Friends of Fairfield Public Library

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Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery
Twice REad Book Sale Room


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In the Spotlight


The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library Year End Appeal

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library is a 501(c)(3) 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 in the town of Fairfield.

We raise funds that supplement the Library’s budget for programming and services.

The past year and a half has been difficult for everyone, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt by many. We hope you are safe and well. We also hope that the Fairfield Public Library was able to provide you with some relief, assistance or even an escape during these scary times. While the physical building was temporarily closed, significantly, library services in Fairfield never ceased.

We have been able to continue our support of the Fairfield Public Library and its virtual programs and services throughout the pandemic because of the generosity we received from the community. Now that the Library has re-opened to the public, we hope programs and services will eventually return to normal as well. And while the Friends look forward to once again hosting in person events and fundraisers in the near future, we will, nevertheless, need to continue relying on memberships and individual donations to help us sponsor programs such as

  • Museum Passes
  • One Book One Town
  • Soundwaves Concert Series
  • Bruce S. Kershner Gallery
  • Summer Reading

Whether you are already a Friends member, or just learning about us now, please help us continue to enhance the library experience for all users by making a tax-deductible, year-end gift to the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library today. Together, we can make our great library even greater!

Click here to donate online to The Friends, or print out this form and mail or deliver to the Friends.


This week, the Town of Fairfield, CT celebrates
the 16th Annual National Friends of Libraries Week
by recognizing and honoring its own local Friends Organization.
First Selectwoman, Brenda Kupchick, proclaimed that
“October 17 through October 23, 2021 is
Friends of the Fairfield Public Library Week.”
Selectwoman, Nancy Lefkowitz, stated
“I am proud to be a friend of the Fairfield Public Library
as we collectively honor this week-long celebration
of the organization that supports our beloved libraries.”

Shown L to R: David Gray, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees; Danielle Sharp, Director of Development for the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library; Brenda Kupchick, First Selectwoman, Town of Fairfield; Jan Fisher, Acting Town Librarian; and Tom Flynn, Selectman, Town of Fairfield. Not shown, Nancy Lefkowitz, Selectwoman, Town of Fairfield.

Shown L to R: David Gray, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees; Danielle Sharp, Director of Development for the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library; Brenda Kupchick, First Selectwoman, Town of Fairfield; Jan Fisher, Acting Town Librarian; and Tom Flynn, Selectman, Town of Fairfield. Not shown, Nancy Lefkowitz, Selectwoman, Town of Fairfield.


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Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield

In the Spring of 2018, The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library was chosen by the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield as their charitable partner for the upcoming year. In January, 2019, we were presented with a $9,000 check from the proceeds of the JWC’s Santa’s House to help fund the Fairfield Public Library’s beloved One Book One Town Progam this year. This Spring, the JWC extended our partnership for another year to assist in funding OBOT 2020


Jennifer Weiner on June 14th

The Friends are incredibly grateful to b.good FairfieldCentro Ristorante & Bar – Fairfield, and Chef’s Table for providing the food at our author event with Jennifer Weiner on June 14th, and to Mo’s Wine & Spirits for supplying us with the wine!!! Please visit all of these places, and when you do, thank them for supporting The Fairfield Public Library!


10th Annual Literary Luncheon

The Friends would like to take a moment to thank all those who helped to make our 10th Annual Literary Luncheon a huge success, starting with our guest speaker, Martha Hall Kelly, AuthorThe Patterson Club, and the over 190 attendees.

We are beyond grateful for the support of our Title Sponsors, Fairfield Country Day School and The Loya Family (Jennifer Knuth Loya); the Table Sponsors, Robert A. Cardello ArchitectsHarry’s Wine & Liquor Market, and Kumon; and Event Sponsor, Maplewood at Southport.

Many thanks to the following local florists and designers who donated centerpieces for the luncheon: Coreen’s Bridge Floral ShopFresh Flower BarGanim’s Garden Center and Florist, LLCFairfield Florist CT; and Hansen’s Flower Shop. Your generosity and talents were very much appreciated!

Thank you to the vendors who participated in our first ever pop-up at the luncheon: Wendy Loves This (Wendy Stewart Mount); Witchy Poo AccessoriesBeautycounter (Melissa LaJoie Murphy); Peach(Angela Mushkin); and Woofgang & Co. We hope our guests will continue to shop your wares.

Our appreciation for Craig Kennedy and Fairfield University Bookstore, as well as Regina Madwed and Capitol PhotoInteractive, has no bounds. The event would not be the same without you!

Click here to view Regina’s album of the event: https://www.facebook.com/regina.madwed/media_set…

We are in the business of supporting The Fairfield Public Library, and together – with all of you – we make a great library even greater.


Mini Golf

Thank you Christie/Coghlan Investment Management, LLC for being the lead sponsor at our Mini-Golf event this year!!! We appreciate your support! https://fa.wellsfargoadvisors.com/christie-coghlan/

Thank you also to Little Pub Fairfield and Bnp Associates for your 2019 Mini-Golf Sponsorships and support of The Fairfield Public 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!


Former Friends’ President Margo Kaminsky presenting Town Librarian Helene Murtha with a check for $10,000 for the Library’s museum pass program.


See photos from 2018 Mini Golf!

See photos from the 9th Annual Literary Luncheon with Ali Wentworth.

See images from the 8th Annual Literary Luncheon with Jane Green.

See photos from the 2016 Annual Meeting

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. 


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

Leann Ratner, President: 2020-2022
Erica Green, Vice President: 2020-2022
Dayna Sproule, Treasurer: 2020-2022
Margo Schiff, Secretary: 2020-2022
Margo Kaminsky, Member-at-Large: 2020-2022
Helen D’Avanzo, Member-at-Large: 2019-2021
Suzanne Siano, Member-at-Large: 2019-2021
Mary Misevich, Member-at-Large: 2020-2022
Lori Gresham, Member-at-Large: 2020-2022
Jennifer Butler, Member-at-Large: 2020-2022
Mike Foley, Member-at-Large: 2019-2021
Debby Zieff, Member-at-Large: 2019-2021
Kathy Scoville, Member-at-Large: 2019-2021
Donna Cahill, Member-at-Large: 2019-2021
Kristine Carroll, Member-at-Large: 2019-2021
Jacqui Coghlan, Member-at-Large: 2020-2022
Liz Tardif, Member-at-Large/Kershner Gallery Manager: 2020-2022
Director of Development: Danielle Sharp

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

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 Add to Cart 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