Friends of the Bill Memorial Library

The Bill Memorial Library is a privately funded public library. Funding comes from generous donations from community members, income generated from an endowment left by Frederic Bill, the city of Groton, the town of Groton, and the Friends of Bill Memorial Library. We depend on the generosity of individuals and organizations for a large part of our budget.

January News

The Bill Memorial Library - Past, Present and Future

The Friends of the Bill Memorial Library invite you to join us for an exhibition on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Library. The exhibition will highlight the impact of the Library on community members throughout the years. The evening will feature treasured memories about how the library has shaped the community and will provide information about how you can be more involved with preserving the Library's heritage. Light finger foods and beverages will be served. For questions, please call the library at (860) 445-0392. For more information, check out our flyer here.

A vintage postcard depicting the Bill Memorial Library

Cookbook Book Club - Eat, Pray, Love

The Friends of the Bill Memorial Library invite you to the February meeting of the library's Cookbook Book Club on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. This month's theme is cuisine inspired by the best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Participants are encouraged to make an Indian, Indonesian or Italian-inspired dish to share with the group. The library currently has a large selection of related cookbooks on display to spark your creativity. Please bring one copy of the recipe used along with the finished dish. Prior reading of Eat, Pray, Love is not necessary to participate. Advanced registration is appreciated; for more information call the library at 860-445-0392.

Book Donations - We are Accpeting All Year Long!

The Friends are accepting donations of gently used and like new books, CDs, and DVDs! These materials are sold at our book sales and direclty benefit the library. Books can be dropped off at the Bill Memorial Library during operating hours. Please check out this list of do's and dont's for donating and feel free to call the library with any questions.

Our Friends are Award-Winning!

For their dedication and hard work in creating the 2015 Haunted Library, the Friends of the Bill Memorial Library were awarded the Focused Project Award by the Friends of CT Libraries on June 11, 2016. Congrats, Friends, and thank you for making the Bill the best it can be!

To find out more about how you can become a Friend of the Bill, check out the webpage here.

Next Meeting - Thursday, February 2nd, 6:00pm

We will be discussing membership - all Friends are welcome!

Second Quarter Newsletter - Stay up to date!

Wondering what we've been up to lately? Check out our newsletter here.
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About the Friends

The Friends of the Bill Memorial Library is an organization that works to subsidize some of the library's needs and wants. We are made up entirely of volunteers who recognize that a library budget can always use a little more. The money the Friends raise is used in many ways by the library, including buying new materials and furniture, paying for programs, and keeping your coffee supply full.

Recent Friends' Projects & Donations

  • New computer carrels in the Reference and Teen Rooms
  • Valentine's Day Cookie Swap and Basket Raffle
  • Haunted Library Tours for Halloween

Becoming a Friend of the Bill

Membership is open to anyone who is interested in helping the library. We are always looking for new Friends. The cost is minimal, the commitment entirely based on your availability.
Friends Dues
$5 - Friend: Gives you the right to vote at any of our meetings.
$10 - Good Friend: Gives you the right to vote at any of our meetings, and you receive our beautiful library notecards.
$25 - Best Friend: Gives you the right to vote at any of our meetings, and you receive our exclusive canvas tote bag.

Want to learn more about Friending the Bill? Feel free to call the library at 860-445-0392 or email us at You can also find us at our Facebook page here.

Board Members 2016-2017

  • Chair - Christy M.
  • Treasurer - Gail Y.

Friends Items for Sale

The Friends have "Signature Items" for sale at the library. You can get our exclusive canvas tote for $10. There are also our Library note cards that make wonderful gifts for $6 ($5 for Friends). The Friends also have reproductions of a vintage postcard of the original library building from 1890 for only $1 each. These would be great framed for a gift, for out of town guests, or just to send!

For other ways to support the library, check out our Fundraising page.