Educational Institutions

LEXINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

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

Mission Statement

Lexington Public Library strives to Connect People, Inspire Ideas, and Transform Lives. As a sister organization, the Lexington Public Library Foundation seeks additional funding for the Library through private donations and grant-making organizations. Foundation funds allow the Lexington Public Library to create innovative new programs, make capital improvements, and offer the latest - and ever-changing - technology to our community. All LPL services and programs are free and open to everyone in Fayette County.

Main Programs

  1. Library Collection
  2. Branch Locations
  3. Outreach Services
  4. Virtual Services
  5. Programming
Service Areas

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Kentucky

Lexington Public Library serves the entire Lexington, Kentucky community.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2013

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Ms. Anne Gay Donworth

Keywords

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Library Foundation, Library, Fayette Library, Lexington Library, LPL

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EIN

31-1565272

Contact

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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In March 2016, we opened our new Eastside Branch at the corner of Palumbo & Man O War in order to better serve the needs of our community. The new facility replaced the Eagle Creek Branch, doubling the square footage available for programs and providing much-needed parking. The Library Foundation is actively fundraising for the project to help the Library continue to transform our community. In Summer 2016, Lexington Public Library re-vamped its traditional summer reading program into "Discover Summer," supported by PNC. Discover Summer encouraged community engagement, reading, and many other learning opportunities for Lexingtonians of all ages for a variety of programs, performances, and games. We are currently working with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as a winner of the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge. Our project, Phoenix Forward, seeks to increase public usage of Central Library and the adjacent Phoenix Park. Look for a temporary pilot program in 2017!

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

Library Collection

Lexington Public Library maintains a quality collection of print materials, periodicals, and audiovisual materials. In addition to these traditional items, we also offer subscription online databases (such as Ancestry.com or Tutor.com), eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, streaming movies/music, and more.

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Branch Locations

These are the physical locations where customers get their books, go to a class, participate in storytime programs, or learn how to program their eReader. We offer six convenient locations where you can get the information you need!

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Outreach Services

The Outreach Department brings Library services to those who cannot physically get to the Library. Special programs include the Storytime-To-Go Bus, Book Buddies, BookVan, Mobile Computer Lab, and more.

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Virtual Services

Our world is increasingly digital, and the Library has adapted to meet your needs virtually! In addition to eBooks, you can now chat or text with our reference librarians, learn how to speak a foreign language, get live homework help, or more through our Virtual Services Department.

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Programming

There are always exciting things happening at the library! Here is a sample of what you can find: Weekly storytime programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolersDiscover Summer Program (formerly Summer Reading Program), specially designed to prevent Summer Reading Loss or "Summer Slide"One Book, One Lexington: a community reading projectFree tax assistanceJob Training Skills - resume assistance, computer classes, etc.Classes on a variety of interests for adults and youth

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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 strive to be a community resource for education, entertainment, and civic engagement for everyone who lives or works in Fayette County.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

Lexington Public Library serves the entire Lexington, Kentucky community.

Funding Needs

1. This spring, LPL opened the new Eastside Branch, which replaced the former Eagle Creek Branch. The Library Foundation seeks private funds to support the new facility, located at 3000 Blake James Drive, at the corner of Palumbo & Man o' War. 2. We currently working to issue a Library card to all Fayette County Public School students as explained above. To encourage students to use their cards often, we are seeking discounts to local establishments to students who show the Student Success Card. 3. Our Storytime-To-Go RV uses specially-trained volunteers to provide quality educational opportunities to underserved child care facilities. We are always looking for passionate people who want to make a difference in the lives of our young people and hold trainings biannually. 4. Do you have a special skill that others may enjoy? Contact us if you would be willing to lead a program to share your talents with others! We partner with a variety of individuals, professionals, and outside organizations to offer many of our adult and youth programs.

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LEXINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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

LEXINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Anne Gay Donworth

BIO

Ms. Donworth is a Lexington native who brings years of non-profit experience to the Lexington Public Library Foundation. She has worked at Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Headley-Whitney Museum, as well as volunteering with numerous local organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia resides in Fayette County with her husband and two children.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"At Lexington Public Library, we strive to serve our entire community. Our extensive collection of adult, children's, print and digital materials appeal to a broad range of readers, and we also offer a great collection "downloadable" e-books, e-magazines, movies, and music. Check it out at www.lexpublib.org/catalog. From our popular storytimes for children, to career-building skills for job-seekers, to mobile outreach services to those unable to come to the library, there truly is something for everyone at the Lexington Public Library. We invite you to join us today!-Ann Hammond, Executive Director of Lexington Public Library "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jim Elliott

Kentucky Bank

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

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