Fairfield Public Library holds Memorial Room rededication ceremony

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library held a rededication ceremony for the Library’s Memorial Room on Nov. 8.

Last year, to commemorate Fairfield’s 375th anniversary, a campaign was begun by the Friends to refurbish and update the Main Library’s Memorial Room to include the addition of panels honoring veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf.

Through the campaign, the Friends sought out donors within the community to help offset the costs of the Memorial Room refurbishment. Twenty-two individuals, families and organizations contributed more than $8,000 to fund the project.

“This event was a celebration of Fairfield history, area veterans and the Public Library,” said State Senator Tony Hwang, a member of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “It was an honor to take part in the ceremony, to highlight and remember the sacrifices of our veterans, and to commend the Friends for all they do for Fairfield.”

Interim Friends’ President Margo Kaminsky spoke at the reception thanking the 22 donors and highlighting the organization’s commitment and dedication to the Fairfield Public Library.Before an intriguing historical presentation about the origins of the Memorial Room was given by Mona Garcia, Ph.D., Town Librarian Karen Ronald addressed the audience to explain the intricacies involved in the room’s refurbishment. Ronald remarked: “The first time I saw this jewel of a room I was overwhelmed. I knew we needed to preserve and enhance its beauty for generations to come. Talented Fairfield artist Cynthia Davis and Patrick Ganino dedicated hours of their time and talent to ensure we did so. We are so proud of their work, the history of our town, the service of our veterans and the vital role the Library plays in our community.”

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 in the town of Fairfield.

The Friends raise funds that supplement the Library’s budget for several signature programs such as One Book One Town and the Soundwaves Concert Series. The organization also funds the Library’s museum passes, the Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery, and provides support for the Library’s Summer Reading Program and Sewing Studio.

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

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library held a rededication ceremony for the Library’s Memorial Room on November 8. The event was attended by area veterans, town officials, State Senator Tony Hwang and Friends of the Fairfield Public Library.

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library held a rededication ceremony for the Library’s Memorial Room on November 8. The event was attended by area veterans, town officials, State Senator Tony Hwang and Friends of the Fairfield Public Library.

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