Milford Library Friends receive statewide recognition

The Friends of Connecticut Libraries, a statewide support group including over 100 local Friends groups, has awarded a 2016 Outstanding Friends Group Award to the Friends of the Milford Library.

“We are very proud to be one of only three communities in the state that has been chosen to be honored for work that has been accomplished in the past year by our Friends group,” noted Christine Angeli, Milford Public Library director.

The Friends of the Milford Library, a nonprofit, all volunteer organization, fund various public programming at the library for children and adults. This past year, while continuing to operate the ongoing daily book sale, the Friends instituted a number of new programs including:

  • Coordinating the construction, maintenance and stocking of three Little Libraries throughout the city, plus a “Commuter Take a Book” shelf at the train station.

  • Soliciting community donations and assembling “Welcome to Milford” packets for new residents and library users.

  • Instituting high school book awards for juniors at five public and private high schools in Milford, including a special awards ceremony for the students, their families and school and local officials.

  • Organizing an oral history project in which high school students and volunteers coordinate, conduct and record interviews with artists represented in the City of Milford Permanent Art Collection.

  • Expanding the ongoing book sale to include two large community events, the Milford Oyster Festival and the Lamplight Stroll.

  • Instituting a greeter table in the library lobby, in which Friends members greet patrons, answer questions and accept gift donations.

  • Arranging monthly meet-ups, “Fridays with Friends,” for Friends members, as well as trips to area museums and attractions.

  • Reinstituting a quarterly newsletter.

  • Exploring new ideas for fundraising, such as silent auctions and benefit galas.

  • Re-organizing membership procedures so that every member gets personally contacted about membership, renewals and getting involved in the organization.

“We are excited to have been chosen to receive this award and will attend the annual meeting of the Friends of Connecticut Libraries on June 11 where it will be presented to our group,” said Friends President Anne Bolin.