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. View a timeline of those serving on the BDL Board since our inception in 1991.

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Board Members

  • Benjamin Jewell, President
    Representing the City of Coldwater
    Began Serving: 1/1/2014
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2025
    JewellB@BranchDistrictLibrary.org
     
  • Susan Smith, Vice President
    Representing Quincy Twp.
    Began Serving: 7/9/2019
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2025
    SmithS@BranchDistrictLibrary.org
     
  • Martha Watson, Secretary
    Representing the City of Coldwater
    Began Serving: 1/1/2013
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2023
    WatsonM@BranchDistrictLibrary.org
     
  • Susan Brooks, Trustee
    Representing the County-at-Large
    Began Serving: 9/17/2018
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2024
    BrooksS@BranchDistrictLibrary.org
     
  • Kimberly Langworthy, Trustee
    Representing the County-at-large
    Began Serving: 2/28/2018
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2023
    LangworthyK@BranchDistrictLibrary.org
     
  • Karen Smith, Trustee
    Representing Bronson Twp.
    Began Serving: 7/9/2019
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2025
    SmithK@BranchDistrictLibrary.org
     
  • [VACANT], Trustee
    Representing Union Twp.
    Began Serving:
    Current Term Expires: 12/31/2025
     


Committee Assignments

  • Building Committee
    • Benjamin Jewell
    • Kimberly Langworthy
    • [vacant]
    • Carole Bolton (Coldwater Branch Advisory Board)
  • Finance Committee
    • Susan Brooks
    • Kimberly Langworthy
    • Karen Smith
  • Personnel Committee
    • Susan Brooks
    • Benjamin Jewell
    • Susan Smith
  • Public Services Committee
    • Susan Brooks
    • Sue Smith
    • [vacant]
  • Ad-Hoc/Bylaws Committee
    • Susan Brooks
    • Benjamin Jewell
    • [vacant]


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 fill out and return this form to 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.