National Friends of Libraries Week October 17-23

Fairfield, Connecticut – The Fairfield Public Library will be spending the week of October 17-23, 2021 celebrating its Friends of the Library organization as part of the 16th National Friends of the Library Week.

Exists since 2003, Friends of 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 residents of the Town of Fairfield.

Over the past eighteen years, The friends have provided over $ 450,000 to the Library to support special programs, services and resources not included in the operating budget, including a commitment to fund the Library’s museum pass program with 10,000 $ per year for 10 years.

Acting City Librarian Jan Fisher said: “We couldn’t do what we are doing without the generous support of the Friends of FPL. Their dedicated service and advocacy provide a wealth of opportunities and resources for the community. We are lucky to have such great friends!

For fourteen years The friends sponsored the Soundwaves concert series featuring the internationally renowned Lions Gate Trio in library performances in the spring and fall. The friends also manage the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery at the Main Library, where a new art exhibit is presented every 7-8 weeks, as well as an opening reception with intimate artist presentations and light refreshments.

After the temporary closure of the Kershner Gallery, as well as a one-year suspension of Soundwaves concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The friends are delighted to announce the reopening of the Gallery from Thursday, October 7 with the current exhibition “In the wings»And a Soundwaves concert scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Main Library.

As part of their fundraising efforts, The friends oversee the continued sale of lightly used books, tapes and CDs in the READ TWICE Room at the Main Library and offers an ex-libris giveaway program that allows people to honor or remember a loved one with an ex-libris placed in a new book to add to the library’s collection . Funds raised through these programs directly benefit the Library.

To commemorate National Library Friends Week, tables will be set up in both libraries, Sunday through Saturday, with Friends brochures and materials. Customers are encouraged to join in and learn more about what Friends do.

The Friends will offer a free book of their READ TWICE Room for anyone joining the organization at Main Library Ambassador’s Office at the following times: Monday Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday October 19, 10 am-6pm; Wednesday October 20, 10 am-12pm and 2 pm-4pm; Thursday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday October 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on the Friends of Fairfield Public Library, please visit

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