Library Board

Members of the 2022 Library Board


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

Northfield Public Library
210 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

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NameTitleTerm expiration
Pam Charlton
December 31, 2023
Richard Crouter
December 31, 2022
Thelma Estrada
December 31, 2024
Jane MooreMember
December 31, 2024
Mason RandallChairDecember 31, 2023
Donald StagerMemberDecember 31, 2024
Laura Turek
December 31, 2023
December 31, 2022
Margit ZsolnayVice ChairDecember 31, 2022
William NorthFriends' LiaisonNo expiration
Paola Torres-Bermundez
Youth Representative (voting member)
2022-2023 school year
Sonia Brunelle
Youth Representative (non-voting member)2022-2023 school year
Alison Huang
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
Judy SchotzkoSELCO RepresentativeNot available


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.

2021 accomplishments

  • Voted to go "Fine Free" in 2022 and approved updated circulation policy in  October, 2021.
  • Supported Library in hosting Northfield's 1st Pride Day Celebration in Central Park. 
  • Supported Library in hosting 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, which welcomed more that 2,400 people to Central Park.
  • Volunteered to greet the community at the Library's Winter Walk Program, representing the library to more than 2,600 guests.
  • With Community, Staff and Friends of the Library support, built a new 5 year Strategic Plan for the Library.

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.


  1. You can apply to more than one board, commission or task force.

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    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057