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Trustees of the Needham Free Public Library

The Trustees of the Needham Free Public Library consists of seven elected community members who collaborate with the Library Director to determine  policy, oversee the Library’s financial health, develop long-range strategic goals, and conduct outreach to the community, among other duties described in the Trustee Bylaws.

The Trustees meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month for approximately two hours beginning at 7:00 p.m.  In addition to attending monthly meetings to discuss policy and Library finances, Trustees communicate with the Needham public about the Library’s many services and may be asked to  participate in subcommittees or advisory groups, take on an officer position on the board or provide leadership for organizing cultural events such as art exhibits and speaker series.  


  • Second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., Needham Free Public Library
  • Trustees of the Needham Free Public Library recorded meetings on Youtube.
  • Trustees of the Needham Free Public Library Minutes on the Town of Needham website.


The elected board of trustees consisting of seven members:

  • Erhardt Graeff, Chair
  • Robert Petitt, Vice Chair
  • Michael O’Neal, Secretary
  • Kathleen Cahill
  • Jay M. Fialkov
  • Joshua Small
  • Meghan Small

Responsibilities of the Trustees of the Needham Free Public Library

  • Determine Library policies in consultation with the Library Director.
  • Adopt Trustee Bylaws for board procedures.
  • Attend and participate in all regular meetings.
  • Review reports; solicit information; obtains feedback from the community and personally uses the Library.
  • Advise the Director in preparation of the library budget.
  • Analyze the community and considers the strengths and the weaknesses of Library service.
  • Approve goals, adopts both short and long-range plans for Library growth.
  • Actively support a budget for adequate Library funding.
  • Keep informed of the financial status, funding sources, and needs of the Library.
  • Undertake special fundraising programs to raise money for the Library.
  • Read trustee materials and Library-related publications.
  • Provide planned orientation for new Trustees.
  • Attend local, state, and national trustee or Library-related meetings whenever possible.