Library Board


  • 5:30 pm
  • 3rd Thursday of every month
  • Johnston Public Library
    6700 Merle Hay Road
    Johnston, IA 50131

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Katie FialaKatie Fiala, PresidentTerm Ends: 2024

Katie visits the Library weekly with her family. Katie thinks the library is a great asset to the community. Katie grew up in Johnston and has been back as an adult for five years. She works as a government attorney and her first job as a teenager was working at the library.

Emily BetzEmily Betz, Vice President
Term Ends: 2028

Emily grew up in Johnston and has been back as an adult since 2018. An avid library user, she has visited libraries around the U.S. and Europe, and worked in library circulation at a neighboring metro library. She appreciates the variety of services the Johnston Public Library offers that allows the community to gather together. Emily works at Iowa State University training businesses to help improve their processes and performance.

George EichhornGeorge Eichhorn, Secretary
Term Ends: 2026

George is an avid book lover whose always believed in the central role of community libraries. He is the General Counsel at ChildServe and a former State Legislator. George and his wife moved to Johnston in 2014.

Kelly McAlisterKelly McAlister, Member
Term Ends: 2026

Kelly McAlister is an educator for the Johnston Community School District. "The library is my family's favorite place in Johnston," McAlister says. "I would like to help it continue to serve our residents."

Dan MarvinDan Marvin, Member
Term Ends: 2028

Dan is a long-time Johnston resident and library user. He's a member of the Johnston Lions Club and recently retired from his position as an attorney for the State of Iowa.


Trustees are appointed by the mayor to six-year terms and serve as the administrative board for the library. The trustees employ a director who is responsible for the library's day-to-day operation. The Board of Trustees meets at 5:30 pm on the third Thursday at the library unless noted otherwise. Meetings are open to the public. View Library Board Bylaws (PDF).