The mission of the Johnson County Library Foundation is to build an endowment for the Library's collection and secure private support for key life-long learning programs.
Ms. Susan Mong
library, education, community, literacy, johnson county, technology
9875 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212 USA
Libraries, Library Science (B70)
Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)
Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)
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Support for newly expanded MakerSpace - work with external corporate and foundation partners to expand the MakerSpace to 6 times its current space encouraging interactive S.T.E.M. learning and collaboration. By expanding our partners, we will resource the space with program supplies and innovative technology and equipment to meet the needs of our community.6 by 6 Read to Read Space expansion - Identify funding support to expand 6 by 6 Early Literacy interactive spaces to allow for children and parents to enjoy a literacy rich environment that stimulates the 6 skills that every child needs to become a successful ready by kindergarten. By expanding the spaces in 4 of our libraries, we will create destinations for young families that encourage reading.Collection Endowment - An Endowment for Collections: The demand for materials in all media, print through electronic, and the ever-changing needs of the community make building collections a priority. This is coupled with the fact that there has never been a fully funded budget for the Library's collection of materials. We wish to strengthen the collection's breadth, depth, and availability.Identify funding for Audio/Visual Equipment upgrade at our newly renovated Central Resource Library to help maximize impact of programming in the event spaces in this branch which houses our largest meeting spaces. The approximate cost of this project is 120,000 to upgrade A/V Equipment for meeting, event, and training lab spaces.Finally, we are planning to plan for new library buildings, expansions, and renovations in western Shawnee, Lenexa, Blue Valley, and Corinth over the next 5 years. We look forward to building a community giving plan to engage donors around this exciting new time for our libraries which will add 4 new spaces over the next 5 years. Endowment Fund now stands at $1.66 million as of 2015 which is dedicated to supporting the library collection.
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
Endowment of the Collections
Annual circulation of library materials is more than 6 million a year - twice the national average. While the Library holds more than 1.5 million items in the collection, the demand for materials and ever-changing needs of the community make strengthening the collection a priority. Currently, the endowment sits at $1,654,133.
Collection endowment will be grown and managed to generate financial support to strengthen, expand and maintain currency of Library Collections. Success is meeting goal as quickly as possible in order to address annual shortfall for collections budget. Success achieved when collection has breadth, depth and availability to meet demands of patrons. Ultimate success is an endowment of $10+ million to address collection needs most completely.
Building an endowment for the collections is a constant, steady effort. As awareness across the community grows, individuals realize the endowment will require everyone to contribute. We measure success by the continued donations, the growing endowment fund, the growing number of contributors/contributions, and inquiries from the public on how we are doing. Direct feedback from donors, prospective donors, and library patrons give us continual evaluation of how we are conveying the need.
This annual grant to the Library represents a key priority for the Foundation: to provide additional depth and breadth to the Library's collection of materials and databases above and beyond what tax support can provide. We want to insure that Johnson County has access to a world class library system. Since 2002, the Foundation has provided annual grants totaling $271,864 to ensure our community has access to vibrant and extensive collection to serve the 13 branches and growing Johnson County population. Our circulation as a result is 6.7 million each year. In 2015, we made our largest contribution yet of $80,300 to aid our struggling collection budget making our collective contributions to nearly 1/2 million..
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Early Childhood Literacy: 6 By 6 Ready to Read
The Johnson County Library is passionate about early literacy. Our 6 By 6 Read to Read program has been developed to include early literacy information about the 6 skills needed by age 6 with beautiful illustrations by local artist Brad Sneed. These materials are so effective that they have been adopted by the State of Kansas Library with other states inquiring. Four target audiences have been identified for distribution of the materials. 1. The Library works closely with Head Start of Shawnee Mission serveing 211 low-income families. Staff will with Head Start to serve the students at HS and invite the families to a literacy events the library. 2. Our outreach has most recently been expanded to reach Latino families for whom English is not the primary language. We have developed bilingual card sets and programming to reach these families with this important message.
The mission of our early literacy programs is to provide access to ideas, information, experiences & materials that support & enrich children's lives. Secondly, to create an environment for children to learn, explore, enjoy, create and connect with their world. Parents and caregivers will have the tools and understanding of the numerous ways to engage very young children to prepare them for early reading skills, and the passion to read. Regardless of educational or cultural background, this program provides the tools, the setting, the awareness and skills to prepare and excite children to read and love books.
