Library Board


  • The next regular meeting of the Pella Public Library’s Board of Trustees will take place on Tuesday, 2/13/24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library's Meeting Room.
  • Members of the community are welcome to attend this public meeting.

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NamePositionTerm Expires
Email Chris Allen
July 1, 2026
Email Suzy CardTrustee
July 1, 2025
Email Darath Fisher
July 1, 2025
Email Dayrel Gates
July 1, 2025
Email Brenda HuismanTrustee
July 1, 2024
Email Kristi Leonard
July 1, 2026
Email Matt Van Gelder
July 1, 2024


The Public Library Board has five primary roles:

  • 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, and making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.
  • 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.
  • 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 Board 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.
  • Set library policies. The Library Board spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day-to-day basis.
  • 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.
  1. Mara Strickler

    Mara Strickler

    Library Director