Educational Institutions

Braddock Carnegie Library Association

  • Braddock, PA
  • www.braddockcarnegielibrary.org

Mission Statement

The Braddock Carnegie Library Association strives to perpetuate Andrew Carnegie's original vision of the Library as a ""Center of Light and Learning"" for the community it serves.

Main Programs

  1. A Creative Library!
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

As a public library funded by the Commonwealth of PA, we are assigned specific service areas; our service area includes Braddock, North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, & Chalfant. However, although our geographic area is local, we serve all who walk through our doors!

ruling year

1978

Executive Director since 2001

Self-reported

Ms. Victoria L. Vargo

Keywords

Self-reported

library, art, neighborhood screen printing shop, ceramics, rhythm & bloom music workshop

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EIN

25-1331716

 Number

3557667314

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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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1. Completing a strategic plan & beginning to implement it 2. Participating in the 2013 Carnegie International in partnership with Transformazium 3. Debut of art lending collection - the first phase of our alternative lending collections which will include Cheryl Capezzuti's Puppets for Pittsburgh & tool sharing in collaboration with Braddock borough Goals for current year: 1. Promote our Billion Pennies Campaign 2. Contract with a fundraising consultant 3. Develop a building master plan 4. Increase public relations for the library

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

A Creative Library!

Based on our library statistics from 2015, we had 12,441 users on our 13 internet accessible computers, we provided 858 programs for children, teens, & adults with a combined attendance of 11,129 (375 children’s programs with 7,250 children attending, 94 young adult programs (ages 12-18) with 1,057 attending, & 389 adult programs with 2,822 attending).

We have 32,996 items to borrow including more than 160 pieces of art in our art lending collection & over 30 puppets – all of which are available for borrowing for free with a library card! Of our total items to borrow, we circulated 21,565 items locally & to other libraries in Allegheny County; in our first year of the Alternative Lending collections, art and puppets were checked out over 1,000 times.

As our collection has grown & varied, we have likewise repurposed some of the amenities of our earlier years while maintaining Carnegie’s vision of holistic fulfillment and lifelong learning. For example, the former bathhouse is now the Bathhouse Ceramics Studio with open classes for all to create with clay; the small gym is the Neighborhood Print Shop, where both artists & non-artists can bring their ideas to life – expanding access to communication; the billiards hall is now the adult library – where adults engage in accessing their own resources, investing in themselves; adjacent to the adult library are our art lending & puppet collections; the former library stacks are now the childrens and teen library alive with daily creative learning programs.

Our spaces are multi-use for multiple forms of learning: The adult library displays works from regional artists as part of our Artist in the Library series; our meeting rooms serve as space for children’s activities & events, zumba, & yoga; continuing educational tutoring often takes place in a room shared with life-size puppets.

Our library is a public space in our commitment to openness and accessibility. You don’t need to buy anything in order to feel welcome!

Our library has private, quiet spaces where contemplation is possible & where there is no imposed time limit (until closing time!). Our library has spaces where personal curiosity and interest can be followed, where one can wander anonymously.

Our library is a gathering space - a place where neighbors of all ages meet, exchange ideas, share with one another, and strengthen our community. It is a place in which individuals and groups can access other intellectual communities through programs, journals and online. Our library is a space for connecting.

While our daily programming engages all ages, expanding our neighborhood partnerships allows us to extend our programming beyond our walls.

Though our neighborhood has changed from a bustling steel town to a place where young families are joining longtime residents in imagining a bright future, our Library has been the foundation for Andrew Carnegie’s legacy of lifelong, self-guided growth.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$588,754

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 Library has been the foundation for Andrew Carnegie's legacy of lifelong, self-guided growth.
    We strive to continue this legacy by adapting our programs to the ever-changing needs of our community & the desires of our patrons.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Despite having a large building in which to offer programs (45,000 sq ft), we realize that not all of our community members are able to come to the library or won't come to the library. We need to take the library out of its physical location & present an itinerant library to the community.
    We are aware of our communities' issues - economically, socially, ? & partner with community organizations on programming to improve these conditions.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our physical library space is adaptable to change. We are completing a Building Master Plan to identify what needs to be done to make our facility useable for the next 100 years. Within this plan, we incorporated the need for adaptable spaces - areas that can easily be modified as our needs change.
    Our staff consists of open-minded individuals who can translate patrons' needs/desires into programs that are within our capacity. The ability to be open-minded is a key requirement when hiring new staff.


  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The most common indicator of progress is the number of people using our library & attending our programs. If we don't have the attendance numbers, then we know that something needs to be tweaked.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    HAVE
    - completion of a strategic plan
    - completion of a funding plan?
    - completion of a building master plan



    HAVE NOT
    increase in staff size
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

As a public library funded by the Commonwealth of PA, we are assigned specific service areas; our service area includes Braddock, North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, & Chalfant. However, although our geographic area is local, we serve all who walk through our doors!

Funding Needs

1. In order to provide stability in our funding & planning, we need to achieve our Billion Pennies Campaign which has as its goal a ten year reserve fund of ten million dollars for operations ($5 million) & for renovations ($5 million) 2. Raise the funds necessary to implement our building master plan to achieve accessibility, flexible programming & rental spaces, & to successfully accomplish renovations deserving of a National Historic Landmark.

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Financials

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

BRADDOCK CARNEGIE 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.

Braddock Carnegie Library Association

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Victoria L. Vargo

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"We are the first Carnegie Library in the United States which, in itself, is a unique distinction. We were the prototype for several other libraries that followed in western Pennsylvania by the amenities that Carnegie gave us: a swimming pool, a theater, a gymnasium, and a bath house. The needs of the 21st century citizen are quite different from those of the 19th century. Yet while the times have changed, Carnegie's vision for this building - to be a center of light and learning - has not changed. For us to serve our community to the best of our ability, we must transform many areas of the building into more current uses. Our best example to date is converting the former bath house into a ceramics studio & a former boxing area into a print shop. Our uniqueness lies in our physical surroundings but is not limited by it - we are modifying our unique structure to continue Carnegie's vision by providing cultural programs - programs that enrich the entire person. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. John D. Hempel

University of Pittsburgh-Protein Biochemist

Term: Feb 2011 - Dec 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?

No

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?