In the summer of 2006, Paula moved to Kirkland with her husband and two children. They often say that they could not have picked a better place to land. Her adult children now live and work in California. Before moving to Kirkland, Paula worked in an adult literacy program that was part of the library system in the Boston area. This experience opened her eyes to the many challenges and opportunities that a city library can offer. Many of our adult learners saw the library as their second home, and a safe place to learn while building a connection to community. In the fall of 2018, Paula was part of a group of volunteers that planned an All-City Reads program called Kirkland Reads. The idea is to promote literacy while bringing community together by reading the same book. The book they chose for our program was, “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, one Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream” by Joshua Davis. What brings Paula to the Library Board position is a desire to serve a diverse community of patrons while also helping to grow the potential of our Kirkland Library!