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In the Spotlight

 


Letter to the Editor at Fairfield Citizen

To the Editor:

On Sunday, October 1, more than 4,000 people attended the inaugural Fairfield Food Truck Festival, an event organized by the Friends of Fairfield Public Library. We, the Friends board members, wish to thank many people for making the Festival an amazing success.

First and foremost, thank you to the thousands of people who happily donated the $5 admission. At a time of budget constraints, their generosity will directly benefit the Fairfield Public Library’s programs and initiatives.

We are grateful for the Fairfield Department of Parks & Recreation. Anthony Calabrese and his staff provided crucial guidance as we planned the event, held at beautiful Jennings Beach. The Parks and Recreation Commission, led by Chairman Scott Walker, embraced the value of this event and we are thankful for its support.

Thank you to the Fairfield Health Department for expediting the food truck permitting process. The Fairfield Police Department provided excellent advice and crowd control. Thank you to Fairfield Director of Community & Economic Development Mark Barnhart and First Selectman Mike Tetreau for their support. Fairfield Public Library Director Nancy Coriaty and her staff helped every step of way with so many behind-the-scenes tasks. Thank you!

Our young volunteers did a wonderful job as hospitality ambassadors. Thank you to Star 99.9 radio for helping get the word out and for the musical entertainment. We are grateful for the Jennings Beach-area residents for tolerating extra traffic on a sunny day.

To all the food truck owners, you were the shining stars of this festival. You worked so hard to keep everyone well fed and smiling.

To my fellow Friends board members, I am honored to work alongside you on an important cause. The Fairfield Public Library is the heart of our community and your efforts are appreciated.

We’ll be back next year with more trucks, more food, special attractions and an unwavering commitment to keep the Fairfield Public Library strong.

Margo Kaminsky

President, Friends of Fairfield Public Library

See it at Fairfield Citizen Online here


On Tuesday, September 12th the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library held its annual meeting, where the highlight of the evening was a panel of local bloggers.

Sarah O’Brien of lifetsyle blog Connecticut in Style, Kelsey Banfield of cooking blog The Naptime Chef and two cookbooks – “The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food Into Family Life” and “Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to Get You Through the Year”, Jennifer LaCroix Record of travel blog Coast2CoastWithKids, and Kelly Sohigian of Kellydesigns, were featured on the panel moderated by Danielle Sharp, Director of Development for the Friends. Prior to the panel discussion, the 2017-2018 Friends Board of Directors was installed, and the Library was presented with a $10,000 check from The Friends to fund its museum pass program.


Thank you to all the fabulous women who attended our 8th Annual Literary Luncheon at The Patterson Club on May 11th!!! It was such a lovely day!

We are so grateful for our Table Sponsors: Integrated Medical Center of Fairfield; La Moda Fashions; Lenox Jewelers; and Southport Women’s Healthcare; our Event Sponsors: Kumon Math & Reading Center and Greenfield Animal Hospital; and all of our donors: A&S; Anytime Fitness; Bigelow Tea; Billy’s Bakery; Body Matrix; Calare’s Shoe Co;… Centro; Chef’s Table; Chips; Country Cow; D’Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Center; Elements Massage; Embody Wellness Co; Fairfield Cheese Co; Fairfield Museum & History Center; Fairfield Hot Yoga; Fairfield Public Library; Faith Rivenburg/True Tropic; Fit Club; Friendly Cleaners; Fairfield Theatre Co; Garden Catering; J McLaughlin; The Koth Family; Lenox Jewelers; The Maritime Aquarium; Marsillio’s Television & Appliance; The McCarthy Family; Mike’s Pizza; No. 299; Pizza Palace; Plan B Burger Bar; Pure Barre Fairfield; Salon Enzo; Salon Isa; Saltwater; School of Rock; Splash; Studio on Main; Tennis Spot; The Adventure Park; The Taste Affair & Sue Siano; Vintage Garden; Your Key to College; and Your Mind in Bloom.

