Library Board of Trustees

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The Falmouth Public Library Board of Trustees is a seven member, elected board. They serve as a vital link between the library and the community. The Trustees are library advocates and leaders in developing services for all members of the public.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Trustee’s Room ~ During this time of the Virus, meetings are held via Zoom. See the agenda and Zoom information at http://www.falmouthmass.us/AgendaCenter

  

Exceptions for Town Meeting and Elections will be posted. Meetings in July and August are traditionally held at the branch libraries at 6 pm.


Trustees

Jenifer E. Alai, Recording Secretary   2024
Kathryn Elder, Treasurer    2022
Lindsay M. Hopewood, Corresponding Secretary     2023
Judith L. Fenwick, Chair   2023
Lucy C. Helfrich    2024
Kathie Mount    2024
Sylvia Szulkin, Vice Chair   2022

What the Trustees Do

  • Engage in the on-going planning process which assesses the needs of the community and the library, and the role of the library in the community.
  • Hire the library director.
  • Create written policies to govern library operations and programs, in cooperation with the library director.
  • Advise the director in the preparation of the library budget, approve the final budget, participate in its presentation to Town Boards and officials, and actively support its adoption by Town Meeting.
  • Monitor and oversee the maintenance of the library building and grounds, and regularly review facility needs.
  • Speak and act as an advocate for the library.
  • Support legislation which will benefit the library and the larger library community of which the Falmouth Public Library is a part.
  • Provide a forum for public participation in policies and planning for the library.

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Board of Library Trustees Bylaws

By Laws – Board of Library Trustees 2018


Administration

Linda E. Collins, Director
Jennifer Woodward, Assistant Director
Administrative Office Telephone: (508) 457-2555 ext. 2963


Board of Trustees – Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Town Website


News – The Board of Library Trustees is looking towards long term improvements  for the East Falmouth Branch Library.

In response to a recent survey, a pilot project including Saturday morning hours will be offered June through August 2022.  A combination printer, scanner, copier has been ordered for the branch and the new carpeting in the Adult Collections Room will be extended throughout the building. More importantly, the library administration and Trustees will be considering all programs and services offered at the branch and how the East Falmouth Village may be better served. 

January 2022 Survey Results

WHICH SERVICES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU – choose up to five

 

Provide some open hours every day of the week

59%

Provide a larger collection with improved space for children

34%

Provide a larger collection with enhanced space for teens

25%

Provide a larger collection with improved space for adults

46%

Provide a larger magazine and newspaper collection

13%

Serve as a community center with community meeting space

51%

Provide space for adult programs

49%

Provide opportunities for social interaction

32%

Provide a quiet space to work

41%

Provide a copier & scanner for public use

44%

Loan laptops

10%

Provide display space for art exhibits

28%

Provide additional outdoor reading and seating areas

47%

Offer Drive-up window service

18%