Library Management

Library Director:

Barbara Ormerod-Glynn


Deputy Director:

Joseph A. Williams


Division Managers:

Information: Wynne Delmhorst
Lending Division Manager: Moira Danehy
Resources Management: Eric McCarthy
Byram Shubert Library: Miguel García-Colón
Cos Cob Library: Wendy Silver

Board of Trustees


Chip Haslun


The 2016-2017 Greenwich Library Board of Trustees consists of 21 members who oversee the affairs of the Library. All members of the Board must also be members of the Friends of the Greenwich Library.

New Board Members are elected by the Friends of the Greenwich Library. The Nominating Committee of the Friends presents a recommended list of Trustees to be voted on at the Annual Meeting of the Friends each May. Trustees serve a three-year term and may serve for two consecutive terms. A Trustee may be re-elected after being off the Board for at least one year. Elections are staggered, with approximately a third of the Trustees elected each year. The officers of the Library for the ensuing year are elected by the Board of Trustees at the organization meeting of the Trustees immediately after the Annual Meeting of the Friends.

Board Members

Why I Serve

When I joined the Library Board 2 years or so ago I stated that I was “interested in learning more about how libraries…continue to maintain their relevance [in the home computer age].” Now, after having been educated on the incredible width and breadth of resources the Library provides to the community, I realize how naïve my comment was. I might as well have said “I’m interested in learning why we still need the sun now that we have tanning beds.” I now more clearly see my role as both a counselor and an advocate for this wonderful, and yes, very relevant institution. I was never more proud to be associated with the Library than during the past March storm when I also realized that more than the books or the bricks, ultimately the staff and volunteers, including the Board, are what make this Library so special.

Why I Serve

Since the first time I accidentally found a book and became immersed in it, I have always loved libraries and the learning opportunities they represent. To me, a well-stocked library represents an important link to our past, and yet also a bridge to our future, especially for our young people. We are all well served by having a community of educated and informed citizens, and the Greenwich Library is a vital part of what makes Greenwich such a wonderful community in which to live. I am delighted to be able to contribute in some way to making our library and its programs as useful as possible in these efforts.

Why I Serve

My family has enjoyed the resources of the library since we moved to Greenwich in 1995. I am very impressed with the breadth of resources available, the client service orientation of the staff and the library’s enormous capability to broaden access to information. I am very honored to be a board member and hope I can contribute to the library’s continued excellence and invaluable service to the Greenwich community.

Why I Serve

I love libraries because they help to fulfill my inquisitive nature. Upon my first visit to the Greenwich Library, 31 years ago when I moved to town, I thought it was “heaven on earth”. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Why I Serve

My earliest library memory is of story hour when I was quite young. I am a life-long user of libraries because I love words, information, creativity and community gathering places. The pride people expressed about their library when I first moved to Greenwich 26 years ago really impressed me. I am thrilled to be part of the stewardship of this incredible community resource.

Why I Serve

Public libraries provide a passport to knowledge that is available to all. Like many first generation Americans, my mother learned English by visiting the library every week with her family. This started a multi-generational tradition in my family and some of my fondest memories are of my own weekly visits to the Greenwich Public Library with my twin boys. I am honored to support our library and the wide range of services it offers to our community.

Why I Serve

Since we moved to Greenwich in 2007, I have been impressed with the depth of resources and programming that the Greenwich Library provides to our community. Free access to information, literature, technology, arts and culture enriches lives and provides the opportunity for continued learning. I am honored to support the Library as a new Board member.

Why I Serve

I have loved libraries since before I was old enough to walk to the local branch by myself. In fact, I briefly worked for Greenwich Library’s public relations department focusing on social media. The evolution of libraries in this digital age has only increased their relevancy. I am honored to be serving on the board of Greenwich Library, the hub and heart of our town.

Why I Serve

As a lifelong Greenwich resident, I have witnessed what a tremendous resource Greenwich Library is to our community. Over the years, it has grown in size, offering free access to technology, literature, arts and culture. I feel privileged to serve on the Library board and take part in its continued growth.

Why I Serve

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved libraries. I am amazed at what our Greenwich library has to offer and the potential of making it even better. I am honored and excited to serve and support our great library!

Why I Serve

Every community has institutions that are vital to the success of that community’s inhabitants, and the Greenwich Library is certainly one of these institutions for the Town of Greenwich. By providing free access, it gives all of us the opportunity to expand our knowledge base, to communicate across different cultures, and even to escape into a thrilling novel. I am honored to serve along with so many, as we negotiate the different routes that knowledge is delivered in today’s world, and how the library fulfills that role going forward.

Why I Serve

One of my first jobs as a teenager was shelving books and helping out around my local public library. That experience not only reinforced a lifelong love of reading and learning, but also instilled a strong and lasting respect for the role that libraries play as a community’s connective tissue. Greenwich Library provides physical and virtual access to a vast trove of educational and cultural materials, programs and services. I believe its mission is as vital and relevant as ever, particularly as technological innovation continues to impact the quantity — and quality — of content available at our fingertips.

Why I Serve

I am honored to be asked to join this wonderful organization. The Greenwich Library is a valuable town resource. In addition to providing access to literary works and modern technology, the Greenwich Library has become an integral part in presenting and supporting various community programs. My work with the Outreach Program as given me the opportunity to see firsthand the impact this amazing place has on even our youngest citizens. I am grateful to have this opportunity to continue to support this institution.

