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Board of Trustees

The Library is governed by an elected seven member board, who serve six-year terms. Through long-range planning, the Board of Trustees ensures that high quality services and materials are available to patrons of the district.

 

Trustee Vacancy

The Niles Public Library District Board of Trustees is accepting letters of application for the vacant position previously held by Trustee Danette Matyas for the remainder of her term, which expires in May, 2017. Letters should include relevant past experience, why they would like to serve on the Library Board, and whether they are library users. Letters should be sent by email to trustees@nileslibrary.org, or to Library Director Susan Lempke, Niles Public Library District, 6960 Oakton St., Niles IL 60714 by Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Interested parties must be citizens of the Niles Public Library District, which includes all of the Village of Niles and most of unincorporated Des Plaines and unincorporated Glenview. The Board will interview the applicants at the beginning of the July 20, 2016 regular board meeting in executive session. The board meeting will have an early start time of 6:45 pm. Once the new trustee is chosen, they will be sworn in at the August 17, 2016 regular board meeting.

Regular Library Board of Trustees Meetings are held in the Board Room of the Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton Street, Niles, Illinois, at 7:00pm. Meetings are usually on the third Wednesday of the month.

 

Contact Information

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To leave a voice message for the Board, call 847-663-6650. Your message will be automatically distributed to each Board member.

Board Members

linda ryanLinda Ryan, President

Term Expires: 2021

Email | 847-663-6657

Training Certificate of Completion (Open Meetings Act)

Why did you become a trustee?
I had seen an ad in the Niles Journal that the Niles Public Library District was accepting applications for the upcoming ballot to become a member of their Board of Trustees. I had always wanted to give back to my community and volunteer my time; however, I never knew what position would be a good fit for me. The Library was a perfect opportunity for me to offer my expertise; I have a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, and am currently a Teacher/Librarian at Maine South High School in Park Ridge.  My professional experience includes working and volunteering at a variety of private and public schools and public libraries for the past 20 years. Libraries are a large part of my life, and I am honored and humbled to represent the Library District to make our Niles Public Library one of the top Libraries in the State of Illinois.

What’s your #1 goal for the Library?
My number one goal is that our Library has diverse programming and collections, in contemporary formats to meet the needs of our patrons of all ages and cultures.

What’s your favorite book?
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

karen dimondKaren J. Dimond, Vice President

Term Expires: 2019

Email | 847-663-6652

Training Certificate of Completion (Open Meetings Act)

Why did you become a trustee?
I enjoy serving on the library board because the library has been a wonderful resource for [my family], and because I want to ensure that it continues to be an important institution that serves all the residents of the Niles Library District.

What's your #1 goal for the Library?
I want to ensure that the Library continues to be an important institution that serves all residents of the Niles Library District.

What's your favorite book?
Isn't that like asking which child is my favorite?  Ok, maybe not, but I still can't decide. :)

Tim Spadoni, Treasurer

Term Expires: 2021

Email | 847-663-6651

Training Certificate of Completion (Open Meetings Act)

Why did you become a trustee?

Whenever I see people of every age gathering in our library for enjoyment, enrichment, entertainment and education, I am struck by the importance of our library as a heart of our community. The library - its facilities, its materials and its people - is something our community should cherish and nurture, and my hope is that I can help our library continue along the outstanding path it has traveled thus far.

What’s your #1 goal for the Library?

At this point in my term, I don’t really have any grand goals for our library. Is that wrong? Maybe, but I don’t think it’s bad to simply want to maintain our library as a welcoming social center and a place where anyone regardless of their age, race, religion or political affiliation is able to come in and use whatever is available to them. I also want to support and promote the many programs that the library offers; to support and promote the staff in all their hard work, vision and enthusiasm; and to keep our library as a place that promotes reading, writing and communication. Aside from all that, what I really want to do is to keep the library as a nice place where people can find a quiet corner to curl up and read a good book. 

What’s your favorite book?

I don’t believe I can name just one. When I think of all the books I’ve read, I realize that some have stayed with me for years, such as Steven King’s Insomnia and The Stand, and Larry Niven’s and Jerry Pournelle’s Inferno which I read again and again. Others are more one and done, such as William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, which I read in a one-night, all-lights-on marathon. Recent books that I have thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend are David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers, Andy Weir’s The Martian, and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. All very different and all excellent.

barbara nakanishiBarbara Nakanishi, Secretary

Term Expires: 2017

Email | 847-663-6656

Training Certificate of Completion (Open Meetings Act)

Why did you become a trustee?
Every time I come into the Library I feel a lot of positive energy. And serving on the Board is a good way to give back to the community where I’ve lived for more than 25 years.

What's your #1 goal for the Library?
With the renovation, we’re taking care of the changing needs of our patrons. I’d also like to see the Board take care of the basic needs of our precious staff by examining retirement benefits.

What genre of books do you like to read?
Until a few years ago, I only read books to learn technical information. I’m an architect and my passion is residential design. It was only in recent years that I discovered the pleasure of reading fiction.

carolyn drblikCarolyn Drblik, Trustee

Term Expires: 2019

Email | 847-663-6654

Training Certificate of Completion (Open Meetings Act)

Why did you become a trustee?     
The library has always been an integral part of my life and my family. I believe the library provides a wealth of knowledge and information which can transform our lives.  Knowledge is the key to unleashing a future of possibilities for everyone, beginning in early childhood and continuing through the multiple facets of adulthood.  I am committed to enhancing our library’s purpose and meeting the needs of our patrons - reaching the many ethnicities, various age groups and socio-economic levels within our community. 

The Niles Public Library is an intellectual center of inquiry which is reflective of our highly qualified and dedicated library staff. As the library enters its new era, I believe the future growth of our library is contingent upon qualified and dedicated employees to serve the various needs of our patrons.  As a board member, who is committed to the staff and patrons of the Niles Public Library, I will be instrumental and available to their queries or concerns.

As your Niles Library Board Trustee, I welcome feedback and suggestions from the community. I can be reached at the trustee telephone number:  847-663-6658.

What’s your #1 goal for the Library?
My #1 goal is to enhance our library’s purpose as the community link for valuable information and services relevant to issues facing our patrons today while being mindful of streamlining costs to the taxpayers through transparency, accountability and alternative sources of funding.

What’s your favorite book?
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Patti Rozanski, Trustee

Term Expires: 2021

Email | 847-663-6653

Training Certficiate of Completion (Open Meetings Act)

Why did you become a trustee?     

I initially made the decision to run for the Library trustee because I am a big fan of books and have enjoyed having the Niles library has a resource. Because of that, I wanted to make sure that the library would be able to stay a useful, welcoming place for families for years to come.

What’s your #1 goal for the Library?
My main goal is to be able to support library staff in developing programming to suit the needs of our community.

What’s your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss, because it brings back so many happy childhood memories