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Friends' Annual Meeting
2024 Annuam Meeting 6/12/24 at 7PM in the Community Room of the Library


Annual Report
1st Annual Scholarship
Friend of the Year Award

Martin Podskoch Author of Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut

Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library

The revised by-laws established a 2-year term of office for the Executive Board. As our President (Nora Bassell) and our Treasurer (Mary Wood) were elected last year, they aren't included in the 2024-2025 slate to be voted on at the meeting.

2024-2025 Slate of Officers

 Christina Caulfield Mary Ellen Procko
 Daryl Googel Iris (Edie) Rugar
 Natalie Harbeson Claire Thureson
 Nancy Jackson Brian Wood
 Tim Manke Ellen Murtha
 Lynn Zelek 
Nominating Committee Member

Nancy Jackson

Once a year we take a moment to nominate a great Friend of the Library.  This tradition began in 2002 as a way to recognize the amazing work that one individual can do to carry out the mission of the Friends.

Nomination criteria is quite simple - the nominee must be a current member in good standing and has gone above and beyond efforts in supporting our organization in meeting it's mission.

Nomination Forms are available in the spring at the Library or via the link below.  After careful consideration of all the nominations, the Executive Board chooses our recipient prior to the Annual Meeting, usually in May.  The Award is presented at our Annual Meeting that is held in June.

All Nominations must be submitted by May 28, 2024. Completed forms can be mailed or dropped off at the library or sent to the email address

Form may be accessed here.

Friends of the LRW Library Student Scholarship

           The Friends of the LRW Library Scholarship is aimed at students passionate about library volunteering and community service. The Friends of the LRW Library will award two $500 scholarships to be used for further education.

The purpose of this Scholarship is to honor the teen volunteers at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. Their volunteerism helps to promote civic responsibility, to enhance services provided within Newington, and to maintain awareness of the Library and its services to the community.

The Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library scholarship has the following criteria:

A High School senior living in Newington or attending Newington Schools.

           Library Volunteerism (minimum 10 hours for 2024 award)

           An active LRW Library card and personal use of the library

           Funds must be used to further education

A specific application and essay need to be completed for consideration.

Further information is available through Karen Benner, LRW Library Administration; Mary Ellen Procko, Friends of the LRW Library or the NHS Guidance Office.

Click for the paper application. All are due at the Library by April 26th.

           The awards will be presented at our Annual Meeting, June 12th.

Congratulations to Friend of the Year 2023

Mary Ellen Procko




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The Anita Wilson Memorial Family Concert Series

The Friends of the Library Advisory Board has established a Memorial Family Concert Series to honor long time library volunteer, Anita Wilson. Anita was a Friend of the Library since the late 1970's and was on the Advisory Board for most of that time. If you visited the Children's section at any of our Book Sales during the last 20 years, you likely were helped by Anita. She combined her love of children and her love of libraries to work tirelessly for both by over seeing the children's books, working year round to sort and pack the books in preparation for the sale and then worked the sale itself.

If you would like to donate, checks can be made out to the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Library with Anita Wilson Memorial in the memo line and dropped off at or mailed to the library.

2023 Friends of Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Inc.

100 Garfield Street, Newington CT  06111  860-665-8728

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