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Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library Inc

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North Port, FL   |  http://friendsofsspl.org
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Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library Inc

EIN: 47-5062036


Mission

Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library, Inc. is a group of dedicated individuals whose mission is to ensure an exciting, worthwhile, and sustainable library that engages the community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library, Inc. (FOSSPL) is a group of dedicated individuals whose mission is to ensure an exciting, worthwhile, and sustainable library that engages the community. FOSSPL provides financial and volunteer support for programs, activities, and technology for patrons of all ages served by Shannon Staub Library (SSL). In Sarasota County libraries, programming costs are provided by grants, foundations, and individual Friends groups. North Port has a young, modest socio-economic population who rely on services provided by SSL, whether it be computer access and support, educational programs, or social interaction opportunities. Like most libraries, ours is a safe haven for all generations to fully utilize the welcoming environment to enable learning and growth. FOSSPL endeavors to provide funds to SSL to sustain current and offer new programs to further entice community members of all ages to visit their local library.

Ruling year info

2016

Volunteer Co-President

Ms. Sandy Carlaccini

Co- President

Mr. Bill Gobin [email protected]

Main address

P.O. Box 7403

North Port, FL 34290 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of the Suncoast Library at Toledo Blade, Inc

EIN

47-5062036

Subject area info

Science

Libraries

Community and economic development

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Families

Parents

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Single Organization Support (S11)

Single Organization Support (U11)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

Communication

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is confusion within the North Port community now that there are two Library Friends organizations within the same city. This has created a branding challenge. We are working diligently to establish the branding of the Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library (FOSSPL) and to deepen our community ties. In 2018, we hosted a very special event where we unveiled and dedicated a portrait of our living eponym, Shannon Staub, and placed it in the main entrance of our library. We also awarded Shannon Staub with a Lifetime Membership to FOSSPL. At the same ceremony, we hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at our FOSSPL Bookstore with the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce. Over 100 people attended including City and County officials, local businesses, and members. We also hosted other special events and recruitment efforts and participated in the Community Foundation of Sarasota County 2018 Giving Challenge to establish our group among other non-profit organizations in the community.

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?

Creation Station

Among the most advanced and cutting-edge offerings in the Sarasota County Library System are Creation Stations located in each of the system’s ten libraries with varying equipment available in each.
The Shannon Staub Library’s Station has 3-D printers; computers for gaming and robotics design and for the learning of coding; a button maker; telescopes and binoculars; a Cricut machine for making greeting cards and displays; a Glowforge laser cutter/engraver; virtual reality equipment; podcasting resources including a video and music maker studio with a professional grade camera and green screen, as well as a computer with Adobe software for sound editing and the fine-tuning of photographs and videos.
Our Creation Stations have become the model for state-wide libraries; we continue to lead with innovative, dedicated sessions with facilitators who teach all ages to utilize new technologies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

We support a variety of children, youth, and adult programs for the North Port community. Programs for all ages/families include the Summer Author presentations, Moon/Bird Watching (Come Fly Away), 3-D Printer activities, and Summer Reading Program (SRP). SRP prize incentives were provided by the Friends of Venice Library and the Library Foundation of Sarasota County. For the youngest patrons, Toddler Time, Story Time, and Alphabet Baby Time allow mothers and children to meet and socialize in a learning environment. For teens, the staff provides programs such as the Chess and Lego clubs, Grab and Go Crafts, Wordsmith Creative Writing, "I Saw It On Tik Tok," Flag Football, DIY BOBA Tea, Hallow-teen, Dungeons and Dragons, Comic Book Day, Teen Advisory Board, and Teen Table Top Gaming to encourage repeat visits to a safe, fun, and educational environment. For adults, the library offers Adult Coloring, Drop-in Crafts, Sewing Classes, Knitting Corner, and Zumba lessons.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Weekly program for mothers and toddlers . Library assistance engage the kids with reading stories .

