Public, Society Benefit

West Chester Library Association-West Chester Public Library

  • West Chester, PA
  • www.wcpubliclibrary.org

Mission Statement

West Chester Public Library offers knowledge and community engagement to inspire connection, collaboration and enrichment.

Main Programs

  1. Children's Summer Reading Club
  2. Materials for educational, informational, recreational community needs
  3. Story Times - coordinator and materials
  4. Informational Assistance/Training for customers
  5. Teens/Tweens programming
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

WCPL primarily serves the Borough of West Chester (PA), and the townships of West Goshen, East Bradford, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury (Chester County)..  Anyone with a valid card from any Chester County Library System (PA) member library may use WCPL and check out materials.
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ruling year

1941

Director

Self-reported

Ms. Victoria Dow

Keywords

Self-reported

public library, libraries

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Also Known As

West Chester Public Library

EIN

23-1365982

 Number

2274251494

Physical Address

415 N Church St

West Chester, 19380

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In the face of funding cuts starting in 2010, the Board and staff reviewed library services to determine core services.  Those services include providing materials in a variety of formats to meet the community's informational, recreational and educational needs; maintaining services to children and families, especially story times for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers and the critical Summer Reading Programs for elementary through high school age students. 
Having weathered funding cuts of 30% in state aid and 11% in county funds, WCPL is bolstering its fundraising activities.  The library also seeks out appropriate grant opportunities to support current programs and services, as well as critical new services such as building a collection of e-books for patrons to borrow.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Children's Summer Reading Club

Yearly incentive program to encourage children to continue reading over the summer to maintain and improve reading skills. This popular program features a different theme each summer, along with incentives to read.  Special programs such as author visits, arts and nature programs are also part of this nine-week long program.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 2

Materials for educational, informational, recreational community needs

WCPL selects materials in a range of formats to fill the education, informational and recreational needs of the community.  Materials are selected on the basis of community interests, customer demand, accredited reviews, and media coverage of current events and newly published items.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 3

Story Times - coordinator and materials

Babies as young as three months of age can benefit from routine reading programs that engage parent and child in reading, singing, playing and talking. Because of this, WCPL offers regular Story Times for infants, toddlers, and their parents and care givers. Programs consist of 30-45 minutes of stories, finger plays, nursery rhymes, songs and movement. There are also separate sessions for ages 12-24 mos. & 24-36 mos. Funds are needed to offset expenses for music, educational toys, and presentation materials, and the story time coordinator.  The story time coordinator plans and leads the age appropriate programs developed in accordance with Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for infants and pre-kindergartners .

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 4

Informational Assistance/Training for customers

Staff are trained to assist customers in accessing information either by providing direct answers to queries or training customers to use various resources.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$60,000.00

Program 5

Teens/Tweens programming

From a weekly after-school drop-in program, to a Teen Advisory Board, to special programs developed and presented by teens in conjunction with library staff, we aim to engage 12-17 year-olds in their library.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

10,000

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?
    Our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan lays out the following broad areas of focus:
    • 1. KNOWLEDGE AND INSPIRATION
    Ensure the West Chester Public Library is a center of knowledge and inspiration that provides meaningful and relevant opportunities to read, learn, and create.

    • 2. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
    Position the West Chester Public Library as a hub for community engagement and transformation.

    • 3. CUSTOMER VALUE AND EXPERIENCE
    Deliver exceptional value and experiences to library users, donors, volunteers, community partners, and the public, ensuring online and physical access to library services and materials to all of these groups.

    • 4. SUSTAINABILITY
    Build the capacity of the West Chester Public Library to ensure its long term sustainability.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Board and staff have developed initiatives and tasks to assist in achieving the objectives stated for each of the focus areas listed above. The initiatives each have a target completion date - whether a one-time completion or on-going yearly. The Board reviews progress towards achieving those initiatives quarterly and staff are kept informed of progress as well as tasks that need to be completed.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

WCPL primarily serves the Borough of West Chester (PA), and the townships of West Goshen, East Bradford, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury (Chester County)..  Anyone with a valid card from any Chester County Library System (PA) member library may use WCPL and check out materials.
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Social Media

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Funding Needs

Contributions and grants form the basis of WCPL's development efforts; currently, approximately 49% of the library's income is from gifts, grants and other non-governmental sources. The library stages an annual appeal each September.  WCPL's signature event is the Literacy Heroes Breakfast during which 8 Chester County residents, organizations or businesses are recognized for their efforts in promoting literacy (http://www.literacyheroes.com) The library has recently added a Holiday Home Tour featuring local homes. The first tour was a sell-out success which the Home Tour committee plans to build on.

Affiliations + Memberships

Chamber of Commerce

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

WEST CHESTER LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

West Chester Library Association-West Chester Public Library

Leadership

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Director

Ms. Victoria Dow

BIO

Over 30 years experience in the field, both providing direct service to library customers and managing a public library.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"Our commitment to providing excellent library service to our community remains unwavering.  We continue to look for ways to trim or share costs, to partner with other organizations and to reach out to the community.  At the same time, we have an eye on the changes in publishing and distribution of books and information and ensure that our customers have access to the very latest information and formats."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Matthew Holliday

County of Chester

Term: Feb 2016 - Jan 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity