Friends of Fairfield Public Library

Friends of Fairfield Public Library

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In the Spotlight

First Selectman Proclaims October 19-25th as Friends of the Fairfield Public Library Week

In connection with the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Fairfield’s First Selectman, Michael Tetreau, has officially proclaimed October 19 through 25, 2014 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.
Elizabeth Dillabough, Chairperson of the Library Board of Trustees, says, “The Fairfield Public Library Board of Library Trustees is appreciative of the dedication and great support to the Library provided by The Friends. Enhancements to our Library as a result of their work benefit our whole community.”
The Friends are also conducting a membership drive at this time, and will have volunteers stationed at the Main and Fairfield Woods Libraries to encourage patrons to join and learn more about what The Friends do. Membership is open to all individuals, organizations and businesses.
In existence since 2003, The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the partnership between the Fairfield Public Library and the community, and advocating for quality library service for all of the people of the town of Fairfield.

Last year, in celebrating its 10 year anniversary, The Friends committed to funding the Library’s museum pass program with $10,000 a year for the next 10 years. This year, the Friends purchased a new curbside book drop for the Main Library, and provided materials for the Teen and Children’s Summer Reading programs.

Over the past ten years, The Friends have provided over $250,000 to the Library to support special programs, services and resources not included in the operating budget.

The Friends are the signature sponsor of the Fairfield Public Library’s One Book One Town celebration of reading and community. Through this sponsorship the Friends have enabled the Library to bring renowned and award-winning authors who share their experiences of reading, writing and life. Thousands of Fairfielders participate each year in this program.

For the past eight years the Friends have sponsored the Soundwaves Concert Series featuring the internationally acclaimed Lions Gate Trio in performances at the Library in the spring and fall. The Friends also manage the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery at the Main Library, where a new [free] exhibit is presented every 7-8 weeks, together with an opening reception featuring an intimate presentation by the artist(s) and the serving of light refreshments.

Finally, The Friends oversee the ongoing sale of gently used books, tapes and CD’s in The Twice REaD Room at the Main Library. The Friends’ also offer a Books as Gifts program which allows people to honor or remember a loved one with a bookplate placed in a new book to be added to the Library’s collection. Funds raised from these programs directly benefit Library.


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

Annual Meeting

Emily_LiebertThe Friends of the Fairfield Public Library are pleased to welcome Emily Liebert, author of When We Fall, as the guest speaker at their Annual Meeting of the general membership on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The meeting will take place at 7pm in the Memorial Room at the Main Library, and light refreshments will be served.

Emily Liebert is an award-winning author, New York Times bestselling editor, and TV personality. Her other books, Facebook Fairytales and You Knew Me When, are available across the globe. Emily is a graduate of Smith College and lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two sons. For more information about Emily, please visit

The Friends will conduct a brief business meeting preceding the author event on September 4th, including the election of the proposed slate of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Members and prospective members are invited to attend.

To make reservations for the Friends Annual Meeting, please email Danielle Sharp at or call 203-912-5963.

375 Campaign

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library are commemorating the Town of Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary, and the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Friends organization, by helping to refurbish the Main Library’s Memorial Room. The Room will be updated to honor those who have fallen for our country after World War I.

The Friends are seeking 24 “375th Anniversary” benefactors to contribute towards the Memorial Room’s refurbishment, and thus becoming a part of Fairfield’s history! We are close to halfway towards our goal!

Don’t miss out on this chance…please consider donating $375 to become a 375th Anniversary benefactor. Your generosity on behalf of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom will be recognized at the at the official re-opening of the Memorial Room.

Checks should be made payable to The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, and sent to 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT, attn: Danielle Sharp. Any questions, please email us at

Thank you in advance for helping with this wonderful tribute.

artpaletteNow at the Kershner Gallery

The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library invites the public to a reception for “Mixed Messages” on Saturday, October 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, with a talk by the artists at 5:30 pm. The show features four artists from City Gallery in New Haven: Sheila Kaczmarek, Mary Lesser, Paulette Rosen, and Karen Wheeler. It will run from October 12 to November 30. Read more…

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 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

Bill Hopf, President: 2014-2016

Leann Ratner, Vice-President: 2014-2016

Debby Zieff, Treasurer: 2013-2015

Margo Kaminsky, Secretary: 2014-2016

Donna Woods Orazio, Member-at-Large: 2014-2016

Khorshed Randeria, Member-at-Large: 2014-2016

Erica Green, Member-at-Large: 2014-2016

Helen D’Avanzo, Member-at-Large: 2013-2015

Dee Skott, Member-at-Large: 2013-2015

Anita Taylor, Member-at-Large: 2013-2015

Colleen Dean, Member-at-Large: 2013-2015

Liz Tardif, Member-at-Large: 2014-2016

Eleanor Gonzalez, Member-at-Large: 2013-2015

Suzanne Siano, Member-at-Large: 2013-2015

Mary Misevich, Member-at-Large: 2013-2015


Annual Reports

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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