These are the Farnhamville Library By-laws.

By – Laws


of the






Library Trustees





By –Laws of the Farnhamville City Library Board


I.               Name and Purpose

   A. Farnhamville Library Board of Trustee

   B. The library laws of Iowa will be followed in all questions of law pertaining to the state and the city code will be followed for all the local laws.

II.         Membership

  A.  The Board shall consist of five community members. They will be appointed by the Mayor to serve a six year term and will be approved by the City Council.

  B.  Should any Board member cease to be a resident, notice shall be given to the Mayor.  Such vacancy shall be filled as provided in (A).

 C.  Upon accepting appointment to the Board of Trustees. All new members will be required to receive orientation with both the Board Chairperson and the Library Director.

 D.  It is the duty of a trustee to assume full responsibility as a Board Member.  If unable to attend meetings regularly and complete work delegated, a trustee should resign so that an active person can be appointedVacancies in the board shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment except that the new trustee shall fill out the unexpired term for which the appointment is made.        

III.   Officers

A.  The officers shall be Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary and shall be elected at the July Meeting.

B.  The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings, appoint all committees, and generally perform all duties associated with the office.

C. The Vice-Chairperson, in the absence of the Chairperson, will assume and perform the duties of the Chairperson.

D. The Secretary shall record all the proceedings of the Board.     

IV.    Functions

            A.  Keep informed about legal regulations governing the library.

            B.  Determine policy for the library.

            C.  Plan long range goals.

            D.  Hire Library Director.

            E.  Provide adequate support and public relations for the library.                                                                                          

V.           Meetings

A.     The regular meeting of the Farnhamville Public Library board of Trustees shall be the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. 

B.  The order of business shall be:

1.   Call to order

2.   Read and approve minutes

3.   Treasure’s Report

4.   Librarian’s Report

5.   Committee Reports                      

6.   Unfinished business

7.   New business     




C.   Election of officers shall be held in July and the presentation of budget, including salaries in January.

D.  Special meetings shall be called by the board Chairperson or at the request of two trustees, provided that the meetings comply with the open meeting-law.

E.  A quorum for the transition of business will consist of three members present in person.


VI.        Committees

A.  The Chairperson shall appoint special committees of one or two members for such special purposes as the Board may require.

B.    All committees shall make a progress report at each meeting.

C.    No committee shall have other than advisory powers unless it is granted specific powers to act, by suitable action of the Board.


VII.     Amendments

A.  The bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Board with a quorum present, by a unanimous vote of the members present.





Adopted 1996

Revised 4/04/07         

Revised 10/07/11

Revised 2/06/13

                                                                           Revised 10/7/15

                                                                           Revised 10/11/17


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