Watermark Books & Cafe has been a valued member of the Wichita community for 45 years. During that time, we’ve witnessed firsthand how valuable it is for a child to meet and connect with authors. We want every child to go home with a book after such a special experience.
Because of that, we have formed the Authors in Schools Fund, in conjunction with the Wichita Community Foundation and USD 259, with the express aim of providing author experiences and books to children in low-income areas of Wichita.
To achieve this, the Foundation’s focus is to target Title 1 schools in the Wichita School district. Title 1 schools have large concentrations of low-income students and receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting student's educational goals. In the Wichita School District, 56 percent of all schools qualify as Title 1.
Since inception, Watermark Books and Cafe has been able to secure author visits and the fund plus school contributions supplied 1,520 books to children in Wichita. Past authors include Nick Bruel, author of the "Bad Kitty" series, and Jeff Kinney, the creator of inimtable Wimpy Kid, and most recently, Varian Johnson, author of "Playing the Cards You're Dealt" and "The Parker Inheritance." Rebecca Foster, librarian at Brooks Magnet Middle School was a wonderful host and had this to say about the the program, "The Authors in School program is a testament to Watermark's commitment to the Wichita community and our students in USD 259. Making the connections between authors and readers during these pandemic times is as critical as ever. Our author visit created the "buzz" around reading that every librarian dreams of!"
We need your help! This program is so needed in our schools, but we cannot make it happen without the kindness and generosity of those in our community. For your convenience, two giving options are available. Online donations may be made at https://wichitacf.org/donate. Under the “Other Fund” heading, select Authors- in- Schools. All donations made directly through the website are tax-deductible. Donations may also be made in person at Watermark Books.
Thank you for considering a gift and for caring about the value of books for children in our community.