Educational Institutions

Pequot Library Association

  • Southport, CT
  • www.pequotlibrary.org

Mission Statement

Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science & the Humanities to our Community

Our mission extends far beyond most traditional lending libraries. Pequot Library is housed in a historic building, framed by a Great Lawn, and located on over three acres in the charming village of Southport in Fairfield, CT. A small gem to be discovered, Pequot Library is a vibrant programming library where patrons arrive for high-impact cultural events and leave enriched and inspired.

Experience award-winning, professional musical performances in the prized acoustic of the auditorium/concert hall (which is perhaps the finest performance venue of its size in the region) and discover distinctive exhibitions in The Perkin Gallery. We integrate Pequot's nationally significant Special Collections, local artists' work, and renowned traveling displays from partnering institutions, on display free and open to everyone. Enjoy stimulating public programs: Meet best-selling Authors, explore important Issues of the Day with recognized experts, and view thought- provoking films and documentaries. More than 100,000 individuals of all ages are educated and entertained by more than 750 programs each year.

Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Main Programs

  1. Meet the Author
  2. Music Programs
  3. Young Persons’ Concert
  4. Science
  5. Art
  6. Special Collections Exhibitions and Corresponding Programs
Service Areas

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Connecticut

Patrons flock to Pequot Library from all over Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Easton, Weston, and since Pequot Library is a destination library, people of all ages come from Bridgeport, Trumbull, Stratford, Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Monroe, New Haven and beyond. During a five-day period we tracked 21 different zip codes of people visiting Pequot Library and participating in programs.

For our Summer Book Sale book lovers and book sellers travel from as far away as California, and all the other 50 states.

Our Special Collections are national treasures and have attracted scholars from across the country and around the world.

ruling year

1950

Executive Director since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Stephanie Coakley MA

Keywords

Self-reported

literature, music, art, science, humanities, special collections

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Also Known As

Pequot Library

EIN

06-0672790

 Number

4951017532

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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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Pequot Library is a:

• Vibrant programming library where patrons arrive for high-impact cultural events and leave educated, entertained and enriched (Meet the Author, Exhibitions, and more).

• Top rated acoustical music venue hosting a broad range of genres along with promoting youth educational programs.

• Warm and welcoming cornerstone of our community hosting annual family events (Valentine Candy Making, 4th of July Bike Parade, Halloween Party and Holiday Caroling and Open House and more).

• Community partner hosting over 30 not-for-profit organizations' key events (Aspetuck Land Trust, CT Audubon Society, Fairfield Public Schools, Near and Far Aid, Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, Westport Arts Center, etc.).

…with a well deserved following among: young families, educated and inquisitive adults, senior citizens, music enthusiasts, artists and art lovers, rare book and manuscript scholars, and seekers of exceptional programming.

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

Meet the Author

Meet the Author,
Meet the Author, Jr.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 2

Music Programs

“New Duke” Brian Torff leads eight-piece band of Fairfield university jazz professors, adults

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 3

Young Persons’ Concert

These are offered through Music for Youth

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 4

Science

Health Programs
TaiChi
Zumba
STEAM Programs

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

Program 5

Art

Paintings in the Perkin Gallery, all
Annual Art Show
Plein Art
Children's Art Summer Workshops

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

Program 6

Special Collections Exhibitions and Corresponding Programs

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To fulfill our mission of the past 125+ years of Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science, and the Humanities to the Community.

    1. Increase program and event attendance by 6%.
    2. Increase books and materials circulation by 3%.
    3. Increase membership by 5%.
    4. Increase total giving by 4%.
    5. Increase significantly the Library's outreach and involvement in the Fairfield Community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Increase program and event attendance by 6%
    • Actively solicit media promotion of programming and events.
    • Initiate new program series to widen appeal.
    • Identify and target demographic groups.

    Increase books and materials circulation by 3%.
    • Partner with the Fairfield Public Library to offer a single library card allowing access to digital material, databases, and E-Books by Pequot Library patrons who are residents.

