Board & Staff

Our board members

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the expenditure of library funds.  Board members serve 2 three year terms.  Since this is a city/county library two board members are appointed by the county commission and two by the city commission.  Additionally, one city commissioner and one county commissioner serve on the board bring the total board membership to six.

  • Kalyn Botz


  • Hilde Van Gijssel

    Vice president

  • Melissa Remick


  • Ross Powell

    Valley City Commission Representative

  • Bill Carlblom

    Barnes County Commission Representative

Our director

Our director is Steve Hammel.  He has a Masters in Library and Information Science, a Bachelors in History with a minor in Islamic Studies, and a Bachelors in Classical Languages and Literatures all from the University of Kentucky.  He is an active member of the North Dakota Library Association, the Association of Small and Rural Libraries, and has additional professional memberships with the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.  He has served as director since May 2013.  Prior to that he worked at libraries in Iowa, Louisiana, and Kentucky.

Our staff


Are you interested in volunteering to help at the library?  Please fill out the volunteer application below and return it to any member of staff.  The library utilizes volunteers to help with special projects and events.