Governance

Board of Trustees

An all-volunteer Board of Trustees governs Cuyahoga Falls Library. Five members represent the Taylor Memorial Association and serve for life; six members are public trustees serving three-year terms; two members are appointed by the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education, and four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Cuyahoga Falls City Council.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the general operations of the library, setting policy, hiring and working with the director, and the library’s financial well-being.

The Board meets at 7 p.m. in the library on the third Tuesday of every month except for the annual meeting in January, when it meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

There are several ways to share questions, concerns and suggestions with the Board:

– Write a letter (Attention: Board of Trustees, 2015 Third St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221)
– Send an email addressed to trustees (board@fallslibraryboard.org)
– Address the Board in person during the public portion of a Board meeting

All petitions, applications, and communications intended for consideration by the Board must be received by noon on the Thursday before the Board meeting.

Minutes

Minutes from the last 12 months are available online. Minutes from earlier meetings are available by request.

Board Policies

Strategic Plan

View the Strategic Plan

On August 28, 2017 the Cuyahoga Falls Library implemented its first strategic planning process. We gathered input from the community through an online survey (318 responses) and through the facilitation of one community stakeholder focus group (4 attendees). In addition, staff input was gathered via an online survey (36 responses). Over the course of several months, the Board of Trustees, with input from library staff, developed a strategic plan using all of this input.

Feedback from the surveys and focus group indicated the Cuyahoga Falls Library is valued for its role as a place for education and information in support of lifelong learning, and as a provider of vital tools and services such as computers, scanners and public awareness programs. Respondents spoke highly of the use of library meeting rooms and the visual appearance of the building. Some respondents recommended the need for more services and programming for all ages, but especially for those in the 20-30 year old range and those 55 years and older. The themes from the surveys are carried throughout the plan and are supported by objectives and action steps that propel the library into the future.

Our Strategic Aspiration

Cuyahoga Falls Library is an experience and a destination.

Cuyahoga Falls Library embraces our unique identity as the community leader in providing innovative services and learning opportunities to residents of all ages. Cuyahoga Falls Library is a place that represents innovation, teamwork, community engagement and customer service excellence. The community recognizes that free library service is essential. We will be the model for high quality library services in the 21st century, strengthening the cultural, civic, economic and social fabric of our community.

Our Mission

Cuyahoga Falls Library connects people with the world of ideas, information, and imagination, to inspire, enrich, and support our community.

Our Vision

Cuyahoga Falls Library is exciting, innovative, and fun – where anything is possible.

Our Passion

We love the library, we love Cuyahoga Falls, we love knowing the work we do each day impacts and enriches the community

Board Members

Deborah Ziccardi, President
Lifetime member

Rick Rubin, Vice President
Lifetime member

Sandra Zirke, Treasurer
Lifetime member

Sean Blake, Secretary
Mayoral Appointee
2020-2022

Mary Baldwin
Board of Education appointee
2019-2021

Cheryl Bruce
Lifetime member

Nikki Cebula
Mayoral appointee
2021-2023

Mike Dunton
Mayoral appointee
2019-2021

Darien Genova
Board of Education appointee
2021-2023

Robert Heydorn
Lifetime member

Marcia Liikala
Mayoral Appointee
2020-2023

LIBRARY DIRECTOR
Valerie Kocin