Arapahoe Libraries looks for two new leaders

District taking applications for open positions on board of trustees

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Arapahoe Libraries is accepting applications for two open positions on the district's board of trustees, according to a news release.

The library board governs the Arapahoe Libraries district, establishes policies and employs a library director to carry out those policies and manage the district. 

“Besides an interest in libraries, a sincere commitment to provide the best possible library service to residents is important,” the district said in the release.

Serving on the seven-member Arapahoe Libraries Board of Trustees is a volunteer position, and trustees serve terms of three years, renewable for up to three terms, according to the district.

The current trustees recommend citizens to be appointed to the board, and those suggestions are reviewed and confirmed by the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners — the county's elected leaders — and the Board of the Deer Trail School District. 

Arapahoe Libraries serves municipalities such as Centennial, Bow Mar, Cherry Hills Village, Glendale, Greenwood Village and Sheridan, along with unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County and the rural areas of Byers and Deer Trail.

“Other than the appointment of the library trustees, Arapahoe Libraries has full autonomy over its operational and financial administration,” the district said in a statement.

Selection to serve on the board doesn't depend on what region of the district a person lives in.

“Although the current board seeks representation from diverse areas of the library district, all board of trustees positions are `at-large' and must reside in the Arapahoe Libraries service area,” the statement said.

Download a map of the library district by clicking this link.

Although the board currently meets virtually at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month — dates and times are occasionally changed — future meetings may be held at various Arapahoe Libraries facilities, the news release said.

“In addition to the 2-4 hours of reading to prepare for each meeting, members must also commit to attending library events, occasional study sessions, workshops, conferences and related meetings,” the release added.

Interested citizens can fill out the online application at arapahoelibraries.org by 4 p.m. March 22. For questions, visit arapahoelibraries.org/contact-us or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).

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