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Weekly program to encourage teens to gather in a safe place. There is a teen room set up for gaming. Teens are able to engage in healthy competition in a safe environment

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Intersex people

Classes offered for beginners to experts in sewing, crochet, knitting for adults. Bi-monthly classes. There are 12 "traveling" sewing machines for 10 Sarasota county libraries. Because if the popularity of this programs Friends purchased 6 machine to stay permanently at Shannon Staub Library

Population(s) Served
Adults
Intersex people

Encourage Teens to write better. Lessons for improving writing skills and critiquing their own writing as well as helping others.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Intersex people

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

North Port Area Chamber of Commerce

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of organization members

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

Adults, Families, Infants and toddlers, Children, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a new organization formed 3/2015, our membership grew to 155 members as of Y/E 2020 including individuals, families and businesses. We have continued to grow our membership in North Port.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Adults, Families, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

1. Identify library needs and generate funds to supplement library programs, special projects, capital expenditures, events, and vendor services. 2. Update and enhance our FOSSPL website and Facebook page. 3. Create ability to have donations/membership applications and payments received and submitted online. 4. Continue with ongoing membership drives to attract permanent and seasonal residents and local businesses. 5. Continue to establish our branding campaign which is centered around our distinctive logo that was created by one of our board members. The unique design of the logo has become a focal point for branding for brochures, signage, and communication. Our branding campaign continues through our social media presence with a very active Facebook page, and Instagram and Twitter accounts. Our goal is to improve our frequency with postings and to expand our reach within the digital community. 6. Fundraising activity needs include the purchase of a branded/imprinted tent for use at off-site outdoor events and activities. 7. Increase sales for two ongoing income-generating projects including the sale of custom-designed note cards and the sale of the “Friends Focus on Food" cookbook. FOSSPL created a series of custom-designed note cards featuring the original artwork of four art students from the Imagine Elementary School in North Port, FL. The note cards are sold in festive packages of twelve with three cards of four design in each package. Each package is sold for $12.00. The “Friends Focus on Food" cookbook features 300 recipes from friends, their families and the North Port/Sarasota County community. The cookbook sells for $14.95. Both projects will provide an ongoing income stream of revenue. 8. Continue to develop our volunteer network to identify skill sets and availabilities to maximize participation and assistance for projects and events as well as administration of marketing efforts and digital fundraising campaigns. 10. Identify and organize second Author's Luncheon as major fundraising event for coming year. 11. Further develop a minimum of four annual signature fundraising events.

1. For the library's needs, for much of 2018, we did not have a Library Manager at our library. The local staff and Sarasota County staff filled in very well. But we are looking forward to working closely with our new Library Manager to review their programs and events to determine what supplemental funding is needed to maximize their budget. 2. A major overhaul is required for the FOSSPL website which is being accomplished in conjunction with the purchase of Flipcause, an online fundraising and community engagement platform for non-profits. We are updating the site to reflect an operating facility with ongoing programs. 3. Related to the website, our ability to accept membership applications and donations on-line is in progress through our Flipcause-formatted website. We have implemented this capability on our new website in time to take advantage of the Giving Tuesday fundraising event. 4. Though participation at North Port community events such as the seasonal Farmers Market, Newcomers Day and North Port Chamber of Commerce events, FOSSPL is reaching out to the businesses and residents to join our organization and to actively participate in our endeavors. To date, one donated billboard is still on display on I-75. Our branding is spread throughout the community through regular attendance at local events. Brightly-colored signage banners, posters, imprinted tablecloths and brochures all reinforce our logo and branding and attract residents and neighbors to stop by our booths to become familiar with the new library and our Friends group. Currently we reach over 1500 Facebook followers each month and growing. 6. We are researching prices for a branded tent and attempting to find a sponsor to underwrite cost. 7. The FOSSPL note cards and cookbooks are available for sale at the FOSSPL Used Bookstore at SSPL, our booth at Newcomers Day and other community events as well as from members of the Friends organization. We also post sales information on social media outlets intermittently. 8. In 2018, we recruited five new board members and identified seasoned individuals who provide expertise in a variety of areas such as fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning and more. We are also maximizing Shannon Staub's extensive expertise in these areas. Our newly appointed Volunteer Coordinator is identifying skill sets and expertise among existing members and recruit new members with needed skills. 9. In 2018, we have scheduled a Charity Car Show for January 20, 2019 that is expected to become an annual major fundraiser. Other plans are being developed for a local author series as well. 10. Work is expected to begin with the establishment of an Author Luncheon Committee to begin implementation to find an author and work on all the details for the luncheon.

