Annual Fall Conference Report

At FOCL's annual Fall Conference at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday, November 18, 2017, the theme was how Friends groups can reach out to all members of the community to join together in supporting the library.  With over 80 participants representing 30 Friends groups from throughout the state, the conference was an excellent opportunity to network, and share ideas during the question and answer periods.

After a welcome to CCSU by Dr. Carl Antonucci, Director of Library Services, and an update on the State Library budget by State Librarian, Ken Wiggin, Jean Canosa Albano, the Assistant Director for Public Services at the Springfield (MA) City Library, spoke about how to engage with people who have a stake in the library's success, learn about their aspirations, and inspire more of them to become active library users and Friends.  The slides from her presentation, "Libraries are for Everyone, Knowing your Community, Growing your Friends Group" are available here Dawn La Valle, Director of Library Development for the State of CT and former non-English speaking outreach/liaison librarian, and three panelists from diverse communities, Leticia Cotto, Hartford Public Library; Yelena Klumpus, Ferguson Library, Stamford; and Suzanne Maryeski, Library Director, New London Public Library, shared strategies to plan for the needs of diverse communities.  The next issue of FOCLPoint, the FOCL newsletter will include detailed descriptions of these workshops. 

The day ended with a presentation by Carl Nawrocki and Kate Byroade, the Connecticut Library Association Vice President and director of Craigin Memorial Library, on the results of a survey of library directors' views of  their Friends groups.  The large number of responses (119) indicates that directors are very interested in their Friends groups. 

Click below to download the results:


Autumn is FOCL Membership renewal time

Your membership enables FOCL to continue to serve as a central resource for Friends groups throughout Connecticut.  New members are welcome too.  Our goal is to help your Friends group -- and library -- be even more successful! 

To renew or join:

Friends Groups click here.

Individuals/Organizations click here.

Online payment is now available.  Paper forms are in the mail to current members.

If you have questions or need help with the renewal process, email FOCL at  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you to those who have already renewed!



Congratulations to the 2017 FOCL Annual Winners!

Individual Achievement Awards
Lisa Berman, Avon -- Ginny Canfield and Kirby Klump, Ridgefield

Focused Project Award
Friends of the Milford Library

Group Award
Friends of the New Milford Library

You can read about each of the winners in the August issue of FOCL-Point.  See photos from the event below. 

Check out our Summer 2017 Newsletter detailing the conference here

What is FOCL?

The Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) is a non-profit organization consisting of local Friends groups, organizations and individual members who believe that libraries are an essential resource for the citizens of our State. 

We provide newsletters, workshops, conferences and visitations that support Friends functions such as fundraising, sponsorship of educational and entertainment programs, advocacy for their library, and in-library volunteer work like shelving and data processing.

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