BEACON, N.Y. -- The election for the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees and the library budget vote is until 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Howland Public Library, 313 Main St.
All registered voters in the Beacon City School District are eligible to vote. Library trustees are responsible for the fiscal health of the library and for insuring that the library facility meets the needs of the community. Trustees are not paid for their service.
Four candidates are running for three vacancies on the Howland Board of Trustees. There are two five-year terms and one one-year term. Candidates with the highest number of votes will serve five-year terms.
These are the candidates fir trustee:
- Jan Dolan was appointed interim trustee in March 2016. She holds a bachelor of arts in English from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She currently teaches a painting class at Beacon Recreation.
- Lillian Glauda has lived in Beacon since 1983. Now a retired math and science teacher she works at Manitou School in Cold Spring. Glauda is interested in the connection between libraries and schools. She sees libraries as an essential resource for the Common Core curriculum and its focus on primary source materials and information literacy.
- Rajene Hardeman is corresponding secretary of the Howland Library Board of Trustees, where she is running for her second term. She will complete her degree in library and information science this spring. Hardeman has been a Beacon resident for more than seven years, with frequent volunteer weeks as crew member aboard Pete Seeger’s boat, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
- Randy Lashua is running as a second-term trustee on the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees. She dedicated many years of her professional life as a librarian with young people from pre-school through high school and with the public, and understands first-hand the transformative power of open access to information in a gathering place for all citizens. She moved to Beacon in 2005.
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