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Read and Raise 2022 Recap

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Thank you for support the Read & Raise Challenge

Money raised will help support equitable access and resources at San Mateo County Libraries

Read and Raise 2022 

For our annual board challenge, the board chose the theme Read and Raise! This allowed teams to choose themes based on what the library offers and highlight their theme throughout the campaign. You can check out any of the titles they read at

They raised over $16,500 with online gifts, checks sent in by mail, and corporate matching. If you forgot to support your favorite theme or board member, there is still time. Each team created a goal to raise $6,000.

Team #Outsiders:

Focused on reading and sharing books that are/have been banned/censored. One member created a little free library and a QR code to make a donation.

Raised $2,385

This team’s recommended book list:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck by Mark Twain 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey 

The Practice of Groundedness by Brad Stulberg

Speak by Laurie Anderson 

Graphic Novels & Young Adult Books

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

King and the dragonflies by Kacen Callender    


Team #Barrier Breakers:

Focused on reading and sharing books with diverse authors/subjects. One member shared various books from diverse authors with their friends and family to highlight the wide variety of books they can check out at the library. 

Raised $2,335

This team’s recommended book list:

Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Good Immigrant Edited by Nikesh Shukla

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Children’s Books

Equality Calls: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Magdalena Mora (and others)

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos By Monica Brown

The Fearless Flight of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung

Sulwe By Lupita Nyong’o

Mulan: The Legend of the Woman Warrior by Faye-Lynn Wu

The Proudest Blue By Ibtihaj Muhammad


Team #MorethanBooks:

Focused on all the library offers other than books. One me

mber shared on social media about various non-book items they used.

Raised: $7,620

This team’s recommended book (and other) list:

American Pastoral by Philip Roth (also a film you can check out)

Book-a-Bike program

CA State Parks Pass Program

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover (also available on ebook and audiobook)

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

People we Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (also available on ebook and audiobook)

These Truths by Jill Lepore

Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke


Thank you to everyone who donated and supported the teams. 

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 Together, we will ensure the continued strength of San Mateo County Libraries and invest in the power of books to enrich the lives of everyone in our communities. #investinsmcl #ReadandRaise  #loveyourlibrary


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