Library Board

Meetings

  • The regular meeting of the Pella Public Library’s Board of Trustees takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
  • The regular monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will take place on Tuesday, 8/11 at 4 pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend this public meeting.
  • The Library Board meeting is scheduled to take place via Zoom.                                       The link for attendees to join this event is:                                                       https://zoom.us/j/91064881077?pwd=Q0VtbitMZDBrYThrMTU4eWlsUEVxUT09      Password:  225775                    

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Seeking Trustee Applicants

Interested in serving your community? The Pella Public Library is seeking applicants to serve on the Board of Trustees. Due to Iowa code and City ordinance, are expected to be city residents and male identified. Apply today!  Please click here for more information.

For more information, please contact:
Mara Strickler, Library Director
(641) 628-4268
E-mail Mara Strickler


Members

NamePositionPhoneTerm Expires
Email Suzy CardVice-President
641.777.9921
July 1, 2022
Email Nathan Copeland
Trustee
641.620.9518
July 1, 2023
Email Brenda HuismanPresident
641.780.8170
July 1, 2021
Email Dinakar Kesavapillai
Trustee630.414.4026July 1, 2022
Email Kristi Leonard
Trustee
641.530.1667
July 1, 2023
Email Kenny Nedder
Trustee641.620.9720July 1, 2021


Roles

The Public Library Board has five primary roles:

  • Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board. To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community. Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library, pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups, getting to know the mayor and City Council, and making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.
  • Plan for the future of the library. Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the Library Board. Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years. It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.
  • Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library. The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should. For example, the Library Board is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent. The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid. The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.
  • Set library policies. The Library Board spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day-to-day basis.
  • Hire and evaluate the library director. The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the director, carefully respecting each other’s roles. The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.
  1. Mara Strickler

    Library Director