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.  

 

Mission statement

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.


Vision statement

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.


Core values

  • Communication: to share our goals and values with all and welcome their ideas
  • Support: to provide quality resources and training in a timely manner
  • Leadership: to advocate for libraries and Friends of Libraries groups, anticipating and understanding their needs and striving to meet them with integrity
  • Teamwork: to work together with others, reflecting and celebrating our differences and showing a willingness to be flexible
  • Satisfaction: to thoughtfully accomplish something meaningful and have fun at the same time

Board of Directors

President:  Barbara Leonard, Avon

Vice-President: Frank Ridley, Meriden

Secretary: Laura Riley, Simsbury

Treasurer: Peggy Brissette, Stonington

 

Board of Directors

Gail Dunnrowicz, Manchester

Linda Grayson, Woodbury

Jennifer Hadley, Wesleyan University

Janice Hollywood, Waterbury

Shelley & Tom Hall, Stratford

Richard Lowenstein, Westport

Carl Nawrocki, Salem

Rob Sweeney, Enfield

Anita Wilson, Newington

 

 LIAISONS

To CLA: Frank Ridley

To ACLB: Vacant

ACLPD: Vacant

State Library Board: Barbara Leonard

State Library: Dawn Lavalle, Kendall Wiggin, Connecticut State Library


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