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Board of Trustees

The Library is governed by an elected seven member board, who serve six-year terms. Through long-range planning, the Board of Trustees ensures that high quality services and materials are available to patrons of the district.

Regular Library Board of Trustees Meetings are held in the New Board Room of the Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton Street, Niles, Illinois, at 6:30pm. Meetings are usually on the third Wednesday of the month.

Contact Information

Email the Board

Individual Emails

Chris Ball

Karen Dimond

Carolyn Drblik

Morgan Dubiel

Danette Matyas

Barbara Nakanishi

Linda Ryan

To leave a voice message for the Board, call 847-663-6658. Your message will be forwarded to each Board member.

Board Members

morgan dubielMorgan Dubiel, President

Term Expires: 2015

Why did you become a trustee?
I became a Library Trustee because of what libraries have done for me in my life. They were a peaceful, refuge from the world and a wonderful place to explore and learn. A librarian at the Chicago Public Library on Sheffield and Fullerton taught me the Dewey Decimal System and how to use the card catalogue. It was pretty mysterious and learning the 'code' opened a treasure trove of information and learning. It really expanded my horizons. I love the quietude of the library. Later a kindly school librarian helped me get through some tough times in my personal life and again the library provided me a great refuge and support. In college the library was one of my favorite places to visit, but I couldn't ever study there - there was too much to check out, read and learn. It was a great place to escape to and broaden your mind. Once I was in a position to give back some of that I decided to devote some of my busy time to supporting some of that wonderfulness. It's been a very special part of my life ever since. I am deeply grateful that the voters have blessed me with this opportunity to serve.

What's your #1 goal for the Library?
For the Niles Public Library to be the best it can be in accounting for the needs of the patrons, staff and taxpayers. Many government institutions lose sight of their reason for being or their value proposition. The NPLD exists to meet the needs of the patrons and taxpayers, not the other way around. I think we do a pretty good job and am proud to be a part of it.

What's your favorite book?
I am a voracious reader and enjoy books across genres. I like science fiction, fantasy, biographies, and all kinds of non-fiction, particularly histories. I am a bit of a polymath and try to learn something new and useful everyday. So as for a favorite book, it's too hard to pick just one. It depends on my mood and what's going on in my life at that time.

karen dimondKaren J. Dimond, Vice President

Term Expires: 2019

Why did you become a trustee?
I enjoy serving on the library board because the library has been a wonderful resource for [my family], and because I want to ensure that it continues to be an important institution that serves all the residents of the Niles Library District.

What's your #1 goal for the Library?
I want to ensure that the Library continues to be an important institution that serves all residents of the Niles Library District.

What's your favorite book?
Isn't that like asking which child is my favorite?  Ok, maybe not, but I still can't decide. :)

chris ballChris A. Ball, Secretary

Term Expires: 2015

Chris Ball is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees.

This is his 2nd elected term as Secretary.

His term expires in 2015.

carolyn drblikCarolyn Drblik, Treasurer

Term Expires: 2019

Carolyn Drblik is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees.

She was elected in May 2013.

Her term expires in 2019.

danette matyasDanette Matyas, Trustee

Term Expires: 2017

Why did you become a trustee?
I found that when I returned to school I was at the Library more then I was at home. They provided the resources I needed to complete my assignments in order to earn my degree. The Library was a big part of my education and I felt it was time to give back. I now have the time to devote and wanted to become involved.

What's your #1 goal for the Library?
There are times I am listening to the news or reading the paper and I hear that eventually libraries will become extinct because everything that needs to be looked up can be found on the Internet. With technology changing daily I want to be sure the Library is providing programs that are useful and helpful to all age groups in order for this never to happen. We want our patrons to continue to come into our Library whether it is for programs of interest or to just sit, relax and read a book.

What's your favorite book?
I don't have a favorite book, but the majority of the books I read are written by Danielle Steele and Debbie Macomber.  

barbara nakanishiBarbara Nakanishi, Trustee

Term Expires: 2017

Why did you become a trustee?
Every time I come into the Library I feel a lot of positive energy. And serving on the Board is a good way to give back to the community where I’ve lived for more than 25 years.

What's your #1 goal for the Library?
With the renovation, we’re taking care of the changing needs of our patrons. I’d also like to see the Board take care of the basic needs of our precious staff by examining retirement benefits.

What genre of books do you like to read?
Until a few years ago, I only read books to learn technical information. I’m an architect and my passion is residential design. It was only in recent years that I discovered the pleasure of reading fiction.

linda ryanLinda Ryan, Trustee

Term Expires: 2015

Why did you become a trustee?
I had seen an ad in the Niles Journal that the Niles Public Library District was accepting applications for the upcoming ballot to become a member of their Board of Trustees.  I had always wanted to give back to my community and volunteer my time; however, I never knew what position would be a good fit for me. The Library was a perfect opportunity for me to offer my expertise; I have a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, and am currently a Teacher/Librarian at Maine South High School in Park Ridge.  My professional experience includes working and volunteering at a variety of private and public schools and public libraries for the past 20 years. Libraries are a large part of my life, and I am honored and humbled to represent the Library District to make our Niles Public Library one of the top Libraries in the State of Illinois.

What’s your #1 goal for the Library?
My number one goal is that our Library has diverse programming and collections, in contemporary formats to meet the needs of our patrons of all ages and cultures.

What’s your favorite book?
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White