Board of Trustees

The five members of the Board of Trustees make the broad range of decisions that determine how the Library best serves this community. Their scope of responsibilities includes budget, personnel, and policy matters, and the interactions with municipal, county, and state departments that the operation of a public institution requires.

The trustees champion the Library’s vital role in village life. They meet regularly and work collaboratively with the Library Director to fulfill our commitment to shared resources, vibrant engagement, diverse programs, and splendid common ground.

Lauren Casper


Lauren has been in a committed Library relationship since joining the Friends board in the mid-‘90s, when she and her young daughter co-hosted a “Picky Readers’ Book Sale.” Lauren also volunteers at the Farmers’ Market, which she helped launch 25 years ago, and was copy editor at The Rivertowns Enterprise for longer than that. She identifies as a dog person.

Peter Swiderski


Peter has lived in Hastings for over 20 years. He served as mayor for ten years and as a trustee on the Village Board for six years prior to that.  He is an avid reader, enjoying history, science, fiction (and especially science fiction).

Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman


Jacqueline has been a member of the Hastings community for over 15 years. During her tenure on the board, she has helped to produce special events at the Library including the short story series “Read Me Another” and the Friends’ “Once Upon a Musical” spring fundraisers. She is the author of a number of books for children and can more often than not be found reading a book.

Tim Donahue

Board Member

Tim and his family moved to Hastings in 2016. Since joining the board two years later, he has organized the “Local Luminaries” speaker series, produced the podcast “Yesteryear: Stories from Home,” and generally supported the reflective life the Library brings. He is a high school English teacher at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut and he writes about education, the environment, and endurance sports.

Lauren Links

Board Member

Lauren moved to Hastings with her family in fall 2021 and joined the board of trustees in 2023. She is a former high school teacher and school administrator, and now doctoral student of Philosophy and Education. When she isn’t reading for work, well, she’s reading for fun, and then later, she reads more to her three young children, who love the library almost as much as she does.

Board Meetings

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 PM. Meetings are in the Barnes Room and open to the public.


The most recent meeting minutes will be posted below when they become available.
A complete history of minutes is kept on file at the Library.