One new member, two re-appointed to Hennepin County Library Board

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners appointed Xaiyo Chang the newest member of the Hennepin County Library Board, while Lynn Stetler and Amal Karim were re-appointed for another term.

A recent graduate of Anoka Hennepin Technical High School, Xaiyo Chang, a resident of Minneapolis, is the youngest member to be appointed to the Hennepin County Library Board. Chang brings a passion for libraries, and a fresh and unique perspective to the board. “My motivation to do this work came from the first volunteer job of my life. When I was 14 years old, studying in grade 9, I started to work as a volunteer in the small library in my school,” Chang said. It was through that job that Chang came to understand the importance of libraries.

Chang’s goal is to be a voice for the next generation. “When I close my eyes and think about the library, I still remember an image of two students reading a story with smiles and excitement. It was such a beautiful thing,” said Chang who wants to encourage young people to use the library more.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Xaiyo, who brings a passion for libraries and community service, to the Hennepin County Library board,” said Scott Duimstra, Hennepin County Library director. “I am also happy to welcome Lynn and Amal back for another term.”

The Hennepin County Library Board consists of 11 Hennepin County residents appointed by the County Board using Hennepin County’s open appointment process for citizen advisory boards. In addition to Chang, Stetler and Karim will serve a three-year term.