Editorial

Weve got your number!

Monday, June 11, 2018

We encourage the city of Cherokee and the Cherokee Public Library to approve and proceed with a proposed ordinance reducing the humber of Library Board members from nine to seven.

The timely action comes on the heels of two long-time Board members - Dr. Darla Struck and Laura Dawson - completing their terms effective July 1, 2018.

Accordig to Librarian Zach Freking-Smith, they are seizing this opportunity to reduce the Board by two members. Smith points out that most Library Boards in Iowa are comprised of five to seven members. Terms would remain for six years in length with a two-term limit. Struck has served her two terms and Dawson has chosen not to seek another term.

Often working off public radar and underappreciated, Library Board members are a shining gem in communities for their support and dedication to libraries and the magic within those hallowed confines that forever remains an invaluable oasis for readers and knowledge seekers young and old. For many users, its simply a great place to chill.

A nine-member Board can be cumbersome, and five may be a bit lean when factoring in any absences. Seven seems to be the proper number and we applaud our Library and City for considering this and ultimately making the change.