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Library Board of Trustees
Library policies are determined by a nine-member board of citizens appointed by the City Council. Board meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the lower level conference room. Board meetings are open to the public.

Current library board members:

JULIE JANIAK, PRESIDENT

"Libraries do not discriminate. Residents of all races, incomes, and abilities can borrow materials and ask questions. Through the skilled staff and the virtually unlimited resources, Hedberg allows you to travel anywhere, learn anything, and become anyone."

Julie is the Director of the TRIO Student Support Services Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County. She has held this position for over 12 years and has been working at URock with the federally grant-funded TRIO Program for almost 22 years. Her position allows her to support first generation college students, students who are low income, or students with disabilities be successful and transfer on to earn their four-year degree.

This is Julie's second year on the Hedberg Public Library Board of Trustees. She advocates for the library because of the values her mother taught her at a young age.

In addition to serving as President on the library board, Julie serves on the YWCA Board of Trustees and is a member of the Janesville Immigration Task Force. She calls reading her main sport and her other sports include sewing and bicycling. She likes reading many different genres including mystery, Inspirational romance, and biographies. The last book she read was, "Educated" by Tara Westover.

KATY GROGAN, VICE PRESIDENT

"I think of the library as "Community Central," that place where people can exchange ideas with others, indulge in a bit of fun, or create a journey of their own!"

Katy was born and raised in Appleton, WI, and is a graduate of Lawrence University. She is a long-time resident of Janesville, a grandmother, teacher and avid reader.

PAUL BENSEN

"I love libraries because they are seemingly the last place where we can just "be" without having to buy something. And I love that as a community here in Janesville, we have invested in such a beautiful place to come together to read, learn and share ideas."

I am a full time attorney and currently serve as the Janesville City Council Vice President. I live just up the hill from the library with my wife and two kids. I'm also very involved with the Janesville Morning Rotary Club. I love reading books about economics and history but also enjoy a good novel.


STEPHEN BRACE 

"Public libraries promote the culture of reading and build communities of interconnected readers, offer access to information, and anchor the community. Libraries are places of contact, community, and pride. They provide critical access to information and services to all levels of people regardless of background, age, level of education, socioeconomic status, or income. They play an essential role in providing safe, accessible, and 100% free educational resource centers for every member of the community.

Libraries are economic engines for communities, helping people find jobs and gain the skills they need to get ahead in their careers. They are important in child development through library collections, programs, and physical spaces, where children learn to share, to be engaged in their communities, to participate in the arts, and to explore their immediate world and the world at large. Libraries are still places where individuals gather to explore, interact, and imagine."


Stephen is currently retired and is President of Hickory Meadows Association, Inc. He holds a S.B. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an MBA R&D Management from George Washington University. He worked for 25 years in the computer industry as a manager and director; 10 years in computer networking; and 14 years in government consulting, and negotiating and managing international defense sales and contracts with the U.S. and foreign governments. He operated his own consulting business for 12 years. Heis the author/co-author of six books on computer networking services and created and authored one of the first on-line world-wide weekly newsletters from 1980-1983.


VICTOR CORRO

"It is our civic duty to serve and improve our communities by volunteering. Libraries are part of the fabric of our communities and I was benefited by Hedberg Library when I first came to Janesville 20+ years ago. It's my time to give back."

Victor Miguel Corro is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience working in international and cross-cultural environments in the private and non-profit sectors.

For the last 3 years has been at the helm of Coopera Consulting, a marketing and analytics consulting firm that engages organizations and prepares them to serve underserved market segments. Coopera's core clients are US-based credit unions. Corro is co-founder and first Chair of the Credit Union DEI Collective, an expanding group within the credit union industry devoted to furthering DEI, a shared cooperative principle.

Victor is a first generation immigrant to the US and was born and raised in Panama. He came to study at the University of Wisconsin as a Fulbright Scholar. He has degrees in Economics and Latin American Studies and lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two children.


ADAM DINNES

"I support libraries because they provide equitable access to resources for the community."

