Friends of the Fairfield Library Week is Oct. 18-24

In connection with the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Fairfield’s First Selectman, Mike Tetreau, has officially proclaimed October 18 through 24, 2015 as Friends of the Fairfield Public Library Week in the Town of Fairfield, and encourages all Fairfield residents and elected officials who are not already members of The Friends to join at this time. Copies of the signed proclamation will be on display at the Main and Fairfield Woods Libraries throughout the week.

Karen Ronald, Fairfield’s Town Librarian said, “Thank you to the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library for lending support to the Fairfield Public Library over the last 11 years. The Friends are a vital partner with the Library in providing an excellent array of programs and services to our community.”

The Friends also are conducting a membership drive at this time, and will have volunteers stationed at the Main and Fairfield Woods Libraries to encourage patrons to join and learn more about what The Friends do. Membership is open to all individuals, organizations and businesses.

In existence since 2003, The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the partnership between the Fairfield Public Library and the community, and advocating for quality library service for all of the people of the town of Fairfield.

Over the past 12 years, The Friends have provided over $300,000 to the Library to support special programs, services and resources not included in the operating budget, including a commitment to fund the Library’s museum pass program with $10,000 a year for 10 years.

The Friends are the signature sponsor of the Fairfield Public Library’s One Book One Town celebration of reading and community. Through this sponsorship the Friends have enabled the Library to bring renowned and award-winning authors who share their experiences of reading, writing and life. Thousands of Fairfielders participate each year in this program.

For the past nine years the Friends have sponsored the Soundwaves Concert Series featuring the internationally acclaimed Lions Gate Trio in performances at the Library in the spring and fall. The Friends also manage the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery at the Main Library, where a new [free] exhibit is presented every 7-8 weeks, together with an opening reception featuring an intimate presentation by the artist(s) and the serving of light refreshments.

Finally, The Friends oversee the ongoing sale of gently used books, tapes and CD’s in The Twice REaD Room at the Main Library, and offer a Books as Gifts program which allows people to honor or remember a loved one with a bookplate placed in a new book to be added to the Library’s collection. Funds raised from these programs directly benefit the Library.

For more information about the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/our-community/friends-of-fairfield-public-library/.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. For more information about Library programs, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fairfieldpublib and Facebook: www.facebook.com/fairfieldlibrary.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau with Friends of the Fairfield Public Library President Bill Hopf.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau with Friends of the Fairfield Public Library President Bill Hopf.

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