FOCL Chats!  

FOCL Chats are a place for FOCL members to share their successes, express their pain points, and problem solve based on peer learnings. These 1hr virtual meet ups will cover a variety of topics that are timely and relevant to Friends groups. Registration for each session will be limited to no more than 10 people to provide a welcoming and conversational environment where everyone’s voice can be heard.

The FOCL Chats will be moderated by a member of the FOCL Board. At the beginning of each chat we will be reviewing zoom etiquette. To ensure everyone gets a chance to speak we will be enforcing 5 min windows per library. 

We look forward to chatting more! 

- FOCL Board

Topic of Discussion: Friends Presence in the Community

Saturday, May 1

At our May FOCL Chat, we asked Friends groups around the state - "How is your Friends group keeping their presence in the community?" (Volunteering, Partnerships, PR, etc.) Our friends came prepared with a digest version of how their group has kept visibility within their community, what they are planning in 2021 and questions to pose to the group.

Watch the recordings from each chat below! 

Small Libraries (Less than 15,000)

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Orange, Salem, Essex, Portland, Berlin


Medium & Large Libraries (15,000+)

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Avon, Bristol, Newtown, Simsbury, Milford 


Topic of Discussion: Book Sales 

Saturday, January 16

We asked Friends to come prepared with a digest version of how their group's book sales have been affected this past year, what they are planning in 2021 and/or any questions they wanted to pose to the group. 

Watch the recordings from each chat below! 

Read notes from each chat here 

Small Libraries (Less than 15,000)

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Burlington, Essex, Harwinton, Killingsworth, Portland, Prospect


Medium Libraries (15,000 - 25,000) 

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Avon, Ellington, Madison, Mystic, Old Lyme


Large Libraries (Over 25,000) 

GROUPS REPRESENTED: Branford, Farmington, Glastonbury, Milford, New Britain, Newtown, South Windsor, Wallingford, West Haven


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