Library Board Trustees & Meetings

The Library Board makes sure that library services are delivered efficiently and effectively—with an eye to the future. Board Trustees are volunteers from the community who are appointed by City Council after a competitive selection process. Board members serve a four-year term.

Photo (l-r): Shawna Stolte, Catharine Benzie, Jennifer Tarnawski, Bianca Tse, Brian Kenny, Lindsay Zalot, Nawaz Noormohamed. Absent: Jason Manayathu

2019-2022 Trustees

Catharine Benzie, Chair

Jennifer Tarnawski, Vice Chair

Brian Kenny

Jason Manayathu

Nawaz Noormohamed

Councillor Shawna Stolte

Bianca Tse (to Jan 31)

Lindsay Zalot

Under the Public Libraries Act, the Board:

  • provides a comprehensive and efficient public library service that reflects the community’s needs;
  • employs and evaluates the ongoing performance of the Chief Executive Officer;
  • determines and adopts written policies to govern the operation and programs of the library;
  • establishes and monitors long range goals and objectives for Burlington Public Library;
  • understands the library’s programs and needs of the community in relation to the library;
  • works with the Chief Executive Officer to prepare a budget adequate to carry out the library’s goals and objectives and presents this budget to City Council;
  • is aware of local and other laws that affect libraries and play an active role in initiating and supporting beneficial library legislation;
  • adheres to the Public Libraries Act, its regulations, and legislation;
  • members attend all Board meetings, and committee meetings as assigned. Attends outside meetings, workshops for trustees, and community events;
  • makes sure accurate public records concerning finances, property, and annual reports are on file at the library and with appropriate local, provincial, or national bodies;
  • may interact with provincial library agencies. Reports regularly to governing officials and the general public.
  • promotes and advocates the value of public libraries in the Burlington community.

Thu January 16 | Location: Central, Frank Rose Room

Thu February 20 | Location: Central, Frank Rose Room

Thu March 19 | via conference call

Wed April 16 | Location: Aldershot, Program Room

Thu May 21 | Location: Alton, Program Room

Thu June 18 | Location: Brant Hills, program room

Thu September 17 | Location: Tansley Woods, program room

Thu October 15 | Location: New Appleby, program room

Thu November 19 | Location: Central, Frank Rose Room

Thu December 17 | Location: Central, Frank Rose Room

All meetings start at 6.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and watch the proceedings.

March 30 2020 Agenda -  Items in Closed Session may be attended by Library Board members only

March 19 2020 Agenda

February 20 2020 Agenda |

January 16 2020 Agenda | January 16 2020 Minutes