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.

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)

Maryelisa Blundell (President)

Cecilia Cortina (Trustee)

Sally Dwyer-McNulty (Secretary)

Beth Goldberg (Trustee)

Amy Husten (Trustee)

Donald O’Shea (Vice President)

You may contact Trustees directly via board@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

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.


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 to director@redhooklibrary.org.


2021 Trustee Meeting Schedule:

General Board meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm unless noted otherwise.

January 7th – Financial Committee – Virtual, please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link.

January 21st – General meeting – Virtual, please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link.

January 28th – Financial Planning – Virtual, please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link.

February 9th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm, please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link.

February 18th – General meeting – Virtual, please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link.

March 9th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm, please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link.

March 18th – General meeting

March 23rd – Fundraising Committee – Virtual at 7:30 pm. Please contact amy@redhooklibrary.org for link

April 7th – Board Development Committee – Virtual at 7pm. Please contact director@redhooklibrary.org for link

April 13th – Policy Committee – Virtual at 5pm. Contact assistant@redhooklibrary.org for link

April 15th – Fundraising meeting, 6pm, virtual. General meeting – 7 pm, virtual. Contact director@redhooklibrary.org

May 20th – General meeting

June 17th- General meeting

July 15th – General meeting

August 19th – General meeting

September 16th – General meeting

October 21st – General meeting

November 18th – General meeting

December 16th – General meeting