Adam Dinnes is the Manager of Services and Support in the Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) department at Beloit College. Since joining Beloit in 2006, he has also worked as an a/v technician, help desk supervisor, instructional technologist, and technology project manager. His current work includes managing the daily operations of the technology support team, providing technology consultation and training to the campus community, and the managing the InfoDesk patron service desk in the Morse Library. He also serves as co-advisor of the MakerLab, a student-led design and prototyping lab in CELEB, the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit. Adam holds a B.S. in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, and an M.A. in Communications, both from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, IA.

In addition to serving as the Vice President of Hedberg Public Library Board of Trustees, Adam is the HPL representative/member on the Arrowhead Library System Board of Trustees, a member of the City of Janesville's Advisory Committee on Appointments (ACA), and he volunteers as a technology instructor for other local non-profits. He enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with his family. Adam is a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels and recently finished The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.



CASSANDRA DOBSON

"We are very fortunate for the access the Library affords all of it's patrons. It allows us all the opportunity for personal and professional development alongside wonderful community engagement activities."

Casey Dobson is the Program Manager for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act overseeing Southwest Wisconsin. She has over a decade of experience in Workforce Development and has extensive experience providing work-based services to the community. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor's in communication and has since lived in Janesville with her Husband and two children, who are also library regulars. In addition to serving on the Library's Board of Trustees, she also serves on the Sustainable Janesville Committee. Casey's reading goal for 2022 is to complete one book a week, surpassing her achievement of 50 books read in 2021.


PATTY HERNANDEZ

"I believe that the Hedberg Public Library is a valuable resource for our community. I love the library because there are so many amazing resources, in print or digital. My family has been able to enjoy several books, movies, and games because of the library. I love that our library offers an incredible selection of books and movies, free internet, classes, and story time. Thank you for engaging the whole family!"

Patty is currently the College and Career Readiness Coordinator and Principal of TAGOS Leadership Academy for the School District of Janesville. Her vision as an education and community leader is to inspire a passion for the community in which you live and work. She is passionate about exposing students to educational opportunities that provide them an amazing future. I believe we can change the workforce, our communities, & eliminate poverty by educating all children.

School-community (SC) partnerships play an essential role in successful schools and communities, often providing support and resources to meet the needs of staff, students, and the families that go beyond the classroom. SC partnerships help graduate students who are empowered learners with the skills necessary to compete in the global environment. SC partnerships give students real-world experience before entering their first career, strengthen the local economy, provide our communities with an educated and flexible workforce, connect core curriculum beyond the classroom by attracting the right people and asking the right questions and prepare students for jobs that do not even exist today. Patty believes it is important to equip every student who is going through our schools with the resources and education they need to choose the best post-secondary path for themselves.

Patty holds a MS in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Instruction from Cardinal Stritch University. She is currently finishing her doctorate degree from Edgewood University. She is researching employers' perceptions of employability skills that high school students should have attained upon graduation. She is also very active in the Janesville community. She is currently serving on the boards for the following organizations: Janesville Noon Rotary Club, Junior Achievement of Rock County; Forward Janesville Ambassador Action Team; and the Advisor Committee on Appointments for the City of Janesville. She is also an active member of Janesville Mobilizing for Change.

LARA POLK, SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT'S REPRESENTATIVE

"I advocate for the Hedberg library because I feel very strongly that everyone deserves access to information and literacy regardless of ability or socio-economic status. Hedberg is a wonderful library that needs the community's support to continue to provide resources for all."

Lara Polk is the library media specialist/innovation specialist at Marshall Middle School in Janesville, WI. She has been at Marshall for the last 6 years. Lara has worked in the School District of Janesville for 23 years. Prior to working at Marshall, she was a special education teacher at Harrison Elementary. She is one of the Lego Robotics coaches at Marshall as well as the co-instructor for an assistive technology makerspace. Lara holds a BSE in Special Education-Specific Learning Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an MA in Education-Educational Technology from Edgewood College and an MS in Education -Professional Development, Information, Technology and Libraries from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Lara has been on the Hedberg board since September of 2017. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, hitting up antiques stores, quilting, and visiting family in Alaska. Lara enjoys reading novels for young adults as well as Stephen King novels. She is currently reading the much awaited prequel to The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Susan Collins.

Contact the Library Board: libraryboard@hedbergpubliclibrary.org.

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