About the Friends
The Friends of the Shelton Libraries Board of Directors are individuals, families and businesses who share an appreciation for the resources and services provided by the Shelton Libraries. Currently, the officers are:
Megan Allen - President
Donna Martin - Vice President
Denese Deeds - Treasurer
Jo Ann Patters - Secretary
The Work We Do
The Friends fund and present varying programs throughout the year. These adult programs are open to both members and nonmembers:
- Plumb Memorial Library's book sales
- Huntington Branch Library's book sale
- The Murder Mystery Dinner
- Oscar Forecast with Joe Meyers, entertainment critic, Connecticut Post
- A Floral Arrangement and Design class
- The Adult Summer Reading Program
In addition, we offer:
- Six museum passes at the Huntington Branch are underwritten by the Friends.
- This allows any Shelton library card holder, free or discounted admission to
- The Stepping Stones Museum for Children
- The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
- The Peabody Museum at Yale
- The Institute for American Indian Studies
Join The Friends
We focus on three key areas, and are sure that one of them will work best for you. Please take a moment and see how you would like to get involved.
Our members are our most ardent advocates:
- Within our Shelton community, in every day conversations, each member contributes to the overall success of the Friends.
- Attending the open meeting of the Board of Apportionment and Taxation at City Hall, is an opportunity for the members to advocate for the library budget as presented by the library Director.
- The Friends of the Shelton Libraries (FOTSL) are members of the state wide Friends of Connecticut Libraries. Through this membership, the Shelton Friends are kept current on state and national library achievements, concerns, and issues.
Members and nonmembers volunteer their time in many different ways:
- For a single event such as Shelton Day.
- Being a member of a Friends committee.
- Leading a committee as a chairperson
- Assisting at annual ongoing Friends and Library activities.
- Writing informative articles for the web and print.
- Creating and hosting new Friends programs
Financial self support is accomplished by:
- Honor or remembrance of a loved one
- The Murder Mystery Dinner
- Partnerships with Shelton businesses
Looking Back - Adult Summer Reading Program 2015
The Shelton libraries celebrated the end of another successful Adult Summer Reading Program with a party at the Huntington Branch Library on Thursday, August 13, 2015. This past summer, 172 readers read a total of 748 books as part of this program. For eight weeks, readers submitted reviews of books that they read, in hopes of winning one of the weekly prizes generously donated by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. Prizes were gift cards to Written Words, Focaccia’s, Donut Crazy, Rita’s Ices, Wells Hollow Creamery, Jones Winery, Bricks and Barley, and Royal Bakery.
Reviews were compiled each week and displayed at each of the libraries.
The culminating activity was the party which was attended by about 25 people, who, in addition to enjoying some delicious snacks, each received a paperback book and a chance to win one other the raffle prizes. Look for this program again next summer as we attempt to reach a goal of 250 readers reading 1000 books!