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 19,750 individuals of all ages are educated and entertained by more than 375 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

ruling year

1950

chief executive

Mrs. Martha Lord Ed.D.

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Keywords

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

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EIN

06-0672790

Also Known As

Pequot Library

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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?

Impact statement

Pequot Library is a:

• Vibrant programming library where patrons arrive for high-impact cultural events and leave educated, entertained and enriched (Meet the Author, Issues of the Day, 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

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

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Program 1

Meet the Author

Meet the Author, B.A. Shapiro, adults
Meet the Author, Jr., Bob Shea, children

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Music Programs

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

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Young Persons’ Concert

Award-winning Veit Hertenstein, viola, children

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Science

Fetch! Club--Science Fun @ Your Library

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Art

Paintings in the Perkin Gallery, all ages

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Charting Impact

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

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  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 roles by 12%.
    4. Increase total giving by 10%.
    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 roles by 12%.
    • Actively recruit non-member attendees at Library programs and events.
    • Broaden current mailing list to include 100% of Fairfield households.

    Increase total giving by 10%.
    • 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 roles by 12%.
    4. Increase total giving by 10%.
    5. Increase significantly the Library’s outreach and involvement in the Fairfield Community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Accomplishments:
    • 24% increase in membership roles 2013 vs. 2012.
    • 21% increase in cash giving 2013 vs. 2012.
    • Successfully executed a “Save Pequot Library” public relations campaign to reinstate all of the $350,000 of Town funding scheduled for elimination by the Board of Finance. These funds represent 1/3 of the Library’s operating budget.

    Ongoing goals:
    • Program and event attendance has been steady, but we want to increase it significantly.
    • Books and materials circulation has slightly declined in 2013 vs. 2012 and we want to reverse this trend.

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

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Operations

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Pequot Library Association

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mrs. Martha Lord Ed.D.

BIO

Martha is currently serving as the Executive Director at the Pequot Library in Southport, CT. Prior to that, Martha was the Interim Executive Director of the Big Apple Circus, Brooklyn, NY, the Interim Head of School at The Country School, Madison, CT, Head of School at Lowcountry Preparatory School, Pawleys Island, SC and Associate Head/CFO at GFA.

Prior to getting into the not-for-profit world, Martha was the founding principal of Lord, Gates, & Associates, an organizational development consulting firm and spent her early career as a commercial banker.

Martha has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Financial Management from Fairfield University, and a Doctor of Education from California Coast University. Martha serves on the Board of Trustees of Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT and the Board of Deacons of the Greenfield Hill Church, Fairfield, CT. She and her husband Don live in Fairfield.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. William P Russell Jr.

Sterling Investment Partners

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