Marian Ridge, director of the Kitchigami Regional Library System, will speak on advocacy roles of the Brainerd Library Board and Friends of the Library from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in the Brainerd Public Library large meeting room.
This "brown bag" lunch program is sponsored by Friends of the Library as part of a summer long series. It is free and open to the public.
Ridge will describe the structure of regional libraries in Minnesota and focus on the particular structure of the Kitchigami Regional Library System. She will also address the origins of advocacy in support of service goals of a public library, priorities of boards and how they relate to the Brainerd community.
Originally from Manitoba, Canada, Ridge has been director for just one year. She was employed in north-central Ontario for seven years before coming to the Kitchigami Regional Library.
Childhood visits to the Brainerd area were, for Ridge, a persuasive influence in accepting her position as regional director.
Ridge has degrees from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Library Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria in Canada.
She worked in the Yukon territory for seven years and then in Moose Jaw and Weburn, Saskatchewan, with regional libraries for nine years.
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