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


Thank you to all of the amazing women who attended our 7th Annual Literary Luncheon, and to The Patterson Club for, once again, hosting us!


We are so grateful to our Sponsors, Integrated Medical Center of Fairfield; Southport Women’s Healthcare; Elements Message; Greenfield Hill Animal Hospital; and Kumon Math & Reading Center for their financial support of this event and The Fairfield Public Library.

Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed goods and services for the event: B Good Restaurant; Bigelow Tea; Cari Miller Photograhpy; Centro Restaurant; Chef’s Table; Cinch; Danielle Sharp; Dee Skott; Delamar Hotel; Donna Fallacaro; Donna Orazio; D’Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Center; Elements Massage; Embody Wellness Co.; Fairfield Cheese Company; Fairfield Theatre Company; Fairfield YMCA; Flash Pointe Dance; FPL Librarians; Freshii; Harry’s Wine and Liquors; IMedcenter; J Albert Johnson; Jenn DelAngelo; Jersey Mike’s Subs; K.C. Salon & Co.; Kiraku; Kumon Math & Reading Center; La Moda; Margo Kaminsky; Mary Misevich; Mathnasium; Mica DeSantis; Mike’s Pizza; Mille Rae’s; Moe’s Southwestern Grill; KEEP Collective – Natalie Kroft; Penney Parkes – Pampered Chef; Plan B Burger Bar; Pure Barre of Fairfield; Reading With Robin; Sound Runner; Studio on Main Salon; Subway; Sue Siano; Tennis Spot; Tessa Smith McGovern; Adventure Park @ The Discovery Museum; The Maritime Aquarium; and Your Key to College.

Special shout outs to Kyle McCarthy and Jacqui Coghlan for their raffle basket magic, and to Erica Green for the beautiful calla lily centerpieces.

We are truly lucky to have The Fairfield University Bookstore oversee booksales for our events, and are indebted to Craig Kennedy and Nancy Quinn for doing such an amazing job!

Each year, Regina Madwed of CapitolPhoto Interactive captures the spirit and images of our luncheon and then gracefully shares her beautiful photographs with our attendees. Thank you Regina! See this event’s photos here!

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to our Special Guest, Anna Quindlen, for sharing her time, wisdom and writing with us here in Fairfield, CT last week.


Thank you!

giving_day_2016Thank you to the 45 donors who made a contribution to the Friends’ during last Thursday’s Giving Day! Together we raised $2,133 in 24 hours!!

artpaletteNow at the Kershner Gallery

The public is invited to a reception for “The Triumph of Intellect”, the solo show of 3D paintings of Louis Markoya at the Kershner Gallery on December 3 at 4:30 – 6:30pm. The artist will talk at 5:30. The show runs from November 19 to December 31.

NationalFriendsWeekPhotoIn connection with the tenth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Fairfield’s First Selectman, Mike Tetreau, has officially proclaimed October 18 through 24, 2015 as Friends of the Fairfield Public Library Week in the Town of Fairfield, and encourages all Fairfield residents and elected officials who are not already members of The Friends to join at this time. Copies of the signed proclamation will be on display at the Main and Fairfield Woods Libraries throughout the week.

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, The Friends held their Annual Membership Meeting at The Fairfield Public Library, at which time the 2015-2016 Board of Directors were installed.

Thank you to Christy Colasurdo and Analiese Paik for their informative and inspiring presentation and discussion. Thank you also to Fairfield Cheese Company for providing a scrumptious cheese platter. And thanks, as always, to The Fairfield University Bookstore for selling copies of Christy’s book, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook.

Click on this link to see our Facebook Page updated with pictures from the event!

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


Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library welcomed Emily Liebert, author of When We Fall, as the guest speaker at their Annual Meeting of the general membership on Thursday, September 4, 2014. For more information about Emily, please visit

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 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.


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