LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Promoting Literacy One Reader at a Time

Long Beach, CA   |  https://lbplfoundation.org

Mission

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation provides support to enhance the Long Beach Public Library and encourages literacy and education for all members of the community.

Ruling year info

1996

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Kathy McCarrell

Main address

200 W. Broadway

Long Beach, CA 90802 USA

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EIN

33-0698704

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Single Organization Support (S11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The challenges faced by the Long Beach community are diverse, and like those found in many inner-city urban areas: high poverty, homelessness, unemployment, language barriers and school dropout ratios – many factors contributing to illiteracy in Long Beach. According to the 2015 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, 58% of students in the Long Beach Unified School District failed to meet English/Language Arts Standards. Furthermore, while 80% of white students performed at grade level or above, only 47% of African-American and 48% of Latino students did so. 64% of LBUSD 3rd grade students failed to meet English/Language Arts Standards in 2015, and nearly half (49%), failed to meet end-of-year reading benchmarks. Beyond basic literacy, the Long Beach Public Library has adapted to recognize that we are living in an increasingly digital world. Approximately 1 in 4 Long Beach households lack reliable internet service, creating an educational inequality.

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?

Family Learning Centers

Our flagship program, the award-winning Family Learning Centers, provides children and their families a safe environment to receive free help with homework, language, reading, computer skills, and job search assistance from specially-trained Learning Guides. The program has provided over 500,000 sessions since its inception in 1999.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Studio is a digital creativity lab at Main Library and the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library which integrates STEM and makerspace activities to mentor, engage, and inspire students to learn 21st century job skills. The Studio offers free workshops and classes on cutting-edge technologies, such as 3D printers and scanners, robotics, virtual reality, a broad collection of design software and online applications, and video and music editing software that are designed to teach science and engineering skills to youth. In 2016, a Mobile Studio was launched, enabling the library to bring these innovative tools and educational resources to each of its branches, and to schools, recreation centers, community events, or wherever they are needed most in Long Beach.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Library offers an 8-week reading program each summer, designed to encourage youth and their families to read regularly each day over school break, preventing “summer slide.” Students are given reading logs to keep, and are provided with an online link to track and record their progress. In the summer of 2018, the program had 5,246 participants. Funds have supported community outreach events through the Long Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, designed to engage children who are not already coming into the library.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Through the Dictionary Days program, our Foundation purchases and distributes a dictionary/thesaurus to every third-grader (typically around 5,600-5,700) in the Long Beach Unified School District. Word-themed events in branch libraries surround the distribution, engaging students and their families, bringing them into the library and instilling in them a love of reading and literacy. Some children have told us that these dictionaries are the first book they’ve ever owned.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Dive into Reading (1,000 Books Before Kindergarten) is a reading initiative that encourages parents to read to their newborns, infants, and toddlers in the years before public education begins.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

The Long Beach Public Library offers the Career Online High School program for adults who were not able to graduate from high school during their youth. Through this program they can earn their accredited high school diploma through an online program at the Library. The Library Foundation supports this program with scholarships to make this opportunity accessible free to those who need it.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

National Medal 2017

Institute for Museum and Library Services

Award of Merit 2019

California Association of Teachers of English

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who have recieved their high school diploma.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Career Online High School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Career Online High School program offers adults who were not able to graduate during their youth the opportunity to earn their accredited high school diploma through the library.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of individuals served by Library STEAM programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Studio/Mobile Studio

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of people served by the makerspace Studios and Mobile Studio programs

Number of dictionaries gifted to LBUSD 3rd grade students

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Dictionary Days

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

• increase school grade and progress performance among low performing students;
• increase the involvement of parents in support of their children through family programs, appropriate bilingual services, and family-school-community partnerships;
• increase parent and youth engagement in productive learning and library-based activities; and
• help bridge the digital divide by offering desperately needed internet access and computer resources to Long Beach families who cannot afford them at home.

The Long Beach Public Library supports many free programs, resources, and enhancements at the 12 Long Beach Public Libraries.

• The Family Learning Center program provides one-on-one homework help and job search assistance.
• The makerspace Studios at the Billie Jean King Main Library and the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library are equipped to teach graphic design, 3D printing, robotics, coding, video game design, and more.
• The Mobile Studio brings advanced technological resources to all neighborhood libraries as well as parks, schools, and community events.
• Dive into Reading supports parents and guardians as they read 1,000+ books to their children before kindergarten.
• Every Long Beach Unified School District 3rd grade student receives a new dictionary/thesaurus to support reading comprehension through the annual Dictionary Days program
• The Summer Reading program keeps students engaged and challenged outside of school with events, contests, and prizes.
• Adults get a second chance to earn their accredited high school diploma through the Library’s Career Online High School.
• LB Reads offers one-on-one literacy tutoring to adults who struggle with reading and writing.
• New computers and technological resources are supported to address the digital divide in Long Beach.
• Adaptive technological resources for those with disabilities are available in the Center for Adaptive Technology at the Billie Jean King Main Library.
• Hundreds of new books purchased every year to add to and update the Library's catalog.
• The Homebound Reader delivery service is available for ill or injured patrons who cannot visit the Library.

With the support of a strong and committed Board of Directors, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation has continued to exemplify extraordinary partnership with the Long Beach Public Library. Working together, the Foundation and Library applied to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the partnership programs between the two were the cornerstone of the Long Beach Public Library's successful bid to win the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, which honors organizations that “demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach."

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation is proud to support the Library's Family Learning Center program which provides one-on-one guidance to students and job seekers throughout Long Beach. We supported the establishment of makerspace Studios with advanced technology at the Main and the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries. In 2016, the services of the makerspace Studio were expanded to all Long Beach Public Libraries, schools, community centers, and parks with the launch of a Mobile Studio. Every year, our organization funds various educational opportunities at the libraries for families and students of all ages. Our organization has organized fundraising campaigns for programs, resources, and technology at Long Beach's newest and largest public libraries. We recently completed a $3.3 million campaign for the Billie Jean King Main Library which opened to the public in September of 2019.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recieved feedback that our board was not known to represent the community. In our strategic plan, we added a goal to recruit a more diverse and representative board and have already made signficant strides.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. M. Lissette Flores

Barbara Schwerin

John Arcos

Ryan Ballard

Margaret Durnin

M. Lissette Flores

Danita Humphrey

John McGinnis

Anil Pandya

Sharon Weissman

Celine Cordero

Sean Reilly

Todd Lemmis

Joshua Norton

Theresa Morrison

Charlyn Bender

Jeffrey Carrick

Carmen Snuggs

Joan Van Hooten

Carmen Perez

John Mathews II

Liz Munzer

Gregory Zinberg

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/10/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.