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Eastern Oklahoma Library System

Inspiring Imagination and Ideas

Muskogee, OK   |  https://eols.org

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Eastern Oklahoma Library System

EIN: 73-0793974


Mission

Our Mission: We empower people by creating opportunities that enrich their lives with information, activities, and services. Our Vision: A welcoming library that inspires imagination and ideas.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Kathy Seibold

Main address

14 E Shawnee St

Muskogee, OK 74403 USA

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EIN

73-0793974

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Education

Health

Science

Libraries

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Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is an arm of a state or local government.

Tax forms

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Eastern Oklahoma Library System and its 15 branches offer a multitude of solutions to community needs. Job seekers can receive free resume writing assistance and a live interview practice coach. Students can explore and research the system's vast collection and online research resources. Those without technology or internet access at home can use our computers and Wi-Fi for free. Those who can't afford a Netflix subscription can borrow free movies. People who love art but who can't afford to pay for a painting class can take free arts and crafts classes at our libraries. Children who don't have books at home can borrow up to 50 books at a time, with no late fees. Our mission is to empower people by creating opportunities that enrich their lives with information, activities, and services, and that empowerment levels the playing field for all community members.

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?

Health Literacy Initiative

Through grants from the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, and Oklahoma Health Department, all 15 branches of the Eastern Oklahoma Library System are offering programs for healthy living. These include Staying Active and Independent for Life—an exercise program for senior citizens—yoga, tai chi, chair exercise, nutrition and cooking classes for all ages, and community gardens. In addition, branches partner with local humanitarian organizations to offer space on a regular basis for citizens to sign up for or learn more about mental health services, assistance programs, and medical resources in their community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

All 15 branches of the Eastern Oklahoma Library System are located in rural areas where about 25 percent of the population do not have access to internet at home, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. All branches offer free use of computers, Chromebooks, and internet inside the libraries during regular business hours and free use of library Wi-Fi, extended into the parking lots, 24-hours-a-day.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Two of our 15 branches offer free adult literacy courses, both in-person and online. All residents of all six of the counties we serve—Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, McIntosh, Muskogee, and Sequoyah counties—are able to take advantage of these services. These free classes include GED, general adult education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and U.S. Citizenship classes. When funding is available, online high school diploma completion scholarships are also offered. These programs have been ongoing for more than 40 years and have served a multitude of community members in northeastern Oklahoma.

Population(s) Served

All 15 branches of the Eastern Oklahoma Library System strive to bring enriching experiences to all community members in all six counties at no cost—Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, McIntosh, Muskogee, and Sequoyah counties. The System's mission is to empower people by creating opportunities that enrich their lives with information, activities, and services. Programs vary but include local musician performances, magic shows, painting classes, Native American cultural activities, guest lecturers, dance performances, art shows, writing contests, writing lessons, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of free participants in conferences

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Eastern Oklahoma Library System offers free meeting rooms for the use of the public at all 15 libraries. These numbers are the number of people who attended these meetings.

Total number of conferences held

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In this case, we are reporting the use of our meeting rooms for public meetings by the community. There were 1,309 room reservations in 2023, for example.

Total number of off-site performances held

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We report outreach events in which we take the library to the public in a public setting. 2023 reflects the temporary closing of two branches midway through the fiscal year due to mold repairs.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track the number of people who needed reference questions answered by librarians. However, in 2023, we were without an adult librarian for most of the year.

Total number of works loaned

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total circulation of items borrowed includes traditional items such as books and movies, as well as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, laptops, hot-spots, and other special collection items.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts and Culture Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Understandably, program attendance fell in 2020 due to COVID, however, it has steadily risen since then.

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.


We want to be welcoming libraries that inspire imagination and ideas. We want to be THE place to go to learn about community resources, expand knowledge, enjoy arts and crafts, learn to dance, find a job, browse the internet, and more for our communities. We want to be the heart of our communities.

As we wrap up 2024 and our five-year strategic plan created in 2020, we plan to continue working toward those goals (especially a few that were derailed by the COVID pandemic) and create new goals to strive toward. EOLS is committed to serving our communities with both traditional and innovative services. We are dedicated to further expanding our services in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Eastern Oklahoma Library System has projected funding for programs and services and employs more than 100 people across six counties—all with vast experience and knowledge to help drive the system's mission forward into perpetuity.

From our 20-24 strategic plan, we have...
...improved efficiency in circulation and collection development, updated circulation and collection development policies, and streamlined procedures in those areas.
...increased revenue from local fundraising and grant writing, conducted targeted fundraising campaigns and created a four-year fundraising plan.
...expanded library awareness in the community, created new branding material, developed targeted marketing plans, conducted a branding campaign, and expanded collaborations with community partners.

We continue to strive toward improving the physical appearance of library buildings (interior and exterior), updating building safety plans, developing space and maintenance plans, creating online community spaces that support patron interaction with peers and library staff, expanding online interactive technologies, standardizing staff training, improving data collection and reporting, developing a training framework with curriculum and responsibilities, and developing new convenience services for patrons.

We are currently (June 2024) working on our next five-year strategic plan and launching our four-year fundraising plan.

Financials

Eastern Oklahoma Library System
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2023 Eastern Oklahoma Library System
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2010 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11.61

Average of 11.61 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2010 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10.4

Average of 10.4 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2010 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

36%

Average of 36% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Eastern Oklahoma Library System

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Eastern Oklahoma Library System

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Eastern Oklahoma Library System

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Eastern Oklahoma Library System’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2010
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $3,899,622
As % of expenses 99.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $3,264,106
As % of expenses 71.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,637,423
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 2.4%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.9%
Government grants 91.4%
All other grants and contributions 3.8%
Other revenue 1.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,909,200
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 69.1%
Professional fees 0.2%
Occupancy 2.1%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 28.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2010
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,544,716
One month of savings $325,767
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $3,870,287
Total full costs (estimated) $8,740,770

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2010
Months of cash 10.4
Months of cash and investments 10.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.1
Balance sheet composition info 2010
Cash $3,399,243
Investments $0
Receivables $66,931
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $12,040,591
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 73.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3%
Unrestricted net assets $3,264,106
Temporarily restricted net assets $3,308,085
Permanently restricted net assets $0
Total restricted net assets $3,308,085
Total net assets $6,572,191

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2010
Material data errors No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Kathy Seibold

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Eastern Oklahoma Library System

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Eastern Oklahoma Library System

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Reggie Cotton

Muskogee Police Department

Angy Purget

City of Hulbert

Sally Meador

City of Checotah

Robyn Burris

City of Eufaula

Sherry Deaton

Town of Fort Gibson

William Eckstein

Adair County

Nancy Farrier

City of Stilwell

Todd Franke

Delaware County

Sue Ann Ghormley

Town of Westville

Peggy Glenn

City of Tahlequah

Mike Jackson

Town of Warner

Kristina Jones

Town of Haskell

Karen Martin

McIntosh County

Walter Rau

Sequoyah County

Yolette Ross

Cherokee County

Tammy Sparkman

Town of Muldrow

Tim Thompson

Muskogee County

Kelly Trumbull

City of Grove

Shannon Vann

Town of Sallisaw

Andrea VanSandt

Town of Kansas

Judy Waterbury

Town of Jay