by Lisa Cyriacks
A big “thank you” to everyone who supported our campaign! The library district passed with 832 votes or 59.6 per cent! The Board of County Commissioners on November 9 approved the slate of candidates to serve as Trustees for the district. Many thanks also to the BGPOA membership who voted to transfer the assets including the library building, books, and our cash savings fund to the new district.
Two trustees were appointed from the Crestone/Baca area and two trustees from Saguache with one at-large trustee. After each trustee serves the term granted them by the BOCC, trustees will serve two-year terms. In the future, replacements will be sought through a public notice and self-nomination process. Meetings will be public and posted at the local library branches, other community locations within the District, and published in the newspapers.
For Crestone/Baca the two trustees appointed are Ammi Kohn for a one-year term and Zana aka “Rosana” Hart for a five-year term. Ammi currently serves as Director of the Lama Foundation Library of Oral History and Memory and has extensive board experience from both the board and staff position. His particular interest in serving on this board is connecting youth to libraries and local history.
Zana Hart has a Masters in Library Science and has worked as a professional librarian in a countywide system. Some readers may remember that she worked at the Baca Library almost ten years ago as the administrator. Her interest in serving is spurred by the opportunities she sees to grow and develop a library system that serves the needs of everyone in the district fairly and equally within budgetary limits.
To represent Saguache the two trustees appointed are Kate Vasha for a two-year term and Carla Quintana for a four-year term. Kate is retired and has many years experience in working for government agencies and various boards. She is active in the Saguache Friends of the Library and currently serves as a Saguache Town Trustee and as secretary of the Saguache Historic Preservation Commission.
Carla Quintana is a longtime resident of Saguache and has deep roots in her local community. Her interest in serving is a continuation of the time she has served the Saguache Friends of the Library and working as a volunteer at the Friends Used Bookstore. She also currently serves as a Saguache Town Trustee.
The at-large Trustee appointed is Kim Smoyer for a three-year term. Kim is currently ScSEED’s Program & Development Director and has been a member of the Saguache Friends group for many years. In the past, she has supported the library’s fund-raising efforts through her role with ScSEED.
In the immediate future, library users won’t experience much change as we move through the transition into becoming a library district. If you are interested in volunteering for the library, serving as a future trustee, or just joining the library as it continues to grow and improve, please contact one of our branch libraries: The Crestone/Baca Library 256-4100 or the Saguache Library 655-2551 or attend a Trustees’ meeting!
Library District vote passes by large margin; New board members chosen
by Lisa Cyriacks