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Library Board of Trustees

The library is governed by a Board of Trustees, which represents all the communities in Branch County. The Board meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30pm. The Board's bylaws are available online.

You may email the entire BDL Board of Trustees, or send a message individually using the email links below.

Board Members

  • Benjamin Jewell, President, City of Coldwater
    Began Serving: 1/1/2014
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2021
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  • Susan Smith, Vice President, Quincy Twp.
    Began Serving: 1/1/2015
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2018
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  • Martha Watson, Secretary, City of Coldwater
    Began Serving: 1/1/2013
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2018
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  • Susan Brooks, County-at-Large
    Began Serving: 9/17/2018
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2020
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  • Margaret Clemens, Trustee, Bronson Twp.
    Began Serving: 5/9/2017
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2021
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  • Kimberly Langworthy, Trustee, County-at-large
    Began Serving: 2/28/2018
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2019
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  • Thomas Lowande, Trustee, Union Twp.
    Began Serving: 1/1/2018
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2021
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Committee Assignments

  • Building Committee
    • Margaret Clemens
    • Benjamin Jewell
    • Martha Watson
    • Carole Bolton
  • Finance Committee
    • Margaret Clemens
    • Benjamin Jewell
    • Susan Smith
 
  • Personnel Committee
    • Benjamin Jewell
    • Thomas Lowande
    • Martha Watson
  • Public Services Committee
    • Kimberly Langworthy
    • Thomas Lowande
    • Susan Smith
  • Technology Committee
    • Kimberly Langworthy
    • Susan Smith
    • Martha Watson

Becoming a Trustee

The Coldwater representatives to the BDL Board are appointed by the Mayor of Coldwater and the other five BDL trustees are appointed by the Branch County Board of Commissioners, with input from the other local cities, villages, and townships partnering with the library to provide library service. Any member of the community interested in becoming a BDL Trustee may contact the Coldwater Mayor or the Branch County Board of Commissioners at least a couple of months before the term of a sitting BDL Trustee comes to an end.


Meeting Minutes

All of our meeting minutes are available online.