Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library, Inc. was formed in 1980 as a non-profit volunteer organization. We depend on the energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers to fulfill our purpose and promote our public library as a cultural, educational and recreational asset to the city of Bristol / Forestville. Show your support for the library, join us today

To find out how you can help, read more below, or contact the Friends 860.584.7787 X 2033, or email robert.chatfield@att.net.


Get Involved


Book Store Hours
Monday 1pm-3pm
Thursday 5pm-7pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Ongoing book sale in the main library lobby

**FRIENDS’ HOLIDAY MINI-BOOK SALE**

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library will hold a Holiday Mini-Sale beginning on Monday, December 1st in the lobbies of the Bristol Public Library and the Manross Memorial Library. Nearly new books for readers of all ages, movies and CDs, including many holiday-themed and gift-quality items, will be available for purchase at reasonable prices whenever the libraries are open.

The sale will allow shoppers to stock up on winter reading material as well as holiday gifts, and the proceeds will help fund reading programs for children, young adults, and adults at both Bristol libraries.

Proceeds from the sale help the Friends provide the Bristol libraries with items and services not included in the annual budget, such as the summer reading program for adults, teens and children.


For more information, call 860.584.7787 X 2033 or email robert.chatfield@att.net.


The Friends of Bristol Library raise funds, through book sales and other activities, that sponsor and support programs, library materials, and furnishings not supplied by Library resources.
Our efforts help fund:

  • Summer Reading Programs
  • Books for Babies
  • Public & Community Programs
  • Museum Passes
  • Book Pages Magazine


Here are just some of the ways that you can make a difference:

Attend a meeting / join us: Membership is open to all. You can be as active in the organization as you wish. Friends Membership Form

Volunteer your time: Willing workers are always welcome.

Donate: Your donation of books, money, and other materials is greatly appreciated. For more detailed requirements of donated material, please click the button below

Wall of Honor: Memorialize or honor someone with a name plate on our Memorial / Honor plaque, or with a name plate in a book.

Amazon Smile Promotion: The Friends of Bristol Library are now able to receive 0.5% of what you spend on Amazon.  You will not pay anything extra and the shopping will be the same.  If you are interested go to http://www.smile.amazon.com/ and sign in as you always do – then click on The Friends of the Bristol Library when asked to pick a charity.  You will only have to do this one time but you will need to go to http://www.smile.amazon.com/ each time you shop.  (There are a million charities registered already.)   The Friends have already arranged to have our portion of the sales sent directly to us.   How easy is that!!


The Friends hold Board and general meetings at the Main Library and at Manross Memorial Branch Library.

Our Next Meeting(s):

Date Time Location
Sept 11, 2014 6:30 p.m. Bristol Library at 5 High St
Nov 13, 2014 6:30 p.m. Bristol Library at 5 High St
Jan 22, 2015 6:30 p.m. Bristol Library at 5 High St
Apr 23, 2015 6:30 p.m. Manross Library at 260 Central St

Current committees:

  • Book Sales
  • Publicity
  • Programming
  • Membership
  • Fund Raising
  • Festival of Trees

2014 Officers



Committee Chairpersons:

Co-Chairpersons Membership:

  • Mary Jane Mamed
  • Cathy Murawski

Co-Chairpersons Finances/Secretary:

  • Cathy Murawski
  • Donna Fanelli

Chairperson Grants:

  • Nancy Turski

Chairpersons Volunteers:

  • Linda Donovan (sales)
  • Ginny Deluzio (book store)
  • Pam Lindvall (hospitality)

Chairperson Publicity:

  • Beth Kanachovski

Chairperson Festival of Trees:

  • OPEN

Chairperson Member Servies

  • Jean Masotti

Co-Chairpersons Parade:

  • Donna Fanelli
  • Dick Fanelli

Co-Chairpersons Memorial/Honor Fund:

  • Rose Ann Chatfield
  • Nancy Fandozzi

Co-Chairpersons Winter/Holiday Book Sale:

  • Sheila Koughan
  • Rose Ann Chatfield

Co-Chairpersons Summer Book Sale:

  • Cathy Murawski
  • Rose Ann Chatfield

Co-Chairpersons Special Programs:

  • Open

2013 Officers

Committee Chairpersons:

Co-Chairpersons Membership:

  • Mary Jane Mamed
  • Cathy Murawski

Co-Chairpersons Finances/Secretary:

  • Cathy Murawski
  • Donna Fanelli

Chairperson Grants:

  • Nancy Turski

Chairpersons Volunteers:

  • Susan Ciccarelli
  • Patty Olyarchik
  • Ginny Deluzio

Chairperson Publicity:

  • Beth Kanachovski

Chairperson Festival of Trees:

  • Libby Sujecki

Chairperson Member Servies

  • Jean Masotti

Co-Chairpersons Parade:

  • Donna Fanelli
  • Dick Fanelli

Co-Chairpersons Memorial/Honor Fund:

  • Rose Ann Chatfield
  • Nancy Fandozzi

Co-Chairpersons Winter/Holiday Book Sale:

  • Sheila Koughan
  • Rose Ann Chatfield

Co-Chairpersons Summer Book Sale:

  • Cathy Murawski
  • Rose Ann Chatfield

Co-Chairpersons Special Programs:

  • Open


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