MILFORD >> Members of the Friends of the Milford Library recently gathered for their annual meeting and reception to elect officers and to recognize volunteers.

More than 60 attended, including community partners who supported the Friends in the last year.

Officers unanimously elected for two-year terms, starting in March were: Anne Bolin, re-elected president; Amy Bringardner, re-elected vice president membership; and Cathy Goldbach, treasurer.

Library Director Christine Angeli and Children’s Librarian Suzanne Harrison-Thomas thanked the members for their continued support, including the gift of a new speaker’s podium.

The Friends has a new tagline: “Because a great city deserves a great library.”

Appreciation Awards were given to members who were exceptional volunteers over the past year. Honorees included:

• Lois Barr-Button, Jack Button, Lisa Thornell-Gargiulo and Andy Gargiulo for leading the library’s first Party in the Stacks!, a fundraiser that attracted more than 150 guests for an evening.

• Peggy Bolger for her work that included a weekly shift as a greeter at the Friends’ Table and leading the Friends of the Milford Library’s High School Awards Committee, which annually gives book awards to five juniors, one from each of Milford’s high schools: The Academy, Foran, Jonathan Law, Lauralton Hall and Platt, and scholarships to two seniors.

• Pat Beers and Bob and Sandy Steady for their longtime dedication to the book sales, Oyster Festival and holiday sales.

• Janice Pellegrino for her years on the board, first as assistant treasurer and then Treasurer.

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