Cedar Park Public Library named winner of prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award
Library recognized for securing new funding sources
The Cedar Park Public Library is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting meritorious achievements in carrying out a project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library.
The Cedar Park Public Library developed Fable Fest an annual fundraising festival organized by the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation which includes arts & crafts, costume characters, demonstrations, performances and activities. The 2013 festival had 7,500 attendees and raised $21,000 for the Cedar Park Library. The Cedar Park Library Foundation has provided financial support over the years to the Cedar Park Public Library for early literacy programs, an annual summer reading program and technology resources. In a community with many young families, the library’s youth programs are a valuable and popular source of early literacy support.
“The Cedar Park Public Library demonstrated the kind of community collaboration required to develop new and innovative fund raising initiative that replaced an existing funding source and engaged the community. The jury the Fable Fest exemplified the type of initiative that exemplified the Gale Cengage Award Learning Financial Development Award,” noted jury chair Liz Bishoff.
Cedar Park Public Library Director Pauline Lam says, “The Library is honored to have received this national award which is given to only one library nationwide each year. The Cedar Park Public Library Foundation has always been the backbone of the Library providing supplemental funding in addition to the Library’s budget. The Fable Fest has become a destination and the Library Foundation’s signature event attracting people from all over Central Texas. The award recognizes the Foundation’s effort and commitment to the Library.”
From 2002 to 2012, the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation was recipient of the Dell Foundation’s Literate Community Grant. With a change in their corporate giving the Library Foundation had to develop other fundraising opportunities to support the Library’s enrichment program and technology needs. The 2009 Fable Fest event raised $2,428.22, each subsequent year the Library Foundation sought to increase the sponsorship and attendance. For the 2013 Fable Fest, the Cedar Park Public Library and the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation raised $21,037.00 a 20% increase over the previous year. To realize this goal, the Fable Fest Launch Party was co-sponsored by the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation, which local businesses and organizations were invited to attend.
Members of the 2014 Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award jury were Liz Bishoff, Chair, The Bishoff LLC; Barbara Bard, Coastal Carolina University; Dani Porter-Lansky, Florida Atlantic University; Jane Tuten, University of South Carolina-Aiken; Joyce C. Wright, University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign.
The Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award will be presented at the ALA Award Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, June 29th at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
Cedar Park Public Library receives 2013 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award
Library recognized for its service to the community
The Texas Municipal Library Directors Association has awarded the Cedar Park Public Library the 2013 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award. The Cedar Park Public Library is one of just 28 libraries among the 560 Texas public libraries to be recognized with this honor.
The Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award recognizes public libraries that demonstrate service excellence in each of the following ten service categories:
• Conduct a Summer Reading Program; youth, teen and/or adult
• Provide services to underserved populations either through outreach, special programs, collaborations with other libraries or organizations, special classes, special collections, etc.
• Provide enhanced service to the public during the past year either through increase in service or a change in type of services
• Provide current marketing materials highlighting basic services and publicity about specific programs the library offers
• Develop a set of policies and procedures for the library which have been reviewed and updated within the past 5 years
• Provide cultural, topical and educational programming for adults and families
• Provide literacy support for all ages
• Invest in collaborative efforts
• Establish professional staff training to include training opportunities for staff at all levels
• Provide a library web presence either through the city or with the library’s own website
Library Director Pauline Lam says, “The Cedar Park Public Library is a life-long venue for learning and fun. Library staff has done a great job serving this community. The Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award recognizes their performance, their commitment of excellence and their dedication in serving our community.”