Friends of Fairfield Public Library

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




Do Something Cool This Summer…Donate to The Friends!!!

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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 from memberships, our annual fundraisers, and our ongoing Book Sales to support Library progamming and services.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Friends were forced to cancel the 2020 Literary Luncheon, Mini-Golf Event and our Spring Book Sale as well. The fate of our Fall Fundraiser – The Food Truck Festival – is uncertain at this time.

Now more than ever, we will need to rely on individual donations and annual memberships to help support the Fairfield Public Library as they face budget cuts to staff and materials.

Please consider joining or renewing your Friends’ Membership today and/or making a one time donation to help support The Fairfield Public Library.  Use the Quick Links to join, renew and/or donate!

Our Great Library

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The Fairfield Public Library is one of our Town’s greatest assets. It serves as a community center and resource for residents of all ages, supports our public school system, and adds to Fairfield’s real and perceived value.

Today, and in the coming months – amidst the continuing challenges COVID-19 presents to the community – the Library shines as a beacon of hope, offering patrons of all ages a plethora of digital options, all freely available with just a library card, to advance educational opportunities, maintain social distancing and offer in-home entertainment. It’s one of the few places in the community that while physically closed, its virtual doors remain open to all.

Digital Resources and Programming are Available!

Article ImageAlthough the physical building remains closed, please continue to use the Fairfield Public Library as a resource for information and entertainment. The Library’s website and app provide a wealth of offerings to Fairfield residents. Books (ebooks and audiobooks); Music; Movies; and Learning Resources are all available! Visit the Digital Resource page on the Library’s website here.

And join in on the Library’s Virtual Programming, whether it’s Book Clubs, Story Times, College Planning, the JOBS Series, Tech Help, Meditation, Zumba, or a Virtual Sew Studio with Clothing Designer Jennifer Butler! You can find a myriad of Virtual Programming here.

We Make a Great Library Even Greater

Summer Reading

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library are proud to support the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge each year. Our financial support provides necessary supplies and encouraging prizes, which help the Library Staff make each year’s Summer Reading Program a success.

Despite the cancellation of several of our annual fundraisers, the Friends will, nevertheless, sponsor the Library’s Summer Reading Program again this year.

Summer Reading has gone VIRTUAL, and this summer it’s about children, teens and adults. Read and be eligible to win some great prizes. This year’s Reading Challenge runs June 22-August 22. Registration opens Monday, June 8th on the Library’s website.



Join the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library for a Literary Luncheon


Special Guests Greer Hendricks, Liv Constantine and Wendy Walker

Moderated by Zibby Owens


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 12-2pm at The Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield, CT 06824

Tickets are $78 per person and include lunch, dessert, and a glass of wine.

Reservations are required. Click here to buy tickets now.

Please contact Danielle Sharp at or (203) 912-5963 with questions or for more information.



Greer Hendricks

Moderated by Zibby Owens, creator and host of the award winning literary podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books

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:…

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!

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

artpaletteNow at the Kershner Gallery: The Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library invites the public to a reception for “Memories”, a community art show, on Friday, January 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The show can be seen from January 25 to March 21 during library hours. 
For questions, email or call 203-246-9065.

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. 


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

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


Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

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 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.


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