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Library board welcomes new chair, vice-chair, city council representative

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:06 PST, Wed February 1, 2023

At its most recent meeting, the Richmond Public Library board elected Caty Liu as board chair and Sherine Merhi as vice-chair. 

Other returning board members are Jordan Oye, Chaslynn Gillanders, Denise Hui, Nabeel Abrahani, and Rachel Ling. 

The library board also welcomes Coun. Chak Au as the new city council representative to the Richmond Public Library board. The board thanks former Coun. Linda McPhail for her five years as an engaged and supportive council representative. 

New to the board for 2023 is Yvonne Yong, recently appointed by Richmond City Council for a two-year term. Yong is an experienced human resources professional, parent, and library supporter who believes strongly in the value of public library services. 

The Richmond Public Library board thanks outgoing board trustee Diane Cousar for her years of dedication and service to the public library and community. 

“With this being a strategic planning year, the board is looking forward to engaging with the community throughout the year to hear their thoughts and create a vision and plan that prioritizes literacy and serves our community as it continues to grow and rebuild,” says board chair Liu. “At this time, I would also like to thank city council and of course the Friends of the Richmond Library for continuing to support library programs, services, and collections.” 

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