One of the reasons Sausalito is such a vibrant place to live is you, the enthusiastic residents. Our wonderful Library serves a central role in the community – it’s been called Sausalito’s “living room” – but can’t do so without the community’s help. There are many ways you can get involved.
The Friends of the Sausalito Library supports immediate needs and short-term projects on the Library’s wish list. The Friends also coordinate the volunteer program, which can be a very enjoyable way to get involved.
The Sausalito Library Foundation, established in 2006, supports the Library through special programs and projects and helps provide long-term financial stability. The Foundation funded the Library’s strategic plan and the Library’s Early Childhood Services program. In partnership with others, the Foundation also underwrote a computer lab and the digitization of the Sausalito News from 1895 to 1922. Donations and bequests to the Foundation are used to establish a revenue source that supplements public funding and helps ensure that our Library remains a current and relevant resource for our community in the years to come.
The Library Board of Trustees consists of five members appointed by the City Council in staggered three year terms and serves important support and policy functions. The Board provides guidance and support for the City Librarian. It is responsible for long-range planning (see the Strategic Plan for 2008-2013) setting policy, and the Board serves as a liaison with the City Council and the larger Sausalito community. The Trustees have a strong commitment to the concept of the Library as a central resource for the community. Their enthusiasm makes service on the Board both an honor and a pleasure.
Getting involved: Each Library Board of Trustees meeting opens with an opportunity for public comment. Community attendance is welcomed. If you are interested in the future direction of the Library, you may wish to attend some meetings and perhaps apply to be appointed to the Board of Trustees. Applications can be mailed, dropped off at the Library at 420 Litho Street or emailed to the City Librarian.