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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.

ADAM DINNES, VICE PRESIDENT

"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.

CHRISTINA BARRETT

"Libraries represent one of the last spaces where it is safe and free to just exist. It is an incredible resource for community organizing to have access to spaces where we can meet, share ideas, collaborate, educate ourselves, and overall try to improve our lives and our communities with a very low barrier to entry. I'm grateful to have such an incredible resource in Janesville."

Christina has been a Janesville resident since 2017, when she moved from Portland, OR to work at SHINE Medical Technologies as a Licensing Engineer. Before SHINE, she was the Operations Manager at a small research reactor, called the Reed Research Reactor, which conducted research and training with the students and faculty of Reed College. Christina now lives in the 4th ward with her husband Aaron, their two cats and their snake. She still works at SHINE, where she is the Director of Project Controls.

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.

KATY GROGAN

"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.

PATTY HERNANDZ

"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.

DAVID MALCHOW-DAVIS

"I advocate for the library because for this community, it is more than just a building that holds books. It's a safe space for many different members of the community. It's a place for children to learn, new relationships to blossom, and unique experiences to be had for our diverse community. Most importantly, I advocate because I am inspired by the passionate, caring, hardworking people that work in this library every day; and by their love for their community."

David grew up in Milwaukee but moved to Janesville roughly 12 years ago to open Sam's Club. He managed the Health & Wellness Division there for 10 years, spent a year at SSM Health, and now works for Epic in Verona supporting medical software professionals. He currently reside in downtown Janesville with his husband Daniel and their awesome dog Bernie.

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.

SUSAN JOHNSON, CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

"As a former librarian and library-media specialist, I know that America's libraries, along with its schools, form the very foundation of our democracy. A democracy can only exist where there is easy, continuous access to information, available for all people. Janesville's Hedberg Library holds a special place in our community. Located in the center of our city, it is the heart of Janesville, a true community and social center!"

Susan is originally from Kenosha, WI, and completed her K-12 education and Bachelor's Degree there. She also has a few advanced degrees. She has worked as a history teacher, library-media specialist, as well as a public and college librarian. More recently, she taught education classes as an adjunct instructor at UW-Rock County, UW-Waukesha, and UW-Whitewater. She has lived in Janesville since 2005. She served on the Sustainable Janesville Committee for one year. She is a proud member of the Janesville League of Women Voters, and served on its Housing Committee, Voter Services, and Diversity Committees. She is also on the board of the Green-Rock Audubon Society. She is proud to call Janesville my home! She loves love the parks, trails, historic buildings, and of course, Hedberg Public Library. Currently, she is serving her first term as a City Council member.

Contact the Library Board: libraryboard@hedbergpubliclibrary.org.

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