Kate Maple

Position #6 (Klickitat County)
Kate Maple

"I have spent most of my life working in many different types of libraries, from Air Force Base libraries, to Public Schools, across the globe. I bring to the Board what I have learned from many years of experience. Libraries are gateways to their local communities and have positive impacts on individuals' lives. Libraries are unique and valuable. I am serving on the Board of FVRL to advocate for equal services to all people."

Kate started her professional library career back when computer technology for libraries was just being introduced. From there it was on to a Department of Defense school library on an air base in Japan, then to a university in Alaska where she earned her undergraduate degree and worked 10 years in interlibrary loan. She earned her graduate degree in information science from Drexel University of Philadelphia.

After 10 years in the Alaskan dark and -20 degree temperatures, Kate moved to Klickitat County in 2009 as an Americorps Volunteer with Head Start and quickly became an advocate for rural library services. She helped get an FVRL book-return bin set up in the town of Klickitat, educated citizens about library services and demonstrated how access to library materials can change an entire rural community for the better.

She currently works for a non-profit that provides services to people with intellectual disabilities, serves on many boards and committees, and spends her free time helping non-profits. “I believe I will be a strong voice in advocating for library services in Klickitat County,” Kate said. Kate has been an active member of Friends of Goldendale Community Library since 2010. She believes that Friends groups are the rural libraries’ best advocates, with their ability to network and raise funds for library programs.

Kate represents Klickitat County, and her term runs from January 2020 through December 2026.