We have a very talented group of motivated volunteers with a varied skill set of expertise. As a result, the sky is the limit as to what we can accomplish. We have expertise in marketing, computers/technology, non-profit operations, accounting, banking, retail, digital marketing and more. We have approached local businesses and received both financial support and in-kind contributions that have transformed this organization into a first-class non-profit that is equipped to communicate in a professional manner. Our logo and branding campaign have made us a very identifiable entity in the crowded arena of non-profits in the City of North Port/Sarasota County. In addition, our board of directors is very committed to our cause and our goals. Personal contributions of donations of money as well as in-kind gifts have been generously provided over the last three years and are included as an expectation in our board orientation and in our correspondence with our board and the general membership. Our board members contributed extensively during the start-up of this organization and have continued to do so as we move into another phase of our growth. We are continually attending/participating in community events and meetings to increase the awareness of our organization, SSPL and the programs and services that the library offers. In addition, board members are also attending periodic seminars sponsored by the Gulf Coast Foundation regarding fundraising, governance, best practices for non-profits, etc. to grow our knowledge and expertise. Through this community interaction, our board will be expanded not only in number but in expertise to enable us to meet the challenges of growing and governing this organization. Additionally, we have created the position of Volunteer Coordinator which has designated one person to focus on greeting new members to help determine where they would most like to concentrate their volunteer efforts and to identify skill sets that can be maximized for the benefit of our mission.

1. We developed a very attractive and eye-catching logo which became the focal point of our multi-faceted branding campaign. 2. Membership has increased to 120 members with the majority of members renewing. 3. Our Constant Contact mailing list is over 650 people. 4. We have sold out of our first printing of 100 sets of FOSSPL note cards and have ordered another 100 sets for sale. We have sold 180 "Friends Focus on Food" cookbooks, anticipating a profit of approximately $7,000 once all books are sold. Since the cost of the cookbook was fully underwritten by one of our members, Dianne Patterson, and Publix Super Markets Charities, all income will go directly to sponsor programs at the Shannon Staub Library. 5. We generated nearly $10,000 in revenue after all expenses for our first Author Luncheon. 6. In October 2017, we hosted a very successful Quarter Auction that generated over $3,500 in revenue with a net gain of $2,285. 6. Overall, with all fundraising efforts taken into account, including our Applebee's fundraiser and the Perkins "Dine to Donate" program, we have built up a pool of over $45,000 since our inception, with $45,000 placed in a money market interest-bearing account. 7. We submitted and were awarded a $5,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Foundation in 2016. 8. We continue our planning with the staff of Shannon Staub Library and have sponsored a variety of baby, toddler, children and adult programs in 2017 and 2018. 9. We collected book donations and opened our Used Bookstore in the lobby of Suncoast Technical College adjacent to the SSPL. The store is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and staffed by Friends Volunteers. The store has been very attractively merchandised with a collection of gently used books, CD's, DVD's and various book-related accessories. 10. As our first capital donation to SSPL, we purchased (3) pieces of outdoor garden furniture which are in place in the children's garden and the adult garden. 2018 was a time to focus on getting our organization more structured related to volunteer opportunities, governance and stewardship while at the same time, keeping our fundraising efforts moving forward.

Assets info

BMF Data: IRS Business Master File

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $28,921
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $1,835
Special Events $1,382
Other Revenue $7,063
Total Revenue $39,201
Expenses
Program Services $7,196
Administration $8,594
Fundraising $628
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $551
Total Expenses $16,969

Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $0
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $0

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Volunteer Co-President

Ms. Sandy Carlaccini

Co- President

Bill Gobin

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Ms. Sandy Carlaccini

Community Volunteer (Board Co-President)

Term: 2020 - 2025


Board co-chair

Mr. Bill Gobin

Community Volunteer (Board Co-President)

Term: 2021 - 2025

Sandy Carlaccini

Community Volunteer

Bill Gobin

Community Volunteer

Tiffany Simpson

Community Volunteer

Margaret Bruner

Community Volunteer

Alex Shedlock

Community Volunteer

Linda Riley

Community Volunteer

Susan Balmer

Community Volunteer

Sheri Simon

Community Volunteer

Sean Burroughs

Community Volunteer

Robin Whitcomb

Community Volunteer

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data