Meet the Trustees

Regular Meetings


  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Wednesday of every month
  • Paul Pratt Memorial Library
    35 Ripley Road
    Cohasset, MA

Members

  • Carolyn Coffey, Chair
    Since 2011
  • Elaine Breslow
    Since 2016
  • Stephen Brown
    Since 2014
  • Lynne Degiacomo
    Since 2012
  • David Dwyer 
    Since 2015
  • Marylou Lawrence
    Since 2008
  • Agnes McCann
    Since 1984
  • Catherine O'Callaghan
    Since 2017
  • Sarah R. Pease
    Since 1995
Terms
There are nine Trustees of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library, elected for staggered, three-year terms.

Responsibilities
The Trustees are not only advocates for Cohasset’s public library, but are responsible for overseeing the library’s operations, establishing policies and plans, and determining the library’s budget. The Trustees meet every month on the second Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and are held at the library.

Current Projects

The Trustees have been thrilled with the response to moving the library from its 100-year home on South Main Street to its current location in the renovated Joseph Osgood School back in 2003. Use of the library has increased tremendously as more and more people come for reasons other than simply finding a good book: terrific children's and adult programming, computer availability, meeting room space; answers to technology questions and just the need for a quiet corner to work are all reasons for the growth in library usage. This growth is not without challenges though, as the Trustees seek to maintain the current building and plan for optimal future use.

To that end, the Trustees established a number of goals during a 5-year strategic planning exercise in 2016. Over 50 members of the community and staff were interviewed to identify what we do well and what needs to be addressed. Chief among the desires was more parking--or better access into the library from the available parking behind the building. More and larger meeting rooms spaces, as well as more public gathering space, would relieve pressure on the existing rooms. The Trustees and staff will seek to advance these ideas and others in the coming years as town support permits. In the meantime, we will maintain and improve the offerings and physical space that your library can provide as best we are able. Please share your thoughts!

Principles
The Board of Trustees endorses in general principle the “Freedom to Read” and “Library Bill of Rights” statements of the American Library Association.