Bylaws

By-Laws of the Dover Free Library – Revised June 2013

  1. The Board of Trustees of the Dover Free Library shall consist of five members, each serving for five years, the term of one expiring annually, and his successor shall be elected annually at Town Meeting.
    In case of an opening, the Board should make a recommendation to the Town Selectmen to fill the opening.
  2. Regular publicized Board meetings will be held monthly on dates determined by the Trustees with one week’s notice. Meetings are not held in July or August.
  3. Special meeting called by the Chairman, or any two Board members may be held with one week’s notice at any time.
  4. A quorum shall consist of three trustees at any meeting.
  5. The officers of the Board shall be a Chairman, a Secretary, and optionally a Vice-chai and/ or Treasurer.
    The officers shall be elected at the first Board meeting after Town Meeting.
  6. The duties of all officers shall be such as by custom and law and the rules of the Board devolve upon such officers.
  7. Since the Board is composed of only five members, it sits as a committee of the whole, and standing committees are not appointed. Special committees may be appointed as required.
  8. The Library Director shall be the administrative officer of the library and shall atten all Board meetings unless excused by the Board, and shall have general charge of the library and all persons employed therein.
  9. The order of business at the regular meetings of the Board shall be as follows:
    1. Present
    2. Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
    3. Financial Report
    4. Director’s report
    5. Children’s Report
    6. New Business
    7. Old Business

    Robert’s Rules of Order, as the universally accepted parliamentary rules, shall govern the proceedings of the Board.

  10. The By-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by three-fifths vote.
  11. Trustees will be compensated for expenses at State and Regional workshops.
  12. The Board may hire a competent bookkeeper to manage the library’s financial records.
  13. Votes on special matters arising between meetings may be canvassed by telephone, with three assenting or dissenting.

Mission Statement

The Dover Free Library’s mission is to welcome community members of all ages and backgrounds to seek out lifelong learning experiences through reading, learning, thinking, technology, and discussion in a comfortable and friendly environment.

Policies and Procedures

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Donations to the Library

The Dover Free Library is funded by the Town of Dover, but donations from our patrons increase our financial security and enable us to fund special or unanticipated projects and supplement our core services. If you would like to support the Library with a financial donation, checks can be made payabe to the Dover Free Library and dropped off or sent to the Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd., East Dover, VT 05341. 

For information about including the Dover Free Library in your will, please contact John Flores at 348-7488 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A note about book donations: We love books and have an ongoing sale of used titles in our front lobby, but we cannot accept all book donations. The Library has limited space in its collection, and all donations must be reviewed by John Flores before they can be accepted. Thank you for your understanding.

Many thank to our 2013 donors!

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Volunteering at the Library

The Dover Free Library welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities. Volunteers extend the reach and impact of the Library by helping with both routine tasks and special projects. You may be surprised by the variety of areas in which you can help. Here is an overview of the roles that volunteers can fill. If you have a particular interest or skill and don’t see it represented here, please tell us!

  • Book Shelver: Returning books to the shelves is one of the most essential activities at the Library because it enables patrons to find the materials they are looking for.
  • Display Assistant: Rotate and refresh the Library’s displays of books and other materials.
  • Materials Shifter: The library is a moveable feast; with new books constantly coming in, materials need to be shifted and occasionally weeded out.
  • Shelf Reader: Ensure that items are put back correctly by reviewing the order of books on the shelves. You might be surprised how many times books are “lost” when in fact they have simply been misshelved!
  • Periodicals Manager: Record and shelve new periodicals and maintain organization within the periodicals section.
  • Children’s Story Hour Reader: Read picture books to small groups of young children and assist with other activities, such as simple crafts.

There is no age minimum for volunteers, although young people under the age of eighteen will need to get parental/guardian permission. All volunteers must complete a simple volunteer application. To download the form, click here.

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Support Your Library

The Dover Free Library prides itself on being a community resource where all are welcome. The library relies on the support of its patrons to keep it strong and vibrant. This support comes in many different forms, from volunteering on-site or helping with special events to making a financial donation. Please find out how you can get involved!

Thank you for your financial support of the Dover Free Library

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