The Friends of Connecticut Libraries Cordially Invites You To Our

Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 9:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Avon Public Library, Community Room

281 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT. 06001

Admission is free;  however, you must register

Register early, seating is limited.

Please register using the email below.  Registration deadline is June 1, 2023.

After light refreshments, there will be a short business meeting, followed by the Annual Awards Ceremony.  This year’s winners will also be announced on

Our Connecticut State Librarian, Deborah Schander will also speak.   

The featured speaker is Susan Schoenberger, a local author and winner of the Gold Medal for Popular Fiction.

Bring $$$ for a chance at the door prize and Susan’s books.


Call Debbie Misiaszek at 860-881-7144 or email

Time to renew your FOCL membership!

Dear Friends of Libraries,

While we continue to deal with the challenges created by Covid over the last 2 years, most of us have resumed the activities needed to support our libraries and communities. Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) is here to help you. Our mission to facilitate communication, collaboration and advocacy among Friends groups and libraries throughout the state is even more important at this moment. We invite you to join/renew your membership in FOCL, along with 100 other local Friends groups, individual library friends, library directors and organizations to support this effort.

Members can take advantage of FOCL’s centralized resources for Friends groups through:

  • The FOCL website, includes an extensive resource section about Friends topics, a listing of member groups, book sale information and a newly revised Friends Handbook which is a practical guide to establishing and maintaining your local Friends group.
  • An active FOCL Facebook community.
  • FOCL-Forum, an email listserv where you can ask questions, share information and post announcements.
  • FOCL-Point, our newsletter, contains important news and ideas for Friends throughout the state.
  • Events on topics of interest include a Fall Conference to be held November 2022.  More information to follow.  Recognition of outstanding individuals, groups and projects at FOCL’s annual awards meeting is planned for Spring 2023.
  • Grants and consultations to Friends groups in need of organizational support.

We encourage you to go online to fill out your membership information and pay your dues at . (If you need help logging in or have both a group and an individual membership, email If you prefer, you can go online and print/mail your membership form with payment to FOCL by October 15. For groups, this will ensure earlier inclusion of group information in our online directory and calendar. Individual donations may be tax deductible. 

Thank you for all you do for libraries in Connecticut and for supporting FOCL’s work! Please let us know if there are any other ways we can serve your group and library.


Linda Grayson

Membership Committee Chair

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. 

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