Friends of Fairfield Public Library

Friends of Fairfield Public Library

In the Spotlight | Mission | Purpose | Board of Directors | Annual Reports | Membership

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In the Spotlight

Join the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library
For a Ladies’ Literary Luncheon
Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 12-2pm

At The Patterson Club
1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield, CT 06824

Special guest, New York Times Bestselling Author,
Jane Green

Tickets are $87 per person and include lunch, dessert, a glass of wine, and a copy of Jane’s cookbook, Good Taste.

Reservations are required. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Please contact Danielle Sharp at
or (203) 912-5963 with questions or for more information.

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.


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 “An Artful Mix”, the paintings of Carlos Frias, Bill Meddick, and Jeffrey Starkes at the Kershner Gallery on April 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The artists will talk at 5:15. The show runs from April 15 to May 29.

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


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


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.


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


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




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.


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