History

The Friends of the Marina Library has been a non-profit, public benefit corporation since 1990.

Our lobby book sales attract big crowds of book lovers who appreciate a bargain. We also sell books on our Amazon Page and through other online venues.

Proceeds from our bi-monthly sales in the library (See Book Sales & Book Donations for dates) and on-line book sales support programs and capital improvements to the Marina Library. We purchase new books, e-books and videos for library collections that are available for the entire County library system.

We hold free bi-monthly Movie Nights on the second Saturday in the months of January March, May, July, and September and November at 7 pm. Click on Events Tab at top to see upcoming movie.

We host free bi-monthly concerts from 1-3 pm on the second Saturday and Second Sunday of February, April, June, October, and December.

Click on Events Tab at top to see upcoming concerts.

We host the popular Little Kid Block Party on the second Saturday of each month at 10:15-11:30 am. We spread out giant blocks, Magnatiles, a play kitchen, a tent, and a bunch of other toys you probably don't have room for at home.

This is a big play date where you don't need to clean up afterwards! Just come with your cup of coffee, sit back, and relax. Fun for toddlers through about second grade. Click on Events Tab at top to see upcoming Block Party date.

Dads Read: At the beginning of each Block Party, a local dad reads to his kids and to yours. Dads Read is sponsored and managed by Families of Color Monterey County (FoCMC Facebook Page) and co-sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library.

To get an easy reminder of all events as they come up, Like The Friends of the Marina Library Facebook page.

The Friends of the Marina Library is a member of the Marina Chamber of Commerce.

The Friends of the Marina Library (FOML) Leadership

Board meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of most months from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in our Library's Community Room. Please join us! They are open to the public! Call (831) 682-8016 for more information.

Cristina Medina-Dirksen
Board President

Marina resident since 2000. Communications Associate at the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Former news reporter at the Monterey Herald and Salinas Californian; former corporate paralegal. Manages International School of Monterey School all-volunteer run school library. Serves on multiple FoML committees. Marina Youth Arts board member.

Dana Cleary
Board Vice President

Marina resident since 1996. Manages development/construction for CHISPA, Inc. a nonprofit developer of affordable housing. Served on the Larger Library Committee that raised funds for library land purchase and passed the bond that funded construction of the Marina Library. Served on Marina Planning Commission and Marina City Council. Marina Tree and Garden Club board member.

Moira LaMountain
Board Secretary

Marina resident since 2004.Currently works as the office administrator for an economic development nonprofit in Monterey County. Previously spent 15 years as an independent executive recruiter and before that as marketing coordinator for A.T. Kearney, an international management consulting firm for 9 years. Has served on the FoML since 2005 as Vice President (2 years), President (3 years) and most recently as Treasurer (5 years).

Kristi Lau
Board Treasurer

Marina resident since 2008.  Has worked for 9 years running the family-owned Marina Grocery Outlet store in Marina.

Lulu Moitoso
High School Representative

Lulu Moitoso is a long-time volunteer with The Friends of the Marina Library and is the high school representative on the board. She attends Marina High School.

Nancy Fortman
At-Large Board Member

Resident of Marina since 1988. Retired from 43 years of middle school education as a math/science teacher and technology coordinator. Active member of St. Jude’s Parish and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Volunteer marshal at local golf tournaments. Launched and delivers Constant Contact notifications for FOML.

Gail Youngblood
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 1988. Retired after twenty two years working on environmental cleanup of Fort Old, serving as the BRAC environmental coordinator and the Army’s BRAC representative to the Fort Ord Reuse Authority.  Currently serving on the boards of Marina Youth Arts, Marina-In- Motion, the Friends of the Marina Library, and City of Marina's Tree Committee (which supports the City of Marina Planning Commission on issues relating to trees).

Lenore Masterson
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 1992. Illustrator and commercial artist for 40 years. Chairperson for the Larger Library Committee for 12 years from inception until bond for construction was issued. Served on City of Marina Recreation Commission for five years. Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries board member for nine years. Co-founded Marina Youth Arts ten years ago. Active member of Lions Club for 35 years.

Steven Loe
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 1973. Worked for 20 years for The McGraw-Hill Companies, five years with the Superior Courts of Monterey County, worked for three years with the Department of Defense, dealing primarily with entitlements and benefits for military personnel.

Ian Klotz
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 2010. While growing up in Pacific Grove, spent much time in Marina at the home of grandparents, Bill and Astrid Lang (see Astrid’s bio below). English Degree from MPC. Helped Joanne Bowman launch the FoML online book sales.

Robert (Bob) Goodfellow
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 1975. Following retirement as an Army officer, worked for 12 years as a management consultant and 20 years as an Enrolled Agent tax preparer. Member of the original Marina Larger Library Committee which was instrumental in funding construction of the Marina Library. Original member of FoML. Volunteers with United Way to provide income tax assistance to elderly and low income community members and with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to support professional golf tournaments conducted on the Monterey Peninsula.

Sister Mary Jane Clark
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 1988. Has been a Roman Catholic sister for fifty-six years. Retired from forty years in elementary education as a teacher and principal and twelve years as a Senior Caregiver. Active member of St. Jude's Parish in Marina, serving on the Monterey Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Elisabeth Billingsley
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 1961. MPUSD Instructional Aide for 23 years. American Legion board member since 1981. Treasurer for Marina-in- Motion. Volunteer at the Marina Teen Center Breakfast program. Member of Marina Youth Arts. Volunteer at St. Jude's Church. Received Marina Foundation’s 2015 Woman of the Year Award.

Repeka Avegalio
At-Large Board Member

Marina resident since 2012. Small businesses owner of SALT Transcriptions LLC based out of Vacaville, CA.Self-employed with legal transcriptions in Solano & Contra Costa counties. Temporarily homeschooling young children.