Staff will conduct pre and post-evaluations of participants in the programs. In addition, usage of the early childhood book collection and programs for very young children/parents will be monitored to track ongoing usage of library services & programs. Library staff will remain in contact with participants to provide encouragement, support and information for continued participation in library services.
Outcomes will be monitoring/looking for: strengthened parent/child bonds and stronger parenting skills. Enabling childcare givers with specific proven tools for early literacy. Very young children are equipped with linguistic & reading skills to enter school ready to learn with other children regardless of their social/economic status. Greater comfort in use of Library and willingness to interact in social settings in Library programs. Increased use of children's materials, measured by frequency of use & amount of materials. Continued participation in storytimes, and early literacy support programs. Based on success of these programs nationally, we believe these programs will be key in the full development and preparedness of thousands of children, of all social/economic backgrounds, for learning in school, life-long enjoyment of reading, & continued life-long learning.
Community Development, General/Other
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Youth Academic Support
A Homework Help Center located at the Central Resourse Library provides tutoring, mentoring and positive role models. More than 600 students used the Homework Centers during the previous academic year. Staffed by trained tutors, this program provides access to caring adults who can guide students toward successful problem solving strategies. We also offer tutor.com, an online Homework Help providing virtual assistance by certified teachers in Math, English, Science and Social Studies.
Students across the community and their parents/teachers, will know and rely upon the Homework Help resources of the Library. Students grades & attendance will improve; parents will also rely upon the academic/homework resources, both in the library and through the Online Tutorial Help. Growing awareness across the community that the Library is where you START, when you have a task to accomplish, a goal to achieve, when you need information and resources to open your mind to opportunities to learn. Ultimately, we envision that the Homework Centers will operate in the summer months as well as during holidays and vacations to meet the needs of students & their families.
Necessary assessment steps will include: Knowledge of area schools followed by targeted promotional efforts for awareness. Extensive streamlining of data collection and program administration. Training and retraining of both old/new staff in program goals & developmental needs of students. Ongoing evaluation of staffing needs & space considerations at branch libraries. Ongoing evaluation of staff/volunteer tutors: overall high level of satisfaction with the program, with 63% ranking it "outstanding" or "moderately" succesful. Relationships of staff/volunteers with students is very positive. Evaluations with parents indicate the program has built confidence and satisfaction for both parents and students. Frequent attendee parents were respondents to this survey.
Assessment surveys taken at the end of the this academic year indicate 98% of student participants were able to complete some or all of their homework.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
The JCL Foundation will continue to identify funding partners to expand the JCL MakerSpace and maximize programs and impact for our youth and encouraging S.T.E.M. development and learning. This space provides access to emerging technologies and collaborative learning so critical to problem solving. This space will also serve local entrepreneurs looking to design and build prototypes, websites, and utilize design software for branding.
The JCL MakerSpace will see increased program attendance and where students can collaborate, learn, and play with S.T.E.M. related tools and projects.
Attendance at programs offered throughout the yearProjects created and displayed in the spaceOrganization and school usage
A girlscout troup may utilize the space to learn about 3D technology and learn about career options in the S.T.E.M. field, exploring how emerging technology can solve problems.
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Sufficient funds to maintain an excellent collection. Years of under funded collections budgets coupled with annual inflation rates of 8-10% and recent budget cuts have resulted in the loss of millions of dollars in purchasing capacity. The impact: many areas of the Library's collection lack depth, breadth and availability.Program funds for four key areas of life-long learning noted in Impact Statement.General operating for Library Foundation to do it's mission.
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Ms. Susan Mong
Currently working as the Executive Director of the Library Foundation, working in collaboration with the board to secure funding for major programs, library initiatives, and long term endowment funding to secure a great library collection for future generations. Possess several years of volunteer management experience in the public sector and non-profit environment. Project Management and event management are integral to the work I have done over the last 15 years. Through many career experiences, I have developed strong inter-personal skills serving as an internal consultant to staff at many levels of the organization to maximize efficiencies with volunteer staffing. Currently seeking Masters in Public Administration to advance my opportunities to serve in the public sector.Specialties: Experience in academic environment, local government, and non-profit environment. Highly developed communication skills- both oral and written. Computer proficient in word, excel, powerpoint, and donor perfect. Experience working with boards, donor relations, and training staff and volunteers.
Ms. Ann Walter
Re/Max Real Estate
Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
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