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Board of Library Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees is a policy-making body that guides the development of library services. It is composed of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the County Executive. Their policy decisions impact all areas of library operations.

Board Meetings 

 

Date Time Location
Thursday, July 20, 2017  7:30 pm Greenbelt branch library
Thursday, September 21, 2017  7:30 pm South Bowie branch library
Thursday, November 16, 2017  7:30 pm Laurel branch library


*Please note that all Board of Library Trustees meetings can be followed by an executive session as needed.

 


Meet the Board of Library Trustees

Dr. Alease J. Christy Wright, President

Dr. Alease J. Christy Wright, President
Term: 2016 - 2021

A Board of Library Trustees member since June 2008, Dr. Wright was elected President in January 2016. This former librarian is also a board member of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries, a charter board member of the National Forum on Information Literacy and founder of the Literary Ladies Book Club. An alumna of Morgan State University (B.S. and Ed.D.) and the University of Maryland (M.L.S.), Dr. Wright retired from IBM in 2000 after a successful career in programming and technical marketing. She resides in Springdale, MD.

Samuel A. Epps, IV, Vice President

Samuel A. Epps, IV, Vice President
Term: 2016 - 2019

Samuel Epps is currently the Political Director for UNITE HERE Local 25, which is the union of 6,500 hotel workers who are the housekeepers, cooks, bellman, servers, and banquet waiters who provide hospitality to guests visiting the Washington D.C. Metro area. For the past 3 years, Sam has been responsible for policy, legislation, and electoral politics at the union. Sam is starting his tenth year in the labor movement, with past experience in non-profit work, state government, and campaign management.

 

Sam is a former member of Prince George’s Democratic Central Committee from District 21, and currently is the President of the Trustees at the First Baptist Church of North Bentwood, MD.

 

Sam is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Political Science. He resides in Laurel with his wife Zabrina.

Sylvia Bolivar

Sylvia Bolivar
Term: 2016 - 2021

Sylvia Bolivar has been a member of the Board of Library Trustees since June 2008. She served as Library Board President from February 2013 to January 2016. Sylvia was appointed by President Obama to serve as Senior Advisor for Placed-Based Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this capacity, she leads the Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for the Promise Zones Initiative. The Promise Zones Initiative was launched by President Obama in 2014 where the federal government partners with local communities and businesses to create jobs, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.

 

After President Obama’s election, she served as Team Co-Lead of the OPM Agency Review Team for the Presidential Transition Team. In November 2015, Sylvia was an honoree at the first annual Latinas Empowering Prince George’s County Award for her leadership and advocacy in Education. Sylvia Bolivar resides in College Park, MD. She can be found on weekends at the library with her young son.

Arthuree R. M. Wright

Arthuree R. M. Wright
Term: 2016 - 2017

Arthuree McLaughlin Wright retired from Howard University in May 2015 after serving 15 years as Associate Director of Information Services and two years as Interim Director of Libraries. She began her career in the Science Library at MIT in Cambridge after earning a B.A. in mathematics at Indiana University and the M.L.S. at Rutgers University. While at MIT, Arthuree was chair of the Board of Directors for the Cambridge YWCA. Later she completed the Ph.D. in library and information science at the University of Maryland.

 

At Howard Arthuree focused on information literacy, assessment of learning, and service effectiveness. Nationally, she chaired the Research Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries and served on the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation.

 

From 2004 to 2012 Arthuree chaired the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry for the Baltimore Washington Conference (BWC) of the United Methodist Church. Prior to that appointment she chaired the BWC Task Force on Children and Poverty. Arthuree and her husband, Obie, a retired Methodist pastor, reside in Bowie.

Brett Crawford

Brett Crawford
Term: 2016 - 2019

Brett Crawford heads a management consulting firm focused on strategy, governance and innovation in the nonprofit and emerging businesses sectors. He has extensive experience promoting small business development, community development and education policy.

 

Previously, Brett served as Louisiana’s Secretary of Revenue responsible for the state’s tax policy and administration. He also headed Louisiana’s economic development financing agency. He currently chairs the board of directors of Volunteers of America Chesapeake and is an advisor on strategic partnership and collaboration issues for Compass.

 

Brett has an MBA from Dartmouth, a law degree from Georgetown, and a bachelor’s degree from LSU. He lives in Clinton, MD.

Toni A. Smith

Toni A. Smith
Term: 2016 - 2018

A passionate advocate, Toni has a long-standing commitment to children's issues and an intimate understanding of the wide array of social justice issues faced by children, youth and families. She has worked in a variety of local and national youth advocacy nonprofit environments including The Forum for Youth Investment and the Department of Pediatrics at Howard University Hospital. She holds leadership roles in convening advocates and community organizing and has written numerous articles that have been published nationally and internationally. She is passionate about improving the lives of children and youth, empowering women and girls to reach their full potential, and supporting the vital work of community-based nonprofit organizations. Toni believes, that through service as a board trustee for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, enriching, engaging and illuminating the lives of others is absolutely achievable. 

 

Toni is the founder and executive director of In Reach, Inc. a nonprofit organization that prepares Prince George’s County students for college, work and life. She resides in Landover, Maryland.


Contact the Board

9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD 20774
boardoftrustees@pgcmls.info