The Maryland Book Bank Inc

Cultivating literacy in children in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Baltimore, MD   |  www.mdbookbank.org

Mission

The Maryland Book Bank is a nonprofit organization committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mark Feiring

Main address

1794 Union Ave

Baltimore, MD 21211 USA

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EIN

46-2714742

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

25% of Kindergarten students, 42% of 1st graders and 39% of 2nd graders were well below benchmark on the DIBELS literacy assessment, used by the district to assess progress at the beginning, middle and end of each school year. - In total, 45% of Kindergarten students, 52% of 1st graders and 47% of 2nd graders were below proficiency on the DIBELS at the mid-year assessment. Consequently, only 13% of Baltimore City fourth-graders were proficient in reading on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress, making them at least four times as likely to drop out of high school as their peers who are proficient at this critical benchmark. Baltimore City Schools is aptly focused on K-2 reading levels in particular. Research has shown that Grade 3 is a critical grade for reading because third grade is when expectations shift for students to not just read a text, but gain new learning/knowledge from it. Kindergarten through second grade is when foundational literacy skills built.

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?

Childrens Book Distribution

The Maryland Book Bank distributes over 450,000 books each year to children, schools, teachers and programs state wide though our warehouse facility where books are sorted and shelved for easy selection.

Population(s) Served

The Home Library Program is The Maryland Book Bank's Kindergarten-2nd grade reading initiative, designed to help build home libraries during the critical years of early literacy.

The Maryland Book Bank piloted the program in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools Blueprint for Literacy program, delivering 40,000 books via the Ravens Bookmobile in its first year to children enrolled at Intensive Literacy Sites.

Following The Home Library Program's first year, the self-reported number of books in the home and attitudes towards reading increased across the board. The most significant increases were among boys who have traditionally been a difficult group to encourage an enjoyment of reading.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Maryland Book Bank, in partnership with the Baltimore Ravens organization, began a mobile library service in September 2016. The bookmobile brings books directly into Baltimore’s "book deserts,” ensuring access to books for children regardless of where they live.

The bookmobile also provides the important component of choice for children, allowing them to select and keep the books that interest them most.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Educator boxes are filled with 75-100 mixed books in the selected grade categories and will be available for educators to pick up for use in their classrooms and virtual read along.

Volunteers hand-select one box of 75-100 mixed books based on the grade range provided. Educators are then contacted for contactless pickup.

Population(s) Served
Teachers
Caregivers
Parents
Teachers
Caregivers
Parents

Story Kits are a free program for families with children enrolled in Baltimore City Public Schools. Families simply fill out the online form here, specifying their child's age, grade level, and special book interests and we will mail a pack of books to each child free of charge!

Children are encouraged to read and keep these books, adding them to their home library to cherish for years to come.

Schools may also apply for Story Kits to provide individual books for students in a safe manner.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

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 books distributed

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

Childrens Book Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In response to the Covid pandemic, our distribution models shifted to a more focused and individualized approach to provide books to children experiencing extended time away from schools.

Number of children served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our main goal is to ensure that no child in Baltimore is without age-appropriate books. To meet this goal we will pursue the following course :

1.Increase the number of books distributed in the next year to 500,000.


2. Home Library Program -Expand the HLP to a city-wide program to ensure all children have access to age-appropriate books at home.

3. Increase the scope of the Bookmobile Program- Bring books right into the "literacy deserts" to ensure access to books for children regardless of where they live. This also provides an important component of choice for the children.

We have established relationships with some of the largest booksellers in the world, and they have agreed to provide us with free children's books, pre K to 4th grade level . Each shipment is an average of 70,000 books per truckload. Seven truckloads of books per year plus what is already coming in through the book bank each month will provide the number of books needed to provide more than 10,000 children the equivalent number of books at home as their middle income counterparts.

Now that space needs are met we will enlist the help of Interns to bring in capable people to run the programs and organize volunteers needed to sort, level and pack the books. We will then have boxed books at each grade level palletized and ready for distribution to the community through various community partners.

Programs such as Reading Partners, WIC, DSS, Reach Out and Read have agreed to a fee based program whereby MBB will supply leveled, boxed books to their programs for .45 cents per book. This keeps us competitive with other suppliers while helping us increase distribution to the children most in need, thus getting us closer to our goal of 200,000 books distributed as well as improving organizational sustainability.

We will continue to grow our Home Library Program through relationships with Baltimore City Schools and the Literacy Blueprint program. Presently there are 5000 children and 27 schools participating in this program. We would like to double this number over the next 2 years.

Bookmobile-. The bookmobile will be the primary delivery system for the HLP which allows the children to choose their books.

Membership program- We have instituted a membership program for visitors which will allow better tracking of distribution and will increase our revenue stream. The member will only have to enter an accurate count of the books taken at each visit.
Memberships are available to individuals for a fee of $45.00 per year and organizations for $100.00 per year..

The combination of all of these programs have provided a balanced, sustainable model.

Internal- The structure and simplicity of the program is such that we are able to fluctuate with growth and contraction easily.

The Board of Directors is comprised of people with skills and experience that provide a strong foundation for stable leadership and decision making in all aspects of business and educational programming.

The executive position provides a clear vision and has a business background with a proven ability to forge partnerships that benefit the organizations efforts and an ability to grow the organization at a manageable pace with prudent budgeting, logistical and financial management.

A strong internship program has provided additional staff support as the program has grown.

Our greatest need is an increase in organizational capacity in the areas of development as well as daily operations. We will begin to seek funding to allocate for a development position immediately.
Facilities-
We are now in a 9,500 sq ft facility which has allowed for growth and substantial increase in our capacity.
We are able to sell the books for adults through our social enterprise and workforce development program. This program allows the Maryland Book Bank to be a self-sustaining operation.

External Resources-
The Grade Level Reading Coalition has provided avenues of communication with all of the city literacy organizations, educational programs ,funders and government agencies. We have relationships with the Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour which will provide support and guidance, and our relationships with WIC, DSS, Reading Partners and others many other organizations has grown into a revenue generating and resource support system for MBB.

As our capacity grows we will continue to seek out new partners for our book supply program through the communication avenues available to us.
We have a seat on the Weinberg Library Project Advisory committee which puts us in constant contact with some of the primary stakeholders in the Baltimore educational community and has proven to be incredibly supportive of our efforts.

Our relationship with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development has provided us with a steady workforce of people in need of training in warehouse and inventory management. We are able to add staff with relative ease if need be. We have also worked with Baltimore Collegetown Network to develop an internship program that has proven to be very effective.

We have:
- Set up and implemented the membership program.
- Begun receiving large donations of books from suppliers and begun sorting and processing in the present facility as best as possible.
- Begun delivering books to participating programs such as DSS, Reading Partners etc.
-Obtained funding and conducted yearly external audits.
-Brought on interns to help with operations and implementation of membership program and Bookmobile program.
-We have established relationships with City Schools and the Mayors office which will provide support and channels for increased distribution and funding.
Next:
Formalize our relationship with City Schools with an MOU for the Home Library Program.
Grow the HLP with City schools to serve 5,000 children in the coming school year.
Improve logistical processes to better streamline the HLP.
Integrate second Bookmobile into process flow.

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Maryland Book Bank Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lindsay Sullivan

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Adriana Roane

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Christopher Sperl PhD

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Kristin Dodson

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Doug Woodward CFP

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Sarah Hackney

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Patrick Buckler

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Kristin Vint

Educator

Darian Senn-Carter

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Deborah Sharpe

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Tanya Turner, CPA

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Cassandra Sullivan

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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? 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? No
  • 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 04/13/2021

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data