Library Board

Library Board 2020


Second Wednesday of each month

Northfield Public Library
210 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

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Name Title Term expiration Phone number
Richard Crouter Member December 31, 2022 507-645-6592
Thelma Estrada Member December 31, 2021 956-414-5525
Anne Larson
Member December 31, 2021 507-581-6043
Elizabeth Yang Member December 31, 2022 970-212-6393
Vacant Member December 31, 2020  
Pam Charlton Member December 31, 2023 507-602-2054
Laura Turek Member December 31, 2023 612-501-3036
Mason Randall Chair December 31, 2023 512-293-7932
Margit Zsolnay Vice Chair December 31, 2022 218-355-0930
William North Friends' Liaison   507-645-7807
Grace Casson Youth Representative (non-voting) 2020-2021 school year Not available
Paola Torres-Bermundez Youth Representative (voting member) 2020-2021 school year Not available
James Shuffleton Youth Representative (non-voting) 2020-2021 school year Not available

Staff liaisons

NameTitlePhone numberEmail
Judy SchotzkoSELCO Representative

Natalie Draper
Staff Liaison

Karin Bartlett
Clerical Liason507-645-1805


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.

2019 accomplishments

  • Hosted the second annual Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff celebration on September 14 with more than 1,100 attendees—a bilingual program of music, speakers, artists, dancers and poets made for a lively event
  • Poet Laureate Rob Hardy secured his second SEMAC grant to help fund the City’s Poet Laureate initiative; the library and Content Books hosted poetry programming throughout year 
  • Transitioned The Link Center, serving new residents in Northfield, and hosted by HCI, to the library—work includes phone and walk-in services, as well as a monthly newsletter
  • Continued the teen fine forgiveness initiative in October, forgiving $250 in fines
  • Started a fine forgiveness initiative for adults, forgiving $1,649 in fines in one week in April; this was the first fine forgiveness for adults conducted in at least seven years
  • Created a “Comfort Station” in our teen area consisting of a container filled with practical needed items for teens, such as toothbrushes, deodorant and tampons for kids in need; similarly, the children’s desk now caries a variety of disposable diapers for caretakers needing diapers for children
  • Approved changes to library policies including the Circulation Policy that established a “Welcome Card” for patrons with no proven address to eliminate a barrier for homeless patrons to use 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. Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057