Friends of Milford Library announce accomplishments, plans for 2016
MILFORD >> The Friends of Milford Library, a non-profit volunteer organization that sustains the programs and activities of the Milford Public Library that are not supported in the City budget, recently reported its results for 2015 and presented plans for the new year.
“We have had an extraordinarily active year,” said President Anne Bolin in presenting a summary of activities and achievement for 2015 which have included:
• Raising nearly $24,000 through book sales in the Library, new book sale events at the Oyster Festival and the Lamplight Stroll, donations and membership dues;
• Sponsoring adult programs including lectures, concerts, movies, dance programs, workshops and classes, such as the genealogy and gardening series;
• Supporting children’s programs, including the creative writing club for tweens, story hours, summer reading clubs, drama workshops, seasonal passes for families to enjoy Connecticut museums and zoos;
• Enlarging the audiences for both our adult and children’s programs — with more than 16,360 children and 4,800 adults participating in 2015;
• Designing, constructing, stocking and overseeing three new Little Libraries — at the Y, Gulf Beach and Walnut Beach — to join the ‘Books for Commuters’ Library’ at the Milford Train Station;
• Inaugurating the Friends’ Book Award, with presentations in June to five juniors, each at one of the five high schools in Milford;
• Launching “Fridays with Friends” informal get togethers, sometimes with speakers and including two trips — to visit the renovated Sterling Library at Yale and a trip to New York to see the Grolier Library and the New York Public Library;
• Initiating a “Welcome to Milford” program, in collaboration with other Milford organizations, creating packets to introduce newcomers to Milford;
• Increasing the number and involvement of our volunteers, especially staffing our new Friends Table where we logged more than 1,400 hours greeting library patrons;
• Creating an oral history project of video interviews with artists who have paintings in the City of Milford’s Permanent Art Collection;
• Producing ideas for new fund-raising events, including a silent auction for a Safari trip, to help raise dollars to support programs and activities of the Milford Library that are not part of the city budget.
“Not only are we excited about our 2015 accomplishments, but we are looking forward to the activities and programs planned for the new year,” said Bolin.
“Discussions with the high school faculty convinced us of the need that exists in our community to assist students in their pursuit of higher education,” noted Bolin. “We are delighted to announce that we have established two scholarships, which will be awarded to a Jonathan Law and a Foran senior. Criteria for the $500 scholarships are being established by a Friends’ committee, working with representatives from the high schools.
“Our Friends’ High School Book Award will be presented for a second year to a member of the Junior Class at each of the five high schools in Milford - Jonathan Law, Lauralton Hall, The Academy, Foran and Platt Tech. The award recognizes one student per school who has exhibited outstanding personal character, made a positive impact on their school or community, and demonstrated a strong and consistent love of reading.
“We will continue our Little Libraries, Oral History and Welcome to Milford programs. Committees will be meeting over the winter to determine detailed plans for work during 2016. We welcome all who would like to join us in making these interesting projects a reality.” Bolin said.
To learn more about the Friends, visit www.milfordlibrary.org and click on the link for Friends of the Milford Library. A volunteer application can be completed on line. Email the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Friends on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FriendsofMilfordLibrary.