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Our Mission Statement

The Messenger Public Library informs, connects, and enriches the community of North Aurora.

Library Board of Trustees

library boardThe Board of Trustees is composed of seven elected members serving staggering terms in the valuable role of stewardship and governance to the Messenger Public Library. Key functions of the Board include advocacy, governance, stewardship to the facility, fiscal responsibility, financial security, and oversight. Board members serve with no compensation and regularly donate time and attention to serve the needs of patrons.

You may learn more about Library Trustees by following links for information:

Trustees and Public Library Administrators from the Illinois State Library

Illinois Libraries are governed by Statutes and Administrative Rules and also comply with the Library Records Confidentiality Act. MPL complies with the Illinois Local Library Act.

The Board works collaboratively with the Executive Director to pass policy, budgets, and make key decisions impacting the future of Library services.

The Board graciously welcomes visitors to public meetings held every second Thursday at 7 pm in the conference. Agendas and minutes are posted to the website or may be obtained in the library.

Public comment is welcomed at every meeting. Please read the Public Comment Policy for more information.

Messenger Public Library Board Of Trustees

Mark Saperston, President – Term Expires Spring 2027

Mary Steed, Vice-President – Term Expires Spring 2025

Tanya Berley, Treasurer – Term Expires Spring 2025

Peggy Carlson, Secretary – Term Expires Spring 2025

James Hicks – Term Expires Spring 2025

Elizabeth Cranford – Term Expires Spring 2027

Darlene Bailey – Term Expires Spring 2027

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Interested in serving?

For further information on the position of Library Trustee and serving or running for a Board seat please contact the Library Director Shannon Halikias by phone at (630) 801-2345 or via email at

Agendas and Minutes

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7 pm in the Conference Room.

January 11, 2024 Agenda Minutes
February 8, 2024 Agenda Minutes
March 14, 2024 Agenda Minutes
April 11, 2024 Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2024 Committee of the Whole Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2024 Agenda
June 13, 2024 Agenda

Go to Archived Agendas and Minutes

You may obtain archived Board materials by contacting library Administration.

Please go to the Open Information page for financials and transparency.

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