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Who Are We

The Napa County Library Foundation is directed and operated by dedicated citizens who volunteer their services.

Board Members

Frances Houser

President

Some of my fondest memories feature libraries: as a child, riding a bike with siblings to the local library about a mile away; reporting on books read to the Children’s Librarian, who, we were convinced, had read EVERY book in the library; directing the Adult Literacy program here at the Napa County Library for 20 plus years and seeing lives changed by the library and its services. So, when the Library Foundation asked me to serve on its board there was only one possible response: of course.

Favorite book: whatever is at hand at the moment; today it’s Five Presidents by Clint Hill

Mark Richmond, CFP®

Vice President, Napa Valley Financial

If I had to be stranded in a building for an extended period, I’d want it to be our library – it truly has it all! Check out books, magazines, DVDs, databases and music and thousands of them.

Favorite author: Steinbeck.
Favorite books just for fun: Anything by Tom Clancy.

Leigh Krieger

Secretary

I have been on the board for the last three years and I see how the library has so many resources it offers its community to make someone become the best version of themselves. I want to be able to see how much it grows.

Favorite book: Sweet Valley High Series

Elizabeth Blair, Esq.

Additional information coming soon!

Stephanie Meyer

Community Volunteer

As a volunteer at our library for over twenty years I especially value that not only does a library provide information and enrichment, it is a place where all members of our community are welcome.

Favorite book: any book by Jane Austen.

 

Dee Dee Nelson

San Francisco Connection Style Consultant

Dr. Edward Shenk

I have been using libraries since I was eight years old when my Mom introduced me to the library five blocks from our home in San Diego.

I was so thrilled to check out five books to take home to read. The library helped me get my Masters and my Doctorate. Now, as President and 17 years on the Board, it helps our community to stay in touch, discover new ideas and experiences and brings the community together to share favorite books and art.

It is truly a community treasure. The Foundation’s mission is to keep the library in the forefront of service for our multitude of literary needs into the future.

Favorite Books: Any book by Martin Cruz Smith, Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Cara Black, Deon Meyer, and Robert Harris.

 

Gay A. McGreal, EA

Treasurer
EA, Owner, Co-op Services, A. McGreal Company
representing taxpayers in Napa County since 1971

I became a volunteer for the Library Foundation because I truly feel strongly about the concept of the library, especially the Napa County Library, and that concept is that our library is a collection of sources of information made accessible to our community for reference or borrowing. Every community should have the luxury of “borrowing” something to read. I am proud to be a part of something that assist in that effort.

My first book to check out at the library when I was young was Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, and I’ve read every one of Pearl Buck‘s books since.

 

Mary Jean McLaughlin

Public libraries have always been extremely important to me! Throughout my school years they provided the information I needed to get my schoolwork done. And, most important, there was no charge. I could find out the information I needed for free. In today’s world, public libraries play an increasing role as a technology provider. And, once again, this service is free. Public libraries in many places are the only free source of computer and Internet access. It is an honor to serve on the Library Foundation Board!

Favorite Books: Biographies and Travel Adventures

Carol Van Brocklin

As a member of the Library Foundation Board, I have the opportunity to help our community libraries acquire extras that the Library budget can’t cover. I have always had a great love of books and libraries and am so pleased to be able to be a part of this organization.

Favorite book: Life in a Jar

Al Verstuyft

The library is a wonderful community resource especially during the fires of the last three years. The Library provides many resources and socialization for our community with activities like Art in the Library. The Foundation provides community funded growth for the library, especially in on-line services, like www.tutor.com and e-books. During the past eight years I have been a volunteer in the Study Center and for the Lego Robotics workshop. It has been a rewarding experience.

Favorite book: Catch 22

Ex-Officio Members

Anthony Halstead

Library Director

Friends of the Napa Library

Friends of the Calistoga Library

Friends of the Yountville Library

The Napa County Library Foundation is directed and operated by dedicated citizens who volunteer their services.

