Friends of the Library






Friends Recognize Retiring Board Members

At its December 21, 2021, meeting, the Board of the Friends presented “Certificates of Appreciation” to retiring Board members, Jon Clark and Mary Hally.  Both Jon and Mary were long-time members of the Friends and the Board and continued to contribute through their leadership, talents and “do whatever is needed” attitudes to be significant drivers of our success in support of the Library and our Branford Community over the years. Pictured: Karen Jensen, Library Director, Jon Clark, Retiring Board member, and Barbara Barrett, Vice President.

Shop the Virtual Book Cart

The Friends of the Blackstone has launched its new ‘Virtual Book Cart’, an easy way to obtain ‘newish’ books, mostly fiction – in both hardcover and trade paperback format, at nominal prices ($3 for hardcover and $2 for trade paperback). Also included will be some limited newer nonfiction and some popular fiction titles for your wish list.  Click for more information!

The Friends are now on Facebook!

The Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library support the library through a variety of fundraising activities including an annual book sale. We 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. Anyone can join the Friends of the Blackstone Library. If you have a question for the Friends, please email us at

  • President, Al Bertoline
  • Vice President, Barbara Barrett
  • Secretary, Ellen Carucci
  • Treasurer, Jonathan Grande
  • Membership, Judy Stebbins

Bylaws(Approved April 17, 2021)

Marble Columns

Winter 2021   |   Spring 2021

Spring 2020   |   Summer 2020   |  Fall 2020   |  Fall 2020 Insert

Winter 2020   |  Fall 2019Summer 2019   |  Spring 2019 

Winter  2019  |  Fall 2018  |  Summer 2018  |  Spring 2018   |  Winter 2017

Winter 2016  |  Fall 2016 |   Spring 2016 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2015 | Winter 2014/2015Fall 2014 | Summer 2014 | Spring 2014  |  Spring 2013

  • Friends group founded in 1988
  • A separate 501(c)3 (non profit status)
  • 550 members, approximately 250 members volunteer
  • Governance is by a board; officers are elected for 2 year terms and directors are appointed for varied terms
  • Board meets monthly except for January and July
  • Annual meeting for members takes place in June
  • The library director attends all board meetings and prioritizes the funding requests
  • All money raised except for modest expenses is donated back to the library
  • Book Sale is major fund raiser but we have ongoing book sales in the library, a holiday gift basket sale and an annual matching gift
  • Friends members enjoy a special preview night at the annual book sale
Membership Levels

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

If you would like to become a Friend, you can mail a check to the library or leave it at any service desk. You can also use your PayPal account or a credit card by clicking on the Pay Now button below. Be sure to choose your membership level before clicking the Pay Now button.

Membership Levels

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

Thank you to Alex Stein for a video of our recent Mini-Sale: