Twelve Golden Rules for Board Members (United for Libraries)

HPL Organizational Chart

HPL Operating Budget

Board Bylaws

Code of Conduct
(City Council Policy 88)

HPL Library Director
Job Description

Wisconsin State Statutes:
Chapter 43, Libraries

HPL Board Policies

Trustee Essentials
(A Handbook from the Department
of Public Instruction)


Library Board of Trustees
Library policies are determined by a nine-member board of citizens appointed by the City Council. Board meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the lower level conference room. Board meetings are open to the public.

Current library board members:


"I believe that the Hedberg Public Library is a valuable resource for our community. I love the library because there are so many amazing resources, in print or digital. My family has been able to enjoy several books, movies, and games because of the library. I love that our library offers an incredible selection of books and movies, free internet, classes, and story time. Thank you for engaging the whole family!"

Patty is an educator and community leader, holding a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College. Currently, she serves as the principal of ARISE Virtual Academy, where she leads with passion and empowers students through innovative online education.

With a vision to inspire a passion for the community and provide students with exceptional educational opportunities, Patty believes in the transformative power of school-community partnerships. She actively contributes to the Janesville community, serving on various boards and engaging in initiatives aimed at creating positive change. Patty's dedication to education and her commitment to empowering students make her an influential leader in her role as the principal of ARISE Virtual Academy.


"I think of the library as "Community Central," that place where people can exchange ideas with others, indulge in a bit of fun, or create a journey of their own!"

Katy was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. She graduated from Lawrence with a degree in Political Science and later completed a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Katy and her husband raised their two sons in Janesville, making frequent trips to the public library throughout those busy years! Katy taught in Milton until her retirement in 2013. In the years since she has been very involved in climate advocacy, working with Citizens' Climate Lobby to push for federal climate action. Katy is currently serving her second 3-year term on the board.


Bio coming soon...


"The Hedberg Public Library is one of my favorite community resources. I believe the library is a resource and a refuge for many at different points in their lives."

Julie is currently a Realtor with First Weber. Julie holds a BSE in Special Education from UW-Madison. She has taught in the Janesville School District and the Oregon School District as well as held other positions throughout the years at Rotary Botanical Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, and Blackhawk Technical College. Julie enjoys reading fiction of almost any kind. She keeps an ongoing list of book recommendations from friends. In addition to reading, Julie enjoys travelling, puttering about in the yard, and discovering craft breweries.


"We are very fortunate for the access the Library affords all of it's patrons. It allows us all the opportunity for personal and professional development alongside wonderful community engagement activities."

Casey Dobson works at the State of Wisconsin overseeing Community Development Block Grants. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Communication and has since lived in Janesville with her husband and two children, who are also library regulars. In addition to serving in the Library Board Trustees, she also serves on the Sustainable Janesville Committee.


"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Cicero

Cathy's life-long interest in travel and other cultures began with access to books and media in a library setting. She looks forward to advocating for the Hedberg Public Library so that the next generation of dreamers can be captivated and motivated by things they read about in a library.

In addition to serving on the Hedberg Public Library Board of Trustees, Cathy is a member of the City of Janesville's Advisory Committee on Appointments (ACA) and volunteers for a number of other local community initiatives. She spends her free time hanging out with her four-legged friends, travelling with her husband, and listening to audiobooks while puttering in her garden. She is a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels. She enjoys reading a series and then binge-watching the made-for-TV version. She currently reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo in anticipation of the next season on Netflix. She anxiously awaits the arrival of the series A Court of Roses and Thorns by Sarah J. Maas on Hulu.


Quentin graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa with a degree in accounting. He ran a Montgomery Ward sales agency until the catalog was discontinued in 1985. He then became a City Adminstrator for several towns in Iowa before retiring. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Janesville to be closer to family. He served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment prior to the Library Board appointment. He is also a member of the Badger Chordhawks, a mens chorus located in Janesville.


Raised in Janesville from the age of 2 months. Returned to Janesville 27 years ago. Opened Lark Restaurant with my wife Joan 6 years ago; followed with Lark Market 3 years ago and Sandwich Bar 2 years ago. Elected to the Janesville City Council in April of 2023. Married to Joan 15 years ago; son Katsumi will be 29 in October.


"Hedberg Public Library is such a great resource in our community with its variety of materials and activities available to all ages."

Melissa is currently an Innovation Specialist with the School District of Janesville. She has been working at Van Buren Elementary for 7 years and has been in education for 26 years. She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary & Middle Level Education and an ME-PD with an emphasis in technology both from UW-LaCrosse. Along with a love of reading, Melissa also enjoys baking, crocheting, and spending time with her family and two dogs.

Contact the Library Board: libraryboard@hedbergpubliclibrary.org.

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