Spicewood Community Library

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Five Year Plan

Spicewood Community Library
Five-Year Plan
2017-2022

Mission

To provide free and equal access to a variety of materials and resources for personal enrichment and to be an advocate in the community for lifelong learning.

Vision

To be the place in the community to learn, to discover, to explore, to educate, to enjoy, and to play an essential role in the intellectual and technology growth of the community.

 

Community

  Spicewood is an unincorporated, rural area of the Hill Country in Texas about half way between Austin and Marble Falls, approximately 20 miles each away.  The population of the area is roughly 6,000 people.  The area contains many farms and ranches but being close to both Austin and Marble Falls, there are a number of communities that serve people working in those areas.  In addition, the area is bordered on the northeast side by Lake Travis so there are a number of housing developments that serve as retirement and second homes.

The area is part of the Marble Falls Independent School District and has one elementary school, Spicewood Elementary.  Middle and high school students are bussed to Marble Falls.

Being unincorporated, there are limited city/county type services.  There are no city/county public libraries, community centers, swimming pools, police stations, or medical facilities.  The library is privately owned and funded with the exception of a part-time county employee to help run the facility.  The community center is privately owned and funded.  The fire department is volunteer.  The county is currently building an EMS station in Spicewood but that is the only totally funded county emergency service located here.  Everything else is located in Marble Falls, 20 miles away.

 

History

In 2004, a group of Spicewood residents gathered at a local BBQ restaurant called Opie’s to discuss the need for a local library.  This group formed a non-profit corporation, Friends of the Spicewood Community Library, Inc., set up a board, and filed for tax-exempt status.  Starting soon after, fundraising began.  Efforts included an annual BBQ and auction fundraiser, membership drive, and donation requests.

Linda Wall, a local farm owner, donated one and one-half acres of land in memory of her parents just below Spicewood Elementary School on Spur 191.  A 1,440 square foot, unused/unwanted manufactured building was located and donated.  It was moved to the property and remodeling began with volunteers doing most of the work.

For several years, the Friends group had been collecting donated books and stored them in an empty class room at the elementary school.  In total, approximately 5,000 books were stored in that classroom.  Once the remodeling was completed, these books were moved to the remodeled library onto donated shelving.  Volunteers cataloged the books and set up Spicewood’s first, free and open WiFi hotspot.

The library opened in July 2007.  Late in 2007, a grant from the Tocker Foundation made commercial grade library shelving and furniture possible.  In 2010, an LCRA grant pair with matching library funds made a 1,080 square foot addition possible with another Tocker Foundation grant in 2011 for additional furniture and shelving.  In 2015, volunteers built a 500 square foot building to serve as a thrift store.

Since its grand opening, the library has continued to evolve and increase the number and types of services offered to the community.  It has never charged for a library card and makes its Internet access available 24 hours a day inside the building during business hours and in the parking lot at all times.  Patron computers are available with popular software applications.  The library’s current catalog includes over 10,000 titles on the shelves, over twice the original total.  In addition, the library has joined with other Central Texas libraries in a consortium that offers over 9,000 items of digital content for electronic reading and listening devices.

 

Goals

  1. Improve overall quality of the library’s status and catalog

  2. Develop plans to build a permanent, replacement building

  3. Seek grants and funding for furnishings and collection development

  4. Continue to evolve the library’s technology-based set of solutions

  5. Continue library volunteer  and staff development program

  6. Increase membership and thrift store income to support library operations

 

Objectives

  1. Improve overall quality of the library’s status and catalog

    1. Gain accreditation from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission

    2. Improve catalog by weeding and updating average copyright date

  2. Develop plans to build a more permanent facility

    1. Continue to explore paving parking lot

    2. Create basic floor plan for new building and rendering

    3. Develop and execute a building fundraising plan

    4. Explore loan options

  3. Seek grants and funding for furnishings and collection development

    1. Attend grant workshops and webinars

    2. Identify and file for additional collection and furnishings grants

  4. Continue to evolve the library’s technology-based set of solutions

    1. Maintain the library’s website

    2. Use accreditation and add TexShare databases

    3. Implement interlibrary loan program

  5. Continue library volunteer and staff development program

    1. Develop plan to increase volunteer base

    2. Increase communication with volunteers

    3. Meet or exceed professional development hours for library manager

  6. Increase membership and thrift store income to support library operations

    1. Develop broader programs to collect donated items

    2. Increase sales revenue 10% per year

 

 

 

Budget

 

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

Income

   Donations

3,000

3,105

8,000

10,000

5,000

   Fines/Copies

475

492

509

527

545

   Grants

5,000

5,175

5,356

5,544

5,738

   Interest Inc

75

78

80

83

86

   Memberships

18,000

18,900

19,845

20,837

21,879

   Thrift Sales

18,000

20,000

21,000

24,000

26,000

   Misc Income

90

93

96

100

103

Total Income

$44,640

$47,842

$54,887

$61,090

$59,351

Gross Profit

$44,640

$47,842

$54,887

$61,090

$59,351

Expenses

   Book Purchases

4,500

4,658

5,000

5,175

6,000

   Computers, Support & Supplies

2,500

2,588

2,678

2,772

2,869

   Misc (cc, dues, donations)

850

880

911

942

975

   Office, Printng, Postage

1,850

1,915

1,982

2,051

2,123

   Programs/Workshops

1,300

1,346

1,393

1,441

1,492

   Repair & Maintenance

2,400

2,484

2,571

2,661

2,754

   Tax,  State

1,800

1,863

1,928

1,996

2,066

   Thrift Shop Expense

350

500

518

600

621

   Depreciation Expense

4,700

4,865

5,035

5,211

5,393

   Insurance

5,425

5,615

5,811

6,015

6,225

   Utilities

      Electricity

2,250

2,329

2,410

2,495

2,582

      Gas

550

569

589

610

631

      Telephone

650

673

696

721

746

      Internet Charges

1,175

1,216

1,259

1,303

1,348

      Water

850

880

911

942

975

   Total Utilities

$5,475

$5,667

$5,865

$6,070

$6,283

Total Expenses

$31,150

$32,378

$33,691

$34,934

$36,801

Net Operating Income

$13,490

$13,962

$14,451

$14,957

$15,480

 

Upcoming Events
Vision Screenings Dec 12, 2017 05:00 PM (US/Central) — Spicewood Community Library
Book Club Dec 13, 2017 09:30 AM (US/Central) — Spicewood Community Library
Lawyer in the Library Dec 13, 2017 04:00 PM (US/Central) — Spicewood Library
Vision Screenings Jan 09, 2018 05:00 PM (US/Central) — Spicewood Community Library
Book Club Jan 10, 2018 09:30 AM (US/Central) — Spicewood Community Library
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