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The Friends of the Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is a non-profit association.  Its goal is to support the library and its staff by focusing public attention on library services, supporting the needs and facilities of the library, and stimulating the giving of gifts, endowments, and bequests.  
Fundraising events are conducted periodically by the Friends.  Profits from these events are directed to the enhancement of the library collection, expansion and replacement of its equipment, and development of its programs.

The Friends are members of Friends of Connecticut Libraries.  This group supports Friends organizations throughout the state.

Membership in the Friends is open to all individuals, families, businesses and other organizations in the Borough of Naugatuck.  It is through your talents and experience that the Friends can effectively achieve their goals.





Over the last few years, the Friends have provided:

1.) Free passes or reduced cost passes to museums throughout the state

2.) DVD and audio circuit in the adult library

3.) An eReader program

4.) An email service for the library

5.) New books for adults and children
6.) Twenty five new chairs for use during library events

7.) Equipment including new computers for the adult library

8.) Speakers for the annual meetings



The Friends’ organization is governed by a Board of Directors which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer plus several other members.  The Friends meet quarterly and hold their annual meeting in May.

Current Officers are:

Bill Sigworth (President)

Edward Dooling (Vice-President)

Jaime Hammond (Secretary)

Ruth Yachtis (Treasurer) 

The Friends have three ways of raising funds:

1.) Annual book sale held in the spring and fall of each year

2.) Used book sale cabinet in the library

3.) Membership dues

4.) A new fund raiser to be added during the 2018-2019 year


Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:

        Work at the annual book sale

·        Cashier & sales

·        Set-up & breakdown

        Help maintain the used book shelves

        Sort used books for sale throughout year

        Donate used books to the library

        Help with annual meetings

        Volunteer in the library

        Pay dues

        Encourage others to join the Friends

        Support fundraising projects

        Start a new program or fundraiser
To become a member of the Friends of the Library, click below. Complete the form by hand and mail it to the library with your membership fee. Or, you can pick up an application at the library and pay your membership fee with cash or check.
Mail applications to:

Friends of the Library 
Howard Whittemore Memorial Library
243 Church St., Naugatuck, CT