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Paul Pratt Memorial Library
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Trustees
 
Since
Teresa Polhemus, Chair
2010
Agnes McCann
1984
Carolyn Coffey
2011
Lynne Degiacomo
2012
Rod Hobson
2005
Marylou Lawrence
2008
Sarah R. Pease
1995
Jim Sandell
2013
Patience G. Towle
1993

There are nine Trustees of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library, elected for staggered, three-year terms. Current Trustees are Agnes McCann, Chair, Carolyn Coffee, Lynne Degiacomo, Rod Hobson, Marylou Lawrence, Sarah R. Pease, Theresa Polhemus, and Patience G. Towle and Stacey V. Weaver.

The Trustees are not only advocates for Cohasset’s public library, but are responsible for overseeing the library’s operations, establishing policies and plans, and determining the library’s budget. The Trustees meet every month on the second Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public and are held at the library.

In recent years, the Trustees persuaded Town Meeting to move the library from its 100-year home on South Main Street to the renovated former elementary school on Ripley Road. A Committee of the Trustees organized a campaign that raised more than $1.1 million to add to a $1.5 million Massachusetts Library Construction grant and Cohasset appropriations of $600,000. Sale of the old library contributed another $700,000 to the project. Another Committee of the Trustees and the Library Director worked with its architect and interior designer to design and furnish the new library. In 2003, other Trustees served with staff and a representative of the Friends of the Cohasset Library on a five-year Long Range Plan for the library. Currently, the Library Director and Trustees are challenged to find funding to meet the enthusiastic Cohasset response to its new library, and are grateful to the Friends of Cohasset Library for its generous financial support.

The Board of Trustees endorses in general principle the “Freedom to Read” and “Library Bill of Rights” statements of the American Library Association.