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By Tracy Ihnot

After years of serving on Delta County Libraries’ Board of Trustees, Laura Earley’s second term ends in January 2022. Earley announced that she will not run for a third term on the board, but plans to continue dedicating time in support of the libraries.

“I’ve always felt that those of us who have the time should serve the community in some way,” says Earley. “I chose the libraries because they serve the entire county and the work the board does has an impact in the broader community. I want to help in any way possible to assure that the libraries continue to be a valuable resource to the residents of Delta County.”

Earley has served as a trustee since the fall of 2014 and has filled the positions of both Vice-President and President. When asked why the libraries’ mission is important to her, Earley’s answer is two-fold. “I have a strong personal interest in books, and the support the libraries give to schools and young people in the community is very important to me.”

She recalls visiting the library as a child. “I remember walking into the library when I was young and it was like magic!” Earley reflects. “Our libraries are treasures.”

Earley’s early career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps is reflected in the team dynamic that exists between the board, the libraries, and the community in meeting shared goals. “If you get two marines together in a room, the first thing you are going to do is form a team,” says Earley. “Working with library supporters is similar.”


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