There is a new face in the monthly Sonoma County Library Commission meetings…via Zoom, of course. Rachel Parker was appointed in October by the Cotati City Council to represent the City of Cotati on the Sonoma County Library Commission.
“I’m very excited about the work that the library commission does, and hope to extend the commission’s commitment to expanding literacy through great books and stories, serving often overlooked communities and of course, supporting the fabulous staff,” Parker said. “In baking circles, there is a term for non-professionals who try to perfect their craft: enthusiastic amateurs. That term applies well to me on the library commission.”
Parker is a lifelong user and supporter of public libraries, from childhood when she checked out the maximum number of books allowed at her neighborhood branch in Los Angeles through adulthood when she has volunteered at the library for every school her children attended.
“I’ve learned about libraries as a deep-dive user and from working with children and following the librarian’s lead,” Parker said.
She believes libraries are a vital part of a society’s infrastructure. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a certificate in publishing from George Washington University. A former writer and editor for a technology magazine, freelancer and blogger, Parker and her family have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Munich Germany and Hong Kong. Parker lives in Penngrove with her husband, their youngest daughter and their two dogs.
Parker’s term officially began October 28, following appointment by the City of Cotati City Council, and expires in 2024.
The Sonoma County Library is governed by an independent 11-member library commission. The city councils of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor, along with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, each appoint a library commissioner. The City of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors also jointly appoint a commissioner.