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Burlington Library Association

"Friends of the Library" -  Burlington, CT

NEXT BLA EVENT:  12/13 Board Meeting


What's new: Minutes. Amended Bylaws. Board. Annual Meeting '16. 2016 Life MembersPowerPoint. Bag sale results. Party photos.


12/13/17 1:30pm (Hopefully) Library

Board Meeting


Burlington residents and BLA members are always welcome to attend


MISSION: "The mission of the Burlington Library Association, Incorporated, "Friends of the Burlington Public Library," is to support the Burlington Public Library's services and programs by advocating public support and use of the library, and by generating assistance and revenue through volunteer involvement."  (Read the Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation and click here to view our IRS tax forms.)  How do we put these formal words into action?  Check us out on this website!  The BLA Board differs from the Town Library Board.  

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Join us at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Tavern Day on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 11:00 to 4:00! Stop by to make a creative, personalized tile and listen to an amazing Storyteller.

Friends of the Library will have newsletters and bookmarks to share, and let everyone know about upcoming events that we sponsor.

  • "One Dish Wonder" Sale

    We tried something new this year! Instead of the pie sale, we had a casserole sale. The first "One Dish Wonder " fundraiser was a success!

    The sale was held starting at 10am on Saturday, November 5. 2016, and was a sell-out by 1pm!

    We grossed $690 by selling 46 casseroles, prepared by 26 people. After expenses of $57.64, our net proceeds for the Library were $632.36.

    Thanks to all who purchased them and especially to the following super cooks:

    Mandy Andross
    Laura Chandler
    Diane Donovan
    Debbie Fields
    Sharon Fuller
    Sue Grant
    Marie Spratlin Hasskarl
    Laura Hedenberg
    Sandy Hierl
    Ann Jurkiewicz
    Tammy Kent
    Ed Krewalk
    Theresa Madey
    Jen Miller
    Pat Miller
    Julie Narus
    Kathleen Nelson
    Sandy O'Dell
    Eileen Purcell
    Jonathan Schwartz
    Robert Senk
    Tammy Small
    Jonathan Small
    Anne Walluk
    Nancy Winter
    Kathy Zabel

  • 9/18/16, 11-4. at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Tavern Day!

    Tavern Day at the Schoolhouse was wonderful... weather included!

    The Storyteller and Magician performances were enjoyed and well attended. A few books were also sold and many people enjoyed looking at the past graduation pictures, some finding themselves or relatives, from the Burlington Room.

    The word- tile activity was very popular. We had people from 2 to 82 participating in the craft... at least 70 magnets were created! Thank you Diana Rudzinski and Sara LoPresti of the Library Staff for such a wonderful project!

    Thanks to all our volunteers and those who stopped by with family and friends for helping to make the event so successful! The day could not have been accomplished without volunteers Pat Miller, Kristen Williams, Georgia Riberdy, Nancy Monahan, Sandy Hierl, Ed Krewalk, Sandy Mazeau and Rick Labadia. Thank you also to Marie Spratlin Hasskarl for her support all day and to Craig Winter [and his truck] for his help with set up and take down of our sign, the tent and tables.

    Our support as the Friends was appreciated by the library and also the community. The day was a reinforcement of our mission to support the Burlington Public Library's services and programs by generating assistance and revenue through volunteer involvement.

    - Mary Ann Labadia, event chair

  • Annual Meeting: May 20, 2016, 7 to 9 PM
    Members and prospective members are invited to a short annual meeting and social to be held at
        Elton Tavern
        George Washington Turnpike
        Burlington Town Green
    RSVP: 860-673-3331 or president@friendsburlib.org 

  • BOOK SALE - Holiday "Like-new" book sale, Dec. 5, 10-4.

  • November 21, 2015, 10am until sold out. Annual Blue Ribbon Pie Sale.  
    "Sign Up" sheets inside the library from Oct.21st on; Pie Drop-Off from 10am - 6pm Friday Nov.20; 
    Day of Sale: Last Minute Drop Off 9am; Pies Go On Sale at 10am sharp!

    Sale raised $1140. Congratulations and thanks to Nancy Winter and her team.

  • HOOKED ON LLAMAS, Saturday, November 21, 11:00 am - All ages

    Debbie of Country Quilt Llama Farm will come to our library with a live llama! She will first let the children pet the llama, and then she will read the story Is Your Mama a Llama? Questions and answers will follow the presentation.

  • BAG SALES: Last Saturdays of Sept., Oct.) 10 to 1. Burlington Public Library, lower level, weather permitting. Fill our bags for $5 each* with all genres of fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Bring your own bag to carry your purchases afterwards if desired. Also, a section of free books is stocked with older titles. Newer donations are held until April sale. *NEW PRICES: 2 bags for $10 and get third one free!  
  • Tavern Day on Sunday, September 13, 2015 was fun as usual. The downpour which hit the last fifteen minutes was expected but disappointing. People enjoyed the Little Red School House, the crafts, the storyteller and the magician. We actually sold $13 worth of older 1900-1960 books.

    Thanks to all the volunteers: the day could not have been accomplished without Marie Spratlin Hasskarl, Craig and Nancy Winter, Anne Walluk, Pat Small, Liane Walker, Mary Ann and Rick Labadia (pictured below), and Len Berton. Kevin Mullen and Maeve came to say hello!

