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Friends of the Library

Welcome!  Thank you for your interest in the Friend of the Library. The Friends is an all-volunteer organization devoted to strengthening the partnership between the Library and our community through support, volunteerism, and advocacy. Our vision is that our community recognizes the Library as a treasured resource and is committed to its success.

Some Friends maintain membership to show support of our mission, while others have time to volunteer. The Friends strengthen our not-for-profit Library with fundraising through our Phoebe’s Bookcellar, our volunteer efforts to beautiful the Library grounds, and hosting social occasions to build support of the Library.

We are a member of The Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL), a non-profit organization consisting of Connecticut Friends groups, organizations and individual members who believe that libraries are an essential resource for the citizens of our State.

How we work with the Library
The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is a non-profit private library association that serves as Old Lyme’s public library. Its operations rely on the financial generosity of the Community, an existing endowment fund, as well as partial funding from the Town of Old Lyme and the State of Connecticut. Phoebe’s BookCellar, operated by Friends of the Library volunteers, helps provide additional funding for Library books, materials, and services.

The Library is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. The Trustees oversee the Library’s strategic direction, finances, communications, and development (fundraising) among other things. The Friends have a representative attend Trustee meetings, and a Trustee representative attends our quarterly Council meetings.

The Library Staff manages day-to-day Library operations, with their Director reporting regularly to the Trustees. There are currently ten staff members. The Friends Council regularly works with Library Staff to plan special events and promote library services.

2021-2022 Friends of the Library Council

  • Officers
    • Chair: Martha Shoemaker
    • Vice-Chair: Beth Cote
    • Treasurer: Steven Ross
    • Secretary: Suzanne McAuliffe
  • BookCellar
    • BookCellar Co-Chair: Claudia Condon
    • BookCellar Co-Chair: Joan Overfield
  • Hospitality
    • Suzy Bolduc
  • Garden
    • Eleanor Hufford
  • Membership/Nominating 
    • Jennifer Harvill
  • Non-Voting Members
    • Board Liaison: Mary Dangremond
    • Library Director: Katie Huffman
    • Staff Representative: Katie Balocca

2020-2021 Friends Annual Meeting & Report

2018-2019 Friends Annual Report

Friends of the Library Bylaws