Meet your Board of trustees

President

Ed Valauskas

Term expires 12/2026

Ed has been a board member since 2019. He has been a Bridgman resident full time since 2005 and part time since 1982. A former librarian, his favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkien and his favorite book is Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. His favorite thing about BPL is the staff! Check out his exhibit Bibliosaurus! Dinosaurs in the popular imagination.

Vice President

Rick Fuller

Term Expires 12/2026 

Rick has been a board member since 2022. He lives in Bridgman and is co-owner of The Sandpiper store in Bridgman.

Treasurer

Jim Kole

Term Expires 12/2024

Jim has been a resident of Bridgman since 2018. He is a retired attorney from Chicago, working as the Consumer Fraud Bureau Chief at the Illinois Attorney General’s office and is now a pro bono attorney for Western Michigan Legal Aid. His favorite thing about BPL is the can-do spirit and helpfulness of BPL librarians and staff. His favorite book is Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. A Big 10 fan, his family is a mix of Spartans, Wolverines and Badgers.

Secretary

Susan Collins

Term Expires 12/2024

A board member since 2017, Susan has lived in Bridgman since 2014. She is a retired elementary school teacher. Susan loves historical fiction, biographies and children’s literature. Her favorite thing about BPL is that it is a friendly, up-to-date, essential part of the community. She says, “the staff and board work well together to provide the community with a wide variety of quality media, excellent programming, and cooperative staff.”

Trustee

Sue Janosky

Term Expires 12/2024 

Sue has been a board member since 2010 and is a resident of Bridgman.

Trustee (Twp Rep)

Aaron noll

Term Expires 12/2028

Aaron has been a board member since 2014 and is a resident of Lake Charter township.

Trustee (Twp Rep)

John Wilk

Term Expires 12/2028

John has been a board member since 2013 and is a resident of Lake Charter township.

Trustee (Twp Rep)

Miranda Companion

Term Expires 12/2028

Miranda has been a board member since 2024. She has lived in Lake Charter Twp for the last six years and is the Twp clerk. Her favorite authors are Mitch Albom, Freida McFadden and Dot Hutchison. Her favorite books are The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Her favorite thing about BPL is that they have something for everyone. Her kids love going to the library and are never bored, nor ask to leave. BPL makes reading fun!

Trustee

Catherine Worcester

Term Expires 12/2028

Catherine has been a board member since 2021 and is a resident of Bridgman. She owns Accents store in Bridgman.

Public Notice Of Joint Board of Trustees Meetings

Meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9am in the Library: 4460 Lake Street, Bridgman, MI, 49106. 

The annual public budget hearing is held prior to the Regular June meeting.

Meetings are open to the public under the Michigan Open Meetings Act 267 of 1976. 

The public is welcome to comment at the beginning of each meeting, normally limited to three (3) minutes per person.  The Board is not required to respond.

Please call 269-465-3663, or inquire at the Circulation Desk with any questions. 

Posted: December 2021 Updated: January 2024

2024 Meeting Dates & Board Minutes

January 23

FEBRUARY 27

Meeting Minutes

March 26

Meeting Minutes

April 23

Meeting Minutes

May 21

Meeting Minutes

June 25

Meeting Minutes & Budget Hearing

July 23

Meeting Minutes

August 27

Meeting Minutes

September 26

Meeting Minutes

October 22

Meeting Minutes

November 26

Meeting Minutes

December 10

Meeting Minutes

2023 Meeting Dates & Board Minutes

July 25

August 22

September 26

October 24

November 28

December 12

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