By Ruby Lynn Holden, North Palm Beach Village Historian
Nancy Moore was the library’s first Director. She was one of two volunteers who started the library, eventually became an employee, then Director, serving over thirty years, from December 1, 1967 to February 21, 2005, when she retired.
Kathleen Olds took Nancy’s place, serving from May 12, 2005 to April 21, 2006.
Donna Riegel served from August 14, 2006 to April 30, 2010.
Betty Sammis was promoted to the Director position July 5, 2010 and served until April 15, 2016, when she retired.
The current Director, Zakariya Sherman, joined the Library July 18, 2016.
Zak has updated and streamlined various procedures to improve work flow and patron experience, with an emphasis on programs and activities to engage patrons across the spectrum of age and interests. One member of Friends of the Library praised Zak’s “wonderful schedule of interesting and informative things to do.” The after-school creativity program is very popular, with kids rushing to the Obert Room at 2:00 for a couple of hours of fun.
Central to his goal is the library’s partnership with The Conservatory School, specifically in providing services which the school cannot afford and the County cannot provide, such as the Rosetta Stone Language program. It can be accessed by anyone with a North Palm Beach Library card.
Which brings us to another of Zak’s goals: to see that every student at The Conservatory School has a library card. This is accomplished by bringing classes here before the Library opens so that each student can borrow two books; this will condition them to coming to the Library on a regular basis, help them form positive habits, and learn to do research for class projects. Developing reading programs is a priority, eventually pairing “Reading Buddies,” volunteers who read with a younger student to fulfill their community service requirements.
The library continues to improve with every passing year. We love North Palm Beach Library!