Friends of Milford Library announce ‘banner’ year

Brennan Lawless, 3, of Milford, builds a Lego tower while playing at the Milford Public Library.

Brennan Lawless, 3, of Milford, builds a Lego tower while playing at the Milford Public Library.

Friends of the Milford Library have announced they had a “banner year,” in 2017 because of the “creativity, boundless energy and hard work of its many volunteers.”

“We gave our library enthusiastic support and provided several meaningful and popular services to our community,” President Anne Bolin said in a release. “Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. For the second year in a row, we received an award from the Friends of Connecticut Libraries, this year for our creation of Party in the Stacks!, beautifully imagined and chaired in 2016 by Lois Barr-Button and Lisa Thornell Gargiulo.”

From January 2017 through November, 5,150 adults attended 285 programs and 12,418 children attended 253 programs funded by the Friends., the press release notes.

The activities funded by the Friends, the press relates states, include:

• The adult and children’s programs offered free to the public by the library each month have been paid for from proceeds from membership contributions, public donations, the second annual Party in the Stacks!, the September Barnes and Noble event, special book sales along with the Friends ongoing book sale.

• Improvements to the program room, including purchase of a podium and sound system that have greatly enhanced the library’s presentations and six new tables that will be arriving by the start of the new year

• The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which encourages the youngest members of the community to develop a love of reading early in life and a season pass to Long Wharf Theatre that provides two free tickets to each performance

The volunteer group also managed several programs that have grown this year, including:

• The Welcome to Milford committee, for which volunteer Pam Pilla is chairwoman, distributed more than 200 packets of information on the city and area non-profits to new library card subscribers.

• Five book awards and two scholarships presented to outstanding Milford students by Peggy Bolger and the High School Awards Committee.

• The Friends Little Libraries Committee, for which Lisa Thornell Gargiulo is chairwoman, distributed hundreds of books to readers all over town.

• The popular Friends Table in the Library lobby, with its staff of welcoming and helpful committee members, chaired by Carm DeVito, expanded its hours this year so that there is coverage from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. nearly every day.

The Friends will celebrate their 2017 accomplishments and 2018 plans Jan. 28 at the annual thank you party and annual meeting. For more information about the Friends, email