William Fogg Public Library

The People are the Pillars of Our Support

aka William Fogg Public Library   |   Eliot, ME   |  www.williamfogglibrary.org

Mission

The library’s foremost purpose is to serve the community. In doing so we aim to be a center of reliable information on a wide range of subjects and a place where readers of all levels and diverse tastes can find the books they desire. Our goal is to continuously foster literacy in all areas, by working collaboratively with schools and educational organizations, by staying attuned to the public’s interests, and by offering programs that help open the doors to the world of books and technology. Through our programming, we seek to introduce and explore not only a broad spectrum of technology and literature, also art, music, film, and other cultures, science, history, and news of our ever-changing world.

Ruling year info

1944

Library Director

Lydia Renee Goodwin

Main address

PO Box 359

Eliot, ME 03903 USA

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EIN

01-0227281

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS.

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Our programs

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William Fogg Public Library Programming

Despite the current state of things and our inability to host groups indoors, we are still offering a variety of Storytimes and crafting services designed to be available to as many families as possible.

Facebook Live Storytime: Every Tuesday at 1:30 we host a 20-30 minute Live Storytime. This Storytime is useful for families that either prefer the structure of a set schedule or the ease of popping in for a little story break. Featuring 1-2 books and a rotating variety of 2-3 activities, movement, and/or songs, this Storytime is designed to be a “light” version of our traditional Storytimes: enough to feel familiar without being too long for children not used to a lot of screen time. These Storytimes are posted to our Facebook after they go Live for families that miss the live airing.

Zoom Storytime: Every Wednesday at 3:30 we host a more private Live Storytime for families that miss the interaction that In-Person Storytime provided. Despite the private feel, this Storytime is still available to everyone who is interested by simply signing up for the link on our website. This interactive Storytime follows a different weekly theme than our other Storytimes: focused on character building, we gently introduce and discuss topics such as kindness and patience through books, songs, and activities.

Pre-Recorded Storytime: Posted every week to our website and Facebook via YouTube, this Storytime takes the Facebook Live Storytime and expands it. Featuring 3-4 books, extra activities, exercises, songs, and an at-home craft, this Storytime generally runs about 45 minutes and is designed to mimic the length and structure of our In-Person Storytimes. Despite being pre-recorded, these Storytimes still feel interactive for the kids at home and the time stamps make it easy to come and go as fits each family’s personal schedule. The editing adds helpful imagery for the kids as we discuss different themes, practice our letters, numbers, and colors, and learn new words. Our extensive archive (available on our website and YouTube) offers hours and hours of entertainment and education.

Outdoor Storytime: Nothing beats meeting up with your friends and other families for Storytime! As long as the weather isn’t horrible or dangerous, we are offering a weekly Outdoor Storytime, even through the winter! Due to the changeable nature of winter weather, the day for Outdoor Storytime changes each week but can always be found on our website or through signing up for our weekly Kent Room email. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on, a snack to munch on, enough layers for the cold, and enjoy stories, songs, and outdoor activities! Even though we are outside, we still take everyone’s safety very seriously and ask that everyone wears a mask when they are not seated in their spot.

Weekly Take-Home Crafts: Every week we put out a craft packet to go along with our weekly Storytime theme! All you’ll need is glue, markers, and your creativity! Families can either pick up crafts in the Kent Room or request them for their curbside pickups.

Kent Room Family Time: We recognize that a big part of the Kent Room is being able to enjoy the space, and all it provides, with your family. Every Saturday between 1 and 5 families can sign up for a 45-minute time slot and reserve the whole Kent Room for themselves! During this time, you can craft, play board games, read together, or simply browse without worry. Before and after every visit we sanitize the space so that every family can feel relaxed during their visit to the library!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    All citizens of Eliot, Maine.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We invested in more electronic resources to reach our citizens that have health risks due to COVID-19.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have a much better rapport with all the other organizations in Eliot.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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William Fogg Public Library

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

J. Peter Dennett

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Stephen Beckert

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Ann Shisler

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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? Yes
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/27/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.