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10 village learning place

2010 Annual Report


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When the Pratt Library closed its Charles Village branch in 1997, the neighborhood was incensed. Community activists (many of whom still enliven in our garden and stacks), filed a lawsuit and shut down Saint Paul Street by staging a full-blown funeral march for their library.Though they lost their lawsuit, they gained control of the historic 1896 building, which they lovingly restored with volunteer hours. By community forum, they created the Village Learning Place, affectionately known as the VLP, to fill the neighborhood's need for accessible resources of all kinds-- from books to computers, from educational classes to a community garden. Since our door opened in 2000, the VLP's mission has always been to promote literacy, cultural awareness, and lifelong learning. Every program and service we offer is free all year round, and that's why we are so grateful for your support!

10 years as theVLP!



7 6 5 4 3 2 1 10 9 8 7 6 5 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sharon Snyder, President Shareholder, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver Kevin McGowan, Vice President Business Consultant, Credit Sweepers & Associates Jerriann Myers Wilson, Secretary Retired, Johns Hopkins Children's Center Tracey Mandish, Treasurer Director of Internal Audit, Eastern Savings

Robyn Bogash Assistant Vice President, Senior Recruiter, T. Rowe Price Associates Laurie Hare Marketing Manager, Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union Maria T. Johnson Vice President of Advancement, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Rebecca Lafleur General Manager, Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins

David Beaudouin Managing Director, DB+C Ltd.



Debra M. Lawrence, Esq. Supervisory Trial Attorney, EEOC Baltimore Field Office David Matthews, CFP Certified Financial Planner, Fusco Financial Associates Andrew Michael Relationship Manager, M&T Bank Kelley Ray Consultant Jeffrey Schoenherr Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Johns Hopkins University

Rob Spiller Associate Dean, Development & Alumni Relations, Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering Dorothea Stierhoff Senior Public Affairs Specialist, MECU of Baltimore Alanna Thomas Administrative Assistant, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore Loretta Wall Retired, Johns Hopkins Children's Center


Liesje Buckley Gantert Executive Director

Caroline Huggins Library Services Coordinator

Laura Grossman LINK Program Assistant

Christy Rather Director of Education

Delores Lee Librarian

Katie Pumphrey Art Instructor

Katie Green Murphy Associate Director of Education

Jenny Sataloff Library Associate

Charisse Sullivan Lead Teacher - Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Darran White Tilghman Associate Director of Development

Anna Platis Administrative Assistant

Emily Gould Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator

Michael McPhatter Youth Programs Coordinator Nikki Rhodes Early Childhood Programs Coordinator

Rachel Denrich Assistant Teacher - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Kate Rhea Lead Teacher -2nd and 3rd Grades

Sundae Morant Assistant Teacher -2nd and 3rd Grades Brandon Laird Lead Teacher - 4th and 5th Grades Lindsey Dawes Lead Teacher - 6th-8th Grades Tyran Christian Assistant Teacher - 6th-8th Grades Isa Coleman Debate Instructor

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growing LINK students prepare to honor the VLP founders with garden bouquets at our 10th Anniversary Celebration in June.


The cornerstone of VLP programming is the Let's Invest in Neighborhood Kids (LINK) Initiative, which provides after-school and summer programming for

pre-Kindergarten through eighth graders, addressing critical needs for academic instruction, enrichment opportunities, character development, and family and community involvement. In the three years ahead, LINK programming will

expand to serve preschool and high school students.The VLP's education team has envisioned this strengthened and expanded LINK as a “cradle to gown� initiative. In this approach, LINK will guide learners from before they enter

pre-Kindergarten until they graduate from high school ready to confidently enter college or the workforce, pursuing a lifetime of learning. READING INTERVENTION

11 struggling readers in LINK After School received one-on-one

reading instruction. All 11 made gains in proficiency, with 7 gaining a full grade level or more. SOUND OFF!,

100 kids of all ages celebrated positive hip-hop culture, self-

expression, and the spoken word with performances, trivia games, and an open mic.

LET'S INVEST IN NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS (LINK) AFTER SCHOOL, 75 students served LINK After School provides elementary school students with free, challenging, dynamic programming and nutritious snacks every weekday throughout the school year.The academic focus of the LINK programs is on reading and mathematics, with quality instruction and research-based curricula. Middle school students receive mini-lessons aligned with the State Curriculum, high school choice and application support, and college and career preparation.The enrichment component of LINK After School includes an art program, computer technology lessons, and physical activities. Field trips to cultural sites, performances, and college campuses broaden students' perspectives.

LINK SUMMER, K-8TH GRADE 65 students served LINK Summer consists of 6 weeks of rigorous courses designed to prevent summer learning loss and inspire creativity. In the mornings, K-5 LINK Summer students participate in Number Playground, an intensive math exploration program that highlights math relevance, strategy, fun, and success. Middle school students participate in project-based workshops and student-directed service learning. All participants receive free lunch through the Baltimore City Summer Lunch Program. LINK Summer's afternoon enrichment sessions include urban gardening in the VLP's learning garden, intensive art and drama classes, book-making workshops, digital media lessons, and more.

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Over 600 adults attended free lectures, concerts, and special arts events, sharing culture and conversation with neighbors on the second Wednesday of every month.

Programs for Adults & Seniors

The Grace Darin Annual Lecture

Dan Rodricks delighted listeners this year; past speakers have included Jacques Kelly, Marc Steiner, and Laura Lippman. The VLP's Grace Darin Memorial Fund celebrates Ms. Darin's journalism and supports the VLP's excellent collection of periodicals.

Baltimore History Evenings

Presented in partnership with the Baltimore City Historical Society. Over 300 adults experienced presentations and discussions about Baltimore's storied past by published authors, noted historians, and famous local storytellers.

Senior Tea

30 senior citizens shared fellowship, tea, and experiences from a barber shop quartet to a cardiac health seminar each month.

GED Prep

Presented with Baltimore City Community College, 35 adult learners received education and test preparation in the library


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Programming for Families Resources for ALL

Tots Tuesday

Storytimes 39 caretakers learned to foster a love of reading in very young children.

Family Fun Nights 110 parents and adult family members increased their involvement in our LINK students' education.

Library Services Over 5,800 card-holders had access to over 18,000 titles, from “Green Eggs and Ham” to “Grapes of Wrath.”

VLP Garden Weddings, jazz, young gardeners, and a Roller Derby Bash made the beautiful, enclosed garden a wonderful place to be this year.


Kenny and Denise Abrams David and Karen Beaudouin Sarah and Otto Begus Richard and Sandi Block Robyn Bogash Bob and Janice Davis Jon Eisenman Gil and Jan French

The Joseph Mullan Company Laurie Hare Scot and Kirsten Hinshaw

Maria Johnson Dorothy Krug Rebecca LaFleur and Gordon Gifford Debra Lawrence

John Lessner and David Bergman Gail Long John Manzolillo and Dorine Andrews Jonathan Melnick Andrew and Laura Michael Beth Pepper and Mark Neustadt

Jeff Schoenherr and Maria Lopez Schoenherr Val Seaberg Sharon Snyder and Matthew Nayden Kim Stokes Becky Thomson and Tom Artes LaVerne Vance Jerriann and Don Wilson

Marion Acero Leeann and Paul Adams Steve Allan and Beth Franer Kelly Amabile Anouk Amzel Gretchen Anderson

Angelos Androutsopoulos and Valerie Smith-Androutsopoulos Marie Anzalone Robert Armacost

Judy Armold and Bert Eichhorn Howard and Barbara Aylesworth Shabina Bahl and Golam Sayeed Choudhury Charles Baker and Carol Westcott Baker Alex Baldinger and Abbey Sinclair Mozelle Banks Andre Barnett and Linda Sue Naiditch Carolyn and Allen Baron Eric Bassole Adrian Batchelor and Daniela Amzel Sean and Kim Beard Susan Beh Stephen Belcher and Larry Saunders Jude Bellamy and Ken Malecki Charley Beller Jane Bennett and Bill Connolly Phyllis and David Berger

Aaron and Chrissie Bice Susan Boll Michelle Bond Esther Bonnet Jason and Shayna Botel Wilma Bowser Gina Braden Stephanie Briggs Chauna Brocht and Kris Misage Christopher and Rebecca Bruce Karen and Jay Buck Kristy and Ron Buckley

Deborah Cooper Melanie and Nick Cornelisse Gregg and Stephanie Cosgrove Louisa and Nat Creamer Ed and Tamara Croft Amanda Cunningham Shawna and Chris Curran Ann Dahl David Dalbke

Art Buist Beth and Chuck Bullamore

Paul Burk and Miruna Patrascanu

Diana Desierto Adrienne and Chris Diaczok Betty Dickinson

Tori Burns Nathan and Misha Bushyager Jim Canavan

Molly Dillon Adam and Jessica Donaldson Suzanne Donazetti

Margot Canfield Mike Carnes and Randy Brauer Debra Carr and Fred Nastvogel

Bernadette and Gabe Donnenberg Michael Donnenberg and Paula Fernandes

James Casey Libby and David Champney Joy Charles Ebet Chee Wendy Childs

Jack Davis Magdalena DelCampo and James Magnuson

Sharon Donovan Ellen Dontigney Dorothy Dorsey Denise Dory Laurie Dudek Lee Cohen and Stacy Rudin Elizabeth Duverlie Shannen Coleman and Marc Siciliano Phil Easter John Comer and Amy Quarles Viki and Steven Eggert Paul and Charlene Conner Sally Egloff Dick and Karen Cook Amber Eisenmann and Josh Fruhlinger


FY10 Expenses:

Government: $431,109 Foundations: $306,186 Individuals: $60,806 Corporations: $23,969 VLP Income: $7,259 Workstudy Reimbursement: $54,033

Personnel: $569,227 Contract Services: $124,486 Contractual Program Services: $31,044 Materials & Supplies: $33,184 Capital/Depreciation: $35,448

Rick Eisenmann Rachel Eisler Irina Elashvili Brad and Jennifer Erickson Annette Fallon and Eric Cox Niel Fasnacht Paula Fazio John and Beverly Fink Nancy Flathman Dorothy Fleming Kenna Forsyth John Foy

Garrett Irby Jeffrey and Heller Kreshtool Ken and Leslie Kupfer Nancy Kutler Patricia Laidlaw Brandon Laird and Libby Barbee Shannon and Lawson Lambert Donna Landers Jack and Linda Lapides Ann and Paul Lee Leona and Richard Lee Frances Lentz

Ben Frederick Mel and Carol Freeman

Jackie Lesh Robert Lessick

Patricia Fulton

Suzanne Gallagher Carol and Allan Gallant Thomas Gamper Liesje and Neal Gantert Bryan and Kristen Gardner Joe and Sue Garonzik Michael Gehl Ella and Greg Gensheimer Genevieve Gessert and Eoghan Casey Michael Getzlaff and Karen Hill Vicki Giffin Devin Gillespie Susan Gladstone Dan Gleckler Allan and Rosemary Gold Ann Gordon and Jackie MacMillan

Brandt McCammon and Jeff Hossfeld Blythe McCarthy Ken and Dorris McElroy Bruce McGowan Kevin McGowan Sarah Kenders McLean and Campbell McLean Patrick McMahon Daniel McMichael Carole Menetrez and Sam Wylie

Mike and Maggie O'Neill Jerry and Gail Oppel JoAnn Orlinsky Nathan and Nina Osborne Elisabeth Pallia Laura Parkhurst Joan Parr Gina Patterson Steven Paxton and Ellen Beattie Geri Peak Deborah and Travis Pearson Jeffrey Pecore

Nancy Lev-Alexander

Chris and Alice Merritt Sandy Meyers Jeff and Jane Michael Kathleen Michaels Melanie Milazzo Ray and Nancy Milefsky

James and Katherine LeVeque Naomi Levin and Benjamin Passey Susie Lipscher

Mariann and Jeff Millard Josh Miller Emmett Mobley

Meredith Pica Kathy Pinto Anna Platis and Spam Meyers Richard and Joyce Plotkin

Steven Loew Joyce Lombardi Len Louthan Patty Lynch and Buddy Sheehan Kate and Cameron Macdonald Tara and John Macia Tracey Mandish Bruce and Suzie Manger Ursula Marcum Pamela Marks and Michael Mininsohn Craig Masotti

Karen Morley Elizabeth Morton Tannaz Motevalli

Francis Pluciennik and Mike Simon David Ponder Daniel Pontious and Karen DeCamp

Michelle Muhammad Ted and Carla Murphy Holly Myers Walker and Rachel Mygatt Frank and Elise Nayden Tim Noel Kim and Ken Noppenberger Carolyn Norris and Edward Hedgecock

Leanna Powell Kathleen Pumphrey Peter Quint Michael Raitzyk Odette Ramos

Dave Matthews Ieasha Matthews

Aletta Norval and David Howarth Grace O'Neill

Lauren Redmond and Eric Hoel Leonard and Shelly Redmond

Janet Pena Roger Peterson and Claire Braswell

Christy Rather John and Joan Ray Kelley Ray

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Celeste Sollod Mary Somers John Sondheim and Emily Greenberg Jenny Sorel

Juanita Sowell Annie Spain Sandy Sparks

Marcy Spector Rob and Holly Spiller John Springer and Michelle Hooper Nancy Spritz and Jeffrey Weinberg John Spurrier Charles Stahler and Debra Wasserman Nicholas and Cleo Stamatos Liz Stanwych and Paige Rogers Stephanie and Benjamin Sterling Dorothea Stierhoff Lee Stierhoff and Jen Grow

Carl Stokes Gloria Strache Stanley and Ethel Sugarman

Amit and Radhika Sule Joe and Diane Sullivan Miriam and Ernie Summers Julie Sumper and Neil Fagot Andrew Suseno and Perry Sheffield Anna Talaga Sue and John Talbott Lynne Tarakan Shawn Tarrant

Alanna Thomas Darran and Ben Tilghman Christopher Toleman and Fatou Sall Michelle Tracy Shelley and Peter Treadway Lee Truelove Stephanie Tuite Tonei Turk Mary Jane Vaeth

Liz VanAmerongen Judy Vennes David Viel Shirley Viviano Lindsay and Nick Volentine Adele Wakefield and Arthur Gren Andrew Waldman and Brian Spreng Loretta and Darin Wall Sue and Rich Walther Catherine Wang Tom and Joyce Ward Kent and Sandra Waters Jacqueline Waters-Scofield and James Scofield Bud and Marilyn Watts Ray Waynick Tom and Diane Webbert David and Marie Weeks Sarah and Jean Wehner

Donna and Don Weigand Matthew Weinstein and Laura Kessler Bob and Pat Welch Jon Wetmiller and Kerry Quinn Laura Wexler and Mike Subelsky Ricka White Katie Wiehl Stephen and Patricia Wilcoxson Renee Wilson Max and Rose Winder Miriam Winder-Kelly Laura Yoder and John Leigh Jobi and Eric Zink


32nd Street Farmers Market The Allstate Foundation The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts Bank of America Charitable Foundation The Herbert Bearman Foundation Charles Village Community Foundation Clayton Baker Trust Commonweal Foundation The Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust Family League of Baltimore City Friends Meeting of Homewood Invest in Others Charitable Foundation The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund The John J. Leidy Foundation Lois and Philip Macht Family Philanthropic Fund Maryland Agricultural Education Fund Moser Family Foundation Parks & People Foundation PNC Bank Foundation Ronald McDonald House Charities The Jean & Sidney Silber Foundation St. John's United Methodist Church T. Rowe Price Foundation, Inc. TKF Foundation United Way of Central Maryland The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation The Wiessner Foundation for Children Wright Family Foundation

Maryland State Department of Education: 21st Century Community Learning Centers Maryland State Department of Education: State-Aided Institutions Baltimore Housing, Community Development Block Grant We have taken great care to recognize everyone who has contributed to the Village Learning Place this year. If we have made any errors, please accept our apologies and help us to correct our records.

Special Events Read Between the Wines

Read Between the Wines is the Village Learning Place's extraordinary annual October fundraising event. Held in our beautifully renovated historic library and garden, this gala event brings together great food, live music, silent and live auctions, and a fantastic atmosphere of community. 2009's Speakeasy theme celebrated high times with a nod to Baltimore's great bootlegging history.

Our 2009 Event Sponsors:

Spaghetti Disco

Spaghetti Disco is our favorite wacky neighborhood tradition and benefits the VLP. This amazing party brings together delicious food, kids' crafts and games, and great neighbors on a sizzling dance floor. Not too many parties combine meatballs with literacy, the Bee-Gees with the ABCs, like this one does. Spaghetti Disco XII, on Saturday, February 27th, 2010, was the swankiest, most spectacular Disco ever!

MECU of Baltimore

Our 2010 Groovy Supporters:

Allstate Insurance Company Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins Campaign Consultation Falkenhan's Hardware Graphic Imaging Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union Johns Hopkins University The Kelmscott Bookshop M & T Bank Ober, Kaler, Grimes, & Shriver P-B Health Home Care Agency Print & Graphics Services LTD Roland Roofing & Home Solutions Union Memorial Hospital The Wine Source

M & T Bank MECU of Baltimore

Our Media Partners: Fox 45 Modern Babies & Children Magazine Urbanite Magazine

32nd Street Farmer's Market Atwater's Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins Bohème Café The Brewer's Art Broom's Bloom Dairy Carma's Café Donna's Coffee Bar & Restaurant Eddie's Markets Fleur de Lis Gertrude's Restaurant Loane Brothers, Inc. Martin Farms PNC Bank Union Memorial Hospital Uptown Sounds The Wine Source Woolsey Farm

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next 10 years with you! VILLAGE LEARNING PLACE






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