Board of Directors

Library Board

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The 15-member Village Improvement Association (founded in 1906) functions as the library’s governing body.

The VIA meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, September through June. The June annual meeting is the only meeting open to the public.

Meeting dates for the FY 2014-2015 are as follows: July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 24, April 21, May 19, June 16

Village Improvement Association Board Members

West Haven Public Library

Alan Olenick- President
Ralph (Teddy) Brown- First Vice President
Charles E. Gunning, Jr – Treasurer
Michelle Bernardi – Assistant Treasurer
Gertrude Beckwith – Recording Secretary
Pat Donnelly
Joseph Fortino
Pamela B. Gardener
John Galvin
Curtis Hodgkins
William Lang
John Lewis
Mary Malenda



Mission Statement

Vision- Village Improvement Association:

The Village Improvement Association is a non-political organization that plays a critical role in guiding the West Haven Public Library in providing unlimited access to opportunities and resources for self-improvement, cultural awareness, and pure enjoyment for patrons.

Mission- Village Improvement Association:

The mission of the Village Improvement Association is to collaborate with the library director to maximize use of resources, set policies to guide library operations, secure funding to carry out library programs, and to maintain the facilities and bookmobile so the West Haven Public Library can provide people of all ages free, public access, and quality direction and guidance to books, media, and cultural events in a comfortable, user-friendly, environment that meets the informational, educational, and life-long learning interests of the entire community.