Friends of the Library
Helping the Library to Serve
Special thanks to the Friends for renovating the offices for the library staff with new desks and better utilization of space. The Friends also paid for refinishing the fine old oak chairs in the Children's Room. This is another step in preserving the high-quality furnishings purchased in the past. The work was done by Connecticut Correctional Enterprises, a penal rehab program, at far less cost to us than replacing these classic library chairs.
Who are the Friends of the Library?
The Friends are dedicated volunteers working to enhance and improve the library for all residents. Friends come from all walks of life, sharing a love of the library and recognizing the vital role it plays in the community. Our efforts are coordinated with the goals of the Board of Trustees, the Director and the staff. As members of the Friends of CT Libraries we also have access to the latest information on policies, funding, and library events.
What Do the Friends Do?
We donate money for services and materials not covered in the town library budget. We organize used book sales, a December cookie sale during the Christmas Festival, and biannual literary coffeehouses.
Recent Projects We Funded
- Computers for patrons
- New circulation desk
- Solar window shades
- Refinished chairs in the Children's Room
- Renovations to staff offices
Ongoing Project Funding
On an ongoing basis, we fund additional purchases of books, DVDs, music CDs, audio books, newspapers, craft supplies for children's programs, and the support of a variety of programs for adults and children.
FOBL Board of Directors
Gail Ouimet, President
Maureen Hawthorne, Vice President
Betty Hurlbut, Treasurer
Debra Wojtczak, Secretary
Meetings are held monthly in the Library Leever Room. The public is welcome. Contact the library to confirm meeting dates and times.
Interested in Volunteering?
We have many members by virtue of donations, but a very small active group which does all the planning and actual work of our group. If you are recently retired and looking for a worthwhile volunteer experience, or simply have time to help, please consider joining the Friends.
Contact Gail 860-484-4070
or attend our monthly meetings.