To strengthen, support, and advocate for the Ramsey County Library system in order to enrich the lives of our library users, to promote literacy and education, and to foster community.
Impact and Programs
The mission of the Ramsey County Library is to provide free access for all to the knowledge and ideas that transform lives. The vision is to create extraordinary learning environments and experiences. The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries provides financial and human resources that support that mission and vision.
With the help of the public and the Friends, Ramsey County Library was able to provide free access to the following resources in 2013:
• Access to millions of ideas and resources.
o 16,978 new patrons registered for library cards
o 4,596,085 items checked out
o 278,694 reference questions answered
o E-books and e-magazines are available
• Early literacy resources and storytimes to help get children “school-ready.”
o 1,760,216 children’s items were checked out
o Children’s Librarians provided 567 storytime sessions with 29,047 attending
• Educational programs to help children succeed in school.
o 1,146 children’s programs attended by 60,584
o 6,461children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Program
o More than 1,000 people participated in the Kindergarten Library Card Sign Up Celebration
• After school hours provide a constructive place for teens to study, read, and learn.
o 3,530 students received free, online tutoring through Homework Rescue by using their library card
o 678 teen programs with an attendance of 10,263
• Programs and educational events that bring families and communities together.
o 1,706,338 visits to the Ramsey County libraries
o Library meeting rooms used by 1,848 external groups
o 727 programs attended by 7,271 adults
• Computer classes that teach people new skills.
o 207 free technology classes for 1,588 attendees
o 232 one-on-one help labs for 1,116 participants
• Free Internet access offers equal opportunity to the economically disadvantaged, seniors, and people with disabilities.
o Library computers were used for Internet access for 322,445 hours.
o The Library’s web site was visited 2,015.851 times.
• Employment resources that help people find jobs.
o 6,508 online employment coaching sessions through JobNow.
o 32 workforce development classes attended by 211 job seekers
o 24 business start-up counseling sessions for 61 entrepreneurs
• Language learning resources that help new Americans to assimilate.
o Conversation Circles in which people can practice their English are held at the libraries in Mounds View and Shoreview.
o Libraries offer free online ESL and foreign language instruction and translation resources.
Goal#1: Build Financial and Organizational Security
Strategy: Diversify & Increase Revenue Sources
Strategy: Develop Organizational Structure (board, staff & volunteers)
Goal #2: Advocate for Library Support
Strategy: Work with County Commissioners and Library Board Members
Strategy: Provide Leadership for Capital Campaigns
Strategy: Translate Library Goals into Community Impact
Goal #3 Expand Friends Community Engagement
Strategy: Increase Visibility of the Friends’ Mission and Brand Recognition
Strategy: Create Effective Communications in Libraries and the Community
Strategy: Partner with Other Organizations to Provide Resources for the Library
Strategy: Maintain Minimum Membership of 500 Households
Goal #4: Support Library Programs for Lifelong Learning in Diverse Communities
Strategy: Support Library Programs for All Ages
Strategy: Support Library Technology Programs for Adults and Teens
Strategy: Support Library Programs for Underserved Populations
Community or Constituency Served
People of all ages living or working in suburban Ramsey County, portions of Saint Paul, and portions of Anoka, Washington, Hennepin, and Dakota Counties.
Geographic Area Served
Suburban Ramsey County, portions of Saint Paul, and portions of Anoka, Washington, Hennepin, and Dakota Counties.