West Florida Public Library Governance Chairperson Rodney Kendig spoke to members of the Friends of the Southwest Branch Library at their quarterly member meeting recently. Mr. Kendig explained the structure of the new 5 member Board appointed jointly by The City of Pensacola and The Escambia County Commission, and its mission to develop policies, and formulate budgets for the library. The Board will also be a liaison with the Escambia County Commission once the operation and funding of the West Florida Public Library is moved from the City of Pensacola to the Escambia County Commission effective October 1st, although they have made a ‘soft’ transition starting in March. He also explained the new dedicated funding source for the library (MSTU). West Florida Public Library Director Darlene Howell answered questions pertaining to personnel and budgets.

Friends members meet quarterly on the second Monday with guest speakers in January, April, July and October. For more information call 850-453-7780 or visit

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