To my fellow residents of Brookline:
I am asking for your vote for reelection to the Board of Library Trustees on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
For over ten years I have been actively involved in town government. I have served as a Town Meeting Member since 2001, and I am nearing the end of my third three-year term as a Library Trustee.
As one of your Library Trustees these past nine years, I have contributed in a meaningful way:
- Most recently, I have finally seen the culmination of my efforts to provide our patrons with Sunday afternoon library hours over the summer. Last summer, for the first time, the Coolidge Corner branch was open on Sundays. I ran on this issue when you re-elected me in 2010, and I am delighted that these hours have come to pass. If re-elected, I will advocate for these summer Sundays to continue.
- As chair of the Building Committee for many years, I had a leading role in the renovations of the Coolidge Corner and Putterham branch libraries. We now have a much more comfortable Coolidge Corner Branch and a more modern Putterham Branch, both of which are better equipped to serve Brookline’s citizens in the twenty-first century.
- I was instrumental in planning for and implementing the RFID circulation system, which debuted in 2010. The RFID system has made it easier and faster for library patrons to check out items. It has freed up staff to help patrons, and saved the town money in the long run.
- As the recession began, I encouraged the library to run programs on job hunting and to increase the services that we provide to our community.
- Every year, I have pushed for an increase in the materials budget. The materials budget had remained steady for several years before I was elected, and I’m pleased to report the budget has been increased every year since I have been on the Board.
- I also pushed for an extra staff position at the Coolidge Corner Branch Library to relieve congestion a few years ago.
- I have worked on Brookline Reads, which brings authors and artists from all over the country to our town and brings our residents together in stimulating discussions.
- My attendance has been excellent in my nine years of attending monthly Board meetings.
As a parent of twin preschool daughters, I have become even more attuned to the need for an excellent public library system in our community. In these difficult financial times, I have fought to keep our library on the cutting edge of technology.
I would like to continue my efforts on your behalf in making the Public Library of Brookline the best it can be.
I hope I can count on your vote on April 30.
Michael A. Burstein
An archive of the website from my successful 2012 campaign for Town Meeting can be found here.