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Friends of the Library, Montgomery County MD

aka FOLMC   |   Rockville, MD   |  www.folmc.org

Mission

The mission of Friends of the Library, Montgomery County is to strengthen, promote, and champion Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), for it to better serve the learning interests and needs of the diverse and changing communities of the County.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Ari Z. Brooks

Main address

21 Maryland Ave Suite 310

Rockville, MD 20850 USA

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EIN

52-1283371

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1982, a group of concerned citizens in Montgomery County formed Friends of the library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) to make their good library system great. In 2020, the mission of FOLMC is to strengthen, promote, and champion Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), for it to better serve the learning interests and needs of the diverse and changing communities of the County.

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?

Mosaic: Diversity Through Creative Writing

Mosaic is an annual language arts program for middle school students to showcase their creative talents and express their cultural identities. The program is held in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). The theme for the program is “My Culture.” Entries are in the category of essay, poem, or short story, and allow students to creatively express their personal reflections on diversity and culture.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Offers thousands of donated items at affordable prices to raise funds that support our mission. Open daily.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Celebrates libraries and recognizes their value in our community.

“I love my library because...” postcard collection to show
how library patrons use and appreciate libraries.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A day devoted to the culture of playing, making,
collecting and repurposing vinyl records through
panel discussions, makerspace, and musical
activities. Participants learn how to operate a
turntable, test their vinyl era knowledge, and enjoy performances of the Make Music Montgomery talent competition.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Board Leadership Award 2022

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 goal is to raise funds to enhance and supplement library programming, equipment, and services; increase public awareness of library resources; connect local communities with their branch libraries; and create volunteer opportunities for County residents to support MCPL (a 21-branch library system). To do this, we fund library programs and initiatives, develop educational programs, outreach through community partnerships, and provide training to a network of library-support volunteers. Our programs and activities directly reflect our mission by helping MCPL be innovative, responsive, and impactful. The programs we fund and develop are above and beyond the library system’s basic budget which covers staffing; materials, such as books, magazines, and databases; and supplies. Rather, our efforts allow them to pilot new initiatives and technologies, provide creative solutions to real needs, and offer free culturally relevant and appropriate educational and recreational programs to the public. We have also funded major technological initiatives ranging from the county’s first computer lab for public use, a digital media lab, and iPads for public use in branches and to check out.

FOLMC achieves its mission by:
- Raising funds to enhance and supplement library programming, equipment, and services;
- Increasing public awareness of library resources and connecting local communities with their branch libraries;
- Creating volunteer opportunities for County residents to support MCPL;
- Engaging with the County’s library support community to address the ongoing needs of the library system, and advocating for MCPL’s budget to the County government.

FOLMC's Board of Trustees provides legal, ethical, and financial oversight and guidance to the Executive Director, ensures the mission and values align with the strategic plan, and monitors progress of plan implementation. The Board also ensures the organization is run in accordance with best practices, approves an annual budget, and approves plans to raise resources needed to operate programs that further the mission and goals of the organization. When necessary, they assist the Executive Director with organizational change management, providing analysis and redevelopment of our processes and procedures to ensure that our programs and activities best fulfill our mission, vision, and goals.

The Executive Director is the most senior staff person who oversees the day to day operations and is responsible for staff and resource management, develops and executes policies, liaises with the Board of Trustees to implement the strategic plan, and handles external matters such as public relations and partnerships. The Deputy Director coordinates programming, resource development, and communications. The Deputy Director position also supports the Executive Director in aspects of the operations. The Director of Business Operations oversees business development including the bookstores and community events. Bookstore managers report to the Director of Business Operations and have respective assistant managers with a total of approximately 15 clerks and cashiers and 40 volunteers. A full-time Administrative Coordinator supports administrative staff, coordinates office activities, and scheduling, manages vendors, and handles reception activities.

In FY21, FOLMC granted $138,663 to MCPL in the following categories:
- Staff Development and Training
- Library Services Outreach & Education
- Volunteer Recognition
- System-Wide Marketing and Special Programs
- System-Wide Programming

Programmatically, FOLMC conducted core activities which will occur in 2023 as well:
- Library Lovers Month - Celebrates libraries and recognizes their value in our community. “I love my library because...” postcard collection to show how library patrons use and appreciate libraries.
- Mosaic Creative Writing Program - A program for middle school students to express their cultural identity through essays, poetry, and short stories. Winning and honorable mention works are featured in an anthology, and their authors attend a ceremony and reception with National Book Award Author Elizabeth Acevedo.
- Just for the Record – A Vinyl Day A day devoted to the culture of playing, making, collecting and repurposing vinyl records through panel discussions, makerspace, and musical activities. Participants learn how to operate a turntable, test their vinyl era knowledge, preview the documentary “Feast Your Ears” on the story of WHFS 102.3, and enjoy performances of the first Make Music Montgomery talent competition.
- Bookstores Offers thousands of donated items at affordable prices to raise funds that support our mission. Open daily.

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

  • 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, Library user information is private, making data gathering for review difficult.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friends of the Library, Montgomery County MD

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Frances Frost

Wilson Badillo

Frances Frost

Melissa King

Denise Neary

Tony Spearman-Leach

Kristen Theiss

Martin White

Javiera Alarcon

Margo Collins

Larissa Johnson

Laura MacInnis

Christine Crefton

Shelley Johnson Carey

Kelly Metz

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 6/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/21/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.