Cumberland County Library System Foundation

Mission

The Cumberland County Library System Foundation's mission is to support the Cumberland County (PA) Library System and its member libraries: Amelia S. Givin Free Library (Mt. Holly Springs, PA) Bosler Memorial Library (Carlisle, PA) Cleve J. Fredricksen Library (Camp Hill, PA) East Pennsboro Branch Library (Enola, PA) John Graham Public Library (Newville, PA) Joseph T. Simpson Public Library (Mechanicsburg, PA) New Cumberland Public Library Coy Public Library of Shippensburg Cumberland County Library System (Carlisle, PA)

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Carolyn Blatchley

Main address

400 Bent Creek Blvd Suite 150

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 USA

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EIN

20-8077580

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Library Foundation addresses the need for the Library System and the eight member library locations to resource funds in addition to those from municipal sources. The Library Foundation works with System staff and individual library directors to identify needs that can be addressed with private funding sources and then works intentionally to facilitate those funds, either from the Foundation on behalf of one or more member libraries as a whole or directly from an individual member library. The Library Foundation also provides general resource development advice, proofreading and other request evaluation support, fundraising training for member libraries' development staff, and systemwide social media, marketing, and public relations leadership.

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 Learning Program

The Cumberland County Library System’s annual summer learning program extends the public school year for preschool through grade 12 students into the summer months by providing a wide range of free advanced academic activities designed to foster a love of reading and strengthen students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening, and learning skills. 

The summer reading program, which features reading for pleasure as its primary activity, addresses the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s academic standards for reading, writing, speaking, and listening (2006).   Thus, the program supplements our school districts’ instructional programs quite well.

Each year, the Cumberland County Library System’s summer reading program provides a wide range of materials, instructors, and instruction that are not typically provided by K-12 public schools during the summer. These advanced academic activities for children and teens include book discussion groups, author visits, book-related craft and entertainment programs, book buddy/reading mentors, story-tellers, special activities, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

STAR — Service to Adult Readers — is a free program that brings the Cumberland County Library System and its materials to homebound individuals and nursing homes through trained volunteers.  

Any adult Cumberland County resident who is unable to visit the library regularly due to age, illness, or disability is eligible for STAR. One staff member serves as STAR Coordinator. The coordinator recruits and trains volunteers, interviews new homebound, coordinates with other agencies, and purchases materials for the STAR collection.

STAR volunteers have ranged in age from a 14-year-old home schooler and his mother to an 85-year-old man who has made monthly deliveries to an adult daycare program for 20 years.

Homebound clients have ranged in age from a blind Gulf War veteran in his 20s, to a woman in her 40s who is bedridden by Parkinson’s disease, to a 104-year-old woman. One homebound patron has been with the program since its beginning and has read over 2,000 books.

STAR's monthly library service delivery program benefits not only the homebound individual but also the volunteer, the community, and county government.  

STAR's homebound participants benefit by having library materials regularly delivered and from having a volunteer actively interested in their lives. 

STAR volunteers find rewards in selecting materials and discussing them with their elderly companion, often becoming personal friends.

Cumberland County benefits when its elderly residents stay mentally active and engaged through reading and regular human contact. 

Finally, government benefits because STAR helps seniors maintain their independence, thus being less reliant on additional public services. STAR volunteers also serve as gateways for identifying other needed public services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation supports the development of high quality collections of library materials at each system-affiliated facility. This includes both fiction and non-fiction, plus a variety of formats — digital eBooks, digital audiobooks, print, large print, audio visual (DVD's, compact discs), three dimensional objects such as children's puppets, literacy-related toys, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

School-Year STEM is a series of free programs and activities designed to foster critical thinking, collaboration, group communication, and evidence gathering and evaluating skills while exploring science, technology, engineering, and math.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

The overarching goal of the Library Foundation is to support the programs, services, and innovative initiatives of the Cumberland County Library System and its member libraries.

Currently, the Library Foundation supports the Library System in achieving the goals listed below. Pending the completion of strategic planning, tentatively scheduled for February 2021, these may be updated.

