Educational Institutions

Jeannette Public Library Association

  • Jeannette, PA
  • WWW.JeannettePublicLibrary.com

Mission Statement

PROVIDE LIBRARY SERVICES To provides for personal enrichment, cultural programming, educational support and life-long learning for the citizens of this community and beyond.

Main Programs

  1. CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
  2. HISTORIC COLLECTION
  3. LARGE PRINT COLLECTION
  4. SPECIAL COLLECTION
  5. eRESOURCES
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

We serve the City of Jeannette, Westmoreland County and loan throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

ruling year

1960

Director since 2006

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Mrs. Hope Sehring

Keywords

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Cultural, educational, enriching, supportative, and engaging.

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EIN

25-1021790

 Number

8104232834

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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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Last year the library was able replace some of our old overhead lighting fixtures with energy efficient fixtures. We replaced our interior book return with a safe outside book return. One of our sidewalks adjacent to the building was removed and replaced with a tree lined walkway. We launched a new interactive webpage connecting library users anywhere with this library. Free eResources were added to the collection. Over the course of the year, we established a preschool story hour and again increased our participation in our series of summer library programs for children. For the coming year we plan to face the challenge of continuing to improve the physical environment of this facility by either painting inside or continuing to remove inefficient overhead lights and replace with energy efficient fixtures. For the public we hope to install patron management software to facilitate easier online access. Also for the public we would like to continue to be able to offer web software that directly connects patron and collection. As a community resource we hope to convert our microfilm collection digital format.

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 PROGRAMMING

Our children's programming has greatly increased in the last three years. To date we have had been able to offer live professionally produced children's programs especially during the summer months. In our newly renovated children's room we house a collection of books and DVD's dedicated to the young. Our ""On Your Own"" program brings preschoolers and their instructor's to the library on their own schedule. Culturally we have been able to bring quality creative educational children's programming here to the library. Our children on general do not have the resources to visit museums and science centers on their own. They find those resources visiting here.

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Program 2

HISTORIC COLLECTION

Our library is the host to the Jeannette Collection which is a collection of historic documents concerning the history of the City. These are special documents are most often one of kind historic documents for the City of Jeannette. Our online cataloging allows access to the collection. The newspaper collection is microfilmed from 1893 to the present. Those with an interest in the City's past and others following scholarly pursuits make this library a destination

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LARGE PRINT COLLECTION

The library is ever expanding our large print collection. We find that there is an increasing demand for these materials. Our collection has grown and within the large print group we are now identifying titles by subject areas to better serve our populations reading interests. Those who are visually challenged will find the most current publications in this collection. Others have developed a personal preference for the ease of reading offered by large print.

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SPECIAL COLLECTION

We are also the new home for the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital Collection. Hospital materials are housed in this climate controlled facility. This year we have also dedicated an area of the library as a site for the historical resources of the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. The library is a permanent home and display area for this collection. Ours is a location for the memorabilia of the hospital from its inception.

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eRESOURCES

Electronically, via our webpage, the library advertises special events available to the community. Our library collection is continually updated and is available for borrowing through the patron's home computer. eTitles are available for free downloading from the cloud and new titles of all media added to the collection are continuously showcased on our webpage. Patrons can receive notification of new titles via their email. We have added online e titles for children in the children's room.

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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 plan to remain committed to the information needs of this community for all who seek to use the resources that we are able to provide. Continually we evaluate new resources and match to the requests coming to us. Our goal is to continue to reach out to the community while anticipating patron needs by increasing our function in this setting. The role of this library is ever changing. This library is not only a location for materials but an organization of enrichment. Our programming will continue to expand to appeal to a variety of interests. Support for all educational levels will be extended as we actively seek resources beyond this library and immediate geographic area. Ever aware of new media we will add or alter formats of information to be attune with an evolving society. Library services need to remain free to all patrons. Our goal is to constantly improve.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our collection of the future will consist of a variety of formats. Older and not useful forms of information will be deleted while new media will become a viable option for borrowers, whether here of using the library electronically. The library has formed a citizens group for assistance in planning, developing and actually assisting with the programming that they helped create. They are a source of information regarding community interests. Beyond the present interests this group along with library personnel develops programs of high interest to make the Jeannette Public Library a hub of community interest and participation. Programs presented here involve preschoolers through and including senior citizens.
    Collection development concerns itself with the ever changing face of technology and media. We have and use the databases and services provided by the Commonwealth for patron services. Resources from the Commonwealth are at no cost to the library and are dedicated to be useful to the library in service to our population. We will use this facility and alter equipment along with physical space to support our functions. By consistently evolving and shedding the old we streamline and become even more efficient.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We will be able to make the necessary changes with the support of our citizens, this community, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and donors distant to us. Our basic support is provided by the City and the state. Both financially support our basic operations. Pennsylvania remains strong in supporting libraries both with free electronic materials and annual financial support. The City of Jeannette continues to annually provide finances. Patron support is a stronghold for all of our efforts. Our patrons finance our daily operations as well as participate in shaping our future. We also have the support of the county wide library system. While we plan for our future we can only do so because of citizen support here in Jeannette and from beyond.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    INDICATORS:
    We began our programming with no participants and no programming in place. To make our programs functional the Citizens For Jeannette Public Library group was formed. The early efforts were new to our patrons however we are currently experiencing excellent participation to filled programs both for adults and children. Special programs also are filled to capacity. regarding our collection we have eliminated old formats ( i.e. cassette tapes) and moved into eBooks. Statistics for eBook circulation are continually increasing as well as Wi-Fi use. Both began at zero. December 2014 annual statistics for eBook circulation is 425 and Wi-Fi use is 682.
    Collections are often weeded and improved by purchasing high interest titles. Our webpage has moved from a simple in-house created webpage to a commercially constructed page with a new title carousel and information professionally posted about coming events. A non-existent preschool program has become a scheduled presentation comprised of story, activities, musical enrichment and motion taught by state certified early childhood educators. . Sessions are filled.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Events presented here have become increasing popular and well attended. New collections are evolving along with online resources for increasing use by library patrons. We evaluate what we are doing and work to provide an even better library for patrons. Library size remains the same but activities and resources are always changing. We are making progress with the help of so many. The library is now an active and vibrant location in the community.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

We serve the City of Jeannette, Westmoreland County and loan throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Funding Needs

The Library needs new patron and staff computers. We also have a need for affixed wall shelving in the children's room to expand our useful floor space in that area. A double desk with chairs for young children is needed for our new children's computers. Our DVD/CD collection will needs space and will require an aditional displayer. Carpeting for the main room of the library would improve our surroundings.

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JEANNETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Jeannette Public Library Association

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Director

Mrs. Hope Sehring

BIO

Certified Librarian K-12 State Certified Public Librarian Instructional Media Specialist

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"As we serve the Jeannette community we are interested in providing quality print materials and making our collection the best that it can possibly be whether online or as tangible materials. Our programing is dedicated to attracting patrons of all ages. Our appeal is to all who come here and we reach out to fill requests and make sure that our population's interests are well served by this library. Every effort is made to create a friendly and engaging environment."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Daniel D'Orazio

Community Volunteer

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2012

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