To the editor: In a community where there is no absence of opportunity for stewardship, how does one choose the most personally suited seat of civic duty? How does one narrow the field in choosing a role of responsible oversight in protection of a community asset that one considers worth caring for and preserving?
If, like me, you are grateful for life in a beautiful place where you enjoy good health and enriched opportunity, you may be feeling a need to significantly give back. I strongly encourage you to join a team that protects and preserves one of the most valued community resources — the Kent County Public Library.
For over 60 years, the local library has certainly been a repository of knowledge. But now, the library is more nimble and quietly responsive to community needs. The library mission is more about building humans and less about building collections.
In our county where 66 percent of the population have active library cards, where over 100,000 library visits were recorded last year, where over 5,000 citizens utilized meeting room space throughout the year, the library is a sacred space.
From early literacy initiatives to computer skills classes, book discussion groups to free online instructor-led classes, library programs encourage lifelong learning, provide entertainment, and create community connection. Community awareness fuels the library’s strategic planning process. The library has become a multi-purposed destination — providing much bang for the tax-payer buck.
The trustees’ critical role in reimagining and rebranding this valued public space while attending to essential fiduciary responsibility is an important calling with multiple rewards. Today, trustees are the chief advocates for enriched community resources that properly address the community’s critical challenges. Trustees donate time and effort as keepers of an important faith that the library is the town hall, the community center and the collaborative space — an antidote to some of the isolation that the digital world has created.
In short, trustees oversee the principles at the heart of the library’s mission — safe access and relevant opportunity: where all Kent County citizens are offered a seat at the table and are treated with the same dignity and respect.
The Board of Library Trustees will be accepting trustee applications in an extended period through Friday, Nov. 11. This is an important calling. Act to- day. Download an application at www. kentcountylibrary.org or just stop in at 408 High St. in Chestertown to request a hard copy. Barb Macbeth President Board of Library Trustees Kent County Public Library