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Manatee County Public Library Foundation

  • Bradenton, FL
  • manateelibraryfoundation.org

Mission Statement

To ensure that the Manatee County Public Library System obtains and manages needed supplemental funds and support to achieves its potential today and tomorrow as an indispensable community resource.

Main Programs

  1. STEAM Initiative
  2. Literacy Program
  3. Technological Literacy Programs
  4. Special Event Programs for Youth
  5. Creative Labs/Makerspaces
  6. Job Search Initiative
  7. Marauders Library Readers Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

All of Manatee County, along with a cooperative exchange in Sarasota and adjacent counties as well as linkage with inter-library loan and cooperative cultural programming, ie. Florida Studio Theatre.

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer

Self-reported

No Executive Director

Keywords

Self-reported

Funders and promoters of the County Library system

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Also Known As

Manatee County Library Foundation

EIN

59-2590387

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Wun)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

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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Accomplishments 2014-2015:Raised $100,000 for a state of the art operating system for the Library.Became a Giving Partner and upgraded our operations/bylaws,website,Facebook, planned giving material.The Board became a working versus advisory group. Conducted a successful pilot literacy program with three partners, the Manatee County Public Library System, the Bradenton Marauders and the Rogers Garden Elementary School (Title 1) and in eight weeks doubled the learning of all the students, especially the Spanish-speakers and girls. This provides a powerful demonstration of how accelerated learning can be accomplished with a targeted, needy group while involving community partners. Goals this year:Created a community partnership to test an integrative learning approach for improving literacy at Rogers Garden elementary, a title 1 school Will be evaluated by July 2015.Set literacy as a priority and will have another blockbuster fundraiser around that issue.Establish outcome measurements for our grants.

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

STEAM Initiative

The STEAM initiative introduces and exposes youth to the world of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Through expert guest speakers, hands-on teaching, experiments, and mobile classrooms children get an opportunity to appreciate these fields of endeavor. The US is ranked 25th in the world in math competencies and 17th in science. Studies show that as students age their proficiency in the sciences diminish.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

Literacy Program

The library considers literacy a lifelong endeavor. The Youth Services Department employs early literacy kits to encourage interest in reading and storytelling in infancy. Tweens are encouraged to continue interest in reading through book club and culture club experiences. Adults and ESOL students partake of our Literacy Instruction collection of Laubach, LVA, Pre-GED, and other contemporary English and math instruction books. Future plans include ""book club in a bag"" kits for patrons wishing to manage a reading group.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 3

Technological Literacy Programs

Residents of all ages (including seniors) have the opportunity to use computers and other electronic devices at the library, and learn how to better use their own devices. The library provides basic to intermediate computer classes, convenient drop-in tech help tables (eReaders, Kindles, iPads, etc.), electronic social service assistance, access to free computer and free wifi, introductory classes on how to use the library's online subscription databases, and tutorial videos on how to use the library's catalog.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 4

Special Event Programs for Youth

The Library presently offers two large scale events that 'take over' normal library operations and provide a unique experience for youth. Mana-Con, a comic convention, draws over 1000 local youth to participate in demos, a vendor fair, dojo exhibitions, dance, comic creation contests, food, a cosplay competition, fantasy costumes, graphic novel programs, related crafts and more. Family activities for children and for teens are available. Recycled Fashion Show challenges youth to create clothing from recycled scraps and send the creation down a real runway in front of expert judges.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 5

Creative Labs/Makerspaces

A physical space designed to promote exploration; an online space for critique, collaboration, and sharing; programming that nudges youth to stretch their imaginations and abilities; digital media equipment that fosters 21st century skills; and mentoring. The current computer lab at Central Library is being re-organized to include computer desks and chairs, iMac workstations, a color printer, design software, technical how-to books and creative equipment such as a keyboard, mixer, cameras and headphones. Branches will also incorporate makerspaces to encourage creative learning for all ages.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 6

Job Search Initiative

Through partnerships with Goodwill Industries, Suncoast CareerSource, Boley Centers, and other community partners, the library offers a monthly program for job seekers. At this program, they are matched with mentors and training opportunities, and taught workshops to improve interview and resume writing skills. Participants are also taught how to conduct job searches using online resources and other tools. The library has begun coordinating Job Fairs to match employers with job seekers as well.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 7

Marauders Library Readers Project

This pilot literacy project tested whether an integrative approach to learning focusing on baseball would stimulates the students to be more open to learning and reading. The Bradenton Marauders, the Manatee County Public Library System and the Rogers Garden Elementary School (a title 1 school with a F grade). We pre-assessed all 180 students at the Rogers Garden elementary school and re-assessed them again at the end of the project. Learning doubled across the board! Synovus Bank compiled our data. All learning was integrated through baseball and the student visited the Central Library . Over half the children got library cards and all learned about the free resources available at the library along with the summer programs. Each students who read three baseball books earned a free ticket for him or herself to attend the game with a parent/adult. The students got to run around the bases after the game was over!

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

All of Manatee County, along with a cooperative exchange in Sarasota and adjacent counties as well as linkage with inter-library loan and cooperative cultural programming, ie. Florida Studio Theatre.

Funding Needs

Expand our community credibility with the success of our pilot literacy project with the Marauders, the Library and a Title One school, Rogers Garden.Recruit talented volunteers as we ramp up our community outreach.Raise $200,000 to expand our literacy partnership efforts.Expand our community credibility with our literacy work, our Arts and Lecture authors, our audit, and our relationships with community partners, sponsors, and the media.Find a cost-effective system of document sharing and support to supplement our volunteer efforts.

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Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31
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Operations

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Manatee County Public Library Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

No Executive Director

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jane R Plitt

Author/Speaker

Term: May 2015 - May 2016

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