Town of Cumberland, RI
Providence County
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[Ord. of 8-12-1971, § 1]
There is established and founded for the Town and for all the inhabitants thereof a free public library to be known as the Cumberland Public Library. Such library may include such facilities and branches throughout the Town as may be determined by the board of trustees.
[Ord. of 8-12-1971, §§ 2, 3, 6, 7]
Upon establishment of the public library, the Town Council shall elect the original board of trustees of the public library, which shall consist of seven members, residents of the Town, known for their civic dedication and known to be devoted to the public library as an educational institution. As soon as possible after the election of the original board, the members thereof shall meet and divide themselves by lot into three groups. The terms of office of the original members of the three groups shall be staggered. With the expiration of the term of office of any member, the vacancy shall be filled by the Town Council for the term of three years. Vacancies occurring by resignation, removal, death or otherwise shall be filled as provided in this section for the unexpired term thereof. The members of the board of trustees shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for their expenses.
The board of trustees of the public library shall take possession of the entire assets of the Arnold Mills Public Library, the Sherman LeClerc Public Library and the Valley Falls Public Library and shall be the legal guardians and custodians of the libraries. They shall provide suitable rooms for the library, arrange for the proper care and maintenance of the library, appoint a director of the public library and such other competent persons as librarians as they may deem necessary and fix their compensation and make all needful rules and regulations for the government of the library and the use of the books, provided that no fee for the use of the books shall ever be exacted.
The board of trustees shall be charged with all duties imposed by law, including but not limited to the duties of executing the terms of the trust, acting with good faith and using reasonable care and diligence in the execution of the trust.
A trustee may be removed by the Town Council for good cause shown, after a trustee has been notified by the Town Council in writing of the causes for his removal. Not more than 10 days after notice has been given, a trustee may request a public hearing before the Town Council at which the trustee shall be offered the opportunity to respond and present evidence and argument on all issues involved.
[Ord. of 8-12-1971, § 4 ]
The person appointed as director of the library shall be a graduate of a school of library science, accredited by the American Library Association, and shall have administrative experience in a public library and shall have such other qualifications as the board of trustees may determine.
The board of trustees may appoint such other librarians, assistants and employees as it may deem necessary within the appropriation available therefor and shall affix and determine their qualifications and duties.
[Ord. of 8-12-1971, § 5]
The board of trustees of the public library may expend the income of all funds belonging to the library and such funds as may from time to time be appropriated by the Town Council, for the purpose of the maintenance, operating expenses and expansion of such library and for land, buildings and capital improvements for such library. The Town treasurer shall pay, within the limits of the appropriations and other library funds in the hands of the board of trustees, all bills properly certified by the trustees.