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.
Founded in 1979 FOCL now includes over 100 local Friends groups, organizations such as the Connecticut Library Association and the Association of Connecticut Library Boards, various book sellers and many individual members.
Our Board of Directors consists of representatives of local Friends from across Connecticut. Each year at our annual meeting we honor outstanding Friends, hear from local authors and conduct a bit of business.
Friends of Connecticut Libraries is a statewide support group whose members believe libraries are essential. FOCL exists to promote library enrichment by helping Friends groups support their libraries through education, advocacy, training and resources.
Friends of Connecticut Libraries is dedicated to helping Connecticut residents realize their full potential. Lives are enriched through a lifelong relationship with ideas, art, literature, information and technology. Through FOCL’s efforts, Friends groups will help support their libraries, thereby enhancing the cultural, educational and career opportunities available to Connecticut residents. Friends of Libraries groups will become a real force to be reckoned with.
President: Barbara Leonard, Avon
Vice-President: Frank Ridley, Meriden
Secretary: Laura Riley, Simsbury
Treasurer: Peggy Brissette, Stonington
Board of Directors
Gail Dunnrowicz, Manchester
Zeena Garber, Southbury
Linda Grayson, Woodbury
Jennifer Hadley, Wesleyan University
Shelley & Tom Hall, Stratford
Richard Lowenstein, Westport
Carl Nawrocki, Salem
Rob Sweeney, Enfield
Anita Wilson, Newington
To CLA: Frank Ridley
To ACLB: Vacant
State Library Board: Barbara Leonard
State Library: Dawn Lavalle, Kendall Wiggin, Connecticut State Library