The Friends of Connecticut Libraries

cordially invite you to the

FOCL Fundraising Expo

Saturday, March 23, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

University of Hartford
Harry Jack Gray Center
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Admission is free; however, you must register.

Click here to print a registration form.

Click here to register online.



After a continental breakfast, and opening remarks
the following people will share their experiences:

Tom Gullotta of Connecticut River Book Auctions

Amanda Stern from Connecticut Library Consortium

Peg Busse-Library Golf

Helen Malinka-Baubles and Bling

Other fundraising ideas will be available

Click here for directions to the University of Hartford.

You will also need to print a parking permit for the day.


Questions?  Call Debbie Misiaszek @ 860-881-7144 or email




Accepting nominations for the Annual FOCL awards

Since 1983, FOCL has been recognizing outstanding local Friends organizations, groups and individuals in Connecticut.

The awards are selected from three population groups and have three categories:

  • Friends Group Award
  • Individual Achievement Award
  • Focused Project Award
Click here for more information about the awards.
Click here for the awards form.

Annual FOCL membership drive

Your membership helps FOCL support Friends groups throughout Connecticut

Reminder to join/renew if you haven't done so already!

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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