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Our Current Board

About the Board of
Friends of the Taos Public Library

The Board of the Friends of the Taos Public Library dedicate their time, experience and energy to oversee and steward funds and volunteer activities for the best support of our local library. They generally fill a terms of (3) years and are essential to the responsible actions of the organization.

If you are interested in joining our organization, please contact us and we will respond to any inquiry. Thank you for your interest!

Kenneth Harrrold, MD  – President

Ken is a retired ER physician, having worked at St. Vincent’s in Santa Fe for 38 years. He has lived in Taos since 1974.

He has been on the Friends board for the past 10 years and has been president of the board for the past 5 years. He was head of the Library Garden project which was completed in 2021. He sees the Library as the hub of the Taos community, serving all the cultures and echelons that make Taos what it is. He wants to ensure that the Library is able to fund it’s various programs and important acquisitions.

Sharron Flaherty – Treasurer

I am married to John Flaherty 40 years.  I spent 29 years with the U.S. Postal Service, the last 19 years as the Postmaster in Ranchos de Taos.  I am retired 18 years which is how many years I have been on the board of the “Friends.”  I have held every office during that time.  My husband and I are committed to a literate planet.  We read to second and third graders at both Ranchos and Arroyos del Norte elementary schools with the Taos Milagro Rotary Club.

Jean Admire – Director

Retired international educator/school librarian, Jean ski bummed at Taos Ski Valley in 1974-75 before landing at Enos Garcia Middle School as a classroom teacher for ten years. When her husband went to work with the U.S. Department of State, a.k.a. the Foreign Service, Jean found her own dream-life. Teaching at international schools while traveling around the world — literally! After completing a Master of Library and Information Science degree, Jean found a new direction: becoming school library director and media specialist, first in Caracas, Venezuela, and then Rabat, Morocco.

At retirement Jean returned to Taos, the heart-home that sustained her through worldwide travels. Jean’s commitment to literacy, lifelong learning, and love of reading directs her energies through service on the Friends of the Taos Public Library board and the Taos Milagro Rotary Literacy Committee.

Spencer Stall – Director (In Memoriam: 2023)

After 20 years as an ironworker and certified welder in New York City I decided to ski full-time in New Mexico. I worked a while as lift operator and then on ski patrol at Red River Ski Area. After serving two years as Ski Patrol Director, it was time to move on – closer to Taos and into a new trade. I learned carpentry, worked for contractors, and built my own home on Taos Mesa overlooking the whole Taos Valley. Again, time for something new. I became bus driver and then office manager for Los Rios River Rafting Company. In between jobs, I started my own company, Taossun Miniatures, making Southwest style dollhouse furniture.

In retirement I looked for a good use of my spare time. A friend who served on the Board told me that the Friends of the Taos Public Library was looking for new board members. I joined and promptly volunteered to be the secretary. After three years, health reasons caused me to resign as secretary but I continue on the Board as a Director. I also volunteered at the library. I loved working there meeting the wonderful staff and patrons that I knew from my time in Taos.

Debra Ann Jeantete – Director

I am Debra Ann Jeantete, age 52 years young. My Love for reading began in Taos Elementary school. I loved to check out books at school and the Hardwood Library. Ever since then I instill the importance of Reading to my own children, grandchildren and students. I am now the Librarian at Arroyos Del Norte Elementary. I have been an educator for 19.5 years with Taos Municipal Schools. I am honored to be a board member of the Friends of the Taos Library.

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