Board of Trustees

The Red Hook Public Library Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted, at Red Hook Public Library. Meeting times are listed at the bottom of this page. All meetings are open to the public.

During the coronavirus crisis board meetings are being held virtually at 7pm. Watch this space for information on how to log on, or contact Dawn at: director@redhooklibrary.org

Transcripts of virtual meeting minutes available upon request.


Board of Trustees:

Joshua Bardfield (Treasurer)
Cecilia Cortina (Trustee)
Sally Dwyer-McNulty (Secretary)
Beth Goldberg (Trustee)
Amy Husten (Trustee)
Donald O’Shea (President)

You may contact the Library’s Board of Trustees directly via: don.trustee@redhooklibrary.org

The Red Hook Public Library Board of Trustees works with and supports the library staff and director in developing long-range plans and goals for library services.

The trustees participate actively in a wide variety of activities in support of the Red Hook Public Library. The responsibilities include:

  • Policy Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Financial development and funds development (budget)
  • Public relations

Board Search:

If you are interested in serving your community by becoming a Trustee of Red Hook Public Library, please fill out this application and email it to: director@redhooklibrary.org

A trustee must be willing and able to devote the necessary time to carry out responsibilities as a board member. This includes preparation and attendance at monthly meetings, planning sessions, attendance at a Trustee Essential workshop provided by Mid-Hudson Library System, committee meetings, and other library and community events as required, as well as participating in ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the library.

Preferable skill sets to become a member include:

  • Strong general level of awareness of the community the library serves.
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn about the opportunities and challenges faced by a public library and its funding and budget process.
  • Appropriate communication skills and the willingness and ability to represent the library in the community.
  • Readiness and ability to contribute and actively participate in Board initiatives.
  • Ability to function in a collaborative environment with many key stakeholders and community partners.
  • Commitment to ongoing personal growth and development as a Board member.

A potential trustee must be a resident of the Red Hook School District, have a background, education, or experience in any of the areas of responsibilities mentioned.

Searching for a new Board member may be done by word of mouth, articles or advertisements in the local newspaper, networking in person, or on the Internet. There is always an open invitation to sit in and observe Board meetings. Any potential candidate is encouraged to observe Board process prior to the appointment to gain a better understanding of how the library Board works.

The candidate will fill out a three-question application and attend a Board meeting. At the Board meeting the candidate will be interviewed by the entire current Board. An appointment to a vacancy is done by the Village of Red Hook Board of Trustees, based on a recommendation from the Red Hook Public Library Board of Trustees.

Once appointed, a trustee serves on the Board for a period of five years.


2021 Trustee Meeting Schedule:

January 7th – Financial Committee – Virtual at 7pm.

January 21st – General meeting – Virtual at 7pm. View the meeting agenda here, and minutes here.

January 28th – Financial Planning – Virtual at 7pm.

February 9th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm.

February 18th – General meeting – Virtual at 7pm. View the meeting agenda here, and minutes here.

March 9th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm.

March 18th – General meeting – Virtual at 7pm. View the meeting agenda here, and minutes here.

March 23rd – Fundraising Committee – Virtual at 7:30pm.

April 7th – Board Development Committee – Virtual at 7pm.

April 13th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm.

April 15th – Fundraising Committee – Virtual at 6pm.

April 15th – General meeting – Virtual at 7pm. View the meeting agenda here, and minutes here.

April 22nd – Fundraising Committee – Virtual at 7pm.

May 11th – Fundraising Committee – Virtual at 7:30pm. Cancelled.

May 18 – Fundraising Committee – 7:30pm at RHPL.

May 20th – General meeting – Virtual at 7pm. View the meeting agenda here, and minutes here.

June 8th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm.

June 17th – General meeting – virtual at 7 pm. Please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link.

June 29th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm. Contact assistant@redhooklibrary.org for link.

July 15th – General meeting

August 19th – General meeting

September 16th – General meeting

October 21st – General meeting

November 18th – General meeting

December 16th – General meeting