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Boston Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. at the Central Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.

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Discussion Topics

  1. Agenda

    I.    Chair’s Report

    Priscilla H. Douglas, Chair

    A.    Call to Order

    1.    Acknowledge EDI statement

    2.    Roll Call 

    3.    Review and Approval of Minutes for the Trustees Meetings

    B.    Welcome Remarks

    1.    Trustees/Committees Updates

    2.    Key Collaborations

    II.    President’s Report

    David Leonard, President 

    A.    Invited Guest: Jose Masso, Chief of Human Services for City of Boston 

    B.    Highlights/Challenges

    1.    NABB Award for BPL

    2.    Shattuck Award 

    C.    West End Branch Library update

    D.    Management Discussion & Analysis Report

    III.    Trustees Finance and Audit Committee

    Evelyn Arana-Ortiz, Committee Chair                                                                                                                   Emily Tokarczyk, Chief Financial Officer 

    A.    Approval of Boston Public Library Draft Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    VOTED:  “that, the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston approve the Boston Public Library’s Draft Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2023.”

    IV.    Trustees Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Advisory Committee

    Evelyn Arana-Ortiz, Committee Chair

    A.    Program Grant Selections for FY24

    V.    New Business

    VI.    Public Comment

    “Please sign up for public comment the first 30 minutes of the meeting to support effective time management. On occasion, additional public comments on matters formally on the agenda may be allowed at the discretion of the Chair, and time allowing. Members of the public are also reminded that comments may alternatively be submitted in writing to the Clerk of the Board for distribution to the Trustees.”

    VII.    Adjournment

    Priscilla H. Douglas, Chair

    *Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Honan-Allston Branch 

    Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston

    Priscilla H. Douglas, Chair; Evelyn Arana Ortiz, Vice Chair,

    Jabari Asim, Navjeet Bal, Joe Berman, Ben Bradlee Jr, Cheryl Cronin, 

    Linda Dorcena Forry, John Hailer, Jeff Hawkins, Jose C. Masso III, 

    Senator Mike Rush, Representative Chynah Tyler, Christian Westra, and Lynn Perry Wooten

    President, David Leonard

    Clerk of the Board, Pamela R. Carver

    This is an open meeting.  

    The public is welcome to attend. 

    In-person: Must enter via 230 Dartmouth Street Entrance before 9:00 a.m.

    Entry not permitted before 8:15a.m.


    Call in: 1 646 558 8656, 1 301 715 8592, or 1 312 626 6799 

    Webinar ID: 885 9401 5184

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