Public, Society Benefit

FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • Lexington, KY
  • www.lexpublib.org/friends

Mission Statement

In appreciation of the role the Library plays in the quality of life in this area, the Friends of the Lexington Public Library provide nonessential financial and volunteer services to the library, and functions consistently with the goals and objectives of the Lexington Public Library and its Board of Trustees.

Main Programs

  1. Friends Book Cellar
  2. Annual Friends Book Sale
  3. Library Program Support
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

Fayette County

ruling year

1972

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Barbara Houck

Keywords

Self-reported

Friends Book Cellar, Reading, Book Sale, book store, Lexington Public Library

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EIN

23-7026942

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (W11)

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

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We implemented a series of off-site book sales, which have been extremely popular. We have worked with a variety of community partners to host book sales and are always willing to consider new venues. We have also focused on engaging our membership with several get-togethers and events.

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

Friends Book Cellar

On March 22, 1998, the Friends Book Cellar opened for business two days a week, Sunday and Monday. The store attracted more volunteers and more customers and by August the store was operating four days a week,Saturday through Tuesday. March 21, 2001 the Friends bookstore opened for business 6 days a week. The Friends Book Cellar offers an annual 10% discount to members of the Friends of the Lexington Public Library. Members of the Friends are also invited to preview the books of the two annual book sales the evening before each sale. The Friends Book Cellar is currently open Monday thru Saturday 9-4pm and the 1st Sunday of each month 1-5pm. Please stop by and shop with us to help support your local library!

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Annual Friends Book Sale

Each Fall the Friends of Lexington Public Library hold a gigantic book sale. Hardbacks are priced $1.00 each and paperbacks are $.25. Children's books are specially priced, as are other items: albums, CD's, videos, magazines, and… well it's a very long list. Typically, we have more than 100,000 items available. Each sale runs for nine days. The first day is only for members of Friends of the Lexington Public Library. For membership information, see our membership application. During these sales, the Friends' 10% discount applies only to items purchased in the Friends Book Cellar.The other days of each sale are open to everyone! The last two days are special: Saturday is 2-for-1 Day, and Sunday is Bag Day. Each paper grocery bag full is just $2. (We provide the bags.)The Friends Book Cellar is open throughout each sale with our regular great prices. There are NO limits on the number of books you may buy at our sales! Gift certificates for the Friends Book Cellar are now available.

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Program 3

Library Program Support

Monies earned from both the Friends Book Cellar and the annual Friends Book Sale go toward Lexington Public Library programs some examples of these are: Children's Summer Reading Program; Little Leonardos; Daring da Vincis; Beaumont Teen Advisory Board; Chess Mates; Dragon Book Club; After School Homework Assistance; One Book One Bluegrass.

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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?
    We provide financial support for Lexington Public Library's programming needs.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To raise funds, the Friends of the Library sells donated and discarded books, magazines DVDs, records, cassettes, puzzles, CDs, and more. Proceeds from the Book Cellar, Annual Book Sale, Off site sales and partnered fundraisers, memberships, and donations are given to the Library to support educational programs in our community.
  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

Kentucky

Fayette County

Funding Needs

The greatest need is volunteers to operate the Book Cellar and process donated materials. We always need volunteers to assist with off-site and annual book sales, events, marketing and board development.

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Financials

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Friends of the Lexington Public Library, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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

FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Barbara Houck

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Lori Meister

N/A

Term: Jan 2015 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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

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


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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