Library Board of Trustees

As a municipal library in the State of California, the Woodland Public Library is  governed  under the State Education Code (Title 1, Division 1, Part 11, Chapter 5, Articles 1-4,  Sections 18900-18965):  "The public library shall be managed by a board of library  trustees, consisting of five members, to be appointed by the mayor... with the consent of  the legislative body of the municipality."

Library Board members serve terms of three years and are appointed by the Mayor with consent of the City Council. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm in the Leake Conference Room of the Woodland Public Library, located at 250 First Street in Woodland. Changes to the normal schedule are reflected in the Board minutes to accommodate holidays, summer schedules, etc. but in all cases comply with The Education Code requirement of at least one meeting a month.   

According to the Woodland Municipal Code (as adopted from the State Education Code), the Board is responsible for making and enforcing "all rules, regulations and bylaws  necessary for the administration, government, and protection of the libraries under its  management, and all property belonging thereto."  The Board also hires, evaluates, and  sets compensation for the Library Services Director.  Board members are active in  advocating for library support at both the local and state levels.  Anyone interested in service on the Library Board is invited to contact Library Services Director Greta Galindo (661-5980) or City Clerk Ana Gonzalez (661-5805).

Woodland Public Library Board of Trustees Bylaws

Library Board Agenda:

Board Agenda 05-16-2018


Library Board Members

Kathy Harryman

My name is Kathy Harryman and I moved to Woodland in 1975. I am married and have three grown children, all married, and with children. Both my husband and myself are retired. I worked for both the Sacramento Catholic Diocese and Woodland Joint Unified School District. I was fortunate to teach at Plainfield Elementary, Douglass Junior High, and Woodland High School. I also worked in the District Office on various assignments. Libraries have always been an important part of my life. As a child, we did not have the opportunity to have print materials in our home. My mother would take both my brother and myself to our local library. I was always fascinated by the number of books on the shelves. As a teacher, I was instrumental in supporting our local school libraries. I was President of the Friends of our library for five years. During that time, we cleaned up current book sale space, had shelves built to hold more books, hired painters to enhance the library, purchased chairs for the building, and worked on replanting the courtyard. My goal is to support the library in any way that I can.

My goals are to see the Leake Room opened again for public use, and have hours restored to the library schedule.

Diane Adams

Diane moved to Yolo County from the Bay Area in 1984. She and her husband purchased a “fixer-upper” Victorian in Woodland in 1986 and raised their twin daughters there while renovating their historic home. She served the community in several capacities throughout the 1980’s to the present, including the Boards of Directors of Yolo County NOW, Yolo County ACLU, Y-ME Breast Cancer Organization, the UC Davis Forum on Disabilities, and the Friends of the Woodland Public Library. Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Studies from San Francisco State University. She retired from UC Davis in 2009 after working 25 years as a manager in Student Affairs from 1984-2003 and International Programs from 2003-2009. Diane volunteered as a tutor with the Woodland Literacy Program in the 1990’s. In 2008, she joined the first group of tutors who launched the Yolo Reads literacy program at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Center, where she tutored incarcerated youth for two years. She currently tutors adult learners at the Woodland Public Library through the Yolo Reads Literacy Program. While serving on the Friends of the Library Board, Diane co-authored a First Five Yolo Children and Families Commission community grant (FY 2011-12) to initiate the Books for Babies childhood literacy project in partnership with the Peterson Clinic in Woodland. In 2012, Diane participated in “Turning the Page”, a six-week library advocacy training webinar sponsored by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was active in the successful 2010 “Yes on Measure V” campaign to raise funds for the Woodland Public Library to offset draconian cuts to the budget which would drastically reduce library hours. Diane has an ethos of community service and a passion for literacy and free access to information and is proud to have the opportunity to serve the community as a Trustee of the Woodland Public Library. “Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.” Toni Morrison


