Save the date: The annual FOCL Conference will be held

on  March 23, 2019 at the University of Hartford. 

Stay tuned for more details in the near future. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Annual FOCL membership drive

Your membership helps FOCL support Friends groups throughout Connecticut

Join/renew soon!

Join with other Friends groups, libraries, and library advocates to support FOCL’s work on behalf of Friends groups throughout Connecticut.  Your membership enables FOCL to compile and share information on all aspects of Friends groups (fundraising, programming, advocacy, membership, volunteering, organization, etc.) through newsletters, workshops, conferences, meetings, the web site, and advisory visits to new Friends groups. Members receive discounted conference registration, the newsletter, and group listing in the directory and calendar.  Individual donations may be tax deductible. 

Because the cost of providing online and printed resources has risen, there is a small increase in membership fees this year, the first in several years.  This will be used to continue to enhance the services FOCL can share with you. 

Click to join/renew online.  Printable forms are also available there.  Paper forms are being mailed to the current mailing list, or you can request a copy by emailing  

Thank you in advance for your support and for all you do as a Friend of libraries!


Congratulations to the 2018 FOCL Award Winners!

Individual Achievement Awards

Linda Chapron, Farmington
Marge Fiske, Prospect
Natalie Harbeson, Newington
Sarah Hart, Simsbury
Elizabeth Lane, Salem
Cris Nichols, Ridgefield
Helen Rizzo, Guilford
Elizabeth Tyburski, Falls Village

Focused Project Awards

Friends of the Case Memorial Library-Orange
Groton Public Library Circle of Friends

Group Award
Friends of the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme

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.

Become a member

As a member of FOCL you become a part of a community of Friends groups, as well as individual, institutional, and corporate supporters, throughout Connecticut. 

Join us

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