Melba Fujiura moved to Sunnyside in 1990 from Moses Lake. Her son, Pearce, was in the first grade at the time. One of their first visits was to the Sunnyside Library. While Pearce was in elementary school, Melba would go to the bus stop and read to the children there until the bus came. As a family, the library maintained an important role in their lives.
Melba worked in radio and medical records for many years. She now cares for her mother-in-law at their home. She also operates a home based company, MelbaLynn's Barbecue Rubs. Melba is an active member of the Sunnyside Lion's Club and served as their District Governor from 2008 - 2009. She is now a Melvin Jones Fellow. Melba also serves as a commissioner on the Sunnyside Housing Authority, is active in the local AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and is a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Melba has been appointed to a second term on the Yakima Valley Libraries' Board. Her term will expire December 31, 2014.
Pamela J. Perryman
Pamela J. Perryman "Pam" is a long-time Yakima area resident and a retired teacher. As a child in an Air Force family, she moved frequently, but always found a library near her new home. This love of reading has been life long, and made becoming an English teacher a natural choice. She earned a BA in English and history at Washington State University, and later, in mid-career, a MA degree from Central Washington University. During her 26 year career, at East Valley High School and at Selah Junior High, working with students was a great joy, and encouraging reading and clear writing a constant goal. Pam has also been lucky enough to travel extensively in France, and recent trips to Hawaii, Nicaragua, Belize, and Italy have reignited her love of travel. She also enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing with the Cascadians, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Pam is serving her first term on the board which will expire December 31, 2017.
H. E. Jerry Maggard
Howard "Jerry" Maggard grew up and attended school in Selah. He graduated from Selah High School in the Class of '51. Jerry spent four years in the Navy, attended Marine training in New London, CT, and then was transferred to Pacific subfleet until 1955 when he was honorably discharged. In 1956 Jerry went into business for himself by purchasing a service station and mechanical shop. In 1966 he became a realtor specializing in commercial real estate. In 1968 he opened Advanced Real Estate, now one of the oldest real estate firms in Yakima. Jerry's hobbies include motorcycles, race cars, fishing, horse racing, and the library. Jerry Maggard is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees. His term will expire December 31, 2016.
Richard E Ostrander
Richard E Ostrander is a retired Director of Yakima Valley Libraries. He was the director from 1973 through 1997. Richard has a very full career background, beginning as a page at his local hometown public library in Holyoke, MA when he was 14 years old. He received his Master of Library Science from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. He served as Assistant Director of Lincoln Public Library in Lincoln, NE; a Library Branch Coordinator (Free Public Library in Woodbridge, NJ); and as a librarian at Yonkers Public Library in Yonkers, NY. He was also appointed to the Washington State Library Commission.
In 1999, the Richard E. Ostrander Summitview Library was dedicated to include the name of the former longtime Director. With the closure of the Summitview branch in 2012, the newly erected library was named the Richard E. Ostrander West Valley Community Library.
Richard E Ostrander is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees. His term will expire December 31, 2013.
Del Rankin has been a resident of the Yakima Valley since the early 1950s and a patron of YVRL for nearly 60 years. A graduate of Eisenhower HS & Whitman College (BA-History), his first full time job was at Yakima Valley Libraries as archivist for the Cliff Relander collection.
An avid golfer, Del worked for several years as a golf professional before joining the family tire business where he worked for more than 20 years. After retiring from "tires", he returned to the golf profession as a teacher. For the past 8 years he has been deeply involved in the formation, leadership, and implementation of The First Tee of Yakima, a "youth character development program based on the game of golf". A longtime Rotarian in both Sunnyside and Yakima, Del has served on multiple boards and was deeply involved in Rotary Youth Exchange for more than 25 years.
He looks forward to coming "full circle" by returning to Yakima Valley Libraries as a Board member. Newly appointed, his term will expire on December 31, 2017
The Library is governed by an independent Board of Library Trustees. Five people are appointed to the Board by the Yakima County Commissioners for staggered terms of five years each.
The Board of Library Trustees appoints the Director who administers the operation of the Library within the policies, goals and objectives approved by the Board.
Refer to RCW.27.12
For more information about the library board, please email the trustees at email@example.com
The Board of Library Trustees usually meets monthly on the fourth Monday at the Yakima Central Library. Board meetings are open to the public.