Live from Rose Street: come to May 10 Orcas library board meeting

With all of the board meetings clamoring to be attended on Orcas Island, a resident could get dizzy trying to decide which meeting to grace with their presence. Ideally, all of us would have the time and energy to attend a couple of meetings a year. Realistically though, we tend to go to board meetings when there is a hot topic that interests us and this is not a judgment, it’s human nature. There is no shortage of choice with so many active and integral boards existing on our island. Now that I think about it I should really make this the year I attend an organization’s board meeting that I don’t know much about.

As the Community Relations Chair on the Library Board of Trustees, I, along with my fellow board members, would like to extend a reminder invitation to the Orcas Island community to attend the May 10th Library Board meeting at 9:00 AM in the library conference room. And the kicker: we will be discussing the draft of our new long-range plan, based on the work of a community-based committee, and would love your feedback.

Here are some pros and cons to help you decide:


• Attending a library board meeting provides you with the behind the scenes activity in the running of a library

• Watching the Trustees interact can feel like live theater

• You can become more intimately knowledgeable about the library

• You might want to be a trustee some day


The only con I can think of is that the meetings are at 9 a.m. on a Monday.

If you are at all interested in learning about the library or having an opportunity to ask questions to your Trustees, please know that we would love to have you join us at any board meeting, held at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

Rachel Newcombe

Orcas Island Public Library Trustee