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Please stop by to meet us!

Our library is governed by our Board of Trustees, and the daily management is performed by our Library Director and Library Assistant.  Both the trustees and the staff are happy to answer questions about the library, help locate information, or suggest a new book to read.  Please help us get to know you by reading our below biographies and stopping in to introduce yourselves!

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Library Director - Heather Peck

I'm happy to introduce myself as the Library Director of the Somers Public Library!  

I've been part of the Somers community since 1999 when I moved here with my family from Ohio.  I graduated from Prairie Valley in 2005 and earned my Bachelor's Degree in English Writing from Dordt College in 2009.

In June 2015, I started as the Library Director in Somers, and I've been enjoying learning the "ins and outs" of running our town's library.  I earned my Level IV Librarian Certification from the State Library of Iowa in December of 2016.  I'm excited to continue my education in library management through Continuing Education opportunities and to work with the town of Somers to offer services and programs that serve our community.  I love getting to know our town members, so please stop in to meet me and to learn about our library!

Library Assistant - Beth Smith


I’m Beth and I help Heather out here at the library.

I’m a stay at home mom of 6 and a grandmother of one beautiful baby girl. I’m originally from Maine but we’ve been living in Iowa since 1998.   Our family moved to Somers in July of 2014 and I’ve been working here since November of 2014.

I enjoy getting to know our patrons and other community members who come in to use our building for their various needs, whether it be checking out books, using our technology or just visiting with each other over coffee. Please feel free to stop and see what our library can offer you. We look forward to meeting you!

Library Board President - Candy Bilstad

Candy Bilstad lives on a farm just 3 miles northwest of Somers. She is married to Nathan and they have two young children named Caitlyn and Thomas. They raise corn and soybeans and have a small brood of laying hens and a Palomino horse named Duke. Candy works in the Prairie Valley School District as a substitute teacher. She also teaches Sunday school and children’s church at the Pomeroy Evangelical Covenant Church. She loves her Chesapeake Bay retriever, Izzy, riding horses, canning, quilting, and baking pies and cookies.

Candy joined the library board in March of 2013 because she finds joy in reading and desires to inspire others to grab a new book and learn something innovative or escape into a new world of adventure.

Library Board Treasurer - Colleen Goodwin

My husband Dad and I have been residents of Somers since 1967.  We have been married for 51 years and have four children, eleven grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  Our children all live relatively close, so when we can, we love spending time with them for Sunday dinner.

Dan and I love gardening and cooking together, and I enjoy our Create & Chat group that meets at the library every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30.

I retired from the Heartland Bank after 28 years of service and am now the president of the Library Board.  I have been on the board since December 2013.  I enjoy all the classes we have had and I love to learn new things.  Please come join us for fun and socializing!

Library Board Secretary - Joy Beacom

I am a native of Dubuque.  Tom and I have been married for over 50 years.  We have three grown children and six grandchildren.  We enjoy traveling to visit our family across the country and traveling in general.

We moved to Somers in 1991.  I retired from Friendship Haven in 2013 where I worked in the accounting department for almost 20 years.

I have been a member of the Library Board for the past year and find the library an excellent source of materials and activities for all ages.

Library Board Trustee - Darlene Thomas

Library Board Trustee - Marvel Trotter

Library Board Trustee - Cindy Peters

Library Board Trustee - Marilyn Vote