Board & Staff
Our board members
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the expenditure of library funds. Board members serve 2 three year terms. Since this is a city/county library two board members are appointed by the county commission and two by the city commission. Additionally, one city commissioner and one county commissioner serve on the board bring the total board membership to six.
The board meets monthly on the third Thursday at 5:30pm. Meeting are open to the public and library patrons are encouraged to attend.
Hilde Van Gijssel
President, represents Barnes County, second term expires June 2024
represents Barnes County, first term expires June 2024
Barnes County Commission Representative
Valley City Commission Representative
Eight part series to familiarize new board members with their duties and responsibilities while serving on a library board.
Presented by the North Dakota State Library in 2021
Our interim director is Josh Bartels. Josh is from Wahpeton, ND. He has a BA in History from VCSU with a minor in music and pursuing a minor in Library Science. He has interned at the Leach Public Library.
Board or director; who does what?
The library staff is dedicated to meeting the informational, educational, and entertainment needs of our patrons. They are the front line of all things library related and take pride in the quality of service we provide.