New library board members

Hennepin County Library’s advisory board recently welcomed three new members: Keegan Xavi and Jane Brissett of Minneapolis and Gordy Aune, Jr. of Brooklyn Park. The new members bring a passion for public service and a strong belief that public libraries are an important community resource.

“My respect and admiration for both the library and librarians is immeasurable. Libraries are communal spaces for knowledge, respite, and a place you know all generations will be welcomed and encouraged,” said Keegan Xavi of Minneapolis.

Xavi remembers her first library checkout - Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” - and how it helped foster a lifelong love for science fiction and fantasy. The library has been important in her personal and professional life, a place to use a computer and access resources. It’s a community hub for many.

Jane Brissett brings previous library board experience, having served with the Duluth Public Library. In Duluth she also headed the One Book, One Community program. This work, “… reaffirmed my belief that librarians are creative, helpful folks who do their very best to keep libraries full of the best information available and do it in many forms to give everyone access,” she said.

Brissett’s appointment to the library board is a homecoming of sorts. She received her first library card from Hennepin County Library and worked part-time at Minneapolis Central Library while in college.

Gordy Aune, Jr. has long been involved in a variety of community work in Brooklyn Park; but this is his first citizen advisory board for Hennepin County. He has found the library to be a great place to get information and a community resource.

“I believe the library system has a lot to offer the community,” Aune said, and expressed an excitement for the future of the library system.

Hennepin County will make more three more appointments to the library board in 2021. Prospective candidates can submit their applications online or by telephone until December 31 at 5 p.m. Visit Hennepin County’s Citizen Advisory Boards webpage for more information or to submit an application.