Duxbury Free Library
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Duxbury, Massachusetts 02332
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ARTICLE I: Name and Purpose

The Library shall be known as the Duxbury Free Library, and its purpose shall be to operate and maintain a public library in the Town of Duxbury.

ARTICLE II: Trustees

Section 1. Trustees. The Board of Trustees of the Duxbury Free Library shall constitute six members. Each member shall serve a three-year term of office, the term of office of two members expiring each year.

Section 2. Resignations. Any trustee may resign by written notice filed with the Chairman or Secretary, and the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Duxbury. The Selectmen and the Board of Trustees of the Duxbury Free Library shall fill any vacancies of a term.

ARTICLE III: Officers and Duties

Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Board of Trustees shall be a Chairman, a Vice Chairman and a Secretary, elected by the Board at the Annual Meeting of each year.

Section 2. Chairman. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Trustees and shall perform such duties as the Board of Trustees may from time to time designate.

Section 3. Vice Chairman. The Vice Chairman shall serve as Chairman in the absence of the Chairman and shall perform such duties as the Board of Trustees may from time to time designate.

Section 4. Secretary. The Secretary shall serve as Chairman in the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman. The Secretary shall have such powers and perform such duties as the Board of Trustees may from time to time designate.

ARTICLE IV: Meetings

Section 1. Regular and Annual Meetings. The regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall generally be held on a monthly basis, the date to be at the discretion of the Board. The Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held at its first regular meeting following annual Town elections. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Board.

Section 2. Quorum. At all meetings of the Board of Trustees, four members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

ARTICLE V: Duties

Section 1. Annual Report. An Annual Report of the progress and functions of the Duxbury Free Library shall be presented to the Selectmen of the Town of Duxbury at the time designated by the Board of Selectmen.

Section 2. Annual Budget. The Board of Trustees shall draw up and present to the Town of Duxbury an Annual Budget for the maintenance and purposes of the Duxbury Free Library.

Section 3. General Supervision. The Trustees shall have general supervision of the care and maintenance of all properties of the Duxbury Free Library and shall have general supervision of the operation of the library and the employees, and shall regulate use and management of the Library.

ARTICLE VI: Committees

The Trustees shall appoint such Committees as they deem necessary for the welfare and purposes of the Duxbury Free Library.

ARTICLE VII: Library Director

Section 1. Appointment. The Library Director shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees. All other full time employees shall be nominated by the Library Director for affirmation by the Board and in agreement with terms set by the By-Laws of the Town of Duxbury.

Section 2. Powers. The Library Director, under the supervision of the Board of Trustees, shall have immediate charge and supervision of the Library Building and all persons employed therein, and shall be held responsible for the care and preservation of the books and other property belonging to the Library. The Library Director shall enforce the policies adopted by the Trustees.

ARTICLE VIII: Amendments

These By-laws may be amended or repealed at any annual, regular or special meeting of the Board of Trustees by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Trustees; notice of the proposed changes having been given to the members in the call for the meeting, two weeks in advance.