Submitted by Renae Nichols
It is with great enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy to serve as a member of the Board of Library Trustees. As an elementary school librarian, I fully understand the importance and the value of a great community library. I would be honored to serve as a trustee to support the library mission and advocate for policies and programs that support the needs of our community.
I have been a patron of the Bedford Free Public Library since moving to Bedford in 2005. At the time, I was an elementary classroom teacher, and I frequented the library to borrow additional books and resources to use with my lessons. I left classroom teaching after my twins were born in 2008 and began visiting the library even more often with my children to attend story time, borrow books and material, attend programs, and visit Murphy the turtle.
Over the years, I never missed an opportunity to talk to my children about how special a library is. Where else can you go where you are always welcome, without a dollar in your pocket, to walk in with nothing and leave with wonderful treasures?
Throughout their elementary school years, I volunteered regularly in both the Davis and Lane libraries. In 2019, when my children headed off to JGMS, I decided to return to public education as a library paraprofessional, which led to my current role as a K-5 school librarian.
I now work daily to ensure equitable access to resources and materials for learners of all abilities. Additionally, I have worked to support the Diversity and Inclusion Group and the Rainbow Alliance, curating resources and planning events to build a diverse and inclusive library collection and create a welcoming space for all.
I know firsthand the tremendous amount of thought, care, and effort it takes to build a strong collection, implement programs, and manage all the tasks required for daily operation. I am eager and excited, if elected, to work with the library director to ensure the library remains an inclusive space that welcomes all people and reflects the diversity of our community and the world.
I ask for your support and your vote on Saturday, March 11th.