Meet the Trustee: Duane Johnson

Q.) Where do you work (or what do you do when you’re not serving on the board?

A.) After a career as a librarian (for more than 22 years at the State Library of Kansas), I’m retired. It’s been easy to stay busy with work around home, cooking, reading – I’m an active library user, volunteering in several organizations, birding, exercising, kayaking, and when travel allows, hiking and adventuring in some of our national parks.

Q.) After spending a career as a librarian, why volunteer in an industry that used to pay you?

A.) The library is one of many useful, interesting places to volunteer. I’m fortunate to have good health and time to give.

Q.) What is your favorite area of the library and why? (or what area are you currently most excited about?)

A.) I love it all; this isn’t hyperbole.

Q.) Name a few ways you see the library making a difference in the Topeka and Shawnee County community.

A.) Thousands of people use the library for education, entertainment, personal and vocational skills development and other personal enrichments. The people make this library possible; the library responds with resources that can enrich the life of each person in the community. It’s a privilege to help as a member of the board.

Q.) What will the library do in 2012 to make a difference for library customers and the community?

A.) The library, through the excellent staff working together, will keep on being the outstanding public service that you are widely known to be; this year and onward we’ll be working together to maintain and improve on this quality.

Q.) How long have you been a library cardholder?

A.) Since the age of 6 or 7. The first library for me was the old Carnegie in Salina, Kan. My first librarian was Jerome Cushman, an outstanding man in my memory.

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.

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  1. Dear Mr. Johnson,
    From your leadership role with the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Board, I know you are a person who enjoys book events. My mother, Mary Alice Parmley, will be part of the this year’s Kansas Book Festival on September 15. We hope you will be able to join the event.

    My mother is a native Kansas lady. She is a storyteller, educator, and author. She retired from Topeka 501 with a prestigious…Master Teacher of the Year honor by her peers in 501 USD. Her passion for teaching children and inspiring the love of reading remains strong in all she does.

    To inspire young readers, her new published book is Traveler…about a Beagle dog and his journey to Bethlehem and the friends he meets along the way.

    We hope you come by the booth and meet us.


    Mary Ann Siller
    Dallas, TX

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