Library Board of Trustees

The Anacortes Public Library Board of Trustees are citizens who have a desire to serve the library and the community; time to devote to board responsibilities; and willingness to serve as advocates for library development. Trustees are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the City Council, and serve a five year term. 

Library Board of Trustees Responsibilities

  • Listens to the community needs and concern
  • Supports the library’s public relations program
  • Knows local and state laws regarding public libraries and keeps abreast of library trends and standards
  • Knows and abides by library board bylaws
  • Represents the library’s point of view at city council meetings and other public forums
  • Discusses and adopts library policies 
  • With the library director, reviews the annual library budget
  • Attends all regularly scheduled Board meetings and other special meetings as needed
  • Attends library functions as appropriate
  • Works with library director on community assessment & long range plans
  • Affiliates with state and national library organizations.


Currently serving on the Library Board: Alethea Fleming, Nancy Fisher-Allison, Courtney Orrock, Christina Hansen, and John Shafer. The Library Director is an ex-officio member of the Board and therefore has no vote on Board issues.  

Christina Hansen

Orrock, Courtney

  • Courtney Orrock, Vice-President
    Term expires: December 2025
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Fleming, Alethea

  • Alethea Fleming, Secretary
    Term expires: December 2022
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John Shafer

  • John Shafer
    Term expires: December 2024
    Email John 

Nancy Fisher-Allison photo

  • Nancy Fisher-Allison
    Term expires: December 2026
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  1. Christina Hansen
  2. Courtney Orrock
  3. Alethea Fleming
  4. John Shafer
  5. Nancy Fisher-Allison

Christina grew up in the San Francisco area and graduated from U.C. San Diego with a B.A. in Urban Studies & Planning. She participated in Navy R.O.T.C. toward a commission in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer. Christina served in a variety of positions involving supply/material control, logistics, program management, and human resources, honorably departing the service in 2002. She then accompanied her active-duty husband to assignments in Bahrain, Kansas, Japan, and Virginia, returning to Anacortes in 2012.  

She worked in library settings at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, KS and as a library volunteer and research intern with the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan. Following her return to Fidalgo Island, Christina completed Leadership Skagit, served as a coach for Leadership Skagit, and volunteered as an A.V.I.D. tutor at Anacortes Middle School. She then earned a M.S. in Food Systems & Society that included a research internship with WSU Extension, and served on the Anacortes Planning Commission, before working several years as a para-professional for the Anacortes School District. Christina joined the Anacortes Library Board of Trustees in 2020. Her term expires in December 2025.

Regular Meetings

  • Meetings of the Anacortes Public Library Board of Trustees are open to the public. Your attendance and participation are welcome.  
  • Meetings take place the 2nd Monday of the month.  9:00 am, in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room. 
  • If you would like to attend please contact Michelle Hanna, (360) 588-8329 (or by email), by the Friday prior to the meeting.  If you have a question for the Board that you would like formally addressed, please email your question by 4 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting. 
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  • 5 Members
  • 5-Year terms
  • City Resident (possible one County)
  • Limited to 2 full terms

Meeting Minutes

To view meeting minutes use the link below and click on "Library Board of Trustees"