Educational Institutions

Richmond Public Library Foundation

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Mission Statement

The Richmond Public Library Foundation develops, administers and allocates funds to provide the extra margin of excellence for the City's library system by enhancing existing public support for the library and its programs.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Summer Reading Program
  2. Storytime

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Service Areas

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Virginia

ruling year

1997

Director since 2016

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Mr. Scott Firestine

Keywords

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Public library

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Also Known As

Richmond Public Library Foundation

EIN

54-1856348

 Number

0865717201

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

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Overview

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The City of Richmond has begun a multi-year renovation project to bring Richmond's libraries into the 21st century. Six branch libraries have been renovated, with planning in place for renovations of two more branches plus Main Library as part of the City's Building a Better Richmond plan. Richmond Public Library Foundation supports the 'margin of excellence' in these projects by funding additional book and technology purchases for each renovated library.2015 Summer Reading Program - This annual reading program encourages continued reading during months when school is not in session. More than 3,530 individuals participated in the 2014 program, despite the closure of one branch library for renovation. In addition, more than 1,000 parents and children participated in the Summer Reading Finale in August of 2013. This celebration recognized the top readers and the school with the highest number of participants. Major technological additions to branch libraries to address the growing need of patrons for resources to assist with employment research and application.

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

Annual Summer Reading Program

The annual Summer Reading Program offers a chance for readers of all ages - children, teens, and adults - to win prizes by reading through the months of June, July, and August. Studies have shown that continuing reading during non-traditional school months helps to maintain reading skills for students, and increases an interest in reading for fun.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

Storytime

Storytime for children is available at all of the branches in the Richmond Public Library system. We offer programs with age-appropriate content to help children develop pre-reading skills. Content is also included for parents/caregivers, to help them be their child's 'first teacher' at home. There are three categories of Storytime: Book Babies: (0-18 months with an adult) This creates a special bond between baby and parent through rhymes, songs and stories. Toddler Time: (18-36 months with an adult) This enables parents to engage in fun stories, music, rhymes and more to develop early literacy skills with their child. Preschool Storytime: (3-5 years with an adult) Created to help develop listening and language skills while enjoying books, storytelling, puppetry and creative movement.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Other Named Groups

Budget

Service Areas

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Virginia

Funding Needs

$10,000 to sponsor our 2015 Summer Reading Program. This annual family program promotes reading during the summer months to maintain and strengthen reading skills.$20,000 to operate Homework Help in our Broad Rock branch for the 2014-2015 school year. This program places City of Richmond public school teachers in the branch during after school hours to assist students with homework and other school projects.$50,000 to underwrite the free computer training programs for the library system. Funds would be used to write curriculum, staff training, to develop training materials, and to purchase laptops and software for use throughout nine-library system.We are seeking community volunteers who are qualified to present educational programs, free of charge, to the public. We are in need of volunteers to teach skills such as financial literacy and technology for teens, as well as experts from recreational areas such as gardening.We are seeking laptops to be used for free classes in our branch library meeting rooms, which will allow the desktop computers in the public areas to remain free to individual users. Laptops need to be of similar recent models.

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Richmond Public Library Foundation

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Director

Mr. Scott Firestine

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Jennifer Goins

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