A special thank you to Albert Bishay and The Patterson Club; Kyle McCarthy, Erica Green; The Fairfield University Bookstore and Regina Madwed of Capitol PhotoInteractive for these beautiful pictures.

We were so fortunate to have the captivating Jane Green spend the afternoon with us, sharing her stories and recipes in Good Taste. Thank you, Jane, we cannot wait to read The Sunshine Sisters!
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Thank you for donating on Thursday, March 9 as part of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Giving Day!


Thank you! Our Mini-golf event was a huge success!!! With over 400 in attendance, this event has proven to be a family favorite!

Many thanks to this year’s Chair, Jacqui Coghlan, and Committee Members Leann Ratner, Danielle Sharp, Kyle McCarthy, Bill Hopf, Andrea Rahbari, Donna Orazio, Anita Taylor, Margo Kaminsky, Anne Koth, Tracy Minsky, Leslie Shannehan, Rachel Parrish, Jen Wingate, Bridget Lesizza and Alex Preschlack.

The Friends are so grateful for our Title Sponsors, Maxim Group & Blue Buffalo; Hole Sponsors, Christie/Coghlan Investment Management, LLC; Little Pub; Pine Creek Deli; Earth Animal; RI Pools; Giant Steps; Body Matrix; Splash Carwash; Cinch; Wash Tub; and The Preschlack, Petrie, Zieff and Sharp Families; and Event Sponsors, Anita Taylor; Khorshed Randeria; Kaiser- Battistone; and The Siano Family.

Many thanks as well to the following for donations toward our raffle baskets: Blue Buffalo; Mathnasium; Your Key to College; Flash Pointe Dance; Anytime Fitness; J McLaughlin; SDSS Martial Arts of Fairfield; Calare’s Shoe Co; Body Matrix; Elements Massage; The Kaminsky Family; b.good; Splash Marsillio’s; The Orazio Family; Lenox Jewelers; Athletic Shoe Factory; The McCarthy Family; FTC; NuSkin/Jennifer DelAngelo; Massage Envy; Salon Enzo; Iso Salon; D’Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Center; Colony Grill; County Cow; Hinkle’s Twinkles; Saltwater; Tennis Spot; Friendly Cleaners; Plan B Burger Bar; A&S; Fairfield Cheese Co.; Billy’s Bakery; Chips; Centro; Pizza Palace; Earth Animal; Your Mind in Bloom; The Koth Family; School of Rock; Pure Barre-Fairfield; Fit Club; Fairfield Hot Yoga; My Gym; and Wings Over Water.


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On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, The Friends held their Annual Membership Meeting at The Fairfield Public Library,
at which time the 2016-2017 Board of Directors were installed.

The Friends welcome new Board Members Linda Gabriele, Lori Gresham, Jennifer Butler and Jacqui Coghlan.

Thank you to our guest speaker, author Wendy Walker, for her riveting discussion of memory science and her new book, All Is Not Forgotten.

And thanks, as always, to The Fairfield University Bookstore for selling copies of Wendy’s book at the event.

Click here to see photos of the event!


artpaletteNow at the Kershner Gallery

The public is invited to a reception for “Bending Reality”, the paintings of Norm Siegel, Marjorie Poe, and Al Coyote Weiner in the Bruce S.Kershner Gallery on August 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The artists will talk about their work at 5:30. The show runs from August 5 to October 1.


The Friends recently purchased a new curbside bookdrop for the Main Library

FriendsBookDrop


Buy a Bookplate

Books as GiftsThe Friends of the Fairfield Public Library are now offering a great opportunity to honor or remember a loved one, and at the the same time benefit our library community. For a tax deductible donation of $25 (minimum), the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library will place a bookplate in a new book to be added to the Library’s collection.

