West Chester Public Library

So much more than books

aka West Chester Public Library   |   West Chester, PA   |  www.wcpubliclibrary.org

Mission

West Chester Public Library provides all community members equal access to information, ideas, and knowledge through books, programs, and other resources to support lifelong learning.

Ruling year info

1941

Director

Ms. Victoria Dow

Main address

415 N Church St

West Chester, PA 19380 USA

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EIN

23-1365982

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Children's Summer Reading Club

Yearly incentive program to encourage children to continue reading over the summer to maintain and improve reading skills. This popular program features a different theme each summer, along with incentives to read.  Special programs such as arts, STEM, and nature programs are also part of this program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

WCPL selects materials in a range of formats to fill the education, informational and recreational needs of the community.  Materials are selected on the basis of community interests, customer demand, accredited reviews, and media coverage of current events and newly published items.

Population(s) Served

Babies as young as three months of age can benefit from routine reading programs that engage parent and child in reading, singing, playing and talking. Because of this, WCPL offers regular Story Times for infants, toddlers, and their parents and care givers. Programs consist of 30-45 minutes of stories, finger plays, nursery rhymes, songs and movement. There are also separate sessions for ages 12-24 mos. & 24-36 mos. Funds are needed to offset expenses for music, educational toys, and presentation materials, and the story time coordinator.  The story time coordinator plans and leads the age appropriate programs developed in accordance with Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for infants and pre-kindergartners .

Population(s) Served

From a weekly after-school drop-in program, to a Teen Advisory Board, to special programs developed and presented by teens in conjunction with library staff, we aim to engage 12-17 year-olds in their library.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Mosteller Community Service Award 2008

Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan lays out the following broad areas of focus:
• 1. KNOWLEDGE AND INSPIRATION
Ensure the West Chester Public Library is a center of knowledge and inspiration that provides meaningful and relevant opportunities to read, learn, and create.

• 2. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Position the West Chester Public Library as a hub for community engagement and transformation.

• 3. CUSTOMER VALUE AND EXPERIENCE
Deliver exceptional value and experiences to library users, donors, volunteers, community partners, and the public, ensuring online and physical access to library services and materials to all of these groups.

• 4. SUSTAINABILITY
Build the capacity of the West Chester Public Library to ensure its long term sustainability.

The Board and staff have developed initiatives and tasks to assist in achieving the objectives stated for each of the focus areas listed above. The initiatives each have a target completion date - whether a one-time completion or on-going yearly. The Board reviews progress towards achieving those initiatives quarterly and staff are kept informed of progress as well as tasks that need to be completed.

Financials

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Operations

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West Chester Public Library

Board of directors
as of 8/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Matthew Holliday

County of Chester

Term: 2016 - 2017


Board co-chair

Ms Mary Brooks

Westtown School

Term: 2016 - 2018

Howard Sundwall

retired - CTDI

Richard May

RKM Advisors

Tina Facciolli

retired - DASD

Lance Nelson

MacElree Harvey Ltd

S. Damon Kletzien

retired - Triadvocates Press

Matthew Holliday

County of Chester

Scott Kirkland

Duff Co.

Jean Speiser

self-employed

Mary Brooks

Westtown School

Ann Hess

Rachel Kagan

Main Line Creative Partners

Marita Barber

Karen Reitano

Berkley Technology Services

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? No
  • 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