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About the Library: Bulverde Area Rural Library District

Mission/Vision

The mission of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library 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.

Bulverde Area Rural Library District

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.  The library’s name became The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library to reflect the service area of the Library District.  The Library District does not receive any property taxes and only benefits if you shop in the western portion of Comal County.

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.

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. 

Board of Trustees

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.

 

Beverlee Lemes - President (Term 2017-2019)

Lori MammenVP (Term 2016 - 2018)

Deborah Neubauer - Treasurer (Term 2017 - 2019)

Kathleen BanseSecretary (Term 2016 - 2018)      

Donna HarrisTrustee (Term 2016 - 2018)

BARLD Trustee Election Information

The Board of Trustees of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District are elected by the voters of the district every two years 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. 

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the BARLD will hold an election at 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163 for (3) three Board positions.
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - First day to file for a place on the BARLD ballot
Monday, August 20, 2018, 5:00pm - last day to file for a place on the BARLD ballot
Friday, August 24, 2018 - last day to file a declaration as a Write-In candidate on the BARLD ballot
Monday, October 22, 2018 - First day of Early Voting by personal appearance
Friday, November 2, 2018 - Last day of Early Voting by personal appearance

Important voter registration dates:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Last Day to Register to Vote

Friday, October 26, 2018 - Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply) - Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Texas Secretary of State 2018 Important Election Dates

Bulverde Area Rural Library District Policies

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/Spring Branch Library 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.

Upcoming Trustee Meetings

The BARLD Trustees meet monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month at 4:00pm.  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 BARLD Trustees will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 4:00pm in the Mammen Family Public Library meeting rooms, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163.
The BARLD Trustees will hold their next Regular Meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 4:00pm in the Mammen Family Public Library meeting rooms, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163..
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@bsblibrary.org or by letter to 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163.