CHICO PUBLIC LIBRARY INC

Chico, TX   |  www.chicopubliclibraryinc.com

Mission

The mission of Chico Public Library, Inc. is to provide free and equal access to educational, informational, recreational, and cultural resources, and to promote the use of the library to every member of the community through a diverse collection of materials, media and programs for all ages. Continuing efforts are made to respond to changing needs of the community and to evolving technology.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Michelle Slonaker

Main address

PO Box 707

Chico, TX 76431 USA

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EIN

75-2669153

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Rural (S32)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Reading Programs

Each year the Chico Public Library provides Summer Reading programming on a variety of topics for children, teens, and adults.

Population(s) Served

Lego robotics programs

Population(s) Served

Basic computer skills workshops for adult learners

Population(s) Served

Educational programming provided to local school district

Population(s) Served

After school activities designed to allow students of all ages the opportunity to explore and develop an interest in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Topics explored include robotics, recycling, art... Program targets underserved population and provides nutritious snacks in an effort to ensure adequate and reliable food availability for low income children.

Population(s) Served

Chico Public Library Family Place Mission

As a Family Place, the Chico Public Library looks to engage in outreach activities designed to reach new and non-traditional library users, especially parents of very young children. In addition to providing age appropriate materials and programming for children
birth to three years, Family Place will connect local professionals and community agencies to the families and children they serve. Essential to this mission is the provision of staff trained in child development, parent education and family support.

Program
Family Place Play Dates seek to bring parents, care givers, children birth to age 3 together for an hour of play-based fun and learning. Using center-based learning models, Family Place Play Dates encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Each week, a local professional will be on hand to answer questions or concerns on topics such as early literacy, food & nutrition, music & play, child development, speech, hearing and language.

Funding
The Chico Public Library Family Place Program is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology
Act (2016). Family Place Program Training was made possible in part by the Tocker Foundation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Texas State Library and Archives Accredited 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

• Provide a clean, bright, comfortable, and inviting library
• Provide a broad spectrum and diverse collection of materials
• Provide Summer Reading Programs
• Provide programs that meet varied needs
• Provide free and equal access
• Hire additional paid staff
• Increase the size of the library
• Increase the library collection
• Add a public use room to the library
• Maintain or improve technology for staff and community use
• Provide protection on computers used by children, while having unrestricted access computers for adults in a separate area
• Determine patron preference for hours of operation
• Increase hours of operation
• Maintain technology at the highest level supporting community needs
• Interest teenagers in using the Public Library in addition to the school library
• Publicize the library's large variety of media
• Develop an adult reading program
• Conduct ESL classes
• Conduct computer classes
• Maintain a book club
• Establish a Friends of the Library group
• Provide patrons with a Chico Public Library, Inc. information pamphlet

Publicize quality services provided by the library. Seek and obtain grant funding to maintain, increase and improve the services provided by the library. Establish community partnerships to enhance library services.

At current funding levels the library is able to maintain services as they are. Providing library services to the community 48 hours each week with weekly and monthly programming in addition to Summer Reading activities are maintained through city/county funding, community partnerships and grant funding.

In 2010, the Chico Public Library, Inc. committed funding to allow for the addition of two part-time staff members, upgrade of computer systems, the addition of two WiFi connections, and increased service hours to 36/week. The library underwent a major renovation to its facility in 2012. In addition to new shelving, circulation desk and semi-private study areas, flooring was replaced, walls repainted and new storefront installed. As a result of increased library use, staffing was increased to 1.5 FTE and library hours were increased to 48/week. Summer programs were increased from a six-week program for children to an eight-week program for children 2012. Teen summer programs were added in 2013, and adult summer programs were added in 2014. Grant funding in 2015 allowed the library to implement robotics programs for children. Community outreach and engagement has enabled the library to develop local partnerships with businesses, organizations, artists, etc. that led to additional program support. Programs for all ages were expanded through additional grant funding in 2016-2017 to include twice-weekly after school Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics related activities. Adult programs such as Ladies Craft Night & Game Night were added on a weekly rotation. As part of the program expansion grant funding, a year-long internship program was established that enabled local high-school students to gain on-the-job experience in library services while providing the library with additional staffing to assist with the many new programs being offered. Robotics programs were also expanded to include options for middle and high school children. Due to these program expansions and increased service demands, staffing was increased to 2.5 FTE.
Thanks to a grant from IMLS and TSLAC library staff attended the national Family Place Institute in New York during March 2016 and became the only certified Family Place Library in Wise County. This program encourages library use from birth through adulthood, by providing age appropriate furniture, equipment, toys, and reading materials along with a semi-annual five-week parent/child workshop. The purpose of these programs is to connect families with infants and toddlers to each other, develop social and developmental skills through play, and to ensure access to professional family resources within the community. In 2017, the library partnered with the BabyBox Co. to become a BabyBox distributor. During the summer of 2017 the library participated in the Public Library Associations Inclusive Internship Initiative. Funded by the IMLS, this program provided the ability to host two high school students for a 10 week internship, during which participants created and implemented connected learning projects while gaining on-the-job training in library services.
Plans for future renovation/expansion have been developed and fundraising for this endeavor is underway.

Financials

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CHICO PUBLIC LIBRARY INC

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Misty Valdez

Chico Public Library, Inc.

Term: 2017 - 2020

Michelle Slonaker

Chico Public Library, Inc.

Karen Green

Chico Public Library, Inc.

Phil Herskowitz

Chico Public Library, Inc.

Barbara Kay

Chico Public Library, Inc.

Misty Valdez

Chico Public Library, Inc.

Noelle Salois

Chico Public Library, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No