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Bess The Book Bus Inc

Building home libraries and lifelong readers.

Tampa, FL   |  bessthebookbus.org

Mission

We give children a chance to identify as readers for a lifetime of learning. We target schools that are located in asset-limited communities in an effort to bridge the gap in book access and ownership. We strive to ensure that children have books at home and have access to high-quality classroom libraries. Although solving the complex barriers of economic disparity is beyond the limits of our schools and childcare centers, we can do much to address the book gap, and impact the achievement gap by making sure children have access to books.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Jennifer Frances

Main address

2316 E. 3rd Ave

Tampa, FL 33605 USA

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EIN

51-0518142

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Building Home and Classroom Libraries

Our home and classroom library book distributions - Joy of Reading Pop Up Book Fairs - promote literacy and change behaviors around reading in an effort to continually improve school readiness and a student's identity as a reader and a scholar.
We provide access to and choice of high-quality, relevant, age-appropriate books that take into account student's interests in an effort to expand their knowledge. We create a fun and interactive environment that facilitates discussion about books in a joyous and celebratory way. Bess the Book Bus makes book ownership special and something to be proud of helping students identify as readers. We also give teachers the opportunity to choose the books that they need to build classroom libraries that they feel would be most beneficial to their students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Teachers

Where we work

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Bess The Book Bus Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Leah Wooten

No Affiliation

Term: 2002 -

Leah Wooten

No Affiliation

Jenny Scruggs

No Affiliation

Marcia Israeloff

Bobbi Davis

Amy Smith

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? 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? Not applicable