Keizer Community Library’s Board of Directors

The Keizer Community Library has an active and passionate all-volunteer, working Board of Directors. All share a passion for the library and a commitment to its support. Board Officer positions are held for a one year term, while there are no term requirements for the general Board of Directors. 

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Board Officers

Barbara Miner, PhD


Barbara was an electron microscopist working in semiconductor development for 25 years. She then developed engineering programs for young girls. Barbara has always loved books and enjoys a variety of topics, but especially loves stories about real people. 

Favorite Quote: “Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me. ” The Reading Mother, Strickland Gillilan


BJ Toewe

Vice President

BJ retired from 39 years as a youth services librarian and director of Salem Public Library but still feels passionate about the value that a public library brings to its community.

Favorite Quote: “Only the rarest kind of best can be good enough for the young.” ― Walter de la Mare

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John Goodyear


John has 35 years as a manager and director of library systems from Indiana to Arizona to Oregon. He retired from Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service in 2020.

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Erma Garrison



Erma moved to Keizer with her husband in June 2016 to be closer with their daughter and her husband, and to be closer to their home Church of Christ. Erma grew up going to libraries and has been amazed about the amount of books and topics in libraries. When she moved to Keizer, she visited every library around to get library cards and found Keizer Community Library. 

Favorite Quote: “If you can learn to read, you’ll be able to learn anything and do it well. You can understand anything if you learn to read.” – Erma’s mother

Little Known Fact: Erma comes from a family of teachers! Her mother, uncle, sister, and daughters, and son are all educators.


Board of Directors

Kris Adams

Kris has lived in Keizer since 1964 and loves the small town feel.

She has spent the years working in retail management and volunteering for numerous organizations including the Keizer Community Library. 

Favorite Quote: “‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-‘ ‘Sir?’ ‘-until you climb into his skin and walk around it.'”

Little Known Fact: A bucket list item is to dig for sunstones in southeastern Oregon at Spectrum Sunstone Mine in Plush. 

Johanna Allen

Johanna has been a member of the Keizer community since 2018. Although she grew up in the rural south, she loves the small town feel that Keizer offers it’s visitors and people who live here.

She has a 7 year old son (her pride and joy) and together they love frequenting Keizer’s many parks and local restaurants. Johanna works within the Restoration Industry at SERVPRO of Salem West, and is also a member of the Keizer Network of Women (K.N.O.W.).

Favorite Quote: “If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” ― Audrey Hepburn

Little Known Fact: Johanna grew up looking forward to library visits like kids look forward to Santa Claus coming to town, it was a huge deal for her and her 5 siblings to load up in the old station wagon and drive 30 minutes to the nearest library, where she could get lost in all the adventures that awaited her outside of her little southern county.

Elaine Goff

Elaine has a B.S. in Information Technology and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. She has been working in libraries since 2004 and has enjoyed living in the Salem/Keizer area for more than 30 years. In her free time Elaine enjoys activities with her partner such as hiking, vegetable gardening, and entertaining their three cats.

Paula Guiles

Paula has a lifetime of experience in education, including children with special needs, including those with hearing impairment, autism and learning difficulties. Her specialized training is teaching reading and language arts strengthens her understanding and love of libraries and the services they provide. She enjoys meeting visitors and patrons and loves to tell stories about their experiences in the library.


Betty Hart

Volunteering in the community is part of Betty’s DNA. Besides joining the Keizer Community Library Board, she also serves on the Keizer Fire District Board of Directors. She also serves on boards and committees of other non-profits serving the Keizer-Salem communities. She is retired from Northwest Human Services where she served as the CFO.

Libby Seil

Always an avid reader with a lively imagination, Libby pursued a career in Archaeology, working in California, Arizona, and Greece.  When marriage & family put an end to fieldwork, Libby became a part-time Anthropology instructor at a local community college.  She is now enjoying a new career in Real Estate.

Favorite Quotes:  “We have met the enemy, and He is Us.” – Pog

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Lyndon Zaitz

Lyndon is the publisher of the Keizertimes, the community weekly newspaper in Keizer. He is now and has been a member of many community organizations including: Keizer Chamber of Commerce and Keizer Community Library.

Favorite Quote: “My last square meal was a saltine”. – Joe Keenan

Little Known Fact: Two houses and two schools Lyndon attended in Salem/Keizer in the 1960’s no longer exist.

Board Meetings

The Library Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us at (503) 390-2370. Meetings and agendas will be posted to our calendar at least 24 hours in advance.

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