September 29, 2017

Meet a Trustee

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There are five elected Library Trustees for the Peterborough Town Library and up to three appointed alternates. Our Library Trustees oversee the Library Director, set policy, and approve the Library budget. They work closely with the Director to ensure the library achieves its mission. The Trustees recently completed a strategic planning process for the next three years--read the plan here.

The Library Trustees are also working closely with the non-profit group, The 1833 Society, who is responsible for raising funds for the Library for the Future project and overseeing its design.

Learn more about your Trustees and talk with them about your library!

Meet Marcia Patten–Chair of the Library Trustees

Marcia recently shared, “Peterborough has something special – the first free public library supported by taxation — and I believe the people of the town want it to continue to be special. The Peterborough Town Library is the legacy of the voters who decided in 1833 that tax money should be used to support the library. It was a new idea – perhaps even radical — but the residents understood the importance of having a place where anyone, whether rich or poor, could access information. This is our heritage and I believe today’s voters will want to continue to build on that. The proposed library project is an investment in the future. Those who came before us did not think the future would take care of itself, and neither should we.

I imagine the people responsible for building the 1892 structure and the iconic 1914 portico addition envisioned their future value to the community. Today we have a new vision and a new plan, and we, too, believe the proposed renovation and rebuild will be important  — culturally and economically — to the future of the town.”

 

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Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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