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HISTORY

The South Burlington Community Library was established in October 1971, with the goal of serving both the school district and community at large. Located in South Burlington High School, the library serves a growing and increasingly culturally diverse community in one of the largest municipalities in Vermont.

The Library operates as a joint venture of the School Board and the City Council, with oversight responsibility delegated to high school administrators and the Library trustees respectively. The citizens of South Burlington support the Library through property taxes distributed annually through two funding sources, one from the school budget and the other from the city budget.

For the first thirty years of the Library's existence, until May 2001, one professional librarian managed the Library for both the school and the community. The librarian was primarily supported by school funds, with only a small amount of dollars allocated by the City to support the role of community librarian. Effort followed funding source and the community library received less attention than the needs of the high school and its students. During the FY 01 budget process, the City Council approved the hiring of a full-time Community Librarian to better address the community's library needs.

Since the arrival of the Community Librarian, there have been numerous improvements to the Community Library. With the financial assistance of grants obtained through the Vermont Public Library foundation, the Library renovated and expanded its children's library; opened a new entrance on the North side of the building dedicated to the community; and expanded staffing and program offerings to the community, both on-site and through outreach to the city's growing senior population. These changes are consistent with renewed interest in the growth and development of the Library as a vital community resource.

On December 7, 2017 the Public Library relocated to the University Mall.

 

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OUR STAFF

 

STAFF

Susan Bliss - Adult Services Librarian
Verity Burnor - Adult Services Assistant
Charlotte Carr - Children's Assistant
Jessica Joyal - Technical Services Assistant
Kelly Kendall - Children's Librarian
David Mackey - Library Clerk
Jennifer Murray - Director
Kathryn Plageman - Circulation Librarian & Technical Services Librarian
Lois Price - Circulation Assistant
Lisette Scott - Library Clerk
Margie Vagt - Library Substitute
Susan Wargo - Library Substitute
Connor Zwonik - Library Substitute


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OUR MISSION/POLICIES
OUR MISSION

 

CHILD SAFETY POLICY

COMPUTER USE POLICY

LIBRARY USE POLICY

MEETING ROOM USAGE POLICIES & PROCEDURES

MEETING SPACE RESERVATION REQUEST FORM

PATRON CODE OF CONDUCT

RECORDS MANAGEMENT POLICY

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 WHO WE ARE
The South Burlington Public Library has a Board of Trustees whose members serve renewable terms of three years. The Board is empowered by law with the full and exclusive power to manage and control the property and affairs of Library. The Board has appointed, and works closely with, a Library Director. The Board holds regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month, typically at the Library. In addition, Trustees participate in a number of standing and special purpose committees of the Board. All meetings of the Board of Trustees and its committees are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

GET INVOLVED
We love to hear from community members interested in serving the Library. For more information, please contact the Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee here. If you’d like to speak to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, you may do so here.

 

 

SOUTH BURLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES

(as of September 1, 2018)
Trustee /Current Term Expires

Patrick Leduc (Chair) 2020
Stacey Pape (Vice Chair) 2019
Lee Freeman (Secretary) 2019
Penne Tompkins (Treasurer; Chair – Finance Committee) 2021
Diane Bugbee 2021
Mark Coel 2020
MargaretAnn Cross 2021
Linda Darlington 2020
Nancy Fawley 2021
Bonnie Finnigan (Chair – Advocacy Committee) 2020
Jay Pasackow (Chair – Fundraising Committee) 2019


 

MONTHLY MEETINGS held at the Library
on the second Thursday of each month.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

All Board and Committee meetings comply with Open Meeting Laws and are open to the public.

LIBRARY BOARD MINUTES
CURRENT AGENDA

 

MISCELLANEOUS REPORTS

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