Libraries have always been Julia’s second home. Brought up in the Midwest, she raduated with a college major in French, joined the Moroccan Peace Corps and then lived in France for several years where she married her Bulgarian refugee husband. They came home to Los Angeles where Julia got her MLS in Information Science and then worked at Monterey Peninsula College as a reference librarian. On retiring she took up sculpture, and her work can be seen in the CV Art Association
gallery. Julia has had a lifelong interest in Dressage, and rides almost every day. She is honored to serve on the Friends of the CV Library Board.
Donald has been a Carmel Valley Village resident since 1998, after marrying into a longstanding Valley family. As a military brat, he moved around quite a bit as a child, and utilized libraries in various communities as his first place of comfort and familiarity in new surroundings. Since living in Carmel Valley, the Buckeye Library has been a focal point in the educational and creative development of his three children, and he is committed to ensuring that other families can experience the same connection to their local library that he and his family have enjoyed.
Professionally, Donald is a physical therapist, but his longtime passions have been writing, running, and exploring the great outdoors. He has been a newspaper and magazine contributor
, and has one published book
and a successful (but now inactive) website
devoted to his outdoor experiences. When he’s not working or writing, you can probably find him in the hills of Garland Park or the mountain trails of the Sierra Nevadas.
Kristen is an independent marketing professional with graphic design and website expertise. Originally from Santa Cruz, she and her husband moved to Carmel Valley in 1994 and began exploring the hiking trails, winding roads, and unique aspects of the community. She’s been mostly self-employed since moving to Carmel Valley, working in a home office with a view of the mountains.
In 1998, when her daughter was born, Kristen fell in love with the Carmel Valley Library. Kristen and infant Isabella began to attend Storytime at the Library well before Isabella could walk, talk or read. It’s always felt like such a privilege and treasure to be able to check out a dozen books on anything that catches your eye. Libraries may be our single greatest resource. There is no end to what you can learn.
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Tom’s appreciation for the library system and the potential world of knowledge that it can provide probably stems from his heritage: a family of librarians, seven in all. Early on this environment nurtured a love of the classics and history.
As the decades passed, Tom realized that the library’s mission was not only to offer the written word, but to offer all forms of communication including the spoken word, such as the Friends’ First Saturday Lecture Series. A modern library should utilize and embrace whatever means is currently available as conduit for the dissemination of knowledge. In this period of quantum change in our library systems, Tom believes the Friends of the Library should be an integral part of that change.
Born and raised in New York City, Barry taught college Mathematics in New York and California, worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena as a Transportation Systems Analyst, and moved to Carmel Valley to begin practicing law
in 1980. His wife, Ann Flood, is a practicing Clinical Psychologist. His hobbies have included piano, motorcycling, brewing beer and power boating.
Barry first learned about the rich history of the Carmel Valley Library (the old Buckeye) when he inquired about the library’s checkout area, which reminded him of an old-time bar complete with a wineglass rack above it. It actually WAS the old bar. Barry supports the library because he sees it as a source of empowerment for people in the local community, and he supports the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library because of the important work it does in supporting library operations and activities.
A 5th generation Californian, Cynthia spent her childhood in Tiburon where one of her favorite haunts was the tiny Tiburon Library. She worked as a CPA in San Francisco for 7 years before moving to central Wisconsin to be the financial manager of a cranberry operation. In 1989, she moved with her family to Carmel Valley where her parents had retired in the early 70’s and where she could indulge her love of horses, hills and the ocean. Cynthia and her husband Joe raised their 3 boys here with the help of a great school system, Boy Scout Pack and Troop 127, and our wonderful library.
Cynthia is the Treasurer of Carmel Valley Scouting Inc
and Secretary/Treasurer of the Read to Me Project
, a rapidly growing program dedicated to bringing literacy into low income households and preparing young children for kindergarten.
Cynthia says, “I am now at a stage of life where I am trying to accumulate less ‘stuff’, and the library is a vital part of that plan. I borrow from the library and keep a journal of the books I’ve read instead of adding to my already overfull bookshelves. Our library is an amazing resource that belies its small size and is a key focal point of our community”.
Susan discovered her love of books when she entered the grand Carnegie Library in the small New York village where she grew up. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College, NY, and the University of California, Berkeley. She served in the Peace Corps in Chile and the International Voluntary Service in Laos, and later lived in Mendocino County before settling in Carmel Valley in the mid-1970s.
Susan has served on the Friends Board since its founding in 1980 – when book sales and bake sales were the primary funding source – and has assisted its remarkable growth over the years. She recognizes what the ongoing support from the community for the Friends of the Library has accomplished, such as adding one-third additional floor space to the original footprint of the building, or installing the first public computers and helping train people in their use. Susan currently plans and coordinates the library’s popular First Saturday Series.
Susan has worked as a landscape designer and contractor for many years, and she believes the study and care of plants leads to appreciation of all forms of life. In her spare time she loves to walk in Garland Park and to practice yoga.
Jennifer has served as Branch Manager of the Carmel Valley Library since 2007. She is a life-long Californian, born and raised in Los Altos and Cupertino. She moved to Monterey in 2001 and now lives in Marina with her husband. Her first experience of Carmel Valley was in 2002 when she drove the Reading Safari bookmobile
all over the County, including Cachagua, to bring early literacy services to children and families in remote areas. Jennifer believes that libraries embody what’s best about society; they build healthy communities and are all about democracy: free, inclusive, engaging, and connecting people to ideas and to each other.
Jennifer is active in many library and community organizations. She has worked for over 19 years in libraries and archives, including Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Stockton-San Joaquin County Library, and the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. She holds a B.A. in International Development from UC Berkeley and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
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Karolyn was born in Boston and grew up five miles outside the city where libraries were everywhere. All the cities and towns plus the colleges and universities had libraries full of excellent collections. Whether large or small, these libraries were places to discover new subjects you liked, and to continually expand your knowledge as you grew up. They were places to meet people with similar and different ideas and visions. This part of the Boston area has stayed with her throughout her life.
Karolyn earned her degree in education at Plymouth College in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Her career started in education and expanded to a tour in the Navy as an officer stationed at (then) Naval Air Station, Miramar, CA. Her professional career was spent working with management and Human Resources.
The Carmel Valley Library is an integral part of the Village which serves locals as well as visitors from outside the area. It welcomes people of all ages to come, learn and share their knowledge and interests. Karolyn’s goal as a Director is to continue this tradition and encourage people to join the Friends in order to support our library’s mission, encourage new ideas and help provide financial support. Libraries help grow your future, regardless of your age.