OUR STORY

Beginning with the Andrew Carnegie grant in 1907, a library has always been an integral part of our community.  The Foundation works to ensure that this long tradition continues and our library has the additional resources to keep pace with our ever changing world.

The Paso Robles City Library is a jewel in our community which provides access to the tools for lifelong learning.  In addition to traditional resources, special programs are developed for the enrichment of all age groups.

As a city library, core funding is provided by the City of Paso Robles.  However, our Libary can only grow its collection and continue to offer enrichment programming with donations from the community to library support organizations such as the Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pamela Alch, President
Jan York, Vice President
Sally Martinus, Secretary
Diana Leahy, Treasurer
Paula Wansa
 Tina Jolicoeur

EX-OFFICIO DIRECTORS
Julie Dahlen
Angelica Fortin

LIFETIME LEGENDS
Dee Lacey
Barbara Patridge
Ann Robb

Board of Directors
 

Pamela Alch

Pam retired to Paso Robles 10 years ago and immediately became a volunteer at the Library.  She subsequently went on to join the Board of Trustees and was President for 4 years.  “My Mother instilled a love of reading in me when I was a child, taking me to the local library almost every week.  I believe the Library is a vital part of the community and I am proud to be part of the Foundation that enables the Library to grow into the future.”

Sally Martinus

Sally Martinus has lived in Paso Robles for 14 years.  During that time she has been a Foundation Board member for 6 years.  Growing up in King City she has fond memories of going to the public library which was across the street from her elementary school.  Later in life, she went back to school and obtained a Master’s degree in Library Science Services, selling library automation to schools in California, Northern and Central Coast.  As a PRLF member, Sally has seen the library continue to move forward with many exciting and innovative improvements for the general public.

Tina Jolicoeur

Tina Jolicoeur recently joined PRLF.  She has lived in Paso Robles and been employed at a local software developer IQMS for over 18 years.  Her passion with reading and the library system began at an early age; all three of her siblings are avid readers and they went to the Sylmar library every two weeks, always checking out as many books as the limit would allow.  Her childhood library and the Paso Robles library are community hubs for activities, events, local art displays, collaboration studying, research and, or course, books.  She is excited to see where the PR library grows in the future
and assist wherever she can.

Paula Wansa

Paula Wansa joined the Library Foundation over two years ago.  She moved to Paso Robles in August 2013 and loves living in Paso,  especially after moving here from hot and windy Bullhead City, Arizona where she lived for 9 years.  Paula grew up in Riverside, CA and graduated from San Diego State University.  She returned to Riverside and taught elementary school  for 26 years.   Paula has been married to husband Ron for 53 years.  They have 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren and 2 dogs.  Paula has a long history of volunteerism – she was in the Peace Corps in the 60s;  served on the Steering Committee which was involved in the clean up of the Stringfellow Acid Pits in Glen Avon, CA.   Stringfellow was a toxic waste site which was named  the worst site since the Love Canal;  a hospice volunteer and now she has happily joined the volunteer program at the library as well as serving on the Foundation board.

Diana Leahy

Diana and her husband moved to Paso Robles from Orange County. They had always loved the Central Coast, visiting often with their two children, especially when their son attended Cal Poly.
As an avid reader and book lover, she loved volunteering at the library. Now that she is working part-time, it is still a joy to support the library its staff by serving on the foundation. The vision of the community and the head librarian are exciting and it will be exhilarating to see it unfold.

Jan York

Jan began volunteering at the Library in 2010 and joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2015.
“Joining the volunteer team of the Library has been a wonderful learning experience.  I cannot imagine a community without a library.  I still have happy memories of the weekly visits to the Carnegie Library in the park.”  Jan is a native of Templeton but moved to the Bay Area for college and lived there until her retirement in 2010.