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Spokane County Library District seeks new Spokane Valley board member

Math tutor Charissa Cooley works with a student in the upper level of the Spokane Valley Library in a photo taken in April of 2014. The Spokane County Library District is currently seeking volunteers to apply for an open position on the Board of Trustees. Board members make decisions on the library's budget, policies and programs.   (Rebecca White / The Spokesman-Review)
Math tutor Charissa Cooley works with a student in the upper level of the Spokane Valley Library in a photo taken in April of 2014. The Spokane County Library District is currently seeking volunteers to apply for an open position on the Board of Trustees. Board members make decisions on the library's budget, policies and programs.  (Rebecca White / The Spokesman-Review)

The Spokane County Library District is looking for volunteers to fill a vacancy on the organization’s board of trustees, which governs its policies and budget.

Executive Director for the Spokane County Library District Patrick Roewe said applicants should value intellectual freedom, the work the libraries do in the community and be willing to advocate for the library.

“We’re looking for people that recognize libraries as a dynamic and vital institutions,” he said.

He said the library district’s board tries to be geographically representative of the community it serves and is looking for a new board member from the greater Spokane Valley area. Though living in the Spokane Valley area is preferred, it is not required. Anyone living in the library district’s service area, which is the entire county except the city of Spokane and Liberty Lake, is eligible.

The chosen applicant would replace outgoing library trustee Wesley Teterud, who chose to not seek a second term. Library trustee terms are five years, and board members can serve a maximum of two terms.

The Library Board of Trustees meets once a month. They are currently meeting over Zoom but normally meet at different area libraries. The board sets library policies, such as how to handle late fees, the future trajectory of the library and the library’s budget.

Roewe recommended all applicants look through the library’s website to get a better understanding of the current programs and direction of the organization.

Applicants are usually interviewed by the current board of trustees, which makes recommendations to the Spokane County Commissioners. The county commissioners then appoint the board member for a five year term.

Interested applicants can find more information about the position on the county’s website at www.spokanecounty.org/1255/Spokane-County-Library-Board-of-Trustees and apply by emailing the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners Ginna Vasquez at gvasquez@spokanecounty.org.

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