Who are the Friends of the Cossitt Library?

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Established in 1957, the Friends of Cossitt Library (FOC) is a group of volunteers devoted to the enrichment of library services, materials, and facilities at Cossitt Library.

 The members of the FOC generously dedicate their time to assisting with special events and celebrations at Cossitt, bringing books to local retirement villages, creating a holiday gift book program, and providing the coffee cart for library patrons. Members are always looking for volunteers to assist in decorating for the holidays, helping to maintain the Cossitt garden beds, and helping with events.

Beginning in 2018, the FOC has worked to secure funding via the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to make much-needed improvements on the Cossitt Library building. To date, its efforts have resulted in over $20,000 in grant funding for the town in support of the Cossitt branch library. The Friends of Cossitt Library meets the third Tuesday of the month.

How to get involved: Help the Friends of Cossitt preserve and nurture Cossitt Library in the 21st century while retaining the ambiance and personal service of an earlier, gentler era by joining the FOC (membership forms are available at both branches of the library, and on the website) or by donating to the organization.

Gifts from the Friends of Cossitt to the library are used for adult, teen, children and family programming, and DVD collection at Cossitt Library. Past projects include improvements for the children’s room, the annex, new roof, shelving, outdoor furnishings and plantings, and the adult room restoration