NRPL Board of Trustees

About the NRPL Board of Trustees
Trustees are elected to serve four-year terms in elections that are conducted on the third Tuesday of May. The Library Board of Trustees meets at the Library on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. Meetings are open to the public. If you wish to contact the Board of Trustees please email trustees@nrpl.org, or click on each member’s email address below to contact a trustee directly.

Trustees

Whitney BarratPresidentwbarrat@wlsmail.org
Daniel BonnetVice Presidentdbonnet@wlsmail.org
Sarah LangloisSecretaryslanglois@wlsmail.org
Beth Acocellabacocella@wlsmail.org
Corey Gallowaycgalloway@wlsmail.org
Lucille Renwicklcrenwick@gmail.com
Rhiannon Navinrnavin@wlsmail.org

 

Upcoming Board Meetings & Agendas

November 10, 2022

October 13, 2022

September 8, 2022

August 11, 2022

July 21, 2022

June 9, 2022

May 5, 2022

April 21, 2022

March 10, 2022

February 10, 2022

  • Based on notices and health advisories issued by Federal, State and Local officials, and pursuant to Executive Order 202.1 of the Governor of the State of New York, dated March 12, 2020, (updated on September 27, 2021) the February 10, 2022 meeting of the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees will be convened in remote mode only. Members of the public can join the meeting here (with passcode: 026228) or by the link in the agenda.

January 13, 2022

  • Based on notices and health advisories issued by Federal, State and Local officials, and pursuant to Executive Order 202.1 of the Governor of the State of New York, dated March 12, 2020, (updated on September 27, 2021) the January 13, 2022 meeting of the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees will be convened in remote mode only. Members of the public can join the meeting here or by the link in the agenda.

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          November 10, 2022

          October 13, 2022

          September 8, 2022

          August 11, 2022

          July 21, 2022

          June 9, 2022

          May 5, 2022

          Budget Hearing – May 5, 2022

          April 21, 2022

          March 10, 2022

          January 13, 2022

          December 9, 2021

          November 4, 2021

          October 14, 2021

          September 9, 2021

          August 12, 2021

          July 15, 2021

          June 10, 2021

          May 6, 2021

          Budget Hearing – May 6, 2021

          April 8, 2021

          March 11, 2021

          February 11, 2021

          December 10, 2020

          November 12, 2020

          October 8, 2020

          September 10, 2020

          August 13, 2020

          July 9, 2020

          June 11, 2020

          Special Meeting – May 28, 2020

          Budget Hearing – May 28, 2020 

          May 7, 2020

          March 12, 2020

          February 13, 2020

          January 9, 2020

          December 12, 2019

          November 14, 2019

          October 10, 2019

          September 12, 2019

          August 8, 2019

          July 11, 2019

          June 13, 2019

          May 7, 2019

          April 11, 2019

          March 14, 2019

          February 21, 2019

          January 10, 2019

          December 13, 2018

          November 8, 2018

          October 11, 2018

          September 20, 2018

          August 9, 2018

          July 12, 2018

          June 14, 2018

          May 3, 2018

          April 12, 2018

          March 8, 2018

          February 8, 2018

          January 11, 2018

          November 9, 2017

          December 14, 2017

           

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          Board Meeting Minutes 2022

          October 13, 2022

          September 8, 2022

          August 11, 2022

          July 21, 2022

          June 9, 2022

          May 5, 2022

          Budget Hearing – May 5, 2022

          April 21, 2022

          March 10, 2022

          February 10, 2022

          January 13, 2022

          Board Meeting Minutes 2021

          December 9, 2021

          November 4, 2021

          October 14, 2021

          September 9, 2021

          August 12, 2021

          July 15, 2021

          June 10, 2021

          May 6, 2021

          Budget Hearing – May 6, 2021

          April 8, 2021

          March 11, 2021

          February 11, 2021

          January 11, 2021

          Board Meeting Minutes 2020

          January 9, 2020 

          February 13, 2020

          March 12, 2020

          May 7, 2020

          June 11, 2020

          Board Meeting Minutes 2019

          January 10, 2019

          February 21, 2019

          March 14, 2019

          April 11, 2019

          May 7, 2019 Budget Hearing | May 7, 2019 Meeting

          June 13, 2019

          July 11, 2019

          August 8, 2019

          September 12, 2019

          October 10, 2019

          November 14, 2019

          December 12, 2019

          Board Meeting Minutes 2018

          January 11, 2018

          February 8, 2018

          March 8, 2018

          April 12, 2018 

          May 3, 2018 (Budget Hearing)

