Current Library Board of Trustees Members

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Melissa Murphy
Melissa first walked into the North Liberty Community Library in late 1994, just days after she moved to North Liberty. She has been reading her way through the mystery collection ever since. Her first term on the Board was as a North Liberty resident during the planning for Community Center . After marrying and moving out of town, she has returned to the Board as the county representative. She shares her love of reading with her son, a non-fiction fan, and her husband, a reader of history and sci-fi.
Term: July 2011 - June 2014

Shalome Tonelli
I have lived in North Liberty since the summer of 2004. My husband and I have two young daughters, Madison and Maria. I work part-time for the University of Iowa as a Research Assistant and I have been a registered nurse since 2004. I recently obtained my Master's degree in Occupational Health Nursing. I have always loved spending time in libraries. I worked in my hometown (St. Ansgar, Ia) library for several years. I enjoy reading any sort of mystery book, forensic fiction or nonfiction, and have recently begun re-reading many of my favorite children's books to my daughters. Some of our favorite bedtime stories are "The Hungry Caterpillar" and any Dr. Seuss book. I am excited to learn more about library policy and the upcoming library expansion.
Term: July 2011 - June 2014

Robin Blackburn
Robin and her family have lived in North Liberty since July 2009, when she relocated here from Janesville, Wisconsin. Robin has a degree in French Language and Culture from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in Education from SUNY Albany. Currently, she is spending time at home with her children and teaching fitness classes at Performance Health and Fitness. She loves running, triathlons, cooking, and reading – of course. She is thrilled to have access to NEIBORS through the North Liberty Community Library - how great to be able to download audiobooks and eBooks on demand via your home computer. Robin and her husband, Blaine, love audiobooks for those long drives to visit family back in upstate New York, where she grew up. But, her young boys, Caleb and Grayson think nothing beats a trip to the library. They just love to visit Flat Stanley, read books by their favorite children’s books authors, and listen to “Mr. Andrew” at Story Time.
Term: July 10 - June 13

Michael Drennon
I moved to North Liberty in the spring of 2003 while studying at the University of Iowa. I currently work for Kirkwood Community College in the Finance Department and help coach my daughter’s softball team. Growing up in Marshalltown, Iowa, I read hundreds of fiction books from the public library. My reading interests have shifted to the non-fiction section as an adult. I have always viewed the public library as an excellent source of education and information for the community. I also feel it’s an invaluable resource for improving literacy among adults and children as well as aiding non-English speaking individuals in increasing their knowledge of the English language. I’m excited for the chance to serve the community as a library board member.
Term: April 12 - June 13


Nick Gefaller
My wife and I have lived in North Liberty since June of 2007. I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and fell in love with the public library at a very young age. I have vivid memories of anticipating library trips, digging through the stacks, and coming home with piles of books. I got my first peek behind the curtain when I took a student work study job at the Reference Desk at Luther College's Preus Library in Decorah where I helped patrons with research and managed the interlibrary loan program. While enrolled at the University of Iowa's College of Law, I worked as a Faculty Services Research Assistant at the law library and I am now a Research Librarian for Pearson. I am excited to be involved in this new capacity with the North Liberty Library, and while I am passionate about reading (from history to horror to biography and science fiction) I have always been impressed that our library provides the community access to an impressive catalog of movies, television shows, and music. I look forward to helping our library through its current growth and change so it can become even more of a focal point for North Liberty and a place where my new baby daughter will come to discover her own love for reading.

Term: June 14

John Henk

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