Friends of the Camarillo Library

Camarillo, CA   |  www.friendscamarillolibrary.org

Mission

The Friends of the Camarillo Library's mission focuses on bringing the services and facilities of the Camarillo Public Library to the attention and interest of the Camarillo community. The Friends helps support the library by providing funding of new book and magazine purchases, library materials and supplies, and other unmet needs of the library, including decorative furnishings and building enhancements. Further, the Friends provides support for a full range of year-round library programs for children through seniors, as well as a travel service for its members. Friends also staffs an all-volunteer, used bookstore to provide books and media to community at affordable, accessible prices.

Funding is generated through monetary and goods donations made by residents of Ventura County and the surrounding area. No ongoing local, state or federal funding is received.

Ruling year info

1983

Co President

Sue Gary

Co President

Joline Warren

Main address

4101 Las Posas Rd

Camarillo, CA 93010 USA

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EIN

95-3464905

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Friends Programs

Monthly, public, free programs sponsored by FOCL presenting entertainers, lectures, authors and similar.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Active, retired, and separated members of the military meet once a month to discuss a book.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A monthly meeting of young adults to discuss a book.

Population(s) Served

One book is chosen to be the Community's yearly book club. The book is read over the course of a few months, and then the author is brought in for a presentation.

Population(s) Served

Several, on-going programs aimed at children, to include education, arts & crafts, and entertainment.

Population(s) Served

Various on-going programs aimed at education, entertainment and skills-building for adults and families.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Friends of the Camarillo Library is focused on bringing the services and facilities of the Camarillo Public Library to the attention and interest of the Camarillo community. Friends of the Camarillo Library also aims to provide affordable books, magazines, and other media and no-cost programs to the community. Bringing awareness to the Camarillo Public Library will encourage more people to utilize the resources and facilities provided, thus strengthening individuals and the community as a whole.

Friends of the Camarillo Library brings awareness to the Camarillo Public Library and affordable books, magazines, and other media to the community mainly through its donation-based, volunteer-ran used bookstore. Awareness of the Camarillo Public Library's services and facilities is also raised through communication with an active membership platform and publicity outreach team.

Friends of the Camarillo Library has a formally organized, volunteer-run Board of Directors and Bookstore staff, as well as an established membership and donor base. The Board of Directors involvement in community events and networking opportunities assists in increasing awareness for the Camarillo Public Library. The Friends Bookstore is a community-supported used bookstore. Items sold in the Friends Bookstore are donated by community members, and purchased by community members and out-of-town guests. This sustainable cycle, without the requirement to purchase inventory or pay staff, ensures a positive revenue. Friends Bookstore volunteers also advocate on behalf of the Friends organization. By continuing to maintain and develop a relationship with Camarillo Public Library staff, an open dialog can be kept to ensure the Library's needs are being met by Friends' funds and awareness strategies.

Friends of the Camarillo Library has donated over $3 million dollars, as of FY2017, to the Camarillo Public Library. For the past six years, Friends of the Camarillo Library has consistently donated $200,000 a year, in addition to funds for ongoing programs. We have enhanced community members' ability to grow and learn by making available programs, services, and materials through the Camarillo Public Library. We have also supported the community by providing free books, magazines, and other media to other nonprofit organizations, schools, and city institutions. Our current challenge is maintaining and increasing donations from individuals, establishing a more comprehensive donor management program, and seeking business partners n the local community willing to donate funds on an ongoing basis. We also seek to increase our online and social media presence in an era of competing online demand in the nonprofit community.

Financials

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Friends of the Camarillo Library

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2021
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Board co-chair

Sue Gary


Board co-chair

Joline Warren

Chuck Spence

Retired

Joan Adams

Retired

Maureen Kamino

Retired

Sue Gary

Retired

Joline Warren

Retired

Sherian Buczkowski