My name is Charlene DiCalogero, and I'm running for Library Trustee of Berlin, MA. I am running to support continuing excellent library services for all our residents.
My professional administrative and policy experience in a library system and in education are important assets I would bring to this public office. Through positions in higher education and nonprofits I have gained extensive experience in planning, budgeting, grants, contracts, and personnel matters. I enjoy working on teams and committees, and listening to residents about what you like about our library, as well as your ideas for how we can improve it together.
Most of all, I want to be a library trustee because I love libraries! I understand the unique role libraries play as a center for lifelong learning and enjoyment for our residents, available to all. I appreciate the quality of the Berlin Public Library director and staff, who make our library a welcoming place for us. Along with the rest of our trustees, I hope to collaborate with Director Bob Hodge to continue moving the library forward, ensuring that this community treasure continues to serve us well in the 21st century.
Doing the work
In 2017, I have already engaged in some of the work trustees do by advocating for our public library with legislators at Library Legislative events in Clinton and at the State House in the state budget process. I understand that for our library to thrive, the state budget must provide sufficient funding for system-wide services such as inter-library loans. This will enable us to preserve and expand access to the huge variety of materials in our library networks that our small-town libraries could not otherwise provide.
As an informed citizen with a commitment to our library and experience in advocacy and education, I believe I have a lot to offer the residents of Berlin as a trustee for the library.
I ask for your support for my campaign, and to vote for me this May.
Town Election is Monday, May 8th, 12pm to 8pm at the Berlin Town Offices.