Educational Institutions

Friends of the Chula Vista Library

  • Chula Vista, CA
  • http://www.thefcvl.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the Chula Vista Library is to support the Chula Vista Public Library and Chula Vista Heritage Museum through volunteerism, fund-raising, and public advocacy. Our members augment library programs and services through volunteer hours and financial support. The Friends solicit and receive donations, grants, endowments, and bequests on behalf of the Library. We also focus public attention on the value and services of the Library and advocate for the Library to the general public and members of the City Council.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Reading Programs
  2. Underwrite Library Services and Facility Improvements
  3. Used Book Stores
  4. Heritage Museum

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Service Areas

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California

The Library serves the City of Chula Vista which has a population of 250,000, plus neighboring South Bay communities.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer

Source: Form 990N

NANCY LEMKE

Keywords

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FCVL, Used book sales, Library Friends, Library Volunteer, Book Donations

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Also Known As

Friends of the Civic Center Library, Friends of the South Chula Vista Library, Friends of the Otay Ranch Library, Friends of the Chula Vista Heritage Museum

EIN

23-7362684

 Number

6034443026

Physical Address

365 F Street

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

History Museums (A54)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2014:Gave $15,000 for a children's and teen project, providing new materials of both books, e-books, furniture, and an online tutoring serviceIncreased membership by 39. (Goal was 35!)Conducted a Book Fund fundraising campaign, using new methods, including an ice-bucket dump, and email rather than snail mail, and raised $4,196 with greatly reduced expenses.Hosted two well-attended community forums, promoting civic engagement in Chula Vista.The new Otay Ranch Chapter of the Friends became active, having monthly book sales and working to support the Otay Ranch staff.Completed the Better Giving Portrait at San Diego Foundation. GOALS FOR 2015: Increase membership by at least 30.Conduct a Book Fund fundraising campaign.Host at least one community lecture or presentation.Advocate for more City funding for Library books and materials.Apply for at least one grant.

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

Summer Reading Programs

The Chula Vista Library offers a summer reading program that encourages and rewards children for reading while school is out. The program is underwritten by the Friends of the Library. The number of participants grows each year, and each year has a different theme and new special events. For example, in 2013 a Padre baseball player read to children. Library staff monitor the program. Many kids sign up year after year, increasing their reading proficiency and their love of reading.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$5,000

Program 2

Underwrite Library Services and Facility Improvements

Each year the Friends provide funds for maintaining or adding new features to the Library as requested by the Library staff. In the current economic downturn, the Friends provide funding for maintenance the City would normally pay for, like carpeting to replace the worn-out flooring in the conference room. In better economic times, the Friends supply exciting items like a child-sized "train" of computer desks for the Children's Room at Civic Branch. Recently, we also purchased WiFi for the conference room and software upgrades for public usage.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$25,000

Program 3

Used Book Stores

The Friends of the Chula Vista Library operate two used book stores called The Book Stop and The Book Stop 2, and run special book sales throughout the year. This entails receiving, sorting, and organizing book donations from patrons, and then placing them in our shops or in our storage space. Patrons buy books at very reduced rates, but the sales add up and provide much of the money we use to support Library needs. We also have a successful online program, selling valuable books donated to the Library.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$200

Program 4

Heritage Museum

The Friends operate the Heritage Museum of Chula Vista, a small museum dedicated to the history of the city. It not only is a repository of artifacts and an educational site for visiting school kids, but it also collaborates with other community organizations to create and display special exhibits.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$8,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Library serves the City of Chula Vista which has a population of 250,000, plus neighboring South Bay communities.

Funding Needs

Due to city budget reductions, our current focus is to provide financial support to the Library for books and materials, facility improvements, and programs. In the past, the Friends primarily provided ""extras"" for the Library and Museum; we now find ourselves in the position of funding many of the basics that are no longer covered under the city's budget. For example, before the current recession, the city's contribution to the Library book budget was $575,000; for the 2013 fiscal year, it was just $25,000. In 2014, it started to come back very slowly, but is still less than one-fourth of what it was. To ensure the continuation of the Friends and its support of the Library, we need to recruit a larger and more diverse membership that better represents the Chula Vista community, in both geography and demographics. Our membership is primarily white and older, while Chula Vista has a predominantly Hispanic and younger population. The City is divided physically and demographically by Interstate 805. We need to develop ways to attract the younger families of the eastern part of the City. The organization of a fourth Friends chapter to support the newly opened Otay Ranch Branch Library is one step toward achieving this goal. And we hope to develop a stronger social media presence to reach these younger residents also. We are actively looking for a younger person to serve on the board or help the board have more technically savvy communications.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

American Library Association

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Friends of the Chula Vista Library

Leadership

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Principal Officer

NANCY LEMKE

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" The Friends of the Chula Vista Library is made up of people who love the Library. Many of our members support the Library with dues, while others also volunteer their time to work in our used bookstores and/or bi-monthly book sales, on one of the Chapter Boards, or on the Executive Board of the Friends. As the City's support for the Library from the General Fund has declined, the Chula Vista Public Library has come to depend more and more on the Friends for funding. The Friends fund the very-popular Summer Reading Program for children and many other programs offered at the Library. The Friends also contribute to building improvements and supplement the Library's books and materials budget which is less than a quarter of what it was. The Friends regularly advocate for the Library with the City and encourage increased funding. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Shauna Stokes

Retired

Term: Jan 2011 - Jan 2017

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