Library Board

The Kirkland Library Board was established in 1951 through an ordinance passed by the Kirkland City Council. The purpose of the Board is to serve as an advisory body to the Council and the City Manager, and it also serves as liaison to the King County Library District (KCLS) and its designated librarians regarding library service issues and community interests. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Board meeting alternate between the downtown and Kingsgate branches, however, in keeping with current COVID restrictions, meets are currently being held virtually on Zoom.

Library Board
Next Meeting

6:00 PM - Special Meeting
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Location: Virtual Meeting / Zoom Meeting Information: 

Webinar ID: 931-3868-4458
Password: 741273

Agenda and Materials:
Wednesday, April 14, 2021(PDF, 2MB)

Past Meeting Archives

Note: The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulties that may occur with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for a recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Library Board Members

Tracey Tymczyszyn (term expires 03/31/2024)

Tracey Tymczyszyn 

Tracey Tymczyszyn moved to Washington in 2014 shortly after completing her master's degree in educational leadership from Columbia University.  She is a committed educational leader who is passionate about fostering learning environments that inspire both scholars and fellow educators.  She has served in multiple educational positions throughout her career, including as a teacher, principal, and director of instruction.  She currently serves as the principal of Hazelwood Elementary School in Newcastle, WA.  She is passionate about the role of libraries within the community and the importance of local advocacy.  She began her career through Teach for America and maintains a deep commitment to educational equity.

Harry Bruce - Chair (term expires March 31, 2024)

Harry Bruce - Chair

Harry moved to Kirkland 22 years ago from Sydney, Australia to work at the University of Washington. He retired from his role as Dean of the Informational School (iSchool) at the UW in 2019. He's been a library educator, researcher and leader for more than three decades. Harry's academic qualification's include a Ph.D in Library and Information Science; a masters degree in Library and Information Science; and a Graduate Diploma in Teacher Leadership. He is deeply committed to the role of public libraries as information, education, and service hubs for their communities. Harry says he loves living in Kirkland and is "honored to serve on the Library Board."

VACANT (term expires March 31, 2023)


Bio Coming Soon!

Paula White (term expires March 31, 2024)

Paula White 

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!



Iris Dimpsey (term expires March 31, 2021)

Iris Dimpsey - Youth Member

Iris is currently a high school senior at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences and has lived in Kirkland almost all of her life. She enjoys new experiences and learning and joined the Library Board to help make a positive impact on her community. She has now served on the Library Board as the Youth representative for two years and in that time has become more connected with both the members of the Library Board and the overall community. She believes that the library is a very valuable resource, and her goal is to help the library serve the community and be a space people enjoy.

VACANT (term expires March 31, 2021)


Bio Coming Soon!