FOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ERIK DALY

President

I became involved in the Friends of the Library because I believe that libraries are essential to providing access to information, learning opportunities and a sense of community.  Some of my favorite memories from childhood are visiting libraries with my grandmother, who was an elementary school teacher.  While people of all ages benefit from the resources and opportunities provided by libraries, the enrichment provided to children through libraries has an especially profound impact on their curiosity, literacy and overall well-being.


One of my favorite books (available through KDL) is Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.  It is a non-fiction page-turner about psychology, behavioral economics and, at its core, our selves.  This booked changed the way I viewed the world, made me more empathetic and helped me identify ways to think more critically.

PATTY SIENSTRA

Vice-President

Libraries are an important and vibrant part of any community. As a retired Speech Pathologist, language and literacy have always been a passion of mine. So, volunteering my time seemed the next step as I was already a member of FOL. I serve on the FOL board as Vice President and Communication Committee chair as well as working on displays at the Corner Book Sale area. This past year I have been reading many books about Europe and World War II, the last being The Nightingale.

CAROLE MCDONALD

Recording Secretary

About Carole here

MIKE REED

Treasurer

Libraries provide opportunities for all – equally.  Support for libraries is a support for all of the community. 


A book I particularly enjoy is Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

DAWN LEWIS

Library Branch Manager

About Dawn here.

MEGHAN CAI

Board Member

About Meghan here

MARY DERSCH

Board Member

Programs Chair. Archivist. A member of the Friends of the EGR Library since 1993, I have been working in libraries since age 14. I have worked in public, academic and elementary school libraries. Currently I am a Branch librarian at the EGR Library, where I have been on the desk since 2010, returning after a long stint at libraries at Davenport University and Grand Valley State University. I have also been curator of the East Grand Rapids History Room since 1993. I served on the EGR Citizens’ Task Force which campaigned and helped expand and renovate the Library in 2006. Along with my passion for history goes my taste in reading . . . non-fiction,  focusing on history and biographies.

SYLVIA GARBAGNI

Board Member

Membership Chair. About Sylvia here.

PAMELA GRUDZIEN

Board Member

About Pamela here.

HEATHER LEWIS

Board Member

About Heather here.

CHRIS LINABURY

Board Member

About Chris here.

MIMI MARTIN

Board Member

Fundraising Chair. Corner Bookshop Chair.


With a mother who was a librarian and a father who was an American literature professor, it is not too surprising that my career and my volunteer work involve books. My sisters chose to be teachers. I chose to be a librarian. While I was a stay-at-home mom, I was asked if I would like to be on the Friends of the EGR Library Board--that was back in 1986! Since then I have been on the Friends’ Board for eighteen of those years and I began working at the KDL EGR branch eight years ago. I am currently the Committee Chair of the Corner Book Shop, the ongoing book sale in the library. I have the fun of sorting many of the book and AV donations that are brought to the library. 


The books that have been with me throughout my life are the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald. This children’s series goes back to my childhood when my parents read the books aloud to me until I could read them to myself and then I could read them to my children. In a few years my grandchildren will be old enough for them! I love the hilarious writing and the unusual cures for kids’ bad habits such as not picking up their rooms or not sharing their toys. 

KRIS PACHLA

Board Member

About Kris here.

DAVE PADULA

Board Member

KDL Alliance Representative. About Dave here.

AMANDA TABATA

Board Member

About Amanda here.

KATHY TYRON

Board Member

About Kathy here

CHERYL VANTIL

Board Member

About Cheryl here.

ANDREA WILLIAMS

Board Member

About Andrea here

DAVID WESTPHAL

Board Member

Library Book Sale Committee Member


I got involved with Friends of the Library for several reasons.  Even before living in East, my kids and I constantly used the library, and loved hanging out and reading by the fireplace.  We also have enjoyed the various programs offered for kids.  I got involved to support the community outreach we do, as well as private initiatives that benefit the library patrons directly.  The library is the soul of our community.


I love to read all things Clive Cussler, and the library has a wonderful collection of his works.

TRACY WOLFORD

Board Member

About Tracy here.

 

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