          May 3, 2018

          June 14, 2018

          July 12, 2018

          August 9, 2018

          September 20, 2018 

          October 11, 2018 

          November 8, 2018

          December 13, 2018

          Board Meeting Minutes 2017

          January 12, 2017

          February 14, 2017

          March 9, 2017

          April 13, 2017

          May 4, 2017 – Budget Hearing

          May 4, 2017

          June 8, 2017

          June 20, 2017 – Special Meeting

          July 13, 2017

          August 10, 2017

          September 14, 2017

          October 12, 2017

          November 9, 2017

          December 14, 2017

          Board Meeting Minutes 2016
          January 14, 2016
          February 11, 2016
          February 25, 2016 – Special Meeting
          March 10, 2016
          April 14, 2016
          May 5, 2016 – Budget Hearing
          May 5, 2016
          May 23, 2016 – Special Meeting
          June 9, 2016
          July 14, 2016

          August 11, 2016 
          September 8, 2016
          October 13, 2016
          November 10, 2016
          November 10, 2016 – Addendum  
          December 8, 2016
          Board Meeting Minutes 2015
          January 8, 2015
          February 12, 2015
          March 12, 2015
          April 2, 2015
          May 7, 2015 – Budget Hearing
          May 9, 2015
          June 11, 2015
          July 29, 2015
          August 17, 2015
          September 10, 2015
          October 8, 2015
          November 12, 2015
          December 10, 2015
          Board Meeting Minutes 2014
          January 9, 2014
          February 20, 2014
          March 11, 2014
          April 8, 2014
          May 8, 2014
          June 17, 2014
          July 10, 2014
          September 11, 2014
          October 2, 2014
          November 11, 2014
          December 18, 2014
          By-Laws of the NRPL Board of Trustees

          BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
          NEW ROCHELLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

          Article I – NAME
          1. This organization is and shall be known as the New Rochelle Public Library existing by virtue of the provisions in the Charter Number 813 granted by the University of the State of New York on July 5, 1894, as amended September 25, 1980 and as amended March 25, 2003, and exercising the power and authority and assuming the responsibilities delegated to it under the said Charter.
           
          Article II – MANAGEMENT
          1. The business and affairs of the New Rochelle Public Library shall be managed and conducted in a manner consistent with the laws and policies that have been established by a Board of Trustees which shall be seven in number and elected by the voters of the City of New Rochelle School District in accordance with the Amendments to the Library Charter approved by the Regents on March 25, 2003.
          2. The term of elected members of the Board of Trustees shall begin on July 1 following the election and end on June 30th of the fifth year of service. The term of members of the Board of Trustees appointed by the Board of Education prior to July 1, 2003, shall end on June 30th of the fifth year of their term.
          3. If a vacancy occurs for reasons other than expiration of term, a majority of the remaining Trustees will determine whether to leave the vacancy open until the next Library election, call for a special election to elect a Trustee to fill the vacancy, or appoint a qualified person until the next election.
          4. Any trustee who shall fail to attend three consecutive regular meetings of the Board and shall fail to present an excuse satisfactory to a majority of the Board at or before its next regular meeting, shall, upon resolution of a majority of the Board and upon five days notice mailed to him/her, be deemed to have resigned as a Trustee.
           
          Article III – OFFICERS
          1. The Officers of the Board of Trustees shall be elected at the Annual Meeting or first regular meeting each year and they shall be a President, Vice President, and a Secretary, elected from among the Board of Trustees.
          2. Officers shall serve a term of one year from the Annual Meeting at which they are elected and until their successors are duly elected. Tenure of the President, Vice President and Secretary of the Board shall be limited to three consecutive full terms of one year each.
          3. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board, authorize calls for any special meetings, appoint all committees, execute all documents authorized by the Board, serve as ex-officio voting member of all committees, and generally perform all duties associated  with that office.
          4. The Vice President shall preside at meetings of the Board in the absence of the President, and shall perform such other duties as are generally associated with that office.
          5. The Secretary shall keep a true and accurate record of all meetings of the Board, shall issue or cause to be issued notice of all regular and special meetings, and shall perform such other duties as are generally associated with that office.
          6. In addition to the foregoing duties, each officer shall have additional powers and duties as may be conferred upon him/her from time to time by the Board.
          7. An officer may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of four Trustees at any regular or special meeting of the Board.
           
