Trustee Vacancies

As reported to the Select Board in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter, 41, section 11, the Board of Library Trustees has announced the resignation of Trustees Puja Mehta and Vivien Goldman, effective immediately.

The law mandates that the Library Trustees and the Select Board act jointly to fill the vacancies until the next annual town election, which will take place in May 2021. For the purpose of considering candidates to fill the vacancies, the Trustees and the Board are publicly soliciting candidates.

Interested persons should submit a letter and their resume to the Board of Library Trustees by e-mail to or by regular mail at 361 Washington Street, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445 no later than December 10, 2020.

Interested candidates must be registered voters of the town, and must state whether, if appointed, they would run for the remainder of Ms. Goldman’s and Ms. Mehta’s terms (three years and one year, respectively). It is expected that the joint boards will interview candidates and fill the vacancy at a Joint Convention to be held on January 12, 2021.

For more information on the responsibilities of a Library Trustee, please see this helpful Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners resource.


Trustee Search Committee
Board of Library Trustees
Brookline Public Library


The Board of Trustees consists of 12 local residents who are elected to three-year terms of office. Each year, four Trustees are elected to the Board. Working closely with the Director of the Library, the Trustees provide oversight of the library budget, its services, and its policies.

Board Members

Regina Healy, Chair (term expires in 2021)

  • Carol Axelrod, Vice Chair (2021)
  • Michael A. Burstein (2022)
  • Chris Chanyasulkit (2020)
  • Gary Jones (2020)
  • Karen Livingston (2020)
  • Jonathan J. Margolis (2020)
  • Koinonia Martin-Page, Secretary (2022)
  • Carol Troyen Lohe, Treasurer (2021)
  • Judith Vanderkay (2022)
  • Sara F. Slymon, Library Director


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Library Strategic & Action Plans

The Public Library of Brookline’s Strategic Plan for FY18-22, as well as the FY19 Action Plan, was approved by the Trustees and accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in February 2017. The Action Plan outlines the Library’s major projects, goals, and activities for the upcoming year.

FY18-22 Strategic Plan
FY20 Action Plan
FY19 Action Plan
FY18 Action Plan

Public Library of Brookline Reopening Plan 2020 (COVID-19)

The Public Library of Brookline Reopening Plan was approved by the Trustees in June 2020.


Meetings take place every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. They are held in the Trustees’ Room of the library at 361 Washington Street unless otherwise noted.

Meeting Minutes

The Library’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

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