Life

At the Library: Word from a trustee

By Margi Jarrard, member of the Washington Public Library board of trustees

I have served on the Washington Free Public Library’s board of trustees since 2016. It has been a wonderful learning experience. I’ve seen how the library provides educational, cultural, and social opportunities for Washington. The classes, concerts, art exhibits, lectures, and adult, teen, and children’s programs are very popular. Just recently, a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the new library building was attended by over 600 patrons. We have a wonderful staff that provides excellent customer service. They have always been so helpful when I have a technology question or need a recommendation for a good read. Reading has always been a joy and the library is a great resource. If you are interested in learning more about our library and its history, I would like to recommend a booklet written by Michael Kramme, member of The City Preservation Commission, called The Washington Public Library. It has many interesting facts. Did you know that the library first opened its doors August 7, 1878? It was open on Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 to 9 p.m. D. Scofield, the first Chairman of the Board of the Trustees, said “a free invitation is given to come, take, read, and return books with money and without price, under such simple restriction only as have deemed best for the proper care of books.” The library has certainly evolved through the years. It has become a vibrant focal point of the community and has a history of partnering with other community entities to serve all patrons. Being a trustee has been a privilege and I am glad I have had the opportunity to serve.