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The Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees will have three seats up for election in April 2021, with no incumbent running for one of those seats, creating a great opportunity for new candidates to throw their hat into the ring. 

On October 8, 2020, the Library hosted a webinar entitled “How to Run for Local Public Office,” during which Midlothian Village Clerk Allen Moskal gave a presentation on the legal ins and outs of filing candidacy papers, and Library Trustee Brenna Baker and Village Trustee Sandra Crowley reflected on their experiences of both running and serving on a public Board. If you missed this webinar, you can view it on the library’s YouTube channel here: How to Run for Local Public Office - Library Webinar: October 8, 2020 

Additionally, Clerk Moskal’s informative PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here: How to Run for Local Office PDF and the State of Illinois Board of Elections 2021 Candidate’s Guide may be accessed here: Candidate Guide PDF 

Individuals interested in running may pick up printed packets of the required paperwork at the library Help Desk. While the library has suspended Notary services to the general public during the pandemic, notarization of candidacy forms for Library Trustee candidates is a free service the library has always provided and will continue to provide. If you come to the library to have your candidacy papers notarized, please specify that you are a Trustee candidate. 

While candidates for Library Trustee may not solicit petitions inside the library building itself, per library policy, “Circulation of petitions, …[is] permitted outside the library on library sidewalks at a distance of 15 feet or more from any library entrance, as long as they do not block or interfere with the passage of library patrons or vehicles and do not otherwise conflict with this Patron Behavior Policy.” 

The best way to get a feel for whether you would be interested in serving as a Library Trustee is to sit in on a Library Board meeting. The Library Board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Currently, we are holding hybrid meetings, meaning that attendance is permitted in person (with social distancing and masks) or online via Zoom. The link to join the Zoom meeting is posted at the top of the agenda for each meeting which is posted the Friday before each Board meeting no later than 5:00 PM here: https://www.midlothianlibrary.org/about-us/library-board/agendas-minutes  

For more information about the Library Board, the time commitment, and other expectations, you can also call Library Director Jennifer Cottrill at (708) 535-2027 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..