La Grange Author Appointed to Library Board of Trustees


La Grange children’s author, Lisa Katzenberger, has been appointed as a trustee to the La Grange Public Library Board of Trustees.

Katzenberger was appointed to fill a recent vacancy on the board left by Trustee, Thomas Jandris, who stepped down for personal reasons. Katzenberger was a top candidate from the 2021 recruitment process from which Jandris was appointed. Her term runs through April 30, 2023.

Katzenberger holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. She was an officer for the West Suburban Moms of Multiples non-profit community group, and later served as the Vice President. She has also worked as a technical writer, instructional designer and Director of Product Management. She currently teaches creative writing courses for The Writing Barn. Her books include Triceratops Would NOT Make a Good Ninja, National Regular Average Ordinary Day and her most recent 2021 title, It Will Be OK: A story of empathy, kindness, and friendship.

“With Lisa’s insight as an author, she brings experience and expertise in an area that isn’t represented in our current board. We are excited to have trustees with a variety of backgrounds and knowledge, and I look forward to working with her,” said Library Board President, Joyce Hagen-McIntosh.

Katzenberger was sworn in at the January 25 Library Board of Trustees meeting.

“I am a life-long reader, frequent library patron, mom to book-obsessed 11-year-olds and children’s book author. What I bring to this position is my passion for reading, respect for literature and belief that the library is a vital institution for spreading knowledge among its community,” said Katzenberger.

“I look forward to having a more active role in my community and giving back to my neighbors.”