Roselle book lovers have a chance to get more involved as their public library seeks to fill a vacancy on its board of trustees.
Trustee Renee Riley is stepping down because she is moving out of state. Riley served for about three years and library Director Amy Cawley said she was known for being easy to work with.
"She was very interested in the board workings," Cawley said. "Renee was very willing to ask questions and be mentored by the longer-serving board members."
Her term ends after the April 9, 2013, election, and interested residents must apply to fill the vacancy by April 30 of this year.
Cawley said the board's work focuses on library policies and finances, but she hopes new candidates also will bring a genuine interest in the books and activities the library offers.
"I can't think of one board member who is not an active library user," she said. "We like to see a willingness to advocate for the library in the community."
That means, in addition to contributing at meetings, board members should help get Roselle residents excited about events like National Library Week, which will run April 8-14. During that week the library will partner with the village, park district and their matching entities in Bloomingdale for a Food for Fines donation program.
Residents of the library district who want to apply should reply in writing to Elaine Pizzicaro, board of trustees president, at Roselle Public Library District, 40 S. Park St., Roselle, IL 60172. Please include the following in the letter: interest in the position; qualifications and experience; availability for regular board and committee meetings; and a brief statement of the role of the public library in the Roselle community.
All letters must be received by April 30 and will be reviewed by the board. Candidates will be contacted for an interview.