          Article IV – MEETINGS
          1. The  regular  meeting  of  the  Board  shall  be  held  on  the second  Thursday  of each month, except that the July and/or  August  meeting(s)  may be canceled  at the discretion  of  the  Board.  Written  notice  thereof  shall  be sent  to  all Trustees  by  the Secretary  not  less than five  days or more  than  ten days prior  to such  regular meeting.  The Board  may meet   on shorter notice or on a different  date  if every absent  Trustee  waives  notice  in writing  or  by  telephone.
          2. Special meetings may be called by the Secretary at the direction of the President, or at the request of a least three of the Trustees, for the transaction of business as stated in the call for the special meeting. Notice requirements for a special meeting shall be the same as for a regular meeting.
          3. A quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting shall consist of a majority of the entire Board, who shall be present in person. In the absence of a quorum, the Trustees present may adjourn the meeting to a date determined, and written notice thereof shall be sent to all Trustees.
          4. The Director shall attend all meetings, may participate in the discussion, and offer professional advice, but is denied a vote on any question.
           
          Article V – COMMITTEES
          1. The President shall appoint such committees as the business of the Board may require from time to time. These committees shall consist of one or more members whose terms shall expire on June 30th of each year.
          2. When appropriate each committee shall make a progress report to the Board at its meetings. No committee shall have other than advisory powers unless the Board has delegated specific power to act upon its behalf pending a subsequent meeting of the Board for confirmation.
           
          Article VI – DIRECTOR
          1. The Board shall appoint a qualified Library Director who shall be the executive and administrative officer of the Library on behalf of the Board and under its review and direction.
          2. The Director shall report to the Board the appointments and promotions and specify the duties of the Library employees, and such appointments and promotions shall be in accordance with all applicable civil service regulations and contractual obligations.
          3. The Director shall assist the Board in any collective bargaining negotiations with representatives of employees and may recommend the form and substance of agreement for action by the Board.
          4. All communications from the staff to the Board of Trustees shall be transmitted through the Director, who shall have the right of recommendation prior to consideration by the Board of Trustees. The Director shall not arbitrarily withhold such communication and the employee may address a copy for information to the Secretary of the Board.
          5. The Director shall submit monthly and annual reports of the work of the Library, and perform such other duties as the Board shall direct.
          6. The Director is responsible for the proper direction and supervision of the staff, for the care and maintenance of library property, for an adequate and proper selection of books in keeping with the stated policy of the Board, for the efficiency of service to the public, for preparation of the budget, and for operation of the library within the final budgeted appropriation.
           
          Article VII – MISCELLANEOUS
          1. All vouchers submitted to the School District Treasurer shall be certified by the Library Director and counter signed by any two Trustees.
          2. The Board shall hold in trust and manage all library property; develop policies under which the library shall be operated; shall annually determine the budget to be submitted to the voters of the City School District of New Rochelle as required by law; determine   the number of employees and their classifications, fix their salaries and retain them   during its pleasure in accordance with all applicable civil service regulations and contractual obligations.
          3. Any employee of the library against whom charges have been preferred shall have the right to a hearing in accordance with Disciplinary Procedures set forth in the CSEA contract.
          4. No individual member of the Board has authority to issue orders for or in the name of the Board, unless especially empowered to do so by a majority of the Board.
           
          Article VIII – AMENDMENTS
          1. The Board may amend these by-laws by a majority vote of all members provided notice of the amendment has been sent or delivered to each member of the Board thirty days prior to the meeting.
          Amended and adopted by NRPL Board of Trustees on September 11, 2003

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          Public Statements from the Board of Trustees
          Physical Conditions Assessment of NRPL and HCL Presentation – October 8, 2020 – view here.
          Statement by the NRPL Board of Trustees: June 29, 2020

          The New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees joins with the Westchester Library System in condemning both the recent violence and the systemic injustice against Black people and people of color in the United States. We are committed to anti-racist practice and will use our skills and resources to advance the production of knowledge for social justice. We stand in solidarity with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Read their statement here.   

          The Board also supports the Action Statement of the New York Library Association and New York Black Librarians Caucus, view here.

          Statement from New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees President Diedra Gray Clark at the City of New Rochelle’s Planning Board Meeting on October 24, 2019. 

          The New Rochelle Library Board of Trustees will be attending this meeting to voice their concerns about the impact of the 11 Lawton Street development project on the New Rochelle Public Library. (Issued September 24, 2019)

          Statement from the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees on the Downtown Redevelopment (Issued on March, 28, 2018)

          Statement from New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees regarding Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) Request from the Hudson Valley Justice Center (“HVJC”)

          Click on these links to view PDF files of the documents:

          FOIL Request from the Hudson Valley Justice Center

          Response from the NRPL Board of Trustees:

          Part 1Part 2
          Part 3Part 4
          Part 5Part 6
          Part 7Part 8