President’s Message – July 2023

Karen Butter
Karen Butter, FAL Board President

Jane Chisaki has retired as Library Director. She has been a dear friend to us at FAL, and we are sad to see her go.

The majority of Jane’s long career took place here in Alameda. After receiving her master’s degree, Jane’s focus was children’s librarianship. Following her first job in San Francisco, she quickly jumped across the bay to the Alameda Free Library. Many Alamedans recall her outstanding programs from when she served as Children’s Librarian. In 1998, she directed the move of the Main Library from Carnegie to a temporary space in Historic Alameda High School. She also served on the Library Building Team to design the current library. As the new Main Library opened in 2006, she was appointed Library Director and oversaw renovations of the Bay Farm and West End Branches. Capping her career was a project very personal to her: the “Alameda Japanese American History” project. This multi-year project includes the current exhibit in the Library, “Overflowing with Hope: The Hidden History of Japanese Americans in Alameda,” as well as the Alameda Tonarigumi Historic Japantown markers. FAL sends Jane best wishes in retirement, and we look forward to seeing her as an FAL volunteer.

We invite everyone to visit FAL’s booth at the Downtown Alameda Art and Wine Faire on Park Street from July 29 to 30. We’ll be joined in the booth by staff from the Alameda Free Library and look forward to meeting Faire attendees, answering questions and distributing information about upcoming events. Stop by and say hello!