Applicants sought for county-recommended position on library board

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The Clark County Council is looking for applicants to fill one of three county recommended positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District board of trustees.

The applicant needs to be a Clark County resident who lives outside of the Vancouver and Camas city limits.

The unexpired term will start immediately and end on Dec. 31, 2024.

The recommendation, according to a news release, must be approved by Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

Library trustees are responsible for policies at the district’s 15 locations, two bookmobiles, online services and centralized headquarters.

The service area covers more than 4,200 square miles in southwest and south-central Washington where about 464,000 people live. The area includes all of Clark County with the exception of the city of Camas, all of Skamania and Klickitat counties, and the city of Woodland in Cowlitz County.

The district operates community libraries in Battle Ground, La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, Goldendale, North Bonneville, Stevenson, the Vancouver urban area, Washougal and White Salmon Valley. It also oversees the Mall Library Connection at Vancouver Mall and the Library Express in Yacolt, while also providing services to the Yale Library Express, which is under contract with the Yale Valley Library District.

Anyone interested in serving should send a letter and resume to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, 98666-5000 or email it to michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on June 25.

Applicants should discuss their understanding of current challenges for public libraries, perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials, as well as the district’s funding as a junior taxing district.

The board meets every third Monday. Meetings are currently held in a virtual format.

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