Board Members

Frances Houser

President

Some of my fondest memories feature libraries: as a child, riding a bike with siblings to the local library about a mile away; reporting on books read to the Children’s Librarian, who, we were convinced, had read EVERY book in the library; directing the Adult Literacy program here at the Napa County Library for 20 plus years and seeing lives changed by the library and its services. So, when the Library Foundation asked me to serve on its board there was only one possible response: of course.

Favorite book: whatever is at hand at the moment; today it’s Five Presidents by Clint Hill

Mark Richmond, CFP®

Vice President, Napa Valley Financial

If I had to be stranded in a building for an extended period, I’d want it to be our library – it truly has it all! Check out books, magazines, DVDs, databases and music and thousands of them.

Favorite author: Steinbeck.
Favorite books just for fun: Anything by Tom Clancy.

Leigh Krieger

Secretary

I have been on the board for the last three years and I see how the library has so many resources it offers its community to make someone become the best version of themselves. I want to be able to see how much it grows.

Favorite book: Sweet Valley High Series

Elizabeth Blair, Esq.

Additional information coming soon!

Stephanie Meyer

Community Volunteer

As a volunteer at our library for over twenty years I especially value that not only does a library provide information and enrichment, it is a place where all members of our community are welcome.

Favorite book: any book by Jane Austen.

 

Dee Dee Nelson

San Francisco Connection Style Consultant

Dr. Edward Shenk

I have been using libraries since I was eight years old when my Mom introduced me to the library five blocks from our home in San Diego.

I was so thrilled to check out five books to take home to read. The library helped me get my Masters and my Doctorate. Now, as President and 17 years on the Board, it helps our community to stay in touch, discover new ideas and experiences and brings the community together to share favorite books and art.

It is truly a community treasure. The Foundation’s mission is to keep the library in the forefront of service for our multitude of literary needs into the future.

Favorite Books: Any book by Martin Cruz Smith, Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Cara Black, Deon Meyer, and Robert Harris.

 

Gay A. McGreal, EA

Treasurer
EA, Owner, Co-op Services, A. McGreal Company
representing taxpayers in Napa County since 1971

I became a volunteer for the Library Foundation because I truly feel strongly about the concept of the library, especially the Napa County Library, and that concept is that our library is a collection of sources of information made accessible to our community for reference or borrowing. Every community should have the luxury of “borrowing” something to read. I am proud to be a part of something that assist in that effort.

My first book to check out at the library when I was young was Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, and I’ve read every one of Pearl Buck‘s books since.

 

Mary Jean McLaughlin

Public libraries have always been extremely important to me! Throughout my school years they provided the information I needed to get my schoolwork done. And, most important, there was no charge. I could find out the information I needed for free. In today’s world, public libraries play an increasing role as a technology provider. And, once again, this service is free. Public libraries in many places are the only free source of computer and Internet access. It is an honor to serve on the Library Foundation Board!

Favorite Books: Biographies and Travel Adventures

Carol Van Brocklin

As a member of the Library Foundation Board, I have the opportunity to help our community libraries acquire extras that the Library budget can’t cover. I have always had a great love of books and libraries and am so pleased to be able to be a part of this organization.

Favorite book: Life in a Jar

Al Verstuyft

The library is a wonderful community resource especially during the fires of the last three years. The Library provides many resources and socialization for our community with activities like Art in the Library. The Foundation provides community funded growth for the library, especially in on-line services, like www.tutor.com and e-books. During the past eight years I have been a volunteer in the Study Center and for the Lego Robotics workshop. It has been a rewarding experience.

Favorite book: Catch 22

Ex-Officio Members

Anthony Halstead

Library Director

Friends of the Napa Library

Friends of the Calistoga Library

Friends of the Yountville Library

Donate to the Napa County Library Foundation

The Napa County Library Foundation has a special public-private relationship with the community, providing individuals and groups a means by which they can give monetary support to one of our most cherished treasures -- The Napa County Library.

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