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1 box (each box has two rapid tests) per individual or 5 per household. First come first served — no reserving or picking up for others.

Friends Board of Directors

Friends Board 2021

The Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library is a Michigan nonprofit corporation governed by an elected board with two part-time employees and more than 300 dues-paying members. We are one of more than 2,000 Friends of the Library groups nationwide.

The Friends board of directors consists of not less than twelve nor more than fifteen members. Board members are elected to three year terms by membership vote at the annual meeting in May. Newly elected board members take office immediately.

There are also two non-voting members; the Kalamazoo Public Library Director and the Friends Bookstore Manager.


Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library officers are chosen from the elected board members at the June meeting, and serve one year terms. Officers may serve additional terms with board approval.

Governing Documents

The Friends decisions and actions are guided by its Constitution, Bylaws and Mission Statement. The Board needs a quorum of its elected members to conduct business.


Friends members and the general public may attend board meetings in open session. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) in the Central Library Board Room, 315 S. Rose Street. Meetings begin at 5:30 pm.

Time is set aside early at each meeting for public comments about the mission, policies or practices of the Friends. Each speaker is limited to five minutes.

2020-2021 Officers

Donna Clinard President
Mike Galbreath Vice President
Jan Keys Secretary
Richard Offerman Treasurer

Board Members

Pat Betwee Member
Judy Bosshart Member
Jean Brodie Member
Thom Jones Member
Linda Kanamueller Member
Garrylee McCormick Member
Jeanne Reed Member
Pam Shebest Member
Janice Snell
Betty Yagi


Ryan Wieber Member
Tamara Skidmore Member

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