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Library Board

The Ocean Shores Public Library Board consists of five members appointed to five-year terms by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. They meet monthly. The Library Board adopts bylaws, rules and regulations, for its own guidance and for the governance of the Library.

 

Melanie Jones - President

 

Like many part timers, my husband Gary and I loved coming to Ocean Shores and decided to make our vacation home our full time residence. I was instantly impressed with how the library is the hub of the city. I wanted to lend support in keeping it as the important service that it is to the community, so I joined the Friends of the Library organization. I do volunteer work at the Friends book store and I was thrilled to be added to the library advisory board.

My degree is in education with a specialization in library science. I’ve worked in the library field for 29 years, most recently as a manager/researcher at a medical library for 18 years. I’ve been a member and officer of numerous community and professional organizations including 10 years on the Ellensburg Public Library board and president of the Washington Medical Library Association.

I enjoy taking my dog on a daily walk, read and participate in book clubs, cook, and entertain guests and relatives who want to come to the beach.

Linda Swalley

Robin Fickle - Vice President

 

Although Robin Fickle has only resided in Ocean Shores since 2009, she has been coming to the Shores for most of her life – clam digging, beach combing, and jumping the waves. She loves the hometown atmosphere, the friendly people and the activities OS offers.

Robin worked 32 years for the federal government in such administrative roles as space planner, project manager, and group manager, serving 30 offices in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and Idaho. She holds a BA degree from Willamette University and a MPA from Pennsylvania State University.

Her goal in joining the Library Board is to keep the Ocean Shores Library a central asset to the community, meeting its diverse needs and adapting for future possibilities.

Robin Fickle

Bob Krueger - Secretary

 

I have served on the Ocean Shores Library Board of Trustees for the past seven years as a board member, secretary, vice president and president. I currently serve as the board secretary. After a career as a firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department for 24 years my wife Nancy and I moved to Ocean Shores in 2003. We quickly developed a deep fondness for the peace and natural beauty of our little peninsula at the ocean’s edge. My other activities in Ocean Shores have included volunteering with the Ocean Shores Fire Department for 10 years, a member of the Grays Harbor Search and Rescue, volunteering with North Beach PAWS and working disaster relief with the American Red Cross in Grays Harbor County.

The Ocean Shores library for over forty years has provided our citizens and guests of all ages with a wide variety of services and stands as a welcoming and gathering place for all who live in or visit our city. The Board, Library Director and staff continually strive to provide the best and latest services to our patrons. Please come to visit your library and explore all it has to offer.

Bob Krueger

Denise Siers

 

Our library serves all who enter through its wonderful staff and tremendous selection of materials, programs and services. The number of patrons visiting our library illustrate its centrality as an information and meeting place. Our online patrons heavily access our virtual library's eBooks, audiobooks, reference sources, newspaper and web links.

When my husband Richard and I purchased our first property in Ocean Shores 6 years ago, city services including the library were a determining factor. Becoming a permanent resident, a year and a half ago, we depend on the physical and online library for our recreational and informational needs.

Prior to retirement, I served the King County Library System as Director of Public Services. My responsibilities through 23 years included branch administration, governmental liaison, services to children, teens, seniors, adults, diversity, outreach, and online services. Before KCLS, I worked in small and large city libraries, a county library system and for a software vendor. My Master's degree is in Library and Information Science.

After a lifelong career, my joining the Library Board continues my passion for libraries. I hope to represent our patrons to support our existing services while meeting the challenges of technology and our growing community.

Denise Siers

 


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