The Fairfield Public Library announces that in celebration of the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Fairfield’s First Selectman, Mike Tetreau, has officially proclaimed Sunday, October 15 through Saturday, October 21, 2017 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 both the Main and Fairfield Woods Branch Libraries throughout the week.
“The Fairfield Public Library is deeply grateful for the generous support of The Friends,” said Sonal Rajan, Chair of the Fairfield Public Library Board of Trustees. She continued, “The Friends promote, advocate, fundraise and volunteer on behalf of the Library, bringing together the staff, Trustees, Friends and patrons in a partnership that creates a powerful force to help sustain one of the Town’s most important resources for babies to seniors and all residents in between. During National Friends of Libraries Week, we ask the Town’s residents to celebrate The Friends’ contributions and ‘Friend Your Library’ by becoming a Friend and making a lasting difference for the Fairfield Public Library.”
The Friends are also conducting a membership drive at this time and will have volunteers stationed at the Main and Fairfield Woods Branch 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.
Over the past 14 years, The Friends have provided over $300,000 to the Library to support special programs, services and resources not included in the operating budget, including a commitment to fund the Library’s Museum Pass program with $10,000 a year for 10 years.
Recently, The Friends hosted the first-ever Fairfield Food Truck Festival at Jennings Beach to raise money for the Library. The event, with over 4,000 people in attendance throughout the day, raised over $18,000 in much needed funds for the Library.
For the past ten 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] art exhibit is presented every seven to eight 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 in The Twice REaD Room at the Main Library, and 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 the Library.
For more information about the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, please visit http://fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/our-community/friends-of-fairfield-public-library/.
All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. For more information about Library programs, visit us online at: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.
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Photo: First Selectman Mike Tetreau issues a proclamation at the Main Library designating October 15-21, 2017 as “Friends of the Fairfield Public Library Week” to Nancy Coriaty, Acting Town Librarian, Sonal Rajan, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees, Margo Kaminsky, President of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, and Danielle Sharp, Director of Development of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library.