Four new Books for Kids and Mario Batali Foundation libraries open in Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Book Report Banner  April 2016

We are excited to share with you that due to the continued generosity of the Mario Batali Foundation, we opened four new libraries this March with two exciting dedication ceremonies.

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Mario Batali read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham, to the children of Acelero Spring Valley in Las Vegas as part of the opening ceremony.

On March 29th, 2016 we opened our third Las Vegas Mario Batali Foundation library at the Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center. With the addition of this library,Books for Kids now serves over 550 children in Las Vegas. The opening was attended by many local and state politicians and included a reading of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham by Mario himself!

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California’s 43rd district shows her support at the opening in Los Angeles.

On March 30th, we celebrated the opening of three new libraries in Los Angeles, also funded by the Mario Batali Foundation. These libraries are located at the Training and Research Foundation Head Start, the California Children’s Academy, and Crystal Stairs, Inc. Combined, these libraries serve over 360 children in Los Angeles and provide books and literacy resources where they are desperately needed.

The Mario Batali Foundation has also funded one year of literacy programming in each of these four new libraries. Programming will include a dedicated Library Specialist to make weekly visits to lend books and conduct StoryTime. Each child will also receive five books throughout the year as a part of the Build-A-Home Library-Program that they can keep forever and read with parents and caregivers.

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Another amazing transformation at the new Books for Kids library at Crystal Stairs, Inc. in Los Angeles.

With the opening of these libraries, the Mario Batali Foundation continues its mission of ensuring that all children are “well read, well fed, and well cared for.” We are thrilled to have continued our partnership with them as we opened their 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th libraries.

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Pictured left to right: The library at the Training and Research Foundation Head Start and the library at California Children’s Academy in Los Angeles; the library at Acelero Spring Valley in Las Vegas.

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