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Staff & Trustees

Photo of all Needham Public Library Staff

Library Staff

  • Erin Bassett, Reference Librarian/Young Adult Specialist
  • Robin Flynn, Reference Librarian/ Digital Media Specialist
  • Veronica McCarthy, Children’s Librarian
  • Karen Donaghey, Library Assistant
  • Lu-Ann Caron-Leslie, Library Assistant
  • Carolin Davis, Assistant Children’s Librarian
  • Manni LaCount, Assistant Cataloger

Contact the Circulation Department or reach them by phone: 781-455-7559, ext. 0

Contact the Reference Department or reach them by phone: 781-455-7559, ext. 502

Contact the Children’s Department or reach them by phone: 781-455-7559 option 507



  • 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
  • Needham Free Public Library

Needham Free Public Library Board of Trustees recorded meetings on Youtube.


The Library is governed by an elected board of trustees consisting of seven members:

  • Robert A Petitt, Chair (term expires 2022)
  • Kay Cahill, Vice-Chair (term expires 2022)
  • Anna Giraldo-Kerr, Secretary (term expires 2024)
  • Carol J. Thomas, (term expires 2023)
  • Thomas M. Harkins, (term expires 2023)
  • Jay M. Fialkov (term expires 2024)
  • Rick Hardy, (term expires 2023)


  • Adopts bylaws (PDF) for board procedures
  • Attends and participates in all regular meetings
  • Reviews reports; solicit information; obtains feedback from the community and personally uses the library
  • Analyzes the community and considers the strengths and the weaknesses of library service
  • Approves goals, adopts both short and long-range plans for library growth
  • Actively supports a budget for adequate library funding
  • Keeps informed of the financial status, funding sources, and needs of the library
  • Undertakes special fundraising programs to raise money for the library
  • Reads trustee materials and library-related publications
  • Sees that new trustees have planned orientation
  • Attends local, state, and national trustee or library-related meetings whenever possible