Library Board Trustees & Meetings

group photo of seven library board members standing outside in front of central branch

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 (left to right): Shawna Stolte, Catharine Benzie, Jennifer Tarnawski, Bianca Tse, Brian Kenny, Lindsay Zalot, Nawaz Noormohamed. Absent: Jason Manayathu

Trustees, 2019 to 2022

Catharine Benzie, Chair

Jennifer Tarnawski, Vice Chair

Brian Kenny

Jason Manayathu

Nawaz Noormohamed

Councillor Shawna Stolte

Bianca Tse (to Jan 31 2020)

Lindsay Zalot

Providing governance & leadership

The work of the board requires a balance of asking big questions, exploring possibilities, engaging in real dialogue, solving problems, and offering direction. We:

  • establish policies that provide the framework for library and board operations  
  • review, authorize, and monitor short and long range plans and how they are implemented
  • together with the CEO, prepare an annual budget that balances library service needs of the community with available funding, and present to City Council
  • monitor finances and make sure the library operates on an ethical and sound financial basis
  • promote and advocate the value of public libraries in Burlington and beyond.
  • appoint the Chief Executive Officer and evaluate their performance

To represent the community and do our job well, we expect members to be well informed on Board issues, attend meetings regularly, and participate fully in Board discussions and decision-making.

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.

All meetings start at 6.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and watch the proceedings. For log in information to attend a meeting vitually by Zoom, please submit a Contact Us form and we'll be in touch. Items in Closed Session may be attended by Library Board members only.

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - Cancelled

Thursday, January 26, 2023 - Moved to February 9

Thursday, February 9 - NEW date

Thursday, February 23 - Cancelled

Thursday, March 23

Wednesday, April 27

Thursday, May 25

Thursday, June 22

Thursday, September 28

Thursday, October 26

Thursday, November 23

Thursday, December 14

Meeting Agendas & Minutes 2023

February 9, 2023 Agenda

November 24, 2022 Agenda & Minutes (to be approved in January)

Past Meetings

Agendas and Minutes for earlier years are available on request.

BPL Board By-Law

Burlington Public Library Policies

Strategic Plan (2021 to 2025)

Annual Report 2021