ABOUT THE PORTER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

At the Porter County Public Library System, we have made it our mission to provide all residents of the library district with a comprehensive collection of relevant materials in a variety of media that records human knowledge, ideas, and culture and to organize these materials for ready access. Our driving belief is that libraries have the power to change people’s lives and are a cornerstone of the communities they are part of. Through the Porter County Public Library System’s programs, services, and events, we encourage every patron to discover the joy of learning and the love of reading.In order to fulfill our mission, we strive to provide patrons with relevant materials, adequate library facilities, excellent public services, competent, creative, and well-educated staff, and secure reliable library funding.

Meet the PCPLS Board of Trustees

Kristy Merritt

President

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Appointed by Porter County Commissioners

[2020 to 2024]

Roger Rhodes

Vice President

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Appointed by School Board Presidents

(Except Valparaiso Schools)

[2022 to 2026]

[2018 to 2022]

[2014 to 2018]

Stu Summers

Treasurer

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Appointed by Porter County Commissioners

[2022 to 2026]

[2018 to 2022]

[2014 to 2018]

Paul Knauff

Secretary

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Appointed by Valparaiso School board

[2020 to 2024]

[2016 to 2020]

[2012 to 2016]

[2008 to 2012]

Olga Granat

Member

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Appointed by Valparaiso School Board

[2021 to 2025]

[2019 to 2021]

Kevin Pazour

Member

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Appointed by Porter County Council

[2021 to 2025]

[2017 to 2021]

Julie Giorgi

Member

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Appointed by Porter County Council

[2023 to 2027]

The Board of Trustees is completely dedicated to the mission and objectives of the library system. Each board member may serve 4 consecutive 4 year terms, which begin July 1st and end June 30th.

Next Board Meeting: The PCPLS Board Meeting is held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. at the Valparaiso Branch. See our events calendar for more info.

Contact: board@pcpls.org

Library Board Resources
Policy On Public Participation At Board Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Information

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month in the board room of the Valparaiso Branch at 4:00 p.m.

2024 Meetings:

  • January 17th
  • February 21st
  • March 20th
  • April 17th
  • May 15th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th

Upcoming agendas are posted the Friday before the board meeting.

Year In Reviews
2022
2021
2020
2019

Have Questions?

Our library staff can answers any questions you have the about the board, upcoming meetings, or how to submit a topic for the next meeting. Click on the word bubble below to chat with our staff.