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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Hamden Library is a nonprofit group that supports and promotes the library. They also offer many stimulating programs for the public. Donations from the Friends make possible programs, equipment and materials not available through the library budget. The Friends also sponsor the annual Thornton Wilder Writing Competition.

The Friends raise funds by selling used books donated by the public in their Second Hand Prose Shop, located on the lower level of the Miller Memorial Central Library.

Membership Categories

  • Individual: $10
  • Family: $15
  • Friend: $25
  • Scholar: $50
  • Angel: $100
  • Sponsor: $250
  • Patron: $500
  • Benefactor: $1000

The Friends at the Miller Memorial Library
2901 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Friends of Hamden Library Commemorative Fund

The Friends of the Hamden Library recently received this letter with an enclosed check:

Please consider this check a memorial gift. Jean Harkin Reilly was a friend of mine from grammar school days. Even then she was looking out for her friends and doing things to make Hamden and our school more outstanding. Jean and her late husband Matt continued to be involved and working for the community. I was so pleased when she agreed to serve on the Friends of the Library Board. While her time with us was short she contributed effort and imagination that was notable. Basically a quiet person she still made herself felt. She will be missed on the Board, and especially by me.
Evelyn Skelly

This kind of donation has been received occasionally, either as a memorial gift or as a donation to honor someone on a special occasion--a birthday, promotion, anniversary, or graduation. As often happens, our friends have so much "stuff" that this kind of gift seems like a far better option. For these reasons, we have begun the Friends of Hamden Library Commemorative Fund. A donation to this fund will help to purchase library materials and services that go on to benefit many people over many years.

Friends funding offers support to the library in many ways, including promoting the libraries within the town and often advocating for libraries on the state or national level. The funds provide for programs on a variety of topics geared toward adults and children of all ages. In recent years, Friends of the Hamden Library have purchased computers, software, and staff training, and special equipment for staff and public use.

The next time you ponder over the perfect gift for Aunt Mary's promotion or Grampa's birthday, you might realize that they don¹t really need any more "stuff". Consider a donation that goes on to give to many members of the community for years to come.

You can ask for a form at any branch of the Hamden Library.