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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. Meetings are the second Wednesday at 1:00 PM. The Library Board adopts bylaws, rules and regulations, for its own guidance and for the governance of the Library.


Mary Jo Lohrenz - President

After 25 years of working for the Department of Defense around the world and 15 years as a business owner, it was time for retirement and Mary Jo and her husband selected Ocean Shores in May 2016 for their next home port. Libraries have always been a part of her career being employed at Mt. Hood Community College Library, Willamette University Law School Library and administering library programs that are provided to our military members through out the world.

With a degree in Education from Oregon State University there has always been a desire to ensure access to all to libraries and maintain a library in every community.

Libraries are the heart and soul of every community.

Mary Jo Lohrenz

Alex Suarez - Vice President

Alex Suarez Ph.D. has lived in Ocean Shores since 2016, when she retired from teaching at Antioch University's doctoral program in Psychology. She loves the library and likes the people who read, view films, listen to music, meet and enjoy the library because they are learning and being intellectually engaged and interesting. She joined the Library Board in order to support all those people and the continued evolution of the library as a defining cultural space for Ocean Shores.

Alex is a psychologist, with a doctorate and masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington and a post-doctoral masters in Psychopharmacology from Alliant University. She discovered early on that one can always count on learning to feel engaged and challenged (that is why she loves the library), so she holds certificates in French Literature and Translation, Psychoanalysis, Scientific Illustration, Non-fiction Writing and a post-doc in Dialectic Behavioral Training as well as a lot of practice in meditation from Ridhwan. Now she likes to learn about the natural world around Ocean Shores and studies watercolors at the Northbeach Artists' Guild. You can also find her riding her tricycle around town and the beach. She recently discovered that it is also fun to cook. She volunteers for COASST bird research, the Coastal Interpretive Center and for North Beach PAWS. She lives at the tail end of Duck Lake with her wonderful husband Richard, with Percy the cozy cat, and with Lady the Brittany mutt.

Alex Suarez

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

Kathy Baker

Although I have been coming to the Grays Harbor area for the past 30 years, it is only in 2018 that my husband Jack and I have moved to Ocean Shores to fulfill his lifelong dream of retiring to his hometown area.

My degree is in Business, with secondary training in Music. After an early career in banking and in various positions with ADP, my activities morphed into heavy involvement in our local schools and library, as well as being involved in the management of a multi-group food rescue organization in King County. With children in school, I traded my 9-5 job for one more flexible and which used my secondary talents, teaching piano.

It has been my great pleasure to work with both adults and children in so many capacities to learn and enrich themselves, and I have always felt that our public libraries are one the best resources for enrichment and assistance to the public. I was delighted to find such a vibrant resource present in the Ocean Shores Library and am committed to doing whatever I can to support its mission and its vision for the future in serving the Ocean Shores population.

Kathy Baker


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