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Trustee Alternates Wanted

The Barrington Public Library is seeking interested townspeople to become a part of our Library Board of Trustees.
Board of TrusteesAre you eager to help the Library? Would you like to be a part of shaping library policies and planning for the future? If so, consider joining the Library Board of Trustees as an alternate Trustee member.
For more information contact current Board Chair Leigh Elliott (
This is a great group of people who are volunteering time to make sure the Library stays a vibrant and active part of the community. We would love to tell you more about the Board and have you attend a meeting or two to see if this might be a good “fit” for you!

Library Trustees & Alternates

The Governing Body of the Library

The Trustees meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM at the Library.
Meetings are always open to the public.
Any cancellations will be posted on the Library's calendar.
Interested in becoming a Trustee? Have a question for the Board?
Contact Board Chair, Leigh Elliott at

View Trustee Bylaws: Click Here

Leigh Elliott PhotoLeigh Elliott - Trustee Chair
Term Ends - 2022

Leigh is a lifelong Seacoast New Hampshire resident and has resided in Barrington since 2009. Leigh has served on the Library Board of Trustees since 2014 beginning as an Alternate and then board Secretary for 3 years, Vice Chair and now as Chair. Leigh works full time helping to educate people on the importance of having Long Term Care insurance. Leigh also serves on the Barrington Library Foundation Board and is actively involved in the campaign to raise funding and support for a new library. 
Leigh enjoys spending time with her family and loves to knit and bake bread. She is also a member of the Barrington Community Garden. Leigh believes that the library is the beating heart of every town. Leigh believes that the library is much more than books: it’s a place to learn that serves everyone no matter class or creed and is a place to connect with friends and members of the community. 
 Karen Towne PhotoKaren Towne - Trustee Vice Chair
 Term Ends - 2024

 Karen is a NH native who moved to Barrington in 2012 with her husband of 46  years. They designed and built a solar, energy efficient retirement home on Ayers Lake. Karen has two adult children. She earned a BS in Nursing from UNH and worked for 40 years as a labor and delivery nurse, educator, and clinical leader in the Obstetric setting. She has volunteered for schools, Dover Adult Learning, Eye Care Clinics in Nicaragua and the Peace Corps.
Since moving to Barrington, Karen has volunteered for End 68 Hours of Hunger, served as a member of the Community Library Leadership Team and now as a Board Member of the Barrington Library Foundation. Through this work she has experienced the Barrington community’s spirit and generosity.
Karen is an avid reader, creative fiction writer, hiker, kayaker, gardener, world traveler and enthusiastic grandparent to four grandchildren. She values the services the Barrington Library and its staff bring to citizens of all ages. 
As a trustee, Karen will work to ensure that classes, lectures and multiple services continue to meet the town’s demands. Karen has pledged to the new Barrington Library and Community Center as a legacy gift and voted in favor of the building.
Susan Frankel Photo Susan Frankel - Trustee Treasurer
 Term Ends - 2024

 Susan has lived in Barrington since 1981. For nearly 25 years she worked as research consultant evaluating formal and informal educationally-related programs. Susan has an advanced degree in Sociology. Her interests include supporting the library as it continues to provide access to high quality information, foster community connections, and meet the needs of community members of all ages.
Karolina Bodner PhotoKarolina Bodner - Trustee Secretary
Term Ends - 2023

Karolina grew up in Manchester, NH in a Polish family. She has lived in Barrington for many years, and was a teacher in Somersworth for over thirty years. She was one of the founders of the International Children’s Festival in Somersworth.
Robert Drew Photo Robert Drew - Trustee
 Term Ends - 2022

Robert's family moved back to Barrington when he was a baby and he attended all 8 years of elementary school in the now-closed old school/town office building.  A few months after graduating from Spaulding High, he enlisted in the US Army for three years. After a 2 year break he re-enlisted and retired after a 21 year career. While on active duty he completed an AS and BS degree in Business. After retirement from the Army he completed his Master's degree. He then started a second career as a self employed insurance broker.  After spending 14 years living in Utah where he stills owns a home, he returned to Barrington to help care for his parents and to be closer to his 4 children and now 5 grandchildren. He has always been an avid reader and collector of books and does not believe that technology will totally replace libraries or independent book stores. One of his hobbies is collecting and researching US and world paper money and the financial documents relating to the funding of the Civil War and World War II. 

Lydia Cupp PhotoLydia Cupp - Trustee
Term Ends - 2024

Lydia Cupp has been a resident in Barrington NH for over 25 years. She is employed by the Oyster River Cooperative School District as a special education teacher. She has been actively involved in the library since moving to Barrington. Her first involvement was getting a library card and having her 3 children involved in the various programs at the library. She then became a member of the Friends of the Library and eventually became an officer. Lydia has held the office of recording secretary, vice president, and president of the group. Lydia’s interests include gardening (she is also a Barrington Bloomer), travel, reading, church activities, and spending time with her family. She has a great affection for the Barrington Library.

Library Trustee Meeting Minutes

Past minutes can be viewed at the Library upon request at the circulation desk. They are housed in the Library Director's office and staff will be happy to get the binders for you. They must be reviewed in-house and copies may be made as needed for .10 cents per page. Click the links below for the full documents in PDF format.
You can get the most current PDF Reader Here.


November 16th, 2021 DRAFT 

November 9th, 2021 Special Meeting DRAFT

October 19th, 2021 DRAFT

September 21st, 2021

August 17th, 2021

July 27th, 2021

June 15th, 2021

June 9th, 2021 Special Meeting

May 11th, 2021

May 3rd, 2021 Special Meeting DRAFT

April 13th, 2021

March 9th, 2021

February 9th, 2021

January 12th, 2021

January 5th, 2021 Director Eval.

January 2nd, 2021 Director Eval.

December 27th, 2020 Director Eval. 

December 27th, 2020

December 15th, 2020

December 12th, 2020 Director Eval.

November 17th, 2020

October 27th, 2020