Library Board

Members of the 2022 Library Board

Meeting day, time and location

Second Wednesday of each month
6:00 p.m.

Northfield Public Library
210 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Agendas and minutes

Library Board November 8, 2023 Packet

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NameTitleTerm expiration
Kate CarlsonMemberDecember 31, 2024
Pam Charlton
December 31, 2023
Thelma Estrada
Member, SELCO RepresentativeDecember 31, 2024
Jane MooreChairDecember 31, 2024
Mason RandallMemberDecember 31, 2023
VACANTMemberDecember 31, 2025
Laura Turek
Vice ChairDecember 31, 2023
William NorthFriends' LiaisonNo expiration
Tara Alaniz
Youth Representative (non-voting member)
2023-2024 school year
Sonia Brunelle
Youth Representative (voting member)2022-2023 school year
Will Flannery 
Youth Representative (non-voting member)
2022-2023 school year

Contacting the commission

If you have questions or comments, you can email the commission. Each member will receive your email. When replying to your email, a commission member cannot reply to all members, only to you. This avoids violating the open meeting law.

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For general information about the board, please contact a staff liaison. Also, if you have questions or comments for the board, contact a staff liaison and they will assist.

NameTitlePhone number
Natalie DraperStaff Liaison507-645-1801
Karin BartlettClerical Liaison507-645-1805


The City of Northfield Library Board makes recommendations regarding the library administration, policies, annual budget, operations, and maintenance of all library facilities. The board monitors and advocates for legislation concerning public libraries. The board also cooperates with other public officials and boards to maintain positive community relations.

Special meetings are occasionally called.

For transaction of business at any meeting, a majority of members constitute a quorum.

Membership requirements

The board consists of nine members as determined by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term. Terms are staggered for continuity. There is a consecutive three-term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.

Since the cooperative library system serves Rice County residents, as well as those who live within the city limits, state law allows for up to four members of the board to be Rice County residents. Dakota County residents, unless living within the Northfield city limits, are not eligible for the board, as they are served by a different library system.

The mayor recommends applicants to the City Council based on their interest in maintaining a good public library for the use of citizens of Northfield, along with willingness to serve and background.