Pursuant to NJ Law, Bogota Public Library is overseen by a 9-member Board of Trustees. Seven members are appointed by the mayor for a term of 5 years. One member is the Mayor or the Mayor’s liaison. One member is the Bogota School Superintendent or the Superintendent’s liaison.
Favorite Book: Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Years in Bogota: 60
A retired elementary school teacher, Mary graduated from St. Joseph School and Bogota High School, and raised her four children in Bogota. She served as the Bogota Welfare Director for 25 years and a Bogota Girl Scout leader. Mary was also a member of the Bogota Board of Health, and was honored to be on former County Executive Pat Schuber’s Education Committee. She has a B.A. and an M.A. Mary and her husband, Henry (Town Historian), are grateful they live in such a lovely community where their neighbors are their friends.
Favorite Book: Youth in Revolt
Years in Bogota: 8
Rebecca is the Director of Sales Operations for a saas company. She is a member of the Rescue Squad, Chair of the Environmental Commission, Secretary to the Recreation Committee, Police Matron and Vice Chair of the County Committee. Rebecca loves Bogota and couldn’t be prouder to be part of such an amazing community.
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
Years in Bogota: 36
Eileen was in academic publishing for 18 years before serving as a public library director for 23 years. She served as a Bixby School PTA president, Girl Scout leader and Service Unit Manager, and president of the Bogota Band Parent Organization. She has a B.A. in English and an M.L.S. Eileen believes that good communities build good public libraries, and good public libraries create good communities.
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Years in Bogota: 42
Arthur is a real estate attorney and owner of a title insurance agency. He enjoyed raising two sons in Bogota, and coached baseball, floor hockey, basketball and soccer. Arthur served on the Bogota Council from 2011-2013 and has been a library trustee for ten years. He has a B.A. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Mary Ellen Murphy
Mayor & Council Liaison
Favorite Book: A Town Like Alice
Years in Bogota: 30
Joanne is an attorney and editor for a legal publishing company. She has a B.A. from Seton Hall University, a J.D. from Rutgers University and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. She loves gymnastics.
Favorite Book: The Hiding Place
Years in Bogota: 13
Carmen went to business school before becoming a registered nurse. She has raised her children in Bogota and served on the Recreation Committee. Carmen believes that libraries are important because, for many, it is the window to the world.
Years in Bogota: 42
Yvonne works in workplace training and development. She was born in Teaneck and raised her children in Bogota. Yvonne previously served as the president of the Friends of Bogota Library and as a Girl Scout leader. She has a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an M.S. in Human Services with a specialization in Counselling Studies.
2021 Board Meetings
In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (Chapter 231 P.L. 1975), the regular meetings of the Bogota Public Library Board of Trustees for 2021 will take place at 7:00 p.m. Due to the NJ State of Emergency, meetings may take place virtually. View the calendar to determine the status.