Filing for public election to North Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees
- Polson resident for ~10 years
- Doctor of Optometry for over 20 years
- Happily married for over 25 years with 3 teenaged children
- Avid reader, also enjoys fishing, woodworking, landscaping, and gardening
- Past board member and volunteer for the North Lake County Public Library
- Past board member and volunteer for the Flathead Valley Boys and Girls Clubs
“Why are you running for the Library Board?”
I have had opportunity in the past to serve on the library board and enjoyed being able to contribute to the betterment of our community through work with the library. A thriving and growing public library is, in my opinion, an important piece of a healthy community of people. A public library exists to give all people equal access to resources. Our library offers access to a broad range of readily accessible material and, through the Montana Shared Catalog and Interlibrary Loan programs, access to a collection of resources, both in-hand and on-line, that would otherwise be completely out of reach for a community of our size. This type of access,
especially in a smaller community, only happens through the planning and foresight of past volunteers and staff who worked together to make things happen.
The Board of Trustees acts directly to support the Library Executive Director in creating and managing the library’s annual budget. A careful budget process allows for current library
programs to expand, new programs to be added, and for an excellent staff to be retained and trained in the latest library sciences.
I am interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, again, in order to help keep the library moving forward. Though no one knows what the future may be, I hope to retire in Polson. I want to have access, now and in that future retirement, to a public library that continues to serve me, my family, my friends and neighbors, and a broader community of people… and I want that library to be relevant to our community. I hope to help that happen by making decisions with the Board, now, to grow the library‘s collection and services, and by giving our library’s staff the training and equipment they will need to serve in future ways that we haven’t yet seen.
I hope the voters of the North Lake County Public Library District will give me an opportunity to serve.