Why I Serve

Libraries play a critical role in a democratic society by offering the public access to resources necessary for intellectual development, civic participation and cultural enrichment. Great libraries, like the Greenwich Library, leverage their resources and affirmatively engage the public in programs designed to broaden the horizon, enlighten the mind and nourish the soul. It is an honor to help sustain and advance the work of this institution.

Why I Serve

Libraries are an important focal point and center of communities. They provide an opportunity for a personal and a community growth and an exchange of knowledge and information. I believe that it is critical that Greenwich Library continues to adapt to the needs of the communities and the individuals served in order to provide the most up to date information and knowledge.

Why I Serve

Since moving to Greenwich in 2009 our family has made frequent use of the Library. When we started we viewed it in a “traditional” sense, mainly visiting to borrow and return books. We soon realized that the Library is as much a community center as it is an information resource. Seeing the seats filled with people studying, running businesses, attending lap-sit circles with their children, using the technology resources, etc. made us realize how much the community relies on the Library. I am proud to serve as a new Board member in 2016 to help support this important resource of our town.

Why I Serve

My wife and I have lived in Greenwich for more than 35 years, and during those years have been in and out of the main library building on almost a daily basis borrowing books, attending musical performances and watching movies. My wife served for many years with the Friends of the Library, and our children were brought up with and partly in the Library, learning to read and to enjoy books. The Library is obviously vitally important to my family and, more importantly, to the Town of Greenwich and its citizens. Like many public institutions in Greenwich and elsewhere, the Library can only thrive and fulfill its mission with the support of the Town of Greenwich and everyone who uses the Library. I hope to contribute in some small way to seeing it succeed.

Why I Serve

When we first moved to Greenwich in 2002, our two daughters were a lot younger. I fondly remember them standing in line to borrow dozens of books each week. Even as teenagers, because of the breadth of the libraries’ offerings it was indeed “cool” for them to join us at the library. Before we knew it, the library had indeed become a key part in all our lives and the notion that the town’s libraries were its “crown jewels” became a practical reality. I am looking forward to serving on the Board and can hopefully help in both sustaining and expanding this cherished town resource.

Why I Serve

I am excited and honored to be joining this great organization. The Greenwich Library is truly a valuable resource we all need and cherish!

Why I Serve

I have been connected with Greenwich Library since 1985 in several capacities starting with the Flinn Gallery, the Friends Board, Buildings and Grounds and the Policy Committees. I have always felt that my work with the library was stimulating, important, and satisfying.

To rejoin the Board of Trustees in 2014 is an honor. This library is an incredibly important institution in this community. I will hopefully strive to serve the best interests of the staff, administration, and the institution to the best of my ability. I love this library and will always value the time I spend on the board.

Why I Serve

I feel privileged to serve the wonderful Greenwich Library and its constituents. For centuries, libraries have been vital elements of community growth and well-being. Present times are changing and challenging, and libraries must change to meet those challenges. The Greenwich Library, with its distinctive “public-private” character, is well-positioned to continue at the center of our community’s evolution. I look forward to contributing toward that goal.

Ex-Officio Members

Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Director

Peter Tesei, First Selectman, Town of Greenwich

Sharon Fortenbaugh, Chairman of the Friends of the Greenwich Library

Trustee Meeting Dates

2016-2017 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

Trustee Committees

Ensures aesthetic oversight of the grounds and facilities at the main building and the two branch buildings. Ensures that there is a plan for the systematic maintenance of the grounds and facilities.

Implements the private funding objectives of the Library’s three-year strategic plan. Guides Board in solicitation of funds; develops and implements plans for donor relations; is responsible for special fund-raising events; coordinates donor-related public relations efforts with the Public Information Office. Recommends for Board approval policies and procedures for the staffing of the Trustees’ Office and oversees the operations and budget of the Trustees’ Office.

The Executive Committee is composed of the officers of the Library plus such additional members of the Board of Trustees as said Board may designate. The Executive Committee exercises executive authority when the Board is not in session and reports any actions taken to the Board at its next following meeting.

Reviews the Library’s budget, which includes both Codes 701 (Town funds) and 702 (Peterson funds) and presents recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval. Reviews the non-Code 702 lines of the Peterson Library Budget, and presents recommendations to the Board for approval. Reviews the Trustees’ Office Reserve Fund and presents recommendations to the Board for approval. Monitors expenditures against the approved budgets and reports on the Library’s financial status to the Board. Reviews the Library’s long-range planning documents to assess budget and private financing implications. Sets policy for and reviews the investment of private Library funds. Establishes and monitors internal control procedures. Oversees the annual audit. Reviews the insurance requirements of the Library and its directors and makes recommendations to the Board for approval.

Ensures that the Library has a long-range planning process. Establishes strategic goals and objectives; evaluates the progress of the Library in meeting the goals and objectives. Oversees prioritization process for system-wide initiatives.

Periodically reviews the various Library policies to assure their continued relevance and completeness. Initiates new policies as required.

The Clementine Lockwood Peterson Foundation

The Foundation was established under the will of Clementine L. Peterson in memory of her son, Jonathan, and her husband, J. Whitney Peterson. Peterson Foundation trustees exclusively govern the investment plan and distribution of funds. The annual distribution is used for operating and staffing costs of the Peterson wing as well as for enhancing business and music collections and services.