Many roles of leadership is the topic for the Library System’s Annual Meeting!

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce that they will hold their Annual Meeting at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 pm, while the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  This year’s program topic will be “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: Lessons in Leadership and Life” presented by Karla Trout, Executive Director of Adams County Library System. This event is also an opportunity for the Public Libraries to recognize their staff, volunteers and trustees with special service awards.  Award winners honored for their service to public libraries exemplify outstanding service and engagement to their library community.

About the Program Presenter…

Karla Trout stumbled and fell, head-first into librarianship almost 17 years ago. For her, it was akin to falling in love—elation, confusion, lesser ability to feel pain… While some of those feelings inevitably wear off, her love affair with libraries and librarianship continues today.

She currently runs the Adams County Library System, headquartered in one of the arguably most historically significant communities in Pennsylvania, but she’s no relic. She’s a well-known geek and gadget girl, and routinely shares her thoughts on such in presentations and webinars. She also advocates actively in support of librarians and libraries through her work with the Pennsylvania Library Association and by co-chairing the Pennsylvania effort for the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day, held annually in Washington, DC.

Karla has a passion for creating functional, welcoming library spaces in a sustainable environment. She has designed and built two libraries, and is currently working on the design of two more. She participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Planning and Design of Public Libraries course, and is a US Green Building Council LEED Green Associate. She has also qualified as a Green Advantage Certified Associate, a certification usually reserved for construction tradespeople.

Prior to her present work as the executive director of the Adams County Library System, in Gettysburg, she was President and CEO of Palmyra Public Library in Palmyra, Lebanon County, PA, where she began her library career in 2001. Before becoming a librarian, Karla worked in non-profit management in the health care industry, in information technology, and as a business process redesign consultant. Karla holds an AA in Business Administration from Harrisburg Area Community College and a BS in Management from York College of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Outstanding Graduate Student in 2005.

 Program Schedule

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration & Refreshments
6:30pm – Regular & Business Meeting
7:00 pm – Program & Award Presentations

The Annual Business meeting starts at 6:30 pm and the Special Program & Awards Presentation begins at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, so anyone interested in the future of Lancaster County’s public libraries may wish to attend. 

Election and Installation of Board Members

Votes for the Library System’s Board officers for 2017 will take place at the business-meeting portion of the event. The 2018 board members include Diane Tannehill, Christina Diehl, Jeanne Grimsley, Rich Frerichs and G. Kenneth Kohlmaier.

Brandon Danz and Andre Fouchet will be stepping off the board this year since their terms have expired. The County Commissioners will appoint two new board members who will replace Danz and Fouchet next month.

Accolades for Partners and Sponsors

Special accolades will be mentioned for the following Family Museum Pass Program partners: The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum that marks their 10-year participation and The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for their 5-year participation in the program. The following businesses have been sponsors of the Summer Reading Program for the past 5 years: The Comic Store; Sequential Arts Too; and Comics and Paperbacks Plus.

Acknowledgments for our Education Partners:

  • Rock Ford Plantation – Family Museum Pass Partner since 2015.
  • Music for Everyone for their grant sponsorship support for the past three years.

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