The Friends of Connecticut Libraries

Cordially Invite You to Our

Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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

Middlesex Community Collage

100 Training Hill Road

Middletown, CT, 06457

Chapman Hall, 2nd Floor

Admission is free, however you must register.

The will be a short business meeting and followed by the annual awards ceremony This year’s winners include individuals and Friends groups from Cheshire, Essex, East Hampton, Madison, Orange Wethersfield and Wolcott.

Our featured speaker is author James Herbert Smith who edited the book “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits”. The book is a collection of stories and columns of newspaper women from CT. The author will sign books after the program (books will be available for purchase).

The program will conclude with our famous Tea Cup Raffle and networking,


Call Carl Nawrocki at 860 859-1641 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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