The Benbrook Public Library is governed by a five-member board of trustees. This board is elected by you the voters of Benbrook. Each trustee is elected for a two year term. The terms are staggered so there is a Library Board election each year. Library trustees must be residents of Benbrook and registered voters. You can find the Benbrook Library District Bylaws here.
The Benbrook Library District Board of Trustees meets monthly, usually on the third Monday, at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public and we invite you to attend. The agenda is posted in the library at least three days prior to each meeting and notice of the meetings is usually listed on the City cable channel.
Benbrook Library Board Members
Roy C. (Corky) Baird was appointed to the Board in 2006 and last re-elected in November, 2015 . Corky and his wife, Pat, have resided in Benbrook since 1995. They have five children, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He holds degrees in mathematics and physics and has taught at the University of Oklahoma, TCU, and All Saints Episcopal Day School. He is currently semi-retired but works as a private consultant in information systems. He volunteers as a computer tutor at the Benbrook Public Library. Corky is the Investment Officer for the Library Board of Trustees. Roy C. Baird is currently serving – 2015-2017
Robert Christensen was elected to be the Library Board President, following Rick Heyser’s resignation in April 2012. Robert was appointed to the Board in 2008 and elected to it in May 2011. He has lived in Benbrook since 1988. Robert has a BS in Engineering, an MBA, a MS in Information Technology and has worked in the IT department at Lockheed Martin since 1986. He created the first website for the Benbrook Library. Robert Christensen is currently serving – 2015-2017
Carol C. Hafer was elected to the Board in 2013. She and her husband David have lived in Benbrook since 2008. Together they have 7 adult children and 3 very special grandchildren. Carol earned a B.S. at Midwestern State University and later completed graduate study earning School Library Certification at Texas Woman’s University. Carol has been a school teacher in Weatherford, Wichita Falls and Fort Worth. For the last 15 years she has been employed by Crowley ISD serving as a school librarian and, since 2011, the District Library Media Specialist for Secondary Schools. She stays busy with her family and activities at church and serves as a block captain with the Brookside Neighborhood Watch. Carol Hafer is currently serving – 2014-2016
Rachel Dillard was elected to the Board in 2015. Rachel has resided in Benbrook with her husband, Randal, since 2012. They have two young children who love participating in the library’s numerous activities. Rachel has a B.S. from Clemson University and a J.D. from Texas A&M University School of Law. She has a passion for educating small business owners about intellectual property rights, and currently practices small business and employment law in Fort Worth. In her very limited spare time, she is also a freelance writer and editor. Rachel Dillard is currently serving 2015-2017.
Anita Mitchell and her husband, Steve, moved to Benbrook in 2006 after living in Greenville, TX for many years. Anita has a BSW from UNT and has completed additional course work at TWU, Richland College, and TAMC. Anita is a past member of the Friends of the Benbrook Library, library volunteer, and library staff member. She was instrumental in starting the library’s first adult book discussion group, started the library’s family game night program, and started the library’s non-fiction book discussion group. From conducting story time to initiating many improvements in the library, Anita is a dedicated supporter of the Benbrook Public Library. Anita Mitchell is currently serving – 2014-2016