Educational Institutions

The Maryland Book Bank Inc

Cultivating Literacy in children in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Baltimore, MD

Mission

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

Ruling Year

2015

Executive Director

Mark Feiring

Main Address

1794 Union Ave

Baltimore, MD 21211 USA

Keywords

Maryland, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, State of Maryland,literacy,education

EIN

46-2714742

 Number

8221931256

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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.

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Our programs

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

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Childrens Book Distribution

The Home Library Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of books distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Childrens Book Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

To date we have been using a simple form feed to collect data. This has proven to be somewhat effective in gathering general data regarding the distribution to and demographics of organizations and children served. It presents an opportunity for redundancy and inaccuracy due to frustrations for the user at having to enter the same information with every visit. We are also not able to consistently collect affiliation data from visitors which has become increasingly important as we are now working directly with many organizations sending representatives to gather books for their programs. We have simplified the data collection by instituting software ( NEON) that is specialized for membership processing thus allowing us to bring up pre filled information with little repetition of data entry with each visit. Staff will set up each users account to ensure proper entry of information requirements leaving the only data required for each visit as the number of books taken at that visit. This new process will allow us to track what each organization is taking, the grade of the students served, affiliations with other organizations, what the books are being used for as well as other key demographic information. The program will also allow us to track our output with our larger accounts such as Reading Partners, WIC and DSS. To gauge the success of the Home Library Project we will track books distributed as well as parental and school feedback with regards to reading frequency and reading improvement attained by those participating in the programs. The format for collecting this data will be the same format used by other agencies in the Grade Level Reading Coalition to insure constancy. All of these programs will integrate to provide us with the data we need to accurately track and report all information required to gauge the success of our programs.

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.

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The Maryland Book Bank Inc

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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