Paul Pratt Memorial Library Trustees
- 6 p.m.
- 2nd Wednesday of every month
- Paul Pratt Memorial Library
35 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA 02025
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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- Elaine Breslow - Term Expires 2022
- Megan Brinzey - Term Expires 2024
- Stephen Brown - Term Expires 2023
- Carolyn Coffey - Term Expires 2023
- Brooke Jewell - Term Expires 2024
- Catherine Harvey, Chair - Term Expires 2024
- Marylou Lawrence - Term Expires 2023
- Catherine J. O'Callaghan - Term Expires 2022
- Sarah Pease - Term Expires 2022
The Paul Pratt Memorial Library has nine trustees whom are elected for staggered, three-year terms. The Library Trustees meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the library, all meetings are open to the public. The trustees are not only advocates for Cohasset's public library, but are also responsible for the oversight of the library's operations, establishing policies and plans, and determining the library's annual budget.
The Mission of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library is to serve as a gateway to knowledge, a stimulant to creative imagination, and a resource for the entire community.
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 the Cohasset Library for its generous financial support.
The Paul Pratt Memorial Library Trustees may be contacted through the through the Selectmen's Office at 781-383-4105.