Educational Institutions

Friends of the Bethel Public Library Inc

  • Bethel, CT

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Bethel Public Library is a non-profit volunteer organization working to further the educational, informational, and cultural needs of the community through its support of the Bethel Public Library. It is the responsibility of the Friends to administer and invest funds raised, donated, granted or endowed for the benefit of the library and the public interest.

The Friends are committed to:

Supporting the library in its aim to satisfy the community's informational and cultural needs.

Sharing funding of library projects and goals through careful administration of vested funds.

Supporting the creative efforts of the library staff to enrich the lives of the community.

Focusing attention on the resources and services that the library offers.

Continuing the growth of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library by cultivating an active membership

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer

Source: Form 990N

Linda Curtis

EIN

06-1424164

 Number

2072465185

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Town funding of the library has decreased over the past few years. The Friends of the Bethel Public Library work to raise money to fill in the gaps left by these budget constraints to ensure that the community does not suffer. The Friends pay for approximately 80% of all Library programs. The Friends are also a major contributor for the purchasing of new technology.

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Friends of the Bethel Public Library strive to ensure that the resources are in place to offer free programs for the entire community. Serving the needs of a diverse population, programs can be educational or cultural. They may target specific audiences ranging from toddler to senior citizen.

    With new technologies emerging every day, the Library must keep pace with the changing requirements of the community which it serves. The Friends wish to provide funding to allow the Library to purchase such items as E-readers and a 3-D Printer, which can then be freely accessed by the public.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Friends of the Bethel Public Library actively seek memberships in our organization. We supplement these funds by pursuing grants for specific projects. The Friends also manage a book store in the basement of the Library which is staffed by our volunteers and stocked with materials donated by the community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Friends of the Bethel Public Library are fortunate to have a loyal membership base but we also actively seek new members. The dues derived from annual membership are the core of our funding. We also have 20 - 30 active members who help out with periodic book sales or in our year-round store - The Book Cellar.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Bethel Library often puts out surveys to elicit input from the public as to what they want or expect from the library. The Friends of the Bethel Public Library use these results to determine where to invest their funds in order to do the most good for the community. Follow-up surveys and informal discussions will provide feedback and direction for the future.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Friends of the Bethel Public Library have been successful in providing the funding for programs that meet the needs and wants of the diverse community which it serves. The talented library staff is constantly finding new and informative programs for all ages.

    The challenge of keeping up with new technologies is an ongoing process. While The Friends have purchased E-Readers and most recently, a 3-D printer, the next new invention is likely to be just around the corner. The Friends will need to maintain a steady stream of revenue in order to keep up with the changing technology demands.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

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Operations

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Friends of the Bethel Public Library Inc

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Principal Officer

Linda Curtis

Governance

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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