Karen Shepard

I have lived in Woodland since 1975. Both my children attended elementary and high school here. I have Master’s degrees in Social Work and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Currently I teach ESL at Woodland Community College. I have also taught at UCD Extension’s International English Program and developed English language teaching curriculum for non-native nurses recruited to work in Sacramento region hospitals. In the past, I served on the Yolo Hospice and the Food Bank of Yolo County’s Board of Directors. I currently serve on the board of Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN) and am the organization’s treasurer. As a YIIN member, I also oversee the summer ESL program for residents of Madison Migrant Center and the neighboring communities of Esparto and the Capay Valley. I served four years on the Friends of the Library Board (FOL). In that capacity, I was first a member at large and then the organization’s secretary. I co-chaired the silent auction at the FOL Mystery Night for three years. While on the FOL board, I co-authored a grant proposal to First 5 Yolo Children and Families Commission to fund Books for Babies, an early literacy development project. Communicare’s Peterson Clinic in Woodland was selected to coordinate the program and FOL provided grant oversight. This proved to be a rewarding and relevant partnership between FOL and a community healthcare organization. I have been an active library patron since age five when I received my first library card. I consider it an honor to have been selected as a City of Woodland Library Board Trustee to assist in providing oversight to an institution which provides exceptional services to the Woodland community.

Gloria  Rodriguez

I received my teaching credential at UC Santa Barbara where I began teaching in the Santa Barbara and Goleta Union School Districts. In 1981 our family moved to Woodland where we were fortunate to raise our children. Now we are enjoying seeing our eight grandchildren grow up here. During the past 30 years I was a classroom teacher, resource teacher, and administrator in the Woodland Joint Unified School District. I helped coordinate various classroom and family educational programs that focused on the English Language Learner population, primarily Latino families. I taught at Beamer and Grafton Elementary Schools, and then at Lee and Douglas Junior High Schools as a resource teacher in the Dual Language Immersion and English Language Development Programs. Afte receiving my Administrative Services Credential and Child Development Director Permit, I became the WJUSD Child Development Program Coordinator for the State Preschool Program, the Teen Parenting Program and the Infant Childcare Program.

Throughout my teaching career, I have partnered with various organizations and programs to help expand the resources and activities for our students and families. In addition to the District's Woodland Adult Education Program and the English Language Development Program, some of the community organizations that supported our programs include First 5 Yolo, Yolo County Office of Education, and the Yolo County Health Department's health and nutrition workshops. I also worked very closely with Migrant Education, Woodland Public Library Literacy Services, and California State University, Sacramento. I helped develop various family literacy programs in the District such as the Even Start Family Literacy Program, Raising a Reader and the CSUS Optimal Learning (OLE) Project.

I am a committee member for the Dia de los Ninos annual event in Woodland, which for the past ten years we've coordinated with multiple community organizations to provide books for children and promote family cultural and literacy activities. I have also been a committee member of the Woodland Literacy Council.

I believe in collaborating with our community organizations in continuing to develop a library program that provides better access for all, bridges the digital divide, and helps in the collection of resources and programs that meet the needs of our diverse community. I look forward to working as a member of the Woodland Public Library's Board of Trustees.

Ellen Burriss

My name is Ellen Burriss and I have been a resident of Woodland since 1967.  I have 2 grown sons and several grandchildren.  Following High School I attended Nursing School in Oakland, followed by employment at Woodland Healthcare in 1967.  My career at WHC spanned 39 years primarily as Director of Emergency Services and then, all Clinics.  My education expanded with a BS in Nursing and a Masters in Health Services Administration.  Other employment tracked me to UC Davis Medical Center as Manager of Clinical Resource Management, followed by my return to Woodland as Director of the WHC Foundation.  Following a brief retirement I accepted my current position as a CNA Competency Evaluator for the American Red Cross and State of CA.  I have served on multiple Boards and Committees, am a Rotarian and an active participant in several volunteer opportunities.  I have been a member of the Friends of the Library Board, the Rose Club, and am a Master Gardener.  Most importantly I consider myself a lifelong and prodigious reader who is involved in Book Clubs, volunteers as a shelver at Woodland Library, is a past tutor for Literacy and is actively introducing the joys of reading and the Library to my grandchildren.  I am honored to be selected as a City of Woodland Library Board of Trustees member and look forward to participating in the planning of its bright future.