In a Feb 11th article in the Daily Inter Lake, Laurel Ekern says she grew up using the library and now takes her two children there. She says there’s concern that the quality of the library is eroding, noting that it’s a key component of the community providing early literacy and other childhood programs, in addition to the books on its shelves."
The story goes on to talk about our work as the new Flathead County Library Alliance. "Responding to actions it says are threatening the quality of the ImagineIF Libraries system, a citizens group has formed to advocate for the future direction of the library." "The library alliance says its mission is to hold library trustees accountable and ensure that the county commissioners appoint qualified individuals to the library board."
The ImagaineIF Libraries system has faced turmoil surrounding the board of trustees, including ongoing tensions between the board and library staff. Trustee board meetings have been standing-room capacity in recent months as trustees have voted on formal requests to remove two books from library shelves and sought to hire a new director after two previous library directors resigned amid growing tensions.
- Daily Inter Lake, Advocacy group forms in wake of library trustee decisions, Feb 11, 2022
The story notes that the FC Library Alliance is hosting two petitions "directed at the county commissioners seeking accountability for the future operations of the library and also asking that well-qualified non-political trustees be appointed to the library board". This is the core of our campaign right now. We invite you to read the full story and to take action for the future of our library and our community.
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