Safford Library Advisory Board is looking for new members

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SAFFORD – When community members need assistance with homework or office-related problems, the Safford-City Graham County Library is there for them. Now, however, the library is seeking some assistance from the community.

The Safford City-Graham County Library Advisory Board is looking for new members. There are four openings available. Two openings are for two-year terms, while the other two are for three-year terms.

The board is in search of people who are willing to work with the rest of the board. According to its press release, the Safford library is in search of people who are inclined to contribute their energy and time.

Safford Library Director Leanne McElroy explained the advisory board has multiple jobs within the workings of the library. The Advisory Board will vote on policies, act as advocates for the library and be the voice of the public to the library’s ear.

“For library policies to become policies, they have to first go through the advisory board,” McElroy said. “If we wanted to change a policy on how many books someone can check out, the library staff would work on revising that policy if we felt like there was a change we needed to make. Then we would take it to the Library Advisory Board, who would discuss that. Then they would vote on it, and their version would brought to the city council for approval.”

Soon the library will be 100 years old, and McElroy is hoping to find new members who could add new energy. However, she also wanted to thank the current members of the Advisory Board who are already working with the library.

The board will hold five meetings a year. Throughout the year, board members are asked to give their opinions on library policies and possible improvements.
Those willing to serve on the library board should submit a letter of interest to Georgia Luster, City Clerk of the city of Safford, at P.O. Box 272, Safford, AZ, 85548, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Luster can also be contacted at her e-mail address,