1. Customer Services: Provide quality customer library service for Cumberland County residents by:
• Providing core library audiences –families with children, older adults, and avid readers — with quality library services.
• Providing customers with innovative, effective online library services
• Exploring and evaluating new library service roles and initiatives

2. Running the Business Efficiently: Embrace customer feedback and evaluation, cost-effective processes, and effective public relations to provide customers with quality services by:
• Obtaining and responding to customer feedback about library roles and services regularly
• Evaluating and adopting efficient, cost-effective library processes
• Promoting the value of library services strategically and effectively

3. Sound Financial Management: Maximize and expand available resources through collaborative financial planning and development of alternative revenue sources by:
• Obtaining adequate resources
• Managing resources effectively
• Allocating resources equitably

4. Learning, Technology, & Innovation: Embrace learning opportunities, innovations and new technologies to better serve our customers by:
• Developing leadership among staff and board members
• Embracing new technologies
• Fostering innovation and partnerships

CCLS libraries are cornerstones of the communities they serve. Free access to the books, ideas, resources, and information in CCLS public libraries is an essential part of community residents' education, employment, enjoyment, and self-government. Community members are eligible for a library card — at no charge — to visit, borrow materials, attend programs, or to use online services from any Cumberland County public library or from their home or work computer.

The library system's service area has just over 250,000 people. This includes all of Cumberland County and three Franklin County municipalities located in the Shippensburg Area School District (Shippensburg, Orrstown, and Southampton Township).

CCLS member libraries include Amelia Givin Library in Mt. Holly Springs (established 1889), Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle (established 1900), Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill (established 1957), East Pennsboro Branch (established in 1985), John Graham Library in Newville (established 1960), Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg (established 1961), New Cumberland Public Library (established 1941), and the Coy Public Library of Shippensburg (established 1933). The system headquarters in Mechanicsburg provides technology services, purchasing, cataloging, training, and outreach services for the aged.

During the past five years, progress in these goal areas includes:

Customer Service
1. Increased services to core constituencies over the five-year period.
2. Received national recognition for STAR services from National Association of Counties.
3. Received statewide recognition by earning seven Best Practices in Early Learning awards from the Pennsylvania Library Association for outstanding children's programs.

Technology
1. Expanded the library system's public computer network 36% with the addition of 15 new public computers. This reduced waiting times for customers to use computer resources and contributed to increased usage (18%) over the five-year period.
2. Re-designed and re-built the library system's website using customer-based design and testing. Website use increased 27% over the five-year period. .
3. Obtained grant funds to install 5 self-service checkout stations.

Partnerships
1.Collaborated with Dauphin County library system to develop a shared eBook and eAudio collection. Also, reviewed and selected reference databases for joint purchase as a member of Capital Area District Electronic Resources Committee. This approach yielded cost savings, a wider array of choice and opportunities for joint marketing of services.

Staff Training and Development
1. Provided staff with training in technology, customer service, development software, web site software, and social media.
2. Supported the orientation and training of three new library directors and several new management staff members.
3. Focused on trends and new library service initiatives by 1) holding several 'Let's Talk about the Future' summits to discuss library trends; 2) visiting innovative library systems; and 3) developing a 'Future-oriented' Intranet web site for library staff.

Public Relations
1. Effectively communicated financial challenges to news media through news releases and the development of news media relationships. News media reports increased 85% over the five-year period
2. Re-designed and continuously developed library system web site to more effectively promote library services.

Finance
1. Fully funded a 90-day Contingency fund and established a Strategic Development Fund and several special project funds.
2. Obtained non-profit status for library system Foundation. Foundation secured new revenue sources; support increased from $1000 (2008) to about $24,000 (2011).
3. Total operating expenditures declined about 16% — from $7.3 million to $6.1 million.
4. State revenue cut 41%. County and locally raised revenue increased 6%. Local municipal funding increased 14%.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cumberland County Library System Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kevin Stoner

Orrstown Bank

Term: 2011 - 2022

Diane Myers

Fredricksen Library

Kevin Stoner

Amelia Givin Library

Clare Garfield

Bosler Memorial Library

Nathan Balagopal

At-Large Member

Linda Willis

Simpson Library

Geri Bazner

Coy Public Library

Morgan Plant

At-Large Member

Donna Williams

At-Large Member

Becca Raley

At-Large Member

Mike Whare

At-Large Member

Linda Ries

New Cumberland Public Library

John McCrea

John Graham Library

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 ? No
  • 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