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Betsie Valley District Library

Betsie Valley District Library Board

The Betsie Valley District Library Board are the stewards of furthering the mission of the Betsie Valley District Library.

The Mission of the BETSIE VALLEY DISTRICT LIBRARY is to serve Colfax and Weldon Townships including the Village of Thompsonville
Cleon and Springdale Townships including the Village of Copemish
providing excellence in the informative, leisure, cultural, and educational resources we offer to the residents of this area.

Board Members:

                               President: Julie Lonn, Weldon Township                                
Vice President: Anne Kaminski, Cleon Township
Treasurer: Richard Hitchingham, Springdale Township
Secretary: Marlene Robinson, Cleon Township
Trustee: Michele Lonoconus, Colfax Township
Trustee: Sally Bobek, Weldon Township
Trustee: Theol Wasco: Springdale Township
Trustee: Currently vacant, Colfax Township

**The Library Board members are appointed by the Boards of the four townships, Cleon, Colfax, Springdale and Weldon. Each township Board appoints two representatives to serve as Library Board members. Currently, one of the Colfax Library Board representative positions is vacant. If you would have an interest in serving on the Library Board and you live in Colfax Township, please contact the Colfax Township Board at the Colfax Township Hall. The Colfax Township Board is the authority to review and appoint any possible applicant.

  • The Role of the Betsie Valley District Library Board is to:

  • Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community.To be a library advocate is to work to make sure the community has the best possible library service including working to obtain adequate funding for the library.
  • Plan for the future of the library. Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years. It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.
  • Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library.The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should. The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid. The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with library service.
  • Adopt library policies. Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.  The library board spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day-to-day basis.
  • Hire and evaluate the library director and support staff.The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library. The board also regularly evaluates the director and support staff to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.


Remote Board Meetings

The Betsie Valley District Library Board meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM. However, due to the pandemic, and executive orders, the Library may conduct Virtual meetings until allowed to conduct in-person meetings at the Library. Board member(s) and the public may contact Library Director Michelle Guerra at call 231-378-2716 or email at to provide input on any business that will come before the Board or committee. 
The Library welcomes everyone to attend.
The Library will have will post their dates on our website calendar.

Please note that  currently, Board meetings of the Betsie Valley District Library Board may be held remotely, in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 2020-75. Members of the public who wish to participate in remote meetings may join the Zoom meeting  by contacting Library Director Michelle Guerra and ask for the instructions on how to join the meetings. Attendees will be muted automatically except for the Call To Audience portions of the Agenda, where members of the public may use the "raise hand" function within the Zoom meeting application, at which point they will be unmuted for up to 5 minutes of public comment per person. Please email or call the Library at and the information to join the meeting will be sent to you. The meeting will be recorded and posted following the meeting. Members of the public needing accommodation due to a disability should please contact at Library Director Michelle Guerra at 231-378-2716 or by email at at least (3) days prior. 

Click here for the recording of the Betsie Valley District Library Remote Board Meeting held on June 1, 2020.
BVDL Board Meeting Packet for June 1, 2020.

However, the next BVDL Board meeting will be conducted at the Weldon Township Hall, 14731 Thompson Ave, Thompsonville, MI 49683 (across the street from the Library), July 14, 2020 at 6PM. As always, the public is welcome. We ask that attendees wear a facemask and please social distance 6 feet. Thank you! Board member(s) and the public may contact Library Director Michelle Guerra at call 231-378-2716 or email at to provide input on any business that will come before the Board or committee. 


**If the Benzie Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Library Board meeting will be canceled and the rescheduled date and time will be posted at the Library front door, on the Library webpage and facebook page.
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