Two seats on Milton Public Library’s Board of Trustees are on the March 5, 2019, Town Meeting ballot.
- Do you have an interest in the library community — are you a library user?
- Do you have sufficient time to perform the duties of a trustee?
- Do you recognize the library as the center of information for the community, a community culture center, a recreation center, and a continuing education center?
- Do you have a knowledge or interest in the local community’s social and economic conditions?
- Do you work well with other people — other board members, staff, and community officials?
- Do you have an open mind and intellectual curiosity about differing interests and points of view?
- Do you have the interest and ability to establish library policies?
- Do you have the courage to plan creatively and to carry out plans beneficial to the library and the community it serves?
Duties of the Trustees:
- Fiduciary – financial and well-being of the library, which includes financial policies, manage library assets, and review of periodic financial statements and annual audit.
- Governance – direct and oversee the operation of the library, including programs, personnel, policies, continuity of library board, and evaluate staff and board performance
- Advocate – educate the community regarding Milton Public Library and its mission.
- Planning – create a vision for the organization, and set goals and objectives to further the mission of the library.
- Staffing – hire and evaluate the library director.
- Fundraising – actively participate in the fundraising process.
We are looking for people who believe that the public library is vital to the health and well-being of the community as a whole. We want someone who can approach people and problems with an open mind, and have the courage to resist pressures that interfere with the community’s democratic right to a full range of library materials and services.
We need people who are passionate about learning, committed to equality, fairness and transparency, and willing to work with others to achieve goals. We need someone who will be a strong advocate for the Milton Public Library. We meet once monthly at a time set at the annual meeting in March. Currently, that time is the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Our meetings generally run about an hour and a half, and attendance at those monthly meetings is integral to the success of the oversight of Milton Public Library.
On March 5, 2019, would you consider running for a board position? We would be happy to continue this discussion with you, if you are interested, at your convenience. Please let me know when would be a good time to answer any questions you might have.
Jennifer Dooley, Milton Public Library Trustee Board Chair
Persons interested in running must submit a Consent of Candidate Local Election form and a candidate petition with the signatures of 30 legally registered Milton voters, to have their name placed on the ballot. A two-year seat and a three-year seat are available. Candidates must indicate on the consent form which term they are seeking.
The deadline for these documents is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. The forms are available at the Milton Town Clerk’s office, 43 Bombardier Rd. Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The completed forms also must be submitted there.
Forms are also available on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website:
Local Candidate Consent