Longtime Library Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Miller was honored by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors last week as his term came to a close.
Miller was presented a resolution by supervisors after eight years of service on the library board, including six as chairman.
Miller helped oversee the opening of two new libraries -- one in Gum Spring and the other in Brambleton, according to county staff. He received the Virginia Library Association Trustee Library Award in 2016 and the American Library Association Trustee Citation in 2017.
County officials say Miller spent his time diversifying programs and materials for a rapidly growing population of library patrons.
He has also served on the Loudoun County Fiscal Impact Committee, the Loudoun County Housing Advisory Board, and on the Board of the Friends of Ashburn Library.
Additionally, Miller is a co-founder of Smashing Walnuts, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Miller and his wife Ellyn lost their young daughter Gabriella to cancer in 2013.
“If you want to volunteer, if you want to be part of things, if you want to make a difference, this is the county that you can do it in," Miller said on Sept. 3. “I thank everybody for that and the opportunity, and I thank everybody for using our libraries and giving me the chance to come up here and accept something like this on behalf of all the people that have put in the hard work and the millions of visitors to the Loudoun County public libraries every year. So, to you all, thank you very much.”
The Loudoun County Public Library recently become the third public library system in Virginia to eliminate fines for overdue materials. While customers will no longer be charged a 10-cent per day, per item fee for overdue materials, they are still responsible for replacement costs for lost items. Books and other library materials are considered lost once they are 21 days past due, library officials said. Borrowers will not be able to check out additional materials until they pay the lost-item fees or return the items.
Research from other libraries has shown that overdue fines discourage or prevent customers from using library cards, according to library officials.