Service Updates

  • Mobile Library is unavailable due to mechanical issues; staff will report to usual stops for pick-up and drop-off services.
  • Riverside Public Library is closed until Oct. due to renovations at the Riverside High School facility.
  • Glasgow Branch Library is closed until further notice due to building maintenance.
  • West Virginia Book Festival is virtual for 2021, and in-person events are canceled. Visit for more info.

Governing Boards

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KCPL Board of Directors

The Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors approves and generates administrative and fiscal policies and approves program direction within the constraints imposed by legal and funding requirements. The Board is the ultimate decision-making body of the Library and uses the information and recommendations from all internal and external sources to see that the Library provides a full range of services while remaining within its financial and operational capabilities.

The board is made up of 18 members representing various areas of the County as well as the City of Charleston. The members of the Board are appointed by the Kanawha County Board of Education, which takes into consideration recommendations from the Library. The Board usually meets the second Monday of each month.

Interaction and/or communication between the Board and staff members is provided through the Library Director. The Director serves as Secretary/Treasurer.

Erika Connelly, Library Director

Kanawha County Public Library
Attn: Erika Connelly, Library Director
123 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Current Members

President: Monika Jaensson
First Vice President: Benjamin Thomas
Second Vice President: Betty King
Library Director & Secretary-Treasurer: Erika Connelly

Mickey Blackwell
Chistopher Erlewine
Angela Gould
Stephanie Haden
Thomas Hurney

John Jarrett
Keven J. Johnson
Cheryl Morgan
Jennifer Pauer
Angelia Russell

Susan Shumate
Anne Silbernagel
Kenneth Sullivan
Don Wilson
James Withrow


Branch Advisory & Governing Boards

President: Midge Forwood
Vice President: Betty Sue Harper
Secretery-Treasurer: Tina Hall

  Christina Armes
  Tiffany Barnhouse
  Linda Bell
  Anita Edmonds
  Betty Jones
  Rick Owens
  Melissa Preston
  Sue Shafer

President: William Peckol
Vice President: Monica Burdette
Secretary: Pat Skeen
Treasurer: Chris Connell
Financial Secretary: Paul Gebhard

  Jane Lowen
  Brenda Witt

President: Louann Petts

  Cynthia Dye
  Carolyn O’Brien
  Sierra Sovine
  Francine Wiley

President: Elizabeth Belcher
Vice President: Cynthia Jo Tawney
Secretary: Tina Stodola
Treasurer: Marty Kibler
Teen Member: Rebecca Stodola

  David Aleshire
  Mickey Blackwell
  Trudy Bonnett-Fragale
  Nina Darnell
  Dorothea Fuqua
  Bob Hiser
  Sandra Martin
  Joshua W. McClung

President: Joan Milton-Shaffer
Vice President: Barbara Jones
Secretary: Carolyn Reed
Treasurer: Diane Slaughter

  Jane Davies
  Danny Decker
  Kassie Decker
  Cathy Hammack
  JoAnne Jones
  Patty Null
  Louise St. Clair
  Sally Shepherd

Board Chair: Dale Withrow
Vice Chair & Facility Chair: 
Recording Secretary: Naydeen Wolf
Treasurer & Teen Chair: Vicki Tawney 
Membership Chair: Cay Hoh
Program Chair: Becky Goodwin
Garden Chair: Sandy Foster
Book Sale Chair: Henry Bono
Publicity Chair: Doris Walker

  Sarah Carper
  Andy Spradling

President: Robert Fields
Secretary: Ruth Brother
Treasurer: Gertrude Legg

  Sharon Dye
  Karen Humphrey