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About the Library: Bulverde Area Rural Library District

Library Staff Monthly Reports

The Library Director is hired by the BARLD Trustees to manage the day to day operations of the library.  Here you will find monthly reports on those operations.

Library support groups

To clarify the organizations associated with the library:

The BARLD Board of Trustees (BOT) is responsible to the tax payers of the library district.  The Trustees set library policy and oversee the fiscal management of the tax revenue funds for the Library District.  

The Library Director is hired by and responsible to the BARLD Board of Trustees and is supervised directly by the President of the Board of Trustees.  The Library Director and staff carry out the day to day operations of the Library.

The Friends of the Library (FOL) group has 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS and is responsible to members of the FOL for managing the FOL organization.  They conduct and support programs and activities for the library by providing funds and volunteers.

The Foundation of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District also has 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS.  It is set up to provide financial support for the library system by setting up endowment funds and other specific funds, by soliciting and accepting donations to those funds, by administering those funds, and by conducting fund raising activities.

Bulverde Area Rural Library District Policies

Debt Disclosure

In compliance with Local Government Code paragraph 140.008, as provided by House Bill 1378, the Bulverde Area Rural Library District is required to report to the public its debt obligations. 

The mission of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District is to promote literacy, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and support the arts, science and literary needs of our community. 

Our vision is to provide access to valuable educational resources and learning opportunities, no matter what age or stage of life, in a safe and welcoming space.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are elected by the voters of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District every two years--three positions in even years, two positions in odd years.

 

Donna Harris - President (Term 2018 - 2020)

Lori MammenVP (Term 2018 - 2020)

Deborah Neubauer - Treasurer (Term 2019 - 2021)

Kathleen BanseSecretary (Term 2018 - 2020)      

Michele Grauerholz - Trustee (Term 2019 - 2021)

Bulverde Area Rural Library District (B.A.R.L.D.)

In January 2000 a special election established the Bulverde Area Rural Library District in the western portion of Comal County, funded by a ½ % sales tax, per Texas Local Government Code 326, which established Library Districts. 

There is currently only one library in the District, the Mammen Family Public Library.  The library’s name was originally The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library to reflect the service area of the Library District but in 2018, after a generous donation from the Mammen Family Foundation of $2,000,000, the BARLD Trustees voted to rename the building in honor of the Mammen Family.  The Mammen donation was restricted by their Foundation to be used only for programming for the community, not for any capital expenditures.  The donation has provided the district the capability to provide programming for the next 20-40 years. 

The Library District does not receive any property taxes and only benefits if you shop in the western portion of Comal County.  In 2016 the BARLD Trustees commissioned a 10 year Master Facilities plan and in 2018 initiated the first phase of the plan, to get ahead of growth expected in the area by expanding the existing facility.  The 2018-2019 expansion/renovation was funded through bonds from an interlocal agreement with Comal County. 

 

Interactive Library District map: https://cceo.org/html5viewer/?viewer=publicviewer

BARLD Trustee Election Information

BARLD Trustee Upcoming Election

The Board of Trustees of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District are elected by the voters of the district every year in November--three positions in even years, two positions in odd years.  You must reside in the district in order to run for a position on the board. 

June 15, 2020 - The BARLD Trustees ordered an election for three Trustee positions on the board to take place November 3, 2020 at the Mammen Family Public Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163.  If you wish to apply, please fill out the application below and return to the library between Saturday, July 18, 2020 - Monday, August 17, 2020. 

Early voting will start October 19, 2020 and end on October 30, 2020.   See signed documents below for further information.

Important Election Dates:

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - BARLD deadline to post notice of candidate filing

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot; First day to file a Declaration of Write-in candidacy

MonMonday, August 17, 2020 - 5:00pm Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot; BARLD last Day to Order General Election

Friday, August 21, 2020 - Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy

Monday, October 5, 2020  - Last day to register to vote in the November Election

Monday, October 19, 2020 - First day of early voting

Friday, October 23, 2020 - Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

Friday, October 30, 2020 - Last day of early voting

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - Election Day; Last day to receive ballot by mail

 

Texas Secretary of State 2020 Important Election Dates

Upcoming Trustee Meetings

The BARLD Trustees meet monthly, normally on the 3nd Monday of the month at 3:30pm.  Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted on this webpage and in the library 72 hours prior to the meeting.  The following meeting(s) are currently scheduled:
  • Monday, July 20, 2020 3:30pm - Online/Virtual BARLD Regular meeting
  • If you need help, please call the library at 830.438.4864 Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.
You will find current agendas and minutes posted below.  To request prior minutes or any records requests, please send a written request to the Library Director via email at susan@mfplibrary.org or by letter to 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163.