Blog > Interview With Donna Brumfield The New Board Member

Posted August 9, 2021

We would like to welcome our newest Board member to the library, Mrs. Donna Brumfield! Here is a quick interview with her!

Donna’s Introduction: I am honored to serve as a trustee on the Matteson Area Library Board. My husband, Kevin and I and our three children (Dawnn, Ozzie & Andre) moved to Matteson in 1987 and have been regular library patrons ever since. My children were involved in the many programs offered at the library and now my grandchildren are utilizing the amazing services.

Library: What made you decide that you wanted to be on the Library Board?
Donna: For many years I wanted to serve on the Library Board but due to work obligations was unable to do so. I’m happy to have the opportunity now to serve.

Library: What are you passionate about at the library?
Donna: I am passionate about the varied services at the library for our community, especially the computer services available free of charge to library patrons. Having easy access to computers is a necessity for many routine activities that are important to our community. For example, most jobs, college applications and government benefits require you to apply online. Not only does the library give patrons access to computers and high speed internet but also personable library staff members who are available to offer assistance and support when needed.

Library: What is your favorite book?
Donna: I have many, many favorite books! I enjoy autobiographies a great deal. My spring read was Cicely Tyson’s 415 page autobiography, “Just As I Am”. I also make a point of reading local authors.

Library: How long have you lived in the Matteson community?
Donna: My family and I moved to Matteson in August of 1987.

Library: What are some things that you have done for
the community?
Donna: I was the first African American woman elected to public office when I served as Matteson’s Village Clerk from 1993-1997. I served on the Matteson Quality of Life Task Force and for the last 20 years have served on the South Suburban Diversity Dinners committee. I am also a Rotarian.

Library: What is your favorite thing about where you live?
Donna: I love Matteson as a community. We chose to move to Matteson over 30 years ago and still choose to live here. I feel Matteson is a hidden gem in the South Suburbs, especially its beautiful library!

Library: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Donna: Along with reading, I write every day. I am a published author (I Know Who I Am: Stories of Race, Racism & 21st Century Realities (PWN Books, 2021). I am a contributing author on six other book projects and write a monthly devotion. I also enjoy watching professional baseball. One of my bucket list items is to visit each of the 30 major league baseball stadiums in the United States.

Library: Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Donna: I pray and meditate daily. This helps me to stay grounded, focused and most of all grateful.

Thank you Donna for doing this interview with us and Welcome!