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Michael has been an invaluable member of the Brookline Library Trustees. He's devoted, informed, hard working and keeps patrons' interests and needs always paramount. It is essential that he continue to serve.
Carol Axelrod, Chair, Board of Library Trustees

To my fellow citizens of Brookline:

I am asking for your vote for reelection to the Board of Library Trustees on Tuesday, May 4, 2010.

For almost 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 second three-year term as a Library Trustee.

As one of your Library Trustees these past six years, I have contributed in a meaningful way:

  • As chair of the Building Committee, 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 new RFID circulation system, which is being implemented this spring. The new system will make it easier and faster for library patrons to check out items. It will free up staff to help patrons, and it will save 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 the last several years.
  • I also pushed for an extra staff position at the Coolidge Corner Branch Library to relieve congestion, and I continue to push for Sunday hours in the summer.
  • I work 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 is excellent; in six years of attending monthly Board meetings, I have only missed one.
As a new parent with twin daughters born last July, 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 May 4.


Michael A. Burstein