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Library Board

Alden Public Library Board of Trustees 

The Board of Trustees of the Library, hereinafter referred to as the Board, consists of six (6) resident members and one (1) rural resident member.  All members are to be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council.  

The Library ordinance can be located in the Alden City Code, Chapter 21.


The Library Board of Trustees meet regularly the 2nd Thursday of every month at 11:30am at the library.

Name Term End Date Position
Greg Lascheid 7/2024 Vice President
Carol Vanderloop 7/2024 President
Jessica Christensen 7/2022  
Kathy Blome 7/2022  
Steve Hunt 7/2026  
Lucy Rodriguez 7/2022 Secretary
Dean Vandervort 7/2026  



Greg Lascheid
Why do you serve as a library trustee?  I believe the library is one of our most important assets in Alden.
What is your favorite thing about the library?  The services provided to our youth is unmatched by any other agency!
What is your best library memory?  The completion of the new patio.
Who is your favorite author?  I enjoy the works of William Shakespeare.


Library Board Agenda and Minutes 

2022 September Agenda                         2022 September Minutes

2022 August Agenda                                2022 August Minutes

2022 July Agenda                                    2022 July Minutes

2022 June Agenda

2022 May Agenda                                  2022 May Minutes

Rescheduled meeting 2022 April 

2022 April Agenda                                  2022 April Minutes

2022 March Agenda                               2022 March Minutes

2022 February Agenda                           2022 February Minutes

2022 January Agenda                             2022 January Minutes

2021 December Agenda                         2021 December Minutes

2021 November Agenda                         2021 November Minutes

2021 October Agenda                             2021 October Minutes

2021 September Agenda                        2021 September Minutes

2021 August Agenda                               2021 August Minutes

2021 July Agenda                                    2021 July Minutes 


Public library boards have five primary roles:

1.  Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board.   To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community.   Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library; pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups; getting to know the mayor and city council; making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.

2.  Plan for the future of the library.  Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the library board.  Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years.  It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.

3.  Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library.  The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should.  For example, the library boards is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent.  The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid.  The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.

4.  Set library policies.  The library boards spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies.  (Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.)  Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day to day basis.

5.  Hire and evaluate the library director.  The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the director, carefully respecting each other’s roles.  The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.