The bookplate will bear your name and that of the individual or the group you wish to recognize. You will receive an acknowledgment, and a card will be sent to the honoree or family. Use it for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, in memory of, in honor of, or just because…

Mail or drop off this form with payment to the library, or fill out the form and pay online now!


friends_donationThe Friends have recently committed additional funding to the library’s museum pass program  – here’s a recent patron experience:

“A quick note to let you know that I had a great time in NYC on Tuesday afternoon thanks in large part to the Friends. The pass to the Frick Collection is a membership card, so I was able to directly enter the “Masterpieces of Dutch Art” exhibit. It was cold and damp, and there was a fairly long line outside, so being a member with privileges was especially sweet. I’d picked up a copy of Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” when I was in the library and read it on the train to complete the experience. I’m looking forward to using the Frick card again after the exhibit is closed and the building returns to its silent, empty state.”


See photos from the 7th Annual Literary Luncheon

Click to see photos from the 2015 Annual Meeting

See photos from the 6th Annual Literary Luncheon

See photos from the Friends’ 10th Annual Meeting

See photos from the 5th Annual Literary Luncheon

See photos from the 4th Annual Literary Luncheon

See photos of the Friends’ Steve Berry event on June 11, 2013

See photos from our 2nd Annual Golf Fundraiser at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library

See images from our 1st Annual Mini Golf Fundraiser at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library

See images from the 3rd Annual Literary Luncheon with Elin Hilderbrand. Thank you to Regina Madwed of Capitol PhotoInteractive for the photography. 

Images from the Kelly Corrigan Literary Lunch on May 25, 2011

Images from the Library Lovers Gala on January 8, 2011, by Mike Lauterborn

Images from the Ladies’ Literary Lunch on May 18, 2010


Mission

To enhance the partnership between the Fairfield Public Library and the community and to advocate for quality library service for all of the people of the Town of Fairfield.

Purpose

To maintain an association of persons interested in the Library:
a) To foster closer relations between the Fairfield Public Library and the community of the Town of Fairfield;
b) To focus public attention in a positive manner on library services, facilities, resources, functions, and needs;
c) To help promote the use and enjoyment of the Library as a center for lifelong learning and a community hub;
d) To foster public support and aid in the raising of supplemental funds for necessary development of the Library to serve the community;
e) To support services, programs and events for the community that are compatible with the Library’s policies and objectives.

Board of Directors

Margo Kaminsky, President: 2016-2018

Bill Hopf, Vice-President: 2016-2018

Debby Zieff, Treasurer: 2015-2017

Leann Ratner, Secretary: 2016-2018

Donna Woods Orazio, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

Helen D’Avanzo, Member-at-Large: 2015-2017

Anita Taylor, Member-at-Large: 2015-2017

Liz Tardif, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

Eleanor Gonzalez, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

Suzanne Siano, Member-at-Large: 2015-2017

Mary Misevich, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

Linda Gabriele, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

Lori Gresham, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

Jennifer Butler, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

Jacqui Coghlan, Member-at-Large: 2016-2018

 

Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual Meeting Report

Membership

Annual Membership contributions help support supplemental programs and services for the library. Find more information with the Friends’ Brochure.

Friends may join at one of several levels:

Annual Dues
Seniors/Students $20
Individual $35
Family $50
Patron $100
Sponsor $250+

 

Sponsorships $250-$499 $500-$999 $1000-$2499 $2500-$4999 $5000 and above

Art

Music

Book

Members joining at the sponsorship level may direct their contribution towards the support of either Bruce S. Kershner Gallery Exhibits (Art Sponsor); Soundwaves Concerts (Music Sponsor); or the One Book, One Town Program (Book Sponsor).

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

New members are always welcome.

Click here for a printable Friends’ Membership Form

or select your membership level and click the Subscribe button below to join or renew online now.


Membership Levels



Your Support is Greatly Appreciated!

For more information, download the Friends’ brochure.

Questions/Suggestions

Would you like to volunteer for a committee? Ask a question? Make a suggestion? Please email us at friends@fplct.orgdownload this form, or Facebook