An update on the annual Friends of Connecticut Libraries Awards 2020

Dear Friends,

We live in a different world than when we started the 2020 awards process a few months ago.  With all that has gone on in the meantime -- being personally and professional quarantined, libraries closed, events cancelled including the FOCL Annual Conference and our Friends groups not meeting -- we are suspending the awards process for 2020.

The providers of applications received to date will be notified to ask if they want to keep the awards application for 2021, or submit a new one.

At this time, we need to rebuild our lives and our organizations.  We need to be creative, as it appears many of the old ways we have done things will not work.

So, for your libraries, please focus on what is important -- maintaining the Friends of the Library group in your town and supporting your libraries and your fellow Friends members. 

Any questions?  Please contact me at

Stay well and stay safe.

Pam Monahan

Friends of Connecticut Libraries

Awards Committee Chair

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