  • BAG SALE: May 30th. 10 to 1. Burlington Public Library, lower level. Fill our bags for $5 each with all genres of fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Bring your own bag to carry your purchases afterwards if desired. Also, a section of free books is stocked with older titles.
    ANNUAL MEETING, Friday, May 15th. 6:30 pm Social, 7:15 pm Business Meeting. Light refreshments. All members cordially invited.

  • ANNUAL APRIL BOOK SALE. Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2 to 7 pm : $5.00 entrance fee to get first pick of newest donations; Friday, April 24, 10 am to 4 pm : free admission, sale continues; Saturday, April 25, 10 am to 4 pm. : $5 bag sale of remaining collection. Lower level of Burlington Public Library. 

Proceeds of this sale were $1123.50.



BAG SALES: Last Saturdays of January, February and March. 10 to 1. Burlington Public Library, lower level, weather permitting. Fill our bags for $5 each with all genres of fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Bring your own bag to carry your purchases afterwards if desired. Also, a section of free books is stocked with older titles. Newer donations are held until April sale.

The January 31st sale raised $458, the February 28th sale took in $424, and the March 28 sale did $430! Thanks to all the shoppers and volunteers.


  • Holiday "Almost New" Book Sale, December 6, 2014

We took in $564.

The remaining books are on library carts in the main library and the children's room. They will be there for a couple of  weeks and we are having a sale: buy one and get half off the second (lower priced)  title.





  • Pie Sale, November 22, 2014

    Our annual Blue Ribbon Pie Sale Chairperson, Nancy Winter, wishes to thank wholeheartedly the following talented and generous bakers whose contributions resulted in the most successful pie sale to date. Fabulous baking, everyone!!  We had 32 bakers who fashioned 93 pies! We realized $1309 from those items, 8 donated cookbooks @ $2 each, plus monetary donations!! Beyond my wildest expectations, especially this year!

    Pauline Beaudoin
    Elizabeth Beecher
    Heather Begin
    Becky Caiaze
    Christine Calusine
    Cathy Coyle
    Mike Crowley
    Donna Curto
    Brandi Doughty
    Debbie Fields
    Lois Flax
    Wendy Gacek
    Tricia Galvin
    Donna Gonchar & GS Troop 66393
    Sandra Hierl
    Kathy Kazimierczak
    Ed Krewalk
    Lori Long
    Nancy Monahan
    Sandra O'Dell
    Ronnie Peskoff
    Janet Schwartz
    Jon Schwartz
    Sami Sebastian
    Linda Segar
    Karen Selinger
    Donna Twardy
    Mary Jane Ugalde
    Liane Walker
    Anne Walluk
    Nancy Winter
  • Children's Magic Show, November 22, 2014, 11 am

    Comedy Magic Show with Danny Diamond presented by the Friends.

    Children of all ages were invited to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary with this exciting and fun program.

    Photos, click here.


  • Celebrating the Library's 50th Anniversary, November 14, 2014, 7 - 10pm  

    Specific events were a juke box with dancing, socializing around the fire, birthday basket auction, wine, appetizers and desserts.  Photos: click here.

  • Spring Social and Annual Meeting, Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:30pm

    Beverages, appetizers and desserts were served. A short business meeting was held (see minutes). Ann Mazeau spoke on the Burlington Local History room, and Marie Spratlin Hasskarl updated the group on the expansion project. 

    Following the meeting, a PowerPoint presentation by Pat Miller was played, featuring the 50-year history of the Friends' achievements with lots of photos from all eras.  Click here to "take a walk down memory lane." 

    April 24 - 26, 2014. ANNUAL APRIL USED BOOK SALE.

    Proceeds from this sale: $1561.48.  Thanks to all the volunteers.

EARLY BIRD SALE. THURSDAY, April 24, 2 to 7 pm: Admission is $5 for the general public and free to members of the Burlington Library Association and Region 10 School District staff.

FRIDAY, April 25, 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission, great prices on almost new books for all ages.

SATURDAY, April 26, 10 am to 4 pm. Bag sale day with free admission. All but specially marked books are priced at $5 a bag. We supply the bags but buyer may transfer to their own bag after checking out.



  • Friends of Connecticut Libraries select our own Sandy Mazeau for their 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The book cart brigade marched in the Bicentennial Parade
  • Sponsored Sonny and Perley's A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald concert and their Romance show 
  • Presented a Celtic program with Tara's Thistle
  • Parker Trust grants funded the Music Corner  and in 2005, a $3000 grant purchased a new network server  
  • Helped fund the Toddler's Busy Bay
  • Each of the 30 members of the Birthday Book Club has chosen & purchased a book for the children's room
  • Founded the Books for Babies program
  • Donated funds to the children's room to purchase new toddler’s board books 
  • Purchased 26 new LeapPad special electronic "books"
  • Purchased over $4500 of CD audio books & print material
  • Sold nearly $700 of the Images of America Burlington book plus carved walking sticks
  • Paid for membership to various museums and attractions
  • Sponsored Science Isn't Always Pretty with Keith Michael Johnson Click for pictures.

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