Please note that there are currently two seats up for election on Thursday, May 18th from 12noon to 8pm in the Library’s community room. These are the candidates:

Board of Trustee Candidates running for Election 2017-2018

April Farley is a long-time resident, born and raised in the City of Beacon. As parent and community volunteer, she believes that the Howland Public Library has been one of the greatest resources for her family and community over the years and now. Her son has attended youth programs since he was young and as a teen had the opportunity to be part of the Spark Media Project. April says, “It would be a great honor to serve on the board and give back to the Library and help the Library to continue to bring diverse services to our community, youth and seniors.”

Stacy Christensen bought a house in Beacon 10 years ago after being introduced to the city by a friend, and falling in love with all that Beacon has to offer.  One of the first things that she did upon moving here was to acquire a library card, and for a few years she volunteered in the evenings and shelved books.  Stacy has lived in Putnam Valley, and once worked as clerk at the library there.  The first book that she learned to read was ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, and she has been an avid reader and supporter of all the programs that libraries have to offer ever since. Stacy works as a bookkeeper, and has three grown children, and one small granddaughter.

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The elections take place in the spring and are publicized in the local media, here on our website, and in our electronic newsletter.

People who are United States citizens, eighteen years old or older, and have been residents of the State of New York and the Beacon City School District for 30 days preceding the election are eligible to run for vacancies on the nine-member Howland Board of Trustees.  All full terms are for five years.

Candidates may pick up petitions at the library; these petitions must be notarized and returned to the library election clerk by the date and time specified in the legal notice.

Trustee Roles:
  • Create and develop the mission of the library
  • Select a qualified library director
  • Secure adequate funding for the library’s service program
  • Exercise fiduciary responsibilities
  • Adopt policy
  • Plan and evaluate the library’s service program
  • Maintain a facility that meets the library’s community needs
  • Promote the library in the community
  • Conduct the library’s business in an open and ethical manner
Collective Authority:
  • Under New York State law, a library board has broad authority to manage the affairs of the library but it is a collective authority.
  • Individual trustees may not speak or act on behalf of the library unless granted that authority by a vote of the board at an open public meeting.
  • The board should speak with one voice once a decision is made.
  • A trustee who disagrees with a board decision may legally speak out publicly but they must make it clear that they do not represent the library.