Indiana public libraries are funded primarily by county property taxes. Other income is derived from the state, county adjusted gross income tax, bank tax, fines, fees, and copy machine receipts. The Jasper County Public Library serves approximately 31,525 people living in the county (excluding Carpenter Township). According to state law, the library is governed by an appointed, unpaid, seven-member board of local citizens.
Director and Administration Staff
Patty Stringfellow, Director of the Jasper County Public Libraries, has been a Jasper County resident since 1994. She began working at JCPL in 1997 as satellite and volunteer coordinator. In 1999 she became Headquarters Librarian for the Rensselaer Public Library, holding that position until assuming Directorship in January 2006. Patty graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and from Indiana University with a Master's Degree in Library Science.
Rayann Gilmore started working at Jasper County Public Library in April 2004, and has served in various roles as a page, clerk and library assistant before becoming the Business Manager in July 2012. As Business Manager, Rayann works behind the scenes handling the day to day business operations of the library and assisting the director. Her primary responsibilities include the bookkeeping, accounts payables and receivables, supply inventory/ordering, and general office duties.
Donna Barko has been a resident of Jasper County since 1998. She was hired in 2008 as a Library Specialist in Rensselaer, concentrating on Interlibrary Loan. In 2013, she was promoted to Human Resources Specialist.
Library Board of Trustees
2016 Board Members
Jody Melton - President. Jody Melton has been Executive Director of the Kankakee River Basin Commission (KRBC) since 1982. He is a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers. He is also a member of the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council. He has served as Chairman of the DeMotte Planning Commission since 1985. Jody and his wife, Maureen, have lived in DeMotte since 1975. They have 3 children and two grandchildren. He enjoys exercising, gardening and cooking, is an avid reader, and is a fan of KV sports. Jody was appointed by the presidents of the Kankakee Valley and West Central School Boards. His term will expire Aug. 2, 2019.
Deana George - Vice President. Deana has served on the Library Board since May 2009. Deana was born and raised in Rensselaer. After graduating from Rensselaer Central High School she attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Deana has a master’s degree from Indiana University in library science. She worked as a librarian media specialist for 8 yrs. Currently, Deana works as an insurance agent with her husband, Estel. They have two children and four grandchildren. Deana enjoys spending time with family, reading, golfing and crafts. She was appointed to the Board by the Rensselaer Central School Board. Deana’s term will expire May 11, 2017.
Natalie Waling - Secretary. Natalie was appointed to the Library Board by the Jasper County Council in January 2006. Natalie, a lifetime resident of Rensselaer, is a graduate of Saint Joseph's College and Purdue University. She holds a master's degree in education with a reading minor. She has taught in the Rensselaer schools for the past twenty years, having taught Kindergarten and fifth grade, as well as Language Arts to students in grades six, seven and eight. She is currently teaching seventh grade Language Arts at Rensselaer Middle School. She has been married to Randy Waling for thirty years. Natalie is the mother of four daughters and the grandmother of three grandchildren. Her term will expire December 31, 2017.
Mark Heinig - Treasurer. Mark was appointed by the Rensselaer Central School Board. His term expires May 9, 2018.
Janelle Harper - Asst. Treasurer. Janelle was appointed by the County Commissioners. Her term will expire December 31, 2018.
Tim Schultz - Tim was appointed by the County Council. He is the owner of Hillside Ace Hardware in DeMotte. He is married and has one daughter. His term expires June 30, 2016.
Janet Umlauf - Janet has been a board member since January 2010 having lived in Jasper County for 27 years. She has a BS in education and has taught traditionally as well as teaching many years in homeschool co-op groups. She has been employed in the offices of Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries in Valpo, IN and she and Don, her husband of 36 years, served as foster parents for them for 10 years. Don is a retired Electrical Supervisor from US Steel and Janet currently teaches music in her own home studio. She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Her youngest daughter is a student at Jacob School of Music at IU Bloomington. Janet is an avid supporter of Jasper County 4-H, where she leads a club and supervises the Music Project. She loves genealogy, reading, classical music, art history & the beach! Janet was appointed by the County Commissioners. Her term will expire December 31, 2019.
Board Meeting Dates for 2016
Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. at the Rensselaer Library unless otherwise noted
- Monday, January 11
- Monday, February 8 - Rensselaer Librarian & Youth Services Specialist Annual Reports
- Monday, March 14
- Monday, April 11 (at DeMotte) - DeMotte Librarian & Children’s Specialist Annual Reports
- Monday, May 9
- Monday, June 13 - Webmaster Annual Report
- Monday, July 11
- Monday, August 8
- Monday, September 12 (at Wheatfield) - Wheatfield Librarian & Children's Specialist Annual Reports
- Monday, October 10
- Monday, November 14 - Technical Services & Systems Administrator Annual Reports
- Monday, December 12
- Wednesday, December 28 (Special Year End Meeting-time to be announced)