Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation Inc.

  • Detroit, MI
  • www.dplfriendsfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation has, for over 70 years, provided through gifts, grants, general contributions, and event fees, books and materials to further enrich Library collections, support special programs, enhance all forms of literacy, and promote an interest in books and other forms of the human record in both print and electronic formats. Enrichment programs - library activities offered beyond traditional library services - are at the core of our mission in making the library a vital community space for the city in which people live, work, play and study.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Reading
  2. Author Day
  3. Special Collection Preservation and Acess
  4. Junior Great Books
  5. AAA Bike Tech
  6. Coleman A. Young Mayor Paper Archive
  7. Digital Assest Managment System
  8. Main Library Art & Architecture Tour
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

The city of Detroit.

ruling year

1943

Director since 2014

Self-reported

Sean R. Everett

Keywords

Self-reported

library, literacy, children, young adults, job assistance

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Also Known As

The Friends of the Detroit Public Library

EIN

38-1387108

 Number

2391129868

Physical Address

5201 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, 48202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Urban, Community (S31)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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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Detroit is one of the nation's poorest cities with one third of its residents living below the poverty line ($19,157 for a family of 4) and nearly one half of the city's children, 47.8%, living below the poverty level. Access to enrichment materials - books, CD's, DVD's, computers and other electronic devices are economically not feasible within those households. The public library is the one place where free access to these materials is made available indiscriminately.
Library services also inlcude free access to computer terminals allowing Detroit residents to apply for jobs as well as meet other societal needs which can only be accessed in electronic formats.

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

Summer reading programs are not unique to the Detroit community, but Detroit is able to boast one of the longest running programs in the nation. The Detroit Public Library was a pioneer in this type of proactive venture, mandated by necessity but embraced by the community as a tribute to the power and joy of reading. Each year, the program must stretch to accommodate more children, as the number of low-income households escalates due to the State’s economic downturn. Further, some families take on additional children, as relatives struggle to support these households without the benefit of available, affordable daycare. Detroit’s situation is especially dire when one considers that the functional illiteracy rate in Detroit approaches 50%. Therefore, the goal of the Summer Reading Program is not merely to stop summer reading loss, but to also support summer reading progress.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Hispanics

Budget

$38,000.00

Program 2

Author Day

The program targets a group of people who are traditionally underserved in libraries, namely young adults “t'weens” and “teens” (also know as the millennials) in grades 7 – 9. Working with libraries throughout the branch system and schools – Detroit Public Schools, charter schools, and home schools – DPL librarians prepare a selected reading list for students and their teachers. From January through March of each year, students read at least three books from the list of young adult titles chosen for their literary merit. These titles are discussed in a classroom environment. In 2008/2009, students were also required to submit at least three book reports for titles that they had read. 

 

In March, students select their favorite author from among those offered. The author is invited to Detroit for a two-day lecture, workshop and presentation with the students. It is critical to note that authors must commit to being available to come to Detroit for the workshops. If that commitment is not secured, the book title is not selected.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

$16,000.00

Program 3

Special Collection Preservation and Acess

The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation continues to respond to the needs of the special collections, providing links to our past and preserving Detroit’s cultural heritage. With the Kresge Foundation’s assistance, we have embarked upon two projects dedicated to the preservation, storage, display and access to previously uncatalogued and non-accessible library collections within the Burton Historical Collection. 

. Michigan’s historical documentation is housed in over 400 institutions located across the state ranging from locally fined historical societies to universities, colleges and public libraries. The Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library holds one of largest such manuscript collections in the State containing approximately 4,000 collections. Unfortunately, it has never been fully catalogued in any format. The Friends has funded a manuscript cataloguing initiative for Burton records. The project will produce 1,750 catalogued records that will be added to a national bibliographic database known as World Cat. The Library of Michigan’s Electronic Library, known as Mel Cat, will allow searchable access to these collections where none had previously existed. 

DPL's Rare Books collection contains traditional rare materials, original manuscripts, and some non-book, museum type materials.   At the present time, there are 10,000 uncatalogued items within the Collection. Librarians and conservators have identified 5,000 of its most unique and valuable items. The DPL and the DPL Friends Foundation has entered into a two year agreement whereby the Library will retain a cataloguer to exclusively work on the intellectual control of the collection with the salary to be paid by The Friends Foundation.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$130,000.00

Program 4

Junior Great Books

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 5

AAA Bike Tech

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 6

Coleman A. Young Mayor Paper Archive

Not available

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

80000.00

Program 7

Digital Assest Managment System

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 8

Main Library Art & Architecture Tour

Not available

Category

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

The city of Detroit.

Social Media

Funding Needs

Children, Young Adult and Adult Literacy Preservation of Historical Records of Automotive History, Michigan/Detroit History, and the Actitivities of African Americans in the Performing Arts

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THE DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY FRIENDS FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: May 01-Apr 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation Inc.

Leadership

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Director

Sean R. Everett

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"Enrichment programs - those programs not covered by tax dollars - are at the heart of The Friends' mission.  Summer Reading, branch programming in 23 nieghborhood branches, local and city-wide literacy initiatives, preservation projects designed to sustain Detroit's legacy, concerts, exhibitions, and the ability to provide a community space, are what makes our nation's libraries critical in sustaining a literate 21centruy work force."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chuck Thompson

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity