Gibbons Library looking for trustees

Librarian Grail Rubin sits in the Gibbons Library’s new teen area. The library is currently looking for up to five trustees to help plan and guide library initiatives.

By Staff

Gibbons – With the town’s library board on a break for the summer, head librarian Grail Rubin is looking for a few good volunteers to serve the board as trustees this fall.

Rubin said the Gibbons Library Board can have up to 10 trustees but presently only has five volunteers serving in that capacity.

“If we have anybody ill or away for some reason, we don’t have a quorum to do any voting,” Rubin said, noting that ideally she would like a minimum of seven trustees on the board. “It gives people the chance to be away, be ill or whatever.”

The librarian explained that the qualifications to serve as a trustee are simple; one needs to have an interest in the library and be at least 18 years of age.

“You have to be responsible and you have to vote on matters of policies, bylaws, money, spending, budgeting,” she said. “We meet once a month, every third Wednesday.”

Rubin said most monthly meetings last about 90 minutes. The board does not meet in December, July or August.

Rubin said the library board will be addressing a new plan of service for the library this fall, as well as examining how the library can work with the community to offer better service and to better aid the other community organizations in Gibbons and Sturgeon County. Additionally, the board will be looking at ways to better use the existing library space and finding ways to bring in more teenagers and children to use the facility. The library currently has approximately 700 patrons in Gibbons and Sturgeon County.

For more information on becoming a Gibbons Library Board trustee contact Grail Rubin at 780-923-2004 or Ingrid Franchuk at 780-923-3563.

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