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Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the 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 organization is a member 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.


Currently, the Friends provide funding for:

  • Free passes or reduced cost passes to museums throughout the state
  • DVD circuit in the adult library
  • An email service for the library
  • New books for adults and children
  • Equipment including new computers for the youth services department


The Friends’ organization is governed by a Board of Directors which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer plus several other members.  

Current Officers are:

Catherine Deitelbaum (Co-President)
Jennifer Whipple (Co-President)
Bill Sigworth (Secretary)
Bev Hudson (Treasurer)


The Friends have multiple ways of raising funds:

1.) Annual book sale held in the spring and fall of each year
2.) Used book sale shelves in the library
3.) Membership dues
4.) Beers for Books fundraiser


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 book for sale throughout year
  • Donate used books to 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.

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Mail applications to:

Howard Whittemore Memorial Library
243 Church St., Naugatuck, CT

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