Educational Institutions

Friends of the North Plains Public Library

  • North Plains, OR
  • http://nplibrary.org/friends-of-the-library/

Mission Statement

The
mission of the Friends of the North Plains Public Library is to provide funds,
support services, educational programs and recruit volunteer staff and promote
library programs and events to the community.

Main Programs

  1. Volunteer Recognition Program
  2. Library Materials Purchases
  3. One Book One Community (OBOC) Program

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Service Areas

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Oregon

The City of North Plains, OR. and the surrounding area of unincorporated Western Washington County, OR

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Margaret Reh

Keywords

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North Plains Oregon Western Washington County

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EIN

68-0518096

 Number

5593348661

Physical Address

31334 NW Commercial Street

North Plains, 97133

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Friends of the North Plains Public Library recently held its 5th annual One Book One Community reading program which featured a month long series of eleven events related to this year's chosen book "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese.   Thanks to a grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County the program was a huge success.  
Our current goal is to raise $28,000  to upgrade the library's Computer Lab and install RFID technology in the North Plains Public Library.

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

Volunteer Recognition Program

Provided funds for library Volunteer Recognition Program.  These funds are used by the Volunteer Coordinator to purchase rewards and gift incentives for Library Volunteers to encourage their continued services.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

1108.00

Program 2

Library Materials Purchases

Provide funds to the City of North Plains to support the purchase of new books, DVDs, and other materials for the library.  These funds are matched by the City of North Plains.   This program
benefits all library patrons in the city of North Plains, OR and the surrounding areas (Population 3660)

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

10793.00

Program 3

One Book One Community (OBOC) Program

Each year the Friends of the North Plains Public Library has sponsored an annual One Book One Community Program which features a month long series of events centered around a chosen book. Hundreds of books are distributed free of charge to community members who wish to participate in the program.Community Reading projects benefit a library in several ways, some quantifiable, others not. The most important non-quantifiable benefit is this: Community Reading projects position the library as a major player in the cultural life of a community. The library is no longer simply a place to come to use the computers, or to find information, or the most recent best-seller (all vital aspects of the library’s mission in themselves, of course); rather, the library becomes a destination for people who are interested in discussing books, a venue for author visits and for other cultural and humanities programs. One Book, One Community projects are an excellent way to start building a community of readers that finds its home base in the library.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

4000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of the Friends of the North Plains Public Library is to help fund materials and programs for the North Plains Public Library and its patrons. We also raise funds for special projects, including new technologies and building expansion. We help grow the children's programs and participate in all community events representing the library to the public.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We raise funds by holding Used Book Sales locally, as well as operating an online book seller presence on Amazon. We make our presence in the community known by entering floats in parades, manning information tables at community events and Farmers Markets. We provide library information and free book coupons to all new residents in our community through Welcome Packets. We maintain an active website and reach out to all patrons through regular newsletters and mailings.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have an active organization of over 50 members who volunteer time and expertise to manage our online book sales and volunteer their services at community events. We meet monthly to organize programs and plan fundraisers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We see the statistics monthly of how our programs are growing within our library and community. We manage our funds and keep profitable.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have raised over $500,000 to furnish and equip our library. We found donors to help with the building construction. We have put on major Community Reads programs on a yearly basis. We have put on regular Evening With an Author events. We have raised funds to maintain and upgrade all our library's technology equipment. We have applied for and received numerous grants over the years to help build the library and fund programs. We have increased our membership steadily over the years.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Oregon

The City of North Plains, OR. and the surrounding area of unincorporated Western Washington County, OR

Funding Needs

Our Library needs to upgrade its technology equipment. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology for checking out materials, will soon be provided by the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS). While the county will fund the security gates, our library must fund the cost of re-wiring. In conjunction with this new RFID technology, the library would like to purchase a Self-Check Kiosk which will allow patrons the speed, convenience, and privacy of checking out their own materials. Additionally, all of the library’s computers are now 7 years old and in need of upgrades, both hardware and software. Costs for these upgrades exceed the Library’s present financial resources. The Friends of the North Plains Public Library (Friends) have worked with our library director to apply for a grant to help fund this “New Technology Project.” The City of North Plains’ Library Budget will cover some of the costs, and WCCLS will contribute also. The Friends now need to raise $8,000 to complete the project. All donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt letter will be sent to each donor.

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Friends of the North Plains Public Library

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Principal Officer

Margaret Reh

BIO

Margaret Reh was one of the original founding members of the Friends of the North Plains Public Library and also works as a part-time library clerk for the North Plains Public Library.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Friends of the North Plains Public Library began as a grass roots organization in 2002 with the sole purpose to form a local public library for its residents.  With an all volunteer membership the group has not only incorporated and founded a library, but raised money to build a new library building and supported it with money and volunteers until it was able to qualify to join the Washington County Cooperative Library Services as a branch library in 2007, thus qualifying it for county support and operational funding.   The Friends continue to put on and promote library programs and raise funds to buy new materials and equipment for the North Plains Public Library."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Margaret ` Reh

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Term: July 2011 - June 2012

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