About the Friends

The Friends of Greenwich Library is a volunteer organization that develops and supports exceptional programs and services at Greenwich Library which promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery. Everyone who makes a donation becomes a “Friend” of Greenwich Library. Donations support a wide variety of programs and services and are available at no charge.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Friends of Greenwich Library is actively looking for new volunteers. Join the Friends and help us continue to bring outstanding programming, education, and resources to the community by volunteering with one of our incredibly engaged communities. Please see the full list of volunteer opportunities here. Questions? Contact the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938 or

The Friends of Greenwich Library Supports:

Volunteers come into the Library monthly to keep the books of an assigned area neat, tidy, and organized on the shelf. Questions? Contact the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938 or

Greenwich Library’s Book Van provides delivery and pick-up service of large print books, paperbacks, world language books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs to senior residences in Greenwich.

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The Friends of Greenwich Library presents fun and engaging theater programming in the Spring and Fall for children, supports the Reading Readiness program, and partners with the Head Start program to encourage the development of early literacy reading skills.

The Flinn Gallery is a non-profit, education-oriented exhibition space that presents art in all mediums from a wide range of periods, visions, and techniques. The Gallery Committee is comprised of over 50 volunteers.

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Friday evenings are a time to relax while being entertained or informed by a film. An eclectic mix of new releases, classics, and foreign films at times followed by Q&As with a guest speaker on some aspect of the film.

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Read and discuss great books with facilitator Susan Boyer and other book club participants. Meets monthly.

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Greenwich Reads Together is Greenwich Library’s community-wide reading experience that engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book.

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This is a collection of over 200 circulating art prints and paintings available to patrons who wish to decorate their homes or office.

The Greenwich Library Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with people who have helped to make or witnessed the history of Greenwich, Connecticut, since 1890. To date, the collection contains more than one thousand interviews and 142 books.

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Inspiring the community with world-class dance, music, theater, comedy, and various performing arts genres in the Main Library’s Berkley Theater.

The Poet’s Voice series is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Fund and The Friends of Greenwich Library. The goal of the series is to present acclaimed, distinguished, and award-winning poets to the Greenwich community. The Poet’s Voice series has included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, State and U.S. Poet Laureates, and a Children’s Poet Laureate. For more information, please contact Rick Hansen at or 203-622-7948.

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Greenwich Library’s mission is to welcome and reflect the Greenwich community through volunteer engagement to develop and support exceptional programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery. Our Values are:

  • Advance the Greenwich Library’s mission through a robust and diverse volunteer organization.
  • Complement, create, and augment existing and new library offerings.
  • Contribute to the cultural enrichment of life in Greenwich.
  • Promote a greater sense of community through shared cultural experiences.
  • Acknowledge the library staff through continuing education, recognition, and celebration.
  • Reflect on the needs of the Greenwich community through ongoing interaction and feedback.

Friends Board

Hilary Martin Lea, Chairman
Francine Gingras, Vice Chairman
Julie Dao McCormick, Treasurer
Mia Newton, Recording Secretary

Leslee Asch
Denise Casazzone
Monique Christensen
Ruth Davidson
Daisy Florin
Sharon Fortenbaugh
Nicole Hadley
Julia Gray
Mary Ellen LeBien
Arlene Mark
Frances Wu Nobay
Sharon Phillips
May Stelmach
Carolyn Surgent
Susanna Trudeau
Helaine Winer
Susanne Wahba (Friends of Byram Shubert Library)
Judy Crystal (Friends of Byram Shubert Library)
Susanne Wahba (Friends of Byram Shubert Library)
Deborah Armstrong (Friends of Cos Cob Library)

Peggy Edersheim Kalb, President, Board of Trustees
Joseph Williams, Library Director
Kate Petrov, Public Relations Officer