Lower Merion Library Foundation

Ready for Today. Prepared for Tomorrow.

aka LMLF   |   Ardmore, PA   |  https://www.lmls.org

Mission

The Lower Merion Library Foundation has been established for the sole purpose of raising private funds in support of the activities and services of the Lower Merion Library System, a public library system serving the residents of Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania and surrounding communities. All money raised is used exclusively to advance the public library mission of the Lower Merion Library System. The mission of the Lower Merion Library System is to: provide access to and promote a wide variety of books, audio-visual materials and electronic resources and programs reflecting the diverse needs and interests of the population; and support the informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs of groups and individuals of all ages.

Ruling year info

1997

Director, Lower Merion Library System

Ms. Lynn Williamson

Main address

75 E. Lancaster Avenue 3rd Floor

Ardmore, PA 19003 USA

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EIN

23-2813619

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Single Organization Support (B11)

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Our programs

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Lower Merion Library System General Support for Operations, Materials and Collections

The Lower Merion Library Foundation provides funding for the the Lower Merion Library System (LMLS) - a dynamic group of six libraries located just west of Philadelphia. The System serves approximately 60,000 residents of Lower Merion Township and offers reciprocal borrowing to neighboring residents through the ACCESS Pennsylvania program. LMLS is an active participant in interlibrary loan and other cooperative projects among libraries in the state.

LMLS patrons can borrow books, large print books, magazines, CDs, Books on CD, and DVDs, all free of charge. Each library also provides public access to the Internet, Microsoft Office and a number of electronic resources. Many of these electronic resources can be accessed from home through the LMLS web site.

Public libraries have been nationally ranked over the past decade by two ratings services: The HAPLR Index and Library Journal. The HAPLR Index ranked LMLS in the top 2% of public libraries for circulation per capita, visits per capita, and materials per capita during multiple years of its publication. LMLS was twice awarded STAR LIBRARY status from Library Journal.

State & Local Rankings: LMLS Circulation Rate per capita was 17.1 in 2018, which is more than twice the national average (7.2), and three times the Pennsylvania average (5.1) In 2018, 636,111 people visited LMLS locations, which is equivalent to 11 times per resident, compared to 4.36 nationally and 3.55 in Pennsylvania. LMLS as of December 2018 had 30,483 residents with borrowers cards. That’s 52.7% of Lower Merion residents, and in 2016 survey, 71% of residents reported visiting a library in the previous 12 months.

Lower Merion Township provides income necessary to sustain buildings, utilities and personnel, but not books or materials. Therefore, the six libraries must raise materials and collection budgets through fund-raising efforts. The Lower Merion Library Foundation supports the work of the individual libraries through system-wide fund raising efforts and special initiatives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In addition to lending library materials, the Lower Merion Library Foundation supports system-wide educational and cultural programming throughout the six library branches of the Lower Merion Library System. Signature programs include: (1) Summer Learning: This program encourages students in grades K-3 to expand their reading skills through fun and engaging activities in libraries. Through programs, contests and prizes, students are encouraged to expand their horizons with reading. (2) Computer Coding Training: Coding is recognized as a crucial skill in our society. The coding advocate group code.com reports that by 2020, 22% of all jobs will be computer related, yet only 10% of schools teach coding. To support this needed training, the Lower Merion Library System holds coordinated computer coding programs in libraries. Other programs include a summer reading program for all ages, the One Book- One Lower Merion program which features a community-wide shared reading and author events, and an innovative Museum Pass program that allows families to visit 27 area museums and cultural attractions at no cost.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Access to knowledge continues to have a vital civic function, and plays an important role in social, economic, and spiritual aspects of individual and community life. In 2018, The Lower Merion Library Foundation completed a $3 million dollar capital improvement project which transformed the aging library facilities in the system - Ardmore, Bala Cynwyyd, Belmont Hills, Gladwyne, Ludington, and Penn Wynne. All six library facilities were renovated and expanded to meet the changing needs of the community. With the renovations complete, the libraries in Lower Merion now have greater capacity for community engagement and educational programs, activities for children and adults, and greater access to technology. Gifts to the endowment of the Lower Merion Library Foundation will help strengthen our ability to meet the challenges of the future and allow us to continue to provide high-quality programs for the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Lower Merion Library System participates in the Pennsylvania Forward initiative which seeks to strengthen the role public libraries serve in offering high-quality early learning opportunities and life-long learner opportunities. PA Forward has redefined the library’s role in Pennsylvania within the context of five essential literacies that all Pennsylvanians need in order to attain success as students, parents, employees, consumers, and citizens. Through Basic Literacy, libraries can help Pennsylvania achieve one of the highest literacy rates in the country, thereby contributing to a trained and skilled workforce, and a growing economy, tax base, and population. In Information Literacy, Pennsylvanians can improve their education, enhance their job skills, develop their personal lives, and fully participate in a digital society by learning how to use online resources and current technology. Civic and Social Literacy gives citizens the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and participate and contribute effectively to their community, government, and society. Health Literacy is helping citizens manage their own and their family’s well-being, and empowering them to be effective partners with their healthcare providers so they can live longer, more productive lives. And Financial Literacy helps citizens become informed consumers and guides individuals, small businesses, and other organizations to contribute to the economic vitality of their community through innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Two LMLS libraries, Ludington and Bala Cynwyd, are recognized as gold star libraries, the highest achievement based on demonstrating actions in all five literacies. Ardmore and Gladwyne have achieved silver stars, and Belmont Hills and Penn Wynne libraries are completing the process to enter at the Bronze star level.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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Our results

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In-Person Visits to LMLS Libraries

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

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Lower Merion Library System General Support for Operations, Materials and Collections

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Financials

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Lower Merion Library Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Barry Levin

Lower Merion Library Foundation, President

Term: 2022 -


Board co-chair

Ms. Betty-Ann Izenman

Lower Merion Library Foundation, Vice-President

J. Barton Riley

LMLF, Treasurer

Patricia Green

LMLF, Secretary

Michael Golden, Jr.

LMLF, Board Member

David Sonenshein

LMLF, Board Member

Organizational demographics

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