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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.

Regular Library Board of Trustees Meetings are held in the New 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

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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. :)

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

danette matyasDanette Matyas, Trustee

Term Expires: 2017

Email | 847-663-6655

Training Certificate of Completion (Open Meetings Act)

Why did you become a trustee?
I found that when I returned to school I was at the Library more then I was at home. They provided the resources I needed to complete my assignments in order to earn my degree. The Library was a big part of my education and I felt it was time to give back. I now have the time to devote and wanted to become involved.

What's your #1 goal for the Library?
There are times I am listening to the news or reading the paper and I hear that eventually libraries will become extinct because everything that needs to be looked up can be found on the Internet. With technology changing daily I want to be sure the Library is providing programs that are useful and helpful to all age groups in order for this never to happen. We want our patrons to continue to come into our Library whether it is for programs of interest or to just sit, relax and read a book.

What's your favorite book?
I don't have a favorite book, but the majority of the books I read are written by Danielle Steele and Debbie Macomber.