Friends of NHCL

Latest Friends News

May 2021 News

It has been a while (too long!) for news from the Friends of the Library. We have not met since May 2020, but we are hopeful for a busy post-COVID future and look forward to working with our new library director Katie Mile-Riordan.

The friends have been a sort of sidekick to the library for a long time. We come together to support fundraising and educational events for the library and community. We have run the spring and fall book sales, February's Chocolate Delight Night at the Lincoln Peak Winery, sponsored speakers from the Vermont Humanities Council, and hosted numerous other library events. With a new librarian beginning soon, it will be exciting to continue supporting the library. Friends of the Library is a friendly, informal group that we heartily encourage and welcome you to join. Look for notices of meetings and other information in future updates.

May 2020 News - COVID-19 crisis

It will be no surprise to anyone that there will be no Spring Book Sale coming up in May. And no Friends of the Library meeting on May 6. In the past the Book Sale has coincided with Green Up Day, an event that has already been postponed. When we do reschedule, it will be for some time later than the end of this month, and we hope it may not be too much later. In the meantime, continue to collect the books you’d like to add to the sale. When it finally does take place we will expect to have an even bigger selection than usual.

New members are always invited to join, and need only see or call the library. 802-453-4015.

Recent successful events: On January 22, the Library Friends sponsored a standing-room-only program by Vermont Humanities Council speaker Howard Coffin. Howard's highly informative and entertaining talk was "1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816" at the New Haven town offices.

On February 8th we held our annual fundraiser, Chocolate Delight Night. Thanks to all the Friends of the Library who prepared chocolate treats, and special thanks to everyone who came out on a very chilly night to enjoy them!

Friends of the New Haven Community Library, Sept. 2018

2019/20 Friends Officers:

  • President – Susan Smiley

  • Secretary - Donna Provin

  • Treasurer – Michele Chester

Our mission is to help sustain the numerous programs that the Friends of the New Haven Community Library support. We always welcome fresh ideas and creativity, so please consider stopping in at one of our meetings to see how you can help support our Library in this way. Scroll down to read "Friends are Essential."

The Friends meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Library from September through June. We are delighted that the fall has brought a wave of new Friends and we would be very happy to welcome additional members. Please contact our library if you have further questions.

Who are the Friends?

The library Friends meet monthly on Wednesday evenings throughout the fall, winter and spring. The group helps to support the library through several fundraising events during the year (February’s Chocolate Delight Night is one of our most popular), sponsors speakers from the Vermont Humanities Council, and works in other ways to encourage community involvement.

Anyone interesting in joining us is urged to contact the library.

Looking for a new volunteer opportunity?

The Friends of the Library is a fun way to contribute to a local, non-profit: your library! Friends advocate for the library and oversee well established fund raisers throughout the year.

How you can help sustain the library: The Friends are always open to anyone interested in helping to sustain our library. What does it mean to "sustain our library"? Friends have helped the library by raising funds and organizing events like "Food, Wine, Books" and holding biannual book sales. Special programs and book awards are made possible by the Friends. We invite speakers each year from the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

Check out the Friends' brochure or pick up a copy at the librarian's desk for information on who we are and what we do..

Join Us at the next Friends meeting!

Examples of how our funds have been used:

  • The Friends of the Library contributed $500 toward the purchase of the storage shed just outside the library. It serves as a convenient storage space for the many books that are offered at our book sales.

  • In the fall of 2014 the Friends of the New Haven Community Library purchased a new iPad Air tablet for the Library. It has been very popular. We're sure its popularity will continue to grow as more people discover how easy and fun it is to use.

  • The Friends of the Library purchased two beautiful new bookcases for the library in 2013. They are housing the Young Adult graphic novels and the children's DVDs.

Annual Fundraising Events Held by the Friends

  • Chocolate Delight Night - A feast of everything chocolate held at Lincoln Peak Winery in February

  • Ripton Coffee House (preparing and selling refreshments), usually held in the fall

  • and... our popular Book Sales every Spring & Fall!

Friends are Essential: Programs we contribute to or fund

The Friends are an active, dedicated group who bring energy, community involvement, and provide core support to enhance the Library's services. In addition to funding the many programs listed below, we invite you to stop in and view the gorgeous cherry circulation desk, shelf ends and computer carrels made by Stark Mountain Woodworking and acquired in part with a very generous donation from the Friends.

  • Books For Babies - A book is donated to the NHCL Children's Collection in the name of every baby born in the Town of New Haven. Each book has the baby's name and date of birth written inside.

  • Green Mountain Book Awards (Books for Teens) - The VT Department of Libraries nominates 10 to 15 books every year that are of special interest to young adults. The Friends purchase these books for the Library's Young Adult collection.

  • Addison County Readers

  • Imagination Library

  • Friends Speaker Series, including Vermont Humanities Council Speakers

  • Other Speakers sponsored in partnership with the Library

  • Libri Foundation Children's Books

  • CLiF (Children's Literacy Foundation) Books

  • Special Award Books

  • H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty's Effects) based on Middlebury, VT

  • Children's Summer Reading Program - The Friends purchase and present a book to each participant enrolled in the program.

  • New furniture (shelves and bins) and other supplies requested by the Librarian