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Plaistow Public Library
Plaistow Public Library
85 Main Street - Plaistow, NH 03865
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Plaistow Public Library

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees regularly meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the History Room.

Changes to this schedule are announced here and on flyers posted by the main entrances.

Scheduled Meetings for 2021

  • September 25 at 9 am - joint meeting with members of the Budget Committee
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14

Please call the Library at 382-6011 if you have any questions concerning access to a meeting.


James Peck Chair:
Megan Lee Vice-Chair
Rosemarie Bayek Treasurer
Jennifer Kiarsis Secretary
Jane Query  Member-at-Large
Michelle Sykes Alternate


Minutes, 2018-21

2021 2020 2019 2018
January 12 January 14 January 15 January 9
February 9 February 18   January 11
  February 12 February 13
March 16 March (no mtg) March (no mtg) March (no mtg)
April 13 April 10 April 9 April 10
May 11 May 12 May 14 May 8
      May 15
June 8 June 9 June 11 June 12
July 13 July 14 July 9 July 10
August 17 August 18 August 6 August 7
September 14DRAFT September 15 September 10 August 21
  October 13 September 17 September 11
  November 10 October 15 October 9
  December 29 November 12 November 13
    December 10 December 11

Minutes, 2013-2017

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
January 10 January 12 January 13 January 7 Special Meeting
February 21 February 16 February 10 February 11 January 20
March (no mtg) March 15 March 17 March 11 February 11
April 4 April 12 April 7 April 8 Early March
May 3 April HVAC April 14 April 16 March 2013
May 10 May 10 May 12 May 20 April 8
June 13 June 14 May 26 June 10 May 20
July 11 June 27 June 9 July 16 June 20
July 17 July 21 July 14 August 12 July 8
August 15 August 4 August 11 September 9 August 19
August 17 August 8 August 25 October 14 September 16
August 23 August 16 September 8 November 7 October 15
September 12 September 20 September 18 November 18 November 12
October 10 October 11 October 13 December 9 December 16
October 30 November 1 November 10 December 30 December 23
November 4 November 8 December 8   December 31
November 14 December 13 December 30    
December 12 December 29      
December 29 


Right-to-Know Requests

RSA 91-A:4-9

The Library complies with NH's Right-to-Know law (RSA 91-A). To submit a Right-to-Know request please review the relevant policy and submit your request using the form below:

Right-to-Know Policy

Right-to-Know Request Form

For any questions about the Library's policy, please contact the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jim Peck.


Non-Public Sessions

RSA 91-A:3

1. No public body may enter nonpublic session, except pursuant to a motion properly made and seconded, by roll call.

2. Only the following matters shall be considered or acted upon in nonpublic session (RSA 91-A:3,II):
(a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.
(b) The hiring of any person as a public employee.
(c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.
(d) Consideration of the acquisition, sale, or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community.
(e) Consideration or negotiation of pending claims or litigation which has been threatened in writing or filed by or against the public body or any subdivision thereof, or by or against any member thereof because of his or her membership in such public body, until the claim or litigation has been fully adjudicated or otherwise settled.
(j) Consideration of confidential, commercial, or financial information that is exempt from public disclosure under RSA 91-A:5, IV in an adjudicative proceeding pursuant to RSA 541 or RSA 541-A.
(l) Consideration of legal advice provided by legal counsel, either in writing or orally, to one or more members of the public body, even where legal counsel is not present.

3. Minutes of meetings in nonpublic session shall be kept and shall record all actions in such a manner that the vote of each member is ascertained.

4. Minutes and decisions reached in nonpublic session shall be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless, by recorded vote of 2/3 of the members present taken in public session, it is determined that divulgence of the information likely would affect adversely the reputation of any person other than a member of the public body itself, or render the proposed action ineffective, or pertain to terrorism, more specifically, to matters relating to the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions, developed by local or state safety officials that are directly intended to thwart a deliberate act that is intended to result in widespread or severe damage to property or widespread injury or loss of life. This shall include training to carry out such functions. In the event of such circumstances, information may be withheld until, in the opinion of a majority of members, the aforesaid circumstances no longer apply.

5. The vote to seal the minutes can happen either during or after the nonpublic session, but the result should be noted in the regular minutes.


Remote Access to Meetings


A public body may, but is not required to, allow one or more members of the body to participate in a meeting by electronic or other means of communication for the benefit of the public and the governing body, subject to the provisions of this paragraph.

(a) A member of the public body may participate in a meeting other than by attendance in person at the location of the meeting only when such attendance is not reasonably practical. Any reason that such attendance is not reasonably practical shall be stated in the minutes of the meeting.

(b) Except in an emergency, a quorum of the public body shall be physically present at the location specified in the meeting notice as the location of the meeting. For purposes of this subparagraph, an "emergency" means that immediate action is imperative and the physical presence of a quorum is not reasonably practical within the period of time requiring action. The determination that an emergency exists shall be made by the chairman or presiding officer of the public body, and the facts upon which that determination is based shall be included in the minutes of the meeting.

(c) Each part of a meeting required to be open to the public shall be audible or otherwise discernable to the public at the location specified in the meeting notice as the location of the meeting. Each member participating electronically or otherwise must be able to simultaneously hear each other and speak to each other during the meeting, and shall be audible or otherwise discernable to the public in attendance at the meeting's location. Any member participating in such fashion shall identify the persons present in the location from which the member is participating. No meeting shall be conducted by electronic mail or any other form of communication that does not permit the public to hear, read, or otherwise discern meeting discussion contemporaneously at the meeting location specified in the meeting notice.

(d) Any meeting held pursuant to the terms of this paragraph shall comply with all of the requirements of this chapter relating to public meetings, and shall not circumvent the spirit and purpose of this chapter as expressed in RSA 91-A:1.

(e) A member participating in a meeting by the means described in this paragraph is deemed to be present at the meeting for purposes of voting. All votes taken during such a meeting shall be by roll call vote.