Library Board

Your Library Board


Public library boards are governing boards, legal corporations with the authority to make policy and to govern the library's affairs under the Public Libraries Act, RSO 1990.

Governing is different from managing. Governance is the entire framework set by the board to direct the organization that identifies how the board will conduct business, how power will be divided and delegated and what process will be set up to achieve performance and accountability.

To find out more about library boards and their responsibility to the local library and the community visit Ontario Library Board's Association at »


To find out more about the Brighton Public Library Boards and their responsibilities and involvement in the local library please contact Bob Burke, Board Chair, at or 613-475-5547




Brighton Public Library Board Reports


The Library Expansion Working Group Report


The Library Expansion Working Group (LEWG) was formed by the Brighton Public Library (BPL) Board on May 20, 2015 as a result of the Municipality of Brighton Resolution No. 2015-415 that Council refers the matter of the Library expansion to the Library Board for consideration, and report back to Council.

This report provides an estimate of library space and components for an expanded Brighton Public Library Main Branch based on "Making the Case for Your Library Building Project"; Hubsher, Robert and Watson, Karen.





Strategic Plan "Your Library! Your Imagination!"


We are delighted to share with you the 2016 – 2020 Brighton Public Library Strategic Plan: Your Library! Your Imagination!
Community engagement was at the core of our strategic planning process. We heard from an enthusiastic group of community leaders who shared a fresh perspective on the Brighton community with the Brighton Public Library Board. We thank those participants for their time and insights into community trends and needs.
The Library Board and staff also heard from 345 survey respondents. We were encouraged to hear that community members are pleased with library staff and services. However, we also heard clearly from survey respondents that increased collections and programs are important to the Brighton community. These survey responses have greatly informed the strategic plan and will continue to inform the future of the Brighton Public Library.
We look forward to working closely with staff, Board members and community partners to provide patron-oriented services and programs that meet the needs of the vibrant and growing community that is the Municipality of Brighton.

Bob Burke - Board Chair

Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones - CEO


Strategic Plan Minutes

pdfAugust 5, 2015 Strategic Plan Minutes - Situational Analysis

pdfAugust 5, 2015 Strategic Plan Minutes

pdfOctober 15, 2015 Strategic Plan Minutes



Brighton Public Library Board


Board meetings are held at the library on the 4th Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 pm. (Except July and August).

Robert Burke Chair Email Bob Burke 613-475-5547
Murray Workman Vice Chair Email Murray Workman 613-439-9143
Peter Starbuck Trustee Email Peter Starbuck 613-475-5759
Mary Tadman Council Representative Email Mary Tadman 613-475-0888
Brian Ostrander Council Representative Email Brian Ostrander 613-242-7190
Erin Alexander Trustee Email Erin Alexander 613-475-9709
Sandi Zwaan Trustee Email Sandi Zwaan 613-439-9042
Jane Baier Trustee Email Jane Baier 613-475-5043
Erica Larmer Trustee Email Erica Larmer 613-475-5007
Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones Library CEO, Secretary, Treasurer Email Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones 613 475-2511


Board Minutes


pdfJune 24, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes pdfMarch 22, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes  
pdfSeptember 23, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes pdfApril 19, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes  
pdfOctober 28, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes pdfMay 24, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes  
pdfNovember 25, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes pdfJune 28, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes  
pdfJanuary 20, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes pdfSept 27, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes  
pdfFebruary 24, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfMarch 23, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfMay 4, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfMay 25, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfJune 29, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfSeptember 28, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfOctober 26, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfNovember 23, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfJanuary 25, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes    
pdfFebruary 22, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes        



Library Staff

The Brighton Public Library has the following Library Professionals on staff to serve your needs.
Our Librarians are committed to providing excellent service!

Library CEO Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones
Assistant Librarian Heather Ratz
Children's Library Jeni Dyment
Codrington Branch Jeni Dyment
Library Clerk Lisa Fanjoy
Library Clerk Penny Simmons
Library Clerk Robert Janiga
Library Clerk Lisa Pederson
Library Clerk Julie Herten
Student Assistant Grace Boyd