Board Members

Denton Kiehle, President

Denton graduated in 1981 from Seattle University with a BS in Finance.  He held a wide and interesting career as a financial and accounting professional, ownership and management of a highly regarded art gallery near the Seattle Art Museum, and leadership and management positions in complex retail and customer service operations.  He has served as the Board Chairman for the Friends of the Regional Epilepsy Association, Treasurer of the Northwest Cancer Center Foundation, and as a member of the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis.  He and his wife Caroline live on Bainbridge and he joined the Bainbridge Public Library Board in 2019.  

Carol Schuyler, Vice President

I am thrilled after a lifetime professionally working in libraries to be able to give again in volunteer position.  I got my Master's Degree in Librarianship from the University of Washington.  My husband and I with our two young children moved to the Island in 1976.  I began my career as a part-time children's librarian with Kitsap Regional Library at Bainbridge Island two years later.  I retired from the library two years ago as Director of Support Services.  It was wonderful to work and grow with the system and it even allowed me to actively volunteer for the Washington Library Association, culminating as its President.  I served for two years as the President of the Friends of the Library and facilitate one of the library's book groups.  I am an active reader, gardener and quilter.  My husband and I are travelers.  When not on adventures, we are surrounded by six grandchildren (all readers or read to) and two personable Ocicats, Joshua and Jericho.

Walt Yund, Treasurer

A Bainbridge Island resident since 1985, Walt retired from private law practice in 2016. He spent 6 years on active duty with the US Navy as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and continued to serve in the Navy Reserve for an additional 22 years, retiring as a Captain in 2002. Walt’s volunteer activities on Bainbridge Island have included scouting (Scoutmaster, troop 1565), board service with Bainbridge Performing Arts, and Treasurer of Grace Episcopal Church. He currently acts as a tax counselor under the VITA program administered by the Internal Revenue Service. He has 4 children and stepchildren. He and his wife, Terry, enjoy golf, hiking, and travel among their many activities.

Charles Browne, Secretary

After 35 years as an expatriate business executive, primarily in emerging Latin American and Asian markets, Charlie retired to Bainbridge. He has been active in the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library, serving on their Board in the past as Treasurer and later as President. Prior to retirement, his last posting was as Chairman and President of DuPont in China. During the years in Shanghai, he was active in the American Chamber of Commerce, and was elected to serve a term as Chairman. In 2004 he was conferred the Magnolia Award for contributions to Shanghai's development by the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. He and his wife are amateur gardeners.

Kip Bankart, Director

Kip graduated from the University of Denver 1970 with a BS in Psychology, and afterwards moved up to the mountains to ski. He married Diane in 1976, and they’re still walking side by side! Kip entered the fast-growing field of telecommunications, and spent the next 23 years working in a variety of technical hands-on, administrative, analytical, sales and customer support positions. On Bainbridge he set up his own landscaping and handyman business and began working for BPL as the grounds keeper and maintenance and repair guy for the Ihland Way buildings.  He became the Facilities Manager for the KRL system, a position he held until he retired. Kip has been on the BPL Facilities Committee for twelve years and has continued into the present as a volunteer who discovered the magic of our library and can’t stay away! 

Rachelle Castleberry, Director

Rachelle Castleberry graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in English and Anthropology. She moved to Bainbridge Island 15 years ago and has been involved in various volunteer projects at Helpline House, West Sound Wildlife Shelter and Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers. Rachelle currently leads the Enterprise Vendor Management Program at Zillow Group in Seattle and has worked in Business and Finance at other Northwest companies, such as Nordstrom and Russell Investments. In her free time, Rachelle loves to travel, read, garden and cook. Being in love with books her whole life, one of her happiest memories is watching her twin daughters proudly receive their first library cards. She has a strong devotion to libraries and the educational resources and refuge they provide all members of our community.

Jim Fox, Director

Jim spent most of his career in nuclear engineering and retired in 2008 from Livermore National Lab.� He moved to Bainbridge at the beginning of 2015 from the San Francisco Bay area. Residential remodeling (all aspects) and cabinetry experience are his sidelines. Since retiring, Jim has been involved with numerous volunteer jobs including: helping operate a kids summer camp in Northern California, the 2010 National Census, Black Rock Ranger for Burning Man, and a shop monitor for the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network.

Judy Hartstone, Director

Envision a kaleidoscope. That’s my life! I have worked for several sports teams; a marine and land animal park; Special Olympics; a world-class museum (The Oakland Museum); received my MLS and was an online reference librarian at a major downtown public library (San Jose); bookseller (Eagle Harbor Book Co.); reporter and feature writer (Bremerton Sun; Bainbridge Review); researcher and writer for the City of Bainbridge Island; and President/Executive Director of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and another animal welfare nonprofit for total of 20 years. In addition, I have been involved with several island nonprofits over the decades since moving from the Bay Area to Bainbridge Island in January 1990. Currently, I’m an active volunteer with Island Volunteer Caregivers and Friends of the Library. I was secretary of the BPL board during the major remodel in 1997/98, and I look forward to again serving on the board of this premier community amenity.

Jeff Julius, Director

Jeff practiced Union-side employment law for almost 50 years. He and his family are longtime
residents of Bainbridge Island as well as users of and contributors to the BI Public Library. After
retiring at the end of 2019, Jeff began doing volunteer work for several organizations, including
Fair Fight Action and VoteRiders. While reading the 2023 Annual Report for the Library, Jeff saw
that there was an opportunity to give back to the BI Public Library and reached out to the Library
Board. He now finds himself to be Board Member. When not doing volunteer work, Jeff is an avid
reader and he and his wife enjoy hiking, travelling, and spending time with their grandchildren,
who also love to read.

Jim McKeever, Director

I first came to Bainbridge Island in 1963 to do David Black's travel camp, and was hosted by my mother's college roommate who had a summer home on Crystal Springs. I am a now-retired pediatric psychologist/neuropsychologist. I moved to Seattle in 1988 from the east coast with my wife and preschool-aged children, and then in 1989 to Bainbridge. I worked at Virginia Mason in Seattle for 15 years, and then at Seattle Children's Hospital until summer 2021. I was a Clinical Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and have been President of the Washington State Psychological Association and of the Pacific Northwest Neuropsychological Society. My children went to Wilkes and graduated from BHS. While I have loved reading all my life, I also love the outdoors and have been a life-long hiker and trekker. Libraries have always been a part of my life. My mother would drive me to the larger library in the next town (NYC suburbs) when I had exhausted the children's section in our local library. My wife tells me I have amassed way too many books. I would like to contribute my services to help support this institution that has been so important to me and to our community.

Merry Palmer, Director

Merry has lived on the island since 1996 and since that time has purchased many, many books at the FOL Book Sales.  After retiring in 2021, she is furthering her passion for books by volunteering with Friends of the Library and by joining the Bainbridge Public Library Board as a Director. She loves to read, spend time with family and is traveling whenever she can. In the past, she has served on the boards for Bainbridge Island Rowing Club, Marge Williams Center, and served as the Northwest chapter chair for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.


The mission of the Bainbridge Public Library is to ensure a vibrant public library on Bainbridge Island.

All Volunteer

The Board of the Bainbridge Public Library is an all-volunteer group. There are no paid staff. This form of organization has managed the island's community library for more than 100 years. The Bainbridge Public Library was built "by the island people for the community".

Since 1961, the Bainbridge Public Library has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501(c)3 public charity.