The James Prendergast Library board is seeking applications by Tuesday, Nov. 20, from community members who would like to be considered as potential trustees.
Interested individuals must reside in the greater Jamestown area, possess an active library card and have an interest in the library and its future. They cannot be current or former employees or relatives of current employees.
The 11-member trustee board meets at 12:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the library. Meetings are open to the public and last between 90 minutes and two hours. Trustees also serve on committees and task forces. A trustee may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
According to the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, "Library trustees are responsible to the library and to the public it serves. Trustees must fulfill the duties commonly referred to as 'care, loyalty, and obedience' and must be tireless advocates for improving library services. Forward-looking, informed trustees are needed to guide their libraries in the Information Age. Reinforcing the traditional services of libraries and welcoming the new, expanded opportunities of broadband internet access, trustees must position their libraries as essential and vital resources for individual and community success."
Applications are available online at www.prendergastlibrary.org or can be picked up at the circulation desk of the library at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.