Educational Institutions

MEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC

  • Sheboygan, WI
  • www.supportmeadpl.org

Mission Statement

Mead Public Library has a reputation for excellence. It's a reputation that's been earned...through the hard work of our staff, the support of government agencies, and the support of individuals within the community.

Excellence doesn't just happen. It takes the right materials and personnel to make the library successful. In order to maintain the quality of the services we currently provide, additional funds are needed.

The Mead Public Library Foundation, Inc. has been established as a source for continued funding. But, your help is needed, too. Through your donations to the Mead Public Library Foundation you can help secure a bright future for your library, and ensure the highest standards of excellence for which we've become known.

The Mead Public Library Foundation was incorporated in 1989 when the corporation directors determined to work together in order to continue the strong history of private support for Mead Public Library and its services. Many important purchases and services are possible only through the availability of privately contributed funds which supplement but never supplant City appropriations.
The mission of the Mead Public Library Foundation is to benefit the community by raising, managing and distributing funds to enhance the services, facilities and collections of the Library and to increase public awareness of Library needs and services. The Foundation is a 509 (a) (3) organization established to invest in, receive, hold, use and dispose of all property, real or personal, as may be necessary or desirable to carry out the interests of the Mead Public Library. All contributions to it are deductible to the extent allowable by law [501(c)(3)].

The Foundation spearheaded a successful capital campaign in support of the Library's Centennial Building Project which was completed in 1997. It then launched a long-term Endowment Fund campaign and the income from that fund has benefited Mead Public Library in many ways.

Main Programs

  1. Sheboygan Children's Book Festival Financial Sponsor
  2. Dr. Jerome M. Maas Teen Learning Center
  3. Teen Summer Library Program
  4. Youth Services Improvements at Mead Public LIbrary
  5. Sheboygan Reads
Service Areas

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Wisconsin

Mead Public Library is the library of the City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mead Public Library is a member of the Eastern Shores Library System. Since state law requires that all library members of such a system must provide to the entire population of the system the same services which they provide locally, all residents of Sheboygan and Ozaukee Counties benefit from the services of Mead Public Library.

ruling year

1994

Library Director

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Mr. Garrett Erickson

President of the Mead Public Library Foundation since 2003

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Mr. Bernard J. Markevitch

Keywords

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Public Library Foundation, Education, Arts, Culture, and Humanities

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EIN

39-1670997

 Number

1477984967

Physical Address

710 N 8TH St.

Sheboygan, WI 53081

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

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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Through strategic fund-raising and specific support of Library programs, the Foundation has been effective in fulfilling the goals of our organization. They have strengthened and updated our estate planning document for public awareness of this option, supported large educational programs at the Library and began the method for recognizing past and current donors.

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

Sheboygan Children's Book Festival Financial Sponsor

The mission of the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival is to foster a love of reading and inspire young readers, writers, and artists by offering a wide array of dynamic, free public events featuring outstanding children's book creators.

The Mead Public Library Foundation is a sponsor of the Book Festival.

As Wisconsin's first children's book festival, the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival celebrates children's literature and provides the opportunity for kids, teens, families and children's book lovers of all ages to: meet outstanding children's book authors and illustrators; explore the art of children's book illustration; participate in workshops, discussions, and demonstrations; and be inspired as readers, writers, and artists.

Category

Literacy

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

Dr. Jerome M. Maas Teen Learning Center

The Maas Teen Learning Center is a space within Mead Public Library. It was developed for use by teens as a spot to socialize, learn and have fun. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service available to Mead Library cardholders, used primarily by teens.

Category

Library

Population(s) Served

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 3

Teen Summer Library Program

Acuity Cool Picks is a summer library program for teens (grades 6-12) based at Mead Public Library. It include incentives for reading, plus other activities including movie and gaming events.

Category

Library

Population(s) Served

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 4

Youth Services Improvements at Mead Public LIbrary

In 2012, the Mead Public Library Foundation funded improvements (sound system, carpeting) to the library's Rocca Meeting Room, used for youth services as well as adult programs. In 2013, the Foundation funded remodeling a space to create a children's activity center adjacent to the Henrietta A. Landwehr Children's Library Center.

These projects were funded by the income from a bequest intended for youth services from Dr. Jerome M. Maas.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

Program 5

Sheboygan Reads

Since the second biannual “Sheboygan Reads” in 2007, the Mead Public Library Foundation has provided funding for a “community reads” program based at Mead Public Library.

Foundation funds have purchased copies of books and paid for expenses related to author visits and many other programs that are part of “Sheboygan Reads.”

In 2007 author Michael Perry brought his band “The Long Beds,” for a concert, and followed up with a writers’ workshop and “An Evening with Michael Perry.” In 2009, the program featured the trend of self-publishing with “The Green Steed,” written by a local resident, Betsy Michael. The programs included one about cycling and another on memoir-writing. The popularity of the latter program led to the 2011 Sheboygan Reads program which featured Jerry Apps, a popular regional writer of fiction and non-fiction, particularly about rural life. In 2013, the program featured Carrie Bebris, who writes a popular Jane Austen mystery series. Events featured everything Austen, from letter-writing to dancing.



Category

Literacy

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

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?
    The Mead Public Library Foundation's five main goals are:

    1. Increase Financial Support for the Foundation

    2. Raise Community Awareness of the Foundation

    3. Develop Collaborative Relationships with other Library and Community Organizations

    4. Build Organizational Effectiveness

    5. Maintain the Highest Level of Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Some of the strategies for reaching the goals are:

    -Increase membership in the Renaissance Society
    -Educate potential donors on the role of private fundraising for the library's future
    -Create a strong presence for the Foundation within the library facility
    -Foster and build relationships with other community organizations
    -Maintain transparent record keeping procedures
    -Develop a board recruitment strategy to strengthen and diversify board membership
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The organization has a very strong Board of Directors as well as support staff to encourage and facilitate the details of these strategies. They also have generous volunteers who are dedicated to reaching the goals of the organization.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Foundation has a Strategic Plan in place to not only keep the process on track, but allow for tracking the process of these goals. Specific objectives are outlined in this plan to ensure that the direction of the goal remains clear.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Within the objectives of the Foundation's Strategic Plan, they have began the process of all five of their goals. They have completed an Estate Planning document for education and reach within that demographic. They have maintained the highest level of fiscal responsibility and transparency with their funds. A new board member orientation process is in place and recognition for past and current donors is on-going.

    The Foundation continues to work on raising awareness in the community, increasing Renaissance Society membership and developing relationships with other library and community organizations. These goals will, by their nature, always be on-going.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Mead Public Library is the library of the City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mead Public Library is a member of the Eastern Shores Library System. Since state law requires that all library members of such a system must provide to the entire population of the system the same services which they provide locally, all residents of Sheboygan and Ozaukee Counties benefit from the services of Mead Public Library.

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MEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC
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Library Director

Mr. Garrett Erickson

President of the Mead Public Library Foundation

Mr. Bernard J. Markevitch

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bernard Markevitch

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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