Impact

Together with our generous donors and community partners, we work to empower individuals by investing in transformational programming and initiatives throughout Pioneer Library System communities. In alignment with our mission and the library’s strategic plan, our support focuses on five areas identified as most critical to the people we serve:

STEAM

Learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math boosts critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We help provide opportunities for all ages to explore STEAM concepts and technologies, develop new skills, and discover passions. Nearly 25,000 people participated in over 1,000 STEAM programs last year.

Instructor and kids in STEAM workshop
Young boy reading book

Early Literacy

Our work supports programs that help children build literacy skills and prepare for elementary school. Growing Like a Read, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and the Summer Learning Challenge place books in the hands of thousands of children each year and provide foundations for developing school readiness skills necessary for success in kindergarten and a lifetime of learning.

Health

The well-being of individuals and families is essential to the quality of life in our communities. Our support helps the library provide programs promoting physical and mental wellness and improving health literacy. Over 11,000 community members took charge of their health in 800 programs last year, including yoga, line dancing, healthy cooking, meditation, and more.

Woman cooking
Planning finances

Upward Mobility

We believe everyone deserves an equal chance of success, so we support programs that empower individuals with the confidence and tools they need to grow and gain a more secure future. From online high school for adults, job search and resume assistance, language skills and citizenship, financial literacy education, and career exploration, opportunities are open to people of all ages and backgrounds to advance and thrive.

Community Conversations

Libraries provide a safe and welcoming space to ask questions, discuss topics, and understand new perspectives. Our support of programs like Spark a Change and In My Experience Cultural Celebrations helps provide an open environment for these conversations and opportunities for community members to connect, learn, and grow.

Dancer at event