FOCL Chats!  

FOCL Chats are a place for FOCL members to share their successes, express their pain points, and problem solve based on peer learnings. These 1hr virtual meet ups will cover a variety of topics that are timely and relevant to Friends groups. Registration for each session will be limited to no more than 10 people to provide a welcoming and conversational environment where everyone’s voice can be heard.

The FOCL Chats will be moderated by a member of the FOCL Board. At the beginning of each chat we will be reviewing zoom etiquette. To ensure everyone gets a chance to speak we will be enforcing 5 min windows per library. 

We look forward to chatting more! 

- FOCL Board


Topic of Discussion: Friends Presence in the Community

Saturday, May 1

For our next FOCL Chat we are asking Friends groups around the state - "How is your Friends group keeping their presence in the community?" (Volunteering, Partnerships, PR, etc.) We ask that you come prepared with a digest version of how your group has kept visibility within their community, what you are planning in 2021 and/or any questions you want to pose to the group.

Register below!

May 1 @ 9:00 am - Small Libraries (Less than 15,000) 

May 1 @ 10:30 am - Medium Libraries (15,000 - 25,000)

May 1 @ 12:00 pm - Large Libraries (Over 25,000) 


Topic of Discussion: Book Sales 

Saturday, January 16

We asked Friends to come prepared with a digest version of how their group's book sales have been affected this past year, what they are planning in 2021 and/or any questions they wanted to pose to the group. 

Watch the recordings from each chat below! 

Read notes from each chat here 

Small Libraries (Less than 15,000)

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Burlington, Essex, Harwinton, Killingsworth, Portland, Prospect


Medium Libraries (15,000 - 25,000) 

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Avon, Ellington, Madison, Mystic, Old Lyme


Large Libraries (Over 25,000) 

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Branford, Farmington, Glastonbury, Milford, New Britain, Newtown, South Windsor, Wallingford, West Haven


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