President’s Message – April 2023

Karen Butter
Karen Butter, FAL Board President

Alameda Free Library Director Jane Chisaki will be retiring at the end of June.

Jane began her professional career at the San Francisco Public Library. In 1984, she accepted a job as a children’s librarian at the Alameda Free Library. Through successive positions, she was appointed library director in 2006. Jane has had a strong influence over the library and its many projects. Not only did she contribute to the design of the main library, but she also obtained grants to recognize the contributions of Japanese Americans to Alameda’s history, which funded Alameda’s Japantown Tonarigumi Historic Marker project. Jane has been a strong supporter of our organization, the programs we support, the programs we produce and all our fundraising activities within the library.

We at FAL have greatly enjoyed working with Jane for all these years and thank her for her leadership, her knowledge, her support, and her guidance. We know that the members of the Alameda community join us in wishing Jane all the best in her retirement. We will miss her greatly, but hope to see her at future FAL events rested, relaxed and ready to volunteer.

In her free time, Jane enjoys training Mr. Marvel, her young golden retriever; volunteering with both Mariner Scouts and Sea Scouts; and dragon boat racing. She is also a long-time season ticket holder for her beloved Warriors. It’s clear Jane has many activities to keep her busy in her well-deserved retirement.