A new Student Liaison will join the James Prendergast Library Board at the start of the next school year.
Last week, board members approved the bylaw change to add the student liaison position. For the past two months, the board has discussed adding a student from the Jamestown Public Schools District.
Last month, the board approved the new student council liaison policy, job description and application.
Mary Zdrojewski, library administrator and chair of the ad hoc committee, said that after some research, committee members, which also included administrators Joni Blackman and Judy Long, discovered that many libraries had students in their advice. She said the student liaison would be a non-voting member of the council. The student would serve on the council from September to May to coincide with the annual school year.
Zdrojewski said sophomores and juniors will be encouraged to apply to be liaison the year before they are eventually selected to serve on the board.
Library regulations could not be changed last month to add the new student liaison position. The council is required to give notice of any modification of the by-law at least one month before a vote.
“I’m really excited to be able to get feedback from young people,” said Dan Hickman, chairman of the board, who suggested the student liaison position at the board meeting in March.
In other council business:
¯ Zdrojewski, who leads the board’s building committee, said the library will soon add a digital sign, which comes from the 2019 building grant the library received from the state. The council also approved a contract for the construction of a patio.
¯ Annie Greene, the library’s executive director, announced that the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has awarded the library $10,000 for its summer reading program.