    Increase membership by 5%.
    • Actively recruit non-member attendees at Library programs and events.
    • Broaden current mailing list to include 100% of Fairfield households.

    Increase total giving by 4%.
    • Continue to educate the membership and broader community regarding the Library's value and its needs.
    • Reach out to local businesses and organization for sponsorship support.

    Increase significantly the Library's outreach and involvement in the Fairfield Community.
    • Further partner with various community organizations to broaden awareness and activity.
    • Identify important Issues of the Day impacting the community and present relative programs and events.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Library has a unique, historic building and grounds including: a top rated acoustic Auditorium/Concert Hall, the Perkin Art Gallery, the Great Lawn, and Reading Rooms with working fireplaces.

    An engaged Staff, Board of Trustees, membership, and volunteer contingent representing a broad spectrum of the community's demographics.

    The Library's renowned, nationally significant Special Collections able to be a source for numerous unique exhibitions.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our goals are specific and measurable providing capability for year-end evaluation.

    1. Increase program and event attendance by 6%.
    2. Increase books and materials circulation by 3%.
    3. Increase membership by 5%.
    4. Increase total giving by 4%.
    5. Increase significantly the Library's outreach and involvement in the Fairfield Community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Accomplishments:
    • Renovation and newly refurbished Children's Area
    • Development of School Outreach program, serving more than 1,500 since Spring 2015.

    Ongoing goals:
    • Program and event attendance has been steady, but we want to increase it significantly.
    • Books and materials circulation has slightly declined in 2016 vs. 2015 due to the children's area renovation, and we want to reverse this trend.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Patrons flock to Pequot Library from all over Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Easton, Weston, and since Pequot Library is a destination library, people of all ages come from Bridgeport, Trumbull, Stratford, Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Monroe, New Haven and beyond. During a five-day period we tracked 21 different zip codes of people visiting Pequot Library and participating in programs.

For our Summer Book Sale book lovers and book sellers travel from as far away as California, and all the other 50 states.

Our Special Collections are national treasures and have attracted scholars from across the country and around the world.

Social Media

Funding Needs

Our Three Most Pressing Needs are to: * Make Pequot Library's Special Collections accessible to a wide audience while focusing on the Care and Preservation of the collection. * Complete a Capital Needs Assessment Plan and secure diverse funding sources to make the plan a reality, including critical repairs and upgrades. * Build capacity by investing in human capital in the area of advancement.

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Financials

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PEQUOT LIBRARY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Pequot Library Association

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Stephanie Coakley MA

BIO

Stephanie is currently serving as the Executive Director at the Pequot Library in Southport, CT.

Stephanie J. Coakley joins the Pequot Library with nearly 20 years of experience working as a museum educator, fundraiser, and non-profit administrator. Coakley most recently served as Director of Education at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, where she expanded the museum's programs for all ages and curated and managed art and history exhibitions for the museum's Community Gallery. Prior to that role she was the Executive Director and Director of Development with Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, where she was responsible for curating and organizing art exhibitions and oversaw all of the non-profit contemporary art organization's operations.

Early in her career, Coakley worked for nearly five years at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC and later, between 2004 and 2011, served as the Director of Education and Community Partnerships with the Tucson Museum of Art, in Tucson, AZ. During her tenure in Tucson, Coakley co-founded the first public high school on the grounds of an art museum, the Museum School for the Visual Arts, a unique high school developed for students with an interest in art history and studio art. She also oversaw the museum's research library's 13,000 titles and special collections. Coakley has particularly devoted her career to assuring that humanities-based learning experiences are accessible to broad and diverse audiences. Coakley earned her BA in Art History and English from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and holds her MA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, where she graduated with honors. Coakley's scholarly interests in American history, women's studies, and animal rights led her to complete her graduate school thesis, Women and Animal Advocacy in Nineteenth-Century America: The Life of Caroline Josephine Welton.



Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Alison Barry

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity