Burlingame Library Board of Trustees
Meets 3rd Tuesday, Library Conference Room, 5:30pm
Black Lives Matter
This is an unprecedented moment in our history. The pandemic, which has magnified and exposed our most deeply embedded failings and fault lines is an ongoing challenge for each of us and a tragedy for too many. The recent horrifying deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the protests in our streets have galvanized many of us to demand change and commit ourselves to effect it. The Burlingame Library Board of Trustees stands with the Black community in our country, a country divided by racial injustice, arrogance, and hatred. Though we condemn all expressions of racism and prejudice in America, today we must speak loudly that Black Lives Matter and attention to justice for Black Americans must be paid. Racism exists and we must all acknowledge that we can do better. The Library Board of Trustees believes that we each have a duty to strive for a true and lasting transformation in our country. Even in the current climate of anger, anxiety, and fear, the Burlingame Public Library can help nurture such a transformation, serving as a cultural town hall where patrons discover and learn about viewpoints different than their own. We are the safe and welcoming home for new ideas and perspectives that can shine a light on an uncertain future. We dedicate ourselves to the cause of empathy, understanding, and solidarity, and join with those who share our commitment to a just society that stands firmly against racism and prejudice. We aim, in our words and actions, for a higher ground.
Kristin Larson Çapkın
With the ongoing help of the Library's Racial Equity Team, the Board of Trustees will strive to put equity words into equity action; stay tuned for details and updates.
Kristin Larson Çapkın
Kristin Larson Çapkın was appointed as a Library Trustee in 2020. She lives in Burlingame with her husband, Gürkan, and their one-year-old daughter, Oya. Originally from Wisconsin, Kristin moved to the Bay Area in 2017 after having lived in Turkey for several years. Kristin has been involved in skill-based volunteering/pro bono projects and previously served a term as coordinator for the Professional American Women of Istanbul. She works as a PR Specialist at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Danielle Garcia was appointed as a Library Trustee in 2019. She grew up between Manila, Vancouver, and the Bay Area, and recently moved back to Hillsborough with her husband Roy and their son Alexander. She is thrilled to be on the library board as she grew up frequenting the Burlingame Public Library and looks forward to introducing Alexander to the place when he is a little older. Danielle is a product manager at Facebook, and has also been involved in a pro bono capacity with literacy organizations such as Room to Read.
Randi Murray was appointed as a Library Trustee in 2015. She is a retired literary agent and editorial consultant who moved to the Bay area in 1987. Since then she has had various volunteer positions at the Hillsborough schools, served on the Hillsborough Financial Advisory Committee and been a member of the UC Berkeley Library Advisory Board. She has also co-chaired a fundraising effort at UCSF for brain tumor research and caregiver support.
Mike Nagler, Board Chair July 1, 2019 - June 30th, 2020
Mike Nagler has been a Trustee since 2014. He also serves on the Library Foundation Board and manages the library’s bookstore at the main branch. He is an instructor of Humanities in the San Mateo Community College District. He and his wife JoAnneh have lived in Burlingame for thirty years. He is the editor of two collections of short stories and she has written The Debt-Free Spending Plan and the 2016 release, How To Be An Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, Or Your Creative Compass.
Elisabeth Ostrow was appointed as a Library Trustee in 2019. After teaching middle school and practicing law in New York City, she moved to Hillsborough in 2001. While raising her three children, she volunteered in various positions at their schools and on their sports teams; her more recent volunteer work has involved teaching in the college preparatory program of the Prison University Project inside San Quentin and working with Project Read, tutoring adults in San Mateo County who seek to improve their literacy skills.