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Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees at Rogers Free Library is searching for a new Trustee to serve on the Board effective January 2023. Terms of service for Trustees are three years with an option to renew for an additional three years. Trustees must be residents of Bristol, Rhode Island.

The role of a Trustee is to function as an advocate for, and steward of, the library.  Trustees are responsible for advancing the mission and vision of Rogers Free Library, assisting in the preparation of the annual budget, hiring and evaluating the Director, and providing general governance of the library.  As Trustees of a municipal library, we are bound by the Rhode Island Code of Ethics and the regulations of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. 

The ideal applicant is a library enthusiast, enjoys working collaboratively, and is eager to promote Rogers Free Library within the community.

Please email a letter of intent and CV to:

Closing date for applications is September 30, 2022.

Roles and Responsibilities

Fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee in a responsible manner is of the utmost importance.
In addition to attending Trustee meetings, the Trustees of this library agree to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Determine and adopt written policies to govern operations, programs, books and materials selection
  • Know programs and needs
  • Establish, support, and participate in public relations programs
  • Know state and local laws that pertain to libraries
  • Report regularly to governing officials and the public
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget
  • Work to secure adequate funding for the library
  • Employ competent directors and oversee the updating of job description

Members as of January 2022

David Swanson (Term began 2013)

Jacqueline Katz (Term began 2019)  SERVES AS CHAIR
401-256-0334 (cell)

Ruth Souto (Term began 2019)  SERVES AS VICE CHAIR
401-935-3386 (cell)

Beverly Larson (Term began 2020)

Laura A. Cabral  (Term began 2021)

Al Wroblewski (Term began 2021)

Samantha Faria (Term began 2022)


All meetings start at 6:30 pm and are held in person at Rogers Free Library.

January 13, 2022
January 20, 2022
February 17, 2022
March 17, 2022
April 21, 2022
May 19, 2022
June 16, 2022
July 21, 2022
August 18, 2022
September 15, 2022 – AGENDA
October 20, 2022
November 17, 2022
December 15, 2022

Click HERE for the Bylaws of Rogers Free Library.
Click HERE for current and draft policies.

If you have any questions please send an email to the Board of Trustees at