Educational Institutions

Martin Library Association

  • york, PA
  • http://www.yorklibraries.org/martin/index.htm

Mission Statement

Martin Library is committed to excellence in service by providing access to informational, intellectual, and recreational resources to all segments of our greater York community.  The library's vision is to open the door to knowledge and information while enhancing current standards and embracing emerging technologies.

Main Programs

  1. Family Place
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Martin Library provides free public library services to the residents of York City and surrounding municipalities.  Additionally, as the District Library Center for York and Adams Counties, Martin Library serves over 500,000 people.

ruling year

1942

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Mr. Robert F. Lambert

Keywords

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public library, grants,

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Also Known As

Martin Library

EIN

23-1352224

 Number

3678431130

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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Martin Library is the premier place for education and recreation in the York Community, providing free public library services to over 40,000 people each month. There are 70,000 cardholders, who use its public computers over 162,000 times a year. The library also hosts various programs for the community, such as Girls Go Digital, a five-week series of workshops for girls in grades 4-8 that teaches participants about computer coding, binary numbers, circuitry, and digital design.

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

Family Place

The Family Place Libraries are built on the belief that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. This philosophy is reinforced through a free five–week series, offered to parents and caregivers of toddlers (birth to age three), featuring local child development specialists who serve as resources for parents.  Within the program emphasis is placed on the central role of parents as the first teachers of their children.  Early intervention is facilitated, and strategies for healthy child development and early literacy are taught. 
The five-week series cultivates understanding within the relationships between parents and children. Each week, caregivers strengthen their parenting skills by learning more about the developmental stages of their children from trained child development specialists. Children are given the opportunity to play and interact with other children their age, learning the fundamentals of peer socialization.

Week One (Orientation Week), Paula Gilbert, Director of Youth Services at Martin Library and Lisa Schmittle, Children’s Program Manager, present the resources available at Martin Library for both parents and children. 

Week Two (Physical Therapy Week), specialists provide direction in developmentally appropriate ways to play and interact with children.

Week Three (Nutrition Week), a feeding specialist discusses early child development and nutrition. 

Week Four (Child Development Week), early education specialists discuss issues such as potty training, sleeping habits, and other common parenting concerns. 

Week Five (Speech, Hearing, and Language Development Week), early intervention speech and language therapists meet privately with each family about their child’s language development.

The Family Place workshops are held in the morning and the evening to accommodate parents’ work schedules. Upon graduation from the program, parents and their children form playgroups and meet regularly in the Family Place facility.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

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?
    Martin Library will provide diverse opportunities for people to learn, gather, and access resources within and beyond our libraries.

    Martin Library will align its services, products, and programs around the PA Forward 21st Century Literacies.

    Martin Library will develop and support its staff and leadership as they serve the people in their communities.

    Martin Library will secure the diverse funding needed to support its operational and strategic activities.

    Martin Library will launch and sustain a county-wide marketing communications initiative that positions the libraries in the hearts, minds, and priorities of everyone in our community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Martin Library will provide diverse opportunities for people to learn, gather, and access resources within and beyond our libraries.
    Strategies
    — Fully deploy a satellite library in Salem Square, York, PA
    — Implement an outreach program to serve the older adult community.
    — Launch a county-wide initiative to introduce more teens to their libraries.
    — Build a model for future teen content-generating programming.

    Martin Library will align its services, products, and programs around the PA Forward 21st Century Literacies.
    Strategies
    — Launch a One Thousand Books before Kindergarten (1KBK) program.
    — Launch and support a Graduating Adult High School Diploma program.

    Martin Library will develop and support its staff and leadership as they serve the people in their communities.
    Strategies
    — Define our values/behaviors and create a common culture within Martin Library.

    Martin Library will secure the diverse funding needed to support its operational and strategic activities.
    Strategies
    — Implement an elaborate and diligently constructed Advancement Plan

    Martin Library will launch and sustain a county-wide marketing communications initiative that positions the libraries in the hearts, minds, and priorities of everyone in our community.
    Strategies
    — Work with the staff and key stakeholders to develop and deploy a message strategy focused on ML's targeted markets.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Martin Library is capable of achieving these goals because of its…

    Mission-Related Activities
    Marketing and Position in the Community
    Facilities and Technology
    Financial Status.

    Mission-related Activities
    —Viewed internally as an educational force in early learning
    —Provides county-wide early-learning services (Cruise into Kindergarten, One Book, Every Child Ready to Read)
    —Actively works with public school systems
    —Provides Tech Guru services in every library
    —Works with the aging population
    —Stays on the cutting-edge for digital resources
    —Brings services out into the community
    —Promotes recording resources (such as Storytime Kits and Book Club Kits) so their availability is known
    —Continually updates its collection
    —Sees itself as the Library of the Future

    Marketing and Position in Community
    —Expanded community presence
    —Focuses on a unifying message: the library as a Community Center
    —Actively promoting educational programs and services

    Facilities and Technology
    —Using cutting-edge circulation system
    —Critically evaluating and adjusting space to advance the Library of the Future
    —Advancing tech training with staff
    —Expanded seating and places to gather, making the libraries seen as an alternative to other gathering places.

    Financial Status
    —Rental revenue is measurably up and other organizations are seeking out the libraries as a resource
    —Honors events to “friend-raise"
    —Fee-for-service revenue is up
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Measures of Success

    In order to evaluate the effectiveness of and progress toward its goals, YCL will measure and track the following Measures of Success. The results will be reviewed by the leadership team on a regular basis.

    Strategy One
    — Number of people engaged in learning activities
    — Number of people gathering in YCL facilities
    — Number of people accessing resources
    — Number of people served outside of the libraries

    Strategy Two
    — Number of programs and services aligned with the PA Forward 21st Century Literacies
    — Number of children participating in 1,000 Books before Kindergarten

    Strategy Three
    — Number of hours of professional development/person
    — Number of full-time employees with greater than two years employment
    — Employee Net Promoter Score

    Strategy Four
    — Measure financials and statistics according to its elaborate Advancement Plan

    Strategy Five
    — Measure financials and statistics according to its elaborate Marketing Plan
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Over 70,000 cardholders
    240,000 patrons using electronic resources
    Over 1,500,000 items circulated
    620,000+ system-wide library collection
    163,000 uses of the libraries' public computers
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Martin Library provides free public library services to the residents of York City and surrounding municipalities.  Additionally, as the District Library Center for York and Adams Counties, Martin Library serves over 500,000 people.

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MARTIN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Mr. Robert F. Lambert

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jaqueline Summers

Penn-Mar Human Services

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