Friends of the Library


Thank you for supporting our Fall Book Sale on the Branford Green. We rang up sales over $63,000 — raising a lot of money for the Blackstone Library. This would not have been possible without your book donations and all our wonderful volunteers and shoppers.

We just never stop….. please join us for our upcoming event.

Upcoming Friends Events

Scarecrows will be arriving soon on the Branford Green. Check out our Friends Librarian on the Green with free children’s books. October 14- November 1st. Brought to you by the Branford Garden Club.

Town of Branford Trunk or Treat – Saturday, October 29th 3– 5 pm. Friends is partnering with the library to provide Halloween Treats for kids 12 and under. Come see us!!!!

Friends Holiday Basket Sale starts Thursday December 1st during Sip and Stroll and continues through Saturday December 3rd at the Blackstone Library. Now collecting items (new or gift quality) for the baskets. Please drop off the circulation desk at the back entrance through November 9th.

And there’s more … Stay tuned.

Do we ever rest???

If you have questions, please send an email to We would be happy to hear from you.

Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

The Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library was founded in 1998 is a 501 3 (c) charity supporting the Blackstone library through a variety of fundraising activities including an annual book sale, online book sales and other activities.  Currently we have several hundred members and 45 year-round volunteers. All money raised through various fund-raisers minus operating expenses is donated to the library.  The Library director attends all Friends Board Meetings and prioritizes funding requests. Friends sponsor lectures and programs and provide funds for special programming, particularly for the Youth Services Department, as well as funds for the purchase of equipment for the library, museum passes, movies, concerts, furniture, and plantings for the library grounds. Friends donated over $130,000 to the library over the past two years.

Check out the latest Marble Columns (Friends Newsletter)

Marble Columns

Winter/Spring 2022   |   Summer 2022  |  Fall 2022

If you have a question for the Friends, please email us at Like us on Facebook!

Officers (2022-2023)

  • President, Barbara Barrett
  • Vice President, Carrie Lakin
  • Secretary, Linda Milici
  • Treasurer, Jonathan Grande


Leslie Becker        Andy McKirdy
Al Bertoline          John Smith
Ann Davis             Jill Thomas
Joe Genua            January Welks

Bylaws  (Approved May 17, 2022)

How you can support Friends:

Buy an Annual Membership:  Memberships start as low as $10 for seniors and students, individuals are $15, etc.  A Membership helps us to support the Library.  As a member you receive quarterly Marble Columns mailing as well as exclusive early access to the Fall Book Sale.  Scroll down to join or donate!

Become a Volunteer

In addition to volunteering at our annual book sale, we have many volunteer opportunities all year round.  If you are interested in helping us, please email to

Supporting Friends

Membership Levels

Seniors (60+) and students: $10
Individual: $15
Family: $20
Sustaining: $25
Benefactor: $50
Best Friend: $100

Join now by selecting your desired Membership Level and then pay via PayPal or a credit card on the Pay Now button.

Membership Levels

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends, please click on the link below: