Four Southborough residents sat before the Library Board of Trustees and the Board of Selectmen last night. They were all candidates vying for a single spot on the library board.
The selectmen and trustees agreed they were all qualified to fill the vacancy. “I wish we had more openings on the board,” Trustee Jane Smith said.
But in the end there could only be one, and the decision unanimously went to resident Beth “Betsy” Rosenbloom.
Rosenbloom has lived in Southborough for ten years with her husband and two teen-aged kids. “I love the library,” she told selectmen and the trustees. “It’s been a focal point for my family.”
Rosenbloom said she and her family visit the library at least once a week. She’s a member of the Friends of the Southborough Library and has served in town as a Girl Scout leader and Senior Center volunteer. Rosenbloom is an attorney by profession, but she’s not currently practicing.
The appointment is a mid-term one. Rosenbloom will fill the spot until town elections next spring at which point she’ll have to run for a seat on the board if she wants to continue.
Selectmen said they anticipate a tough budget year for the library along with other town departments. Selectman Bill Boland told Rosenbloom after her appointment, “You and your fellow trustees have your work cut out for you.”