Educational Institutions

FRIENDS OF THE CRESTVIEW LIBRARY INC

  • Crestview, FL
  • http://www.cityofcrestview.org/library/friends_of_library.php

Mission Statement

The Friends of Crestview Library Mission is to develop and extend the Library's resources to provide current literacy services for all ages in the local community. We promote literacy with educational, recreational, and intellectual resources that the library provides to everyone.

Main Programs

  1. Community Reading Program
  2. Community Computer Program
  3. Speaker Presentations and Shows
  4. Community Artisan Display Program
  5. Community Children Reading Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Library serves North Okaloosa County, including Crestiew and the surrounding communities of Baker, Holt, and Laurel Hill. For a minimal fee, the Library also serves those people in neighboring Santa Rosa and especially, Walton counties.

ruling year

1999

President since 2015

Self-reported

Lucy Smith

Vice-President since 2013

Self-reported

Joe Barley

Keywords

Self-reported

Books, Computers, Children, Youth, Adult, Science, Arts,

Notes from the Nonprofit

This group is all volunteers who work hard and diligently year round to sort all the books donated towards the book sales held each fall and spring to support the Library.

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EIN

59-3491763

 Number

1474956875

Physical Address

1445 Commerce Drive

Crestview, FL 32539

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The Friends of Crestview Library have supported from the beginning the county-wide cooperative library system which allows citizens to share resources from a larger shared collection. We have added many permanent library items over the years: foyer display cabinets in lobby, outside statue representing love of learning with books, commissioned a 32' wall mural depicting history of Crestview, a security system, a book and CD/ DVD mobile drop boxes, flat-screen television to display Library events, genealogy computer, lap-top computer for visual presentations in meeting room, and books.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Community Reading Program

This program is to encourage the community to read more. There are all types of programs through out the entire year, with performers, activities, experiments, and the community is invited to all events.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

None

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 2

Community Computer Program

The library has a large group of computers available for public use in the center of the library. These computers are in use from the time the doors open to ten minutes prior to closing. Staff are frequently asked to provide one-to-one instruction to include basic computer keying skills for government assistance programs. Students often use the computers to complete their classroom assignments and frequently ask staff for needed help with reference resources to meet the technological requirements. This year, the friends purchased a new lap-top with current technology to enable speakers to use their presentations properly in the meeting room.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 3

Speaker Presentations and Shows

Different business people present programs of interest to the general community throughout the year.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 4

Community Artisan Display Program

The friends purchased a wall hanging system to allow local artisans to display their artwork on the library's walls. The artwork is changed out every two months. There is a 32' foot wall mural that the friends commissioned displaying a pictorial view of Crestview's history. The display cabinets in the library's lobby display local collections of community interest and are changed out every month. The Whiz Kid statue in the front of the library is the first display everyone sees. The mobile book and CD/DVD drop boxes are located at the front of the library outside under the portico roof.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 5

Community Children Reading Program

This program has scheduled events year round for all ages of children, teens, and young adults. Volunteers provide additional supervision when available for all events. Staff establish program curriculum, activities, and hands-on interaction.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of free participants in conferences

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Community Reading Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The Reading Program has increased the number of items checked out by users by at least 1,000 in a short time.

2. Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Community Computer Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to keep the Library current with resources so it can continue to provide literacy programs to the general community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Literacy activities with the local schools, all level programs in the Library itself, and more visibility in the community at local events.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    All of our volunteers work with staff, patrons, and businesses to promote literacy in the community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The measure of progress with literacy will show up with more circulation of books in the community, more citizens using the Library actively, and the businesses that promote literacy in the community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are continuing to improve adult literacy programs to include the basics for more programs. There are more and more citizens coming to the Library to learn how to use the computer to enroll in government assistance programs, not having any basic computer keying skills.
    The Reading program continues to build basic skills for all level readers.
    Maintenance of books keeps the readers active with series, favorite authors, old-time favorites from childhood, people, places of interest, facts, and pass across generations. We have great-grandparents bringing in great-grandchildren to check out and continue the life of reading.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Library serves North Okaloosa County, including Crestiew and the surrounding communities of Baker, Holt, and Laurel Hill. For a minimal fee, the Library also serves those people in neighboring Santa Rosa and especially, Walton counties.

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Funding Needs

Our library is the only available resource in the north end rural county for books. People to provide hands-on services for computer users. Our library is the only current free computer access available in the north end of the rural county. Job applicants, government assistance requests, limited income requests, and all other services strain our existing resources to maximum capacity. Maintenance Equipment to keep books in excellent condition, book carts for shelving books, book bags to keep books dry and clean, and book cleaning supplies.

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Operations

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

FRIENDS OF THE CRESTVIEW LIBRARY INC

Leadership

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President

Lucy Smith

Vice-President

Joe Barley

BIO

Active community volunteer in several organizations.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Our purpose is to raise funds to promote literacy for the community the library provides services for of all ages, all income levels, all education levels, and all physical and mental levels. Being able to read provides for everyone, and our goal is to reach everyone to help them be able to read."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rae Schwartz

Friends of Crestview Library

Term: Oct 2013 - Sept 2014

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?