The Nampa Public Library Foundation was formed in late 2007 in order to help raise money for the Nampa Public Library. Community leaders, realizing the economic and community value of public libraries, sought a way to support the good work being done at the Nampa Public Library. They recognized that additional funding sources beyond traditional municipal revenue options were needed in order to provide enhanced programs and services for a higher level of enrichment. The Foundation has supported various popular and beneficial Nampa Public Library programs, including Super Saturday and author events. The Foundation is currently focused on a substantial capital campaign in support of Nampa’s first Bookmobile. Click here for details and to donate to the Bookmobile Campaign.
Lance McGrath – President
Lance has a long record of public service in Nampa. Community service is one of his passions. A graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, he is the current president of the Nampa Public Library Foundation. He also recently retired as chair of the Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission.
Lance is an academic librarian and has served on the faculty at both Northwest Nazarene University and The College of Idaho, where he is currently eServices Librarian / Educational Technology Coordinator with the rank of Associate Professor. Lance, his wife, Marie, and their three children are active library users. He is excited by the personal and community growth and enrichment that the public library brings to Nampa. Lance has one word to share with you: Bookmobile!
Debbie grew up in Eastern Idaho hunting, fishing, camping and picking berries with her family. She attended Ricks College and the University of Idaho, and received a B.A. in English with a writing emphasis from Boise State University. She works as a free-lance writer and has written a column for the Idaho Press Tribune.
Her husband, Norman, has served as Nampa’s planning director since 1978. With five children and fourteen grandchildren, she believes that family is one of life’s greatest gifts and should be honored, treasured and celebrated in story. She believes that a strong library provides vital support for families and the community through literacy, quality programs and wholesome activities.
Debbie joined the Friends of the Nampa Library in 2005, and still serves as newsletter editor for that group.
Lynda retired as a Grant Writer for the City of Nampa. She received her B.A. from Northwest Nazarene University and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Idaho, and has completed all but her dissertation for her Ph.D. in American Studies at Washington State University.
Her service to the community includes the City Council, the Saint Alphonsus Community Board, the Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway Board of Directors, and the Original Gangsters Basic Academy of Development. She has taught history as an adjunct professor for Boise State University and Northwest Nazarene University.
Lynda has served as a library trustee, helped to reorganize the Friends of the Library and now serves as a member of the Board of the Nampa Public Library Foundation.
Karen retired from the Nampa Public Library in 2010 after a career of working in bookstores and libraries.
With a lifelong passion for books, reading and libraries, Karen is excited to see the new library being heavily used by Nampans. She enjoys the collections and services and online access to ebooks.
She is thankful that Nampa has a library with better work areas for library staff and space for her children, grandchildren and neighbors to experience a vibrant community center filled with stories and information.
Kellie is a 5th generation Idahoan and was born and raised in Nampa. Coming from a family of avid readers and writers, she understands the importance of books being available to people of all ages but especially children at the earliest age possible.
She attended Boise State University, has been in banking for over 20 years and currently works for DL Evans Bank in Nampa. Since June 2014, she has volunteered her bookkeeping and financial knowledge to the Library Foundation as the Treasurer.
Sandi served on the Board of Trustees for the Nampa Public Library prior to being named to the Foundation. This provided a great opportunity to learn how valuable the library is to Nampa, gain an understanding of her community, and learn the inner workings of the library. It was during her tenure that she proved to be a successful fund raiser for our new facility. Now, as a sitting City Councilwoman, Sandi is privileged to serve the community on a larger plane. She has a proven track record of volunteering in our community through numerous organizations.
For the past twenty-seven years, Sandi has educated her children at home and taught in a private school. The library has been a partner in this educational journey and proven to be a valuable asset. She also developed a great appreciation for the programs and outreach of the library. Learning is a life-long endeavor and reading is foundational to this process, no matter the age.
As a member of the Board, Sandi will continue to recognize the purpose of the library, respect our citizens and the value they add to our community, and advocate for the Nampa Public Library.
Victor Rodriguez was born in Texas, raised in Burley Idaho, attended College of Southern Idaho on a baseball scholarship. Married to Delsie, Victor has two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren. He is also blessed to have three step-daughters and 17 step-grandchildren.
Victor holds a Master Certification with the Idaho Peace Officers Training Academy. He served in Idaho law enforcement for 40 years, 30 of those years as a homicide detective. Victor retired in 2012 from the Nampa Police Department.
Victor has had a wonderful law enforcement career. He has never left a homicide unsolved nor has he lost a case in court. Because of Victor’s work, track-record and skills, a book “When greed turns deadly” was written about a homicide investigation. Two of Victor’s homicide investigations were recreated on the Discovery Channel Documentaries “In cold blood” and “Blizzard of Bullets”.
Jeanette Quist graduated from BYU Provo with a degree in speech and drama with a minor in English literature. During her younger years she was co producer and host for a children’s television show. She retired after 20 years as an adjunct faculty teaching multi camera television production for Butte Community College in Chico, CA.
She and her husband retired to Nampa in 2005. Jeanette has been involved with the Friends of the Library for many years, being a part of saving the library branch in their small town in CA. She knew she didn’t want to raise her 4 children in a community without a library.
Here in Nampa, Jeanette was president of the Friends when the new library was built and the Friends bookstore was created. She is looking forward to continuing her support of the library by serving with the Foundation.
Barry L. Myers, Ph.D.
Dr. Barry Myers balances his work on the Foundation with teaching at NNU and helping the library as a part of the Foundation, among other things.
Barry is a strong advocate for the new library and numerous other improvements to the downtown area.