Carlene Engstrom

Why Am I running for the Library Board
Carlene Engstrom

As a lifelong library user, supporter and retired librarian I value the role the library plays in the community as a lifelong learning center.  It is a community gathering place, and a resource to explore ideas.  I value collaboration among libraries and support it unreservedly. Though retired, I wish to continue helping the library be the vibrant place in our community that it is.

My library career began as the Polson City Librarian at the time the current library was planned and built.  You will see my name on the plaque in front as Carlene Barnett.  After earning a Masters of Library Science at the University of Washington I’ve worked in small neighborhood libraries, large urban libraries and as the director the Salish Kootenai College Academic Library.  I am experienced working with Library Boards, developing and writing policies, budgets, programs and fund raising.  In addition, after retiring, I did consulting work with small community libraries across the country to improve their overall performance.

I’ve owned a house in Polson the last 19 years, where I live with my husband Dale.  My children are grown, and live in far-flung places around the world.  They are also avid library users.  Gathering with friends, gardening, quilting, hiking and cross-country skiing are the activities you can find me doing.