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Friends Board of Directors

Friends 2023 Board

The Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library is a Michigan nonprofit corporation governed by an elected board with two part-time employees and more than 150 dues-paying members. We are one of more than 2,000 Friends of the Library groups nationwide.

The Friends board consists of not fewer than nine nor more than fifteen Directors. Directors are elected to three-year terms by membership vote at the Friends annual meeting held each spring. Newly elected Directors take office immediately.

The board also includes three non-voting members: the Kalamazoo Public Library Director, the Friends Bookstore Manager, and the Friends Office Manager.


Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are elected from and by the board for two-year terms. Officers may be reelected for additional terms.

Governing Documents

The decisions and actions of the Friends are guided by its Bylaws and Policies.  A quorum, consisting of a majority of the Directors, is needed to conduct board business.


Friends members and the general public may attend open-session board meetings. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Central Library Board Room, 315 S. Rose Street. Meetings begin at 3:00 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.

2023-2024 Board Officers

Donna Clinard President
Pam Shebest Vice President
Jean Brodie Secretary
Richard Offerman Treasurer

FKPL Board

Pat Betwee Director
Judy Bosshart Director
Jean Brodie Director
Donna Clinard Director
Zadie Jackson Director
Thom Jones Director
Linda Kanamueller Director
Garrylee McCormick Director
Rich Offerman Director
Jeanne Reed Director
Pam Shebest Director
Janice Snell Director
Emjay Uggeri Director


Paula Hatton           Office Manager
Janine Kennedy           Bookstore Manager

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