dedicated to the memory of the life of Ryan Hunter Dickerson, a Modestan who died suddenly in the summer of 2007 at the age of 18.ryan01

Ryan, the son of Ron and Lynn Dickerson and brother of Ross Dickerson, was an avid reader, library user and Children’s Department volunteer.

Family and friends who loved Ryan and wished for his memory to live on raised the funds. The Stanislaus Library Foundation acted as the project’s fiscal agent. The tree is the centerpiece of the Modesto Library’s Children’s Room. An existing column has been transformed into a beautiful monumental oak tree that is a lasting tribute to Ryan. It is also the focal point of an inviting and welcoming atmosphere that promotes the joy and magic of reading for generations of children.