Our Mission

Friends and Foundation, St. Helena Public Library, strives to enhance the resources and services of the Library through fundraising and advocacy.

About Us

The St. Helena Public Library is a hub of knowledge, culture and communication and a source of pride for our community. Friends & Foundations raises funds to support this award-winning institution. Here are just a few of the programs and resources that would not be possible without your support:

  • Storytime, summer reading challenge and early literacy programs that help children develop a lifelong love of reading
  • Educational support and social activities for teens
  • Visual and performing arts exhibits and cultural events for all ages
  • Digital resources
  • The purchase of new books and other materials
  • Staff support

| Annual Report 2016-2017    Case for Support

Friends & Foundation believes that libraries are the heart of a community, an active, vital force that testifies to the commitment to provide access to education and technology for all.

Board of Directors

Jack Stuart


Winemaker and wine industry consultant; Director, Land Trust of Napa County; Past President, Napa Valley Vintners; lifelong English major

Linnea Pearson


Active volunteer including in the public schools and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Napa. Graphic designer and event planner.

Jodine Whisten


Retired, Vice President, Information Technology Division, Wells Fargo, San Francisco

Jan Darter


Retired, Registered Nurse, St. Helena Hospital; Active in Kiwanis, Boy Scout Troop 1 and Safe Kids, Napa Valley

Leslie Moreland

Owner, Grizzly Creek Management Co., Retired Career Management, Transition and Outplacement

Janet Myers

Retired, High Tech Sales and Marketing

Gayle L. Rimerman

Retired teacher; active in many non-profit organizations

Polly Keegan

Emeritus Chair

Owner, Adagio Inn, St. Helena; Retired financial and marketing executive at IBM, GE and Hershey, and Dean of Students at Columbia University

Dan Whitehurst

Emeritus Chair

President, Carillon Corporation; Board of Directors, AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah; Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Local Government