Would you like to be more involved in the community while also helping to strengthen and improve the Seekonk Public Library? If so, there are several opportunities available for you to help your library. We are seeking service-minded library users to run for the Board of Library Trustees, to serve on the Board of Directors of the Seekonk Library Trust, or to serve on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Library. These three organizations are vitally important to the success of the library. Past and present members of all three boards have known the personal satisfaction of helping a service that is so important to town residents. I know that you could find it rewarding as well, and I will be happy to speak with you about joining one of these boards. Descriptions of each board and its duties are described below. If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions, you may reach me by calling (508) 336-8230, ext. 5101 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for helping us provide the best library service possible.
– Peter Fuller, Library Director
Board of Library Trustees – Under state law, the Library Trustees are responsible for the administration of the public library. In the case of the Seekonk Public Library, this also includes the Seekonk Meadows. The Trustees are responsible for making library policy, planning, and approving budgets and major expenditures. The Trustees also administer state grant-in-aid funds. The Board of Library Trustees generally meets monthly. This is an elective office, and if you decide to be a candidate you will need to obtain signatures from at least 50 registered voters by February 17, 2015 to be placed on the ballot. We can help you collect those signatures.
Seekonk Library Trust – The Seekonk Library Trust is a private non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The Library Trust was established to receive large gifts and bequests to the Seekonk Public Library. The Seekonk Library Trust provided funding for both the Seekonk Meadows and the library’s Innovation Center. The most visible activities of the Library Trust in recent years have been their annual appeal for donations to the New Century Fund, and the awarding of the annual St. Hilaire Public Service Award. This Board meets four to six times a year. There are two openings on the governing board of the Seekonk Library Trust. Both new members will be appointed by the Board of Library Trustees.
Friends of the Seekonk Public Library – The Friends of the Seekonk Public Library is another non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises money to expand and enhance library services. The money raised by the Friends of the Library pays for museum passes and special programs such as Family Nights and many of the Summer Concerts. The Friends manage the booksale in the lobby and conduct other fundraisers throughout the year. The Board of Directors generally meets monthly. Any member of the Friends of the Library may serve on the Board of Directors. The Friends Board appoints its own members and elects its own officers.