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Embracing Goodnow's Rich History...

While Providing Visionary Spaces for the Future.

The Goodnow Library Foundation was established in 2008 by the Trustees of the Library to support the Goodnow Library's mission of "Improving lives through the power of information, ideas, and innovation." The Trustees recognized the urgent need to provide an additional source of revenue for the growing demands of Goodnow in the 21st century: capital improvements, technology upgrades, and physical refurbishments and renovations.


As more and more communities embrace library foundations as a forward-thinking way of securing the future of their libraries, the GLF is proud to have donated approximately $500,000 to the Library since its inception as a 501(c)(3). Our projects – all focused on providing the extra margin of excellence for the Library – have been supported by various funding sources including private gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporate partners.

The GLF's Annual Appeal

It’s that time of year again! Mailboxes are starting to fill with holiday catalogs and signs of the upcoming winter season. But did you also notice that a letter from the GLF popped into your mailbox this week? Please do open!

If you didn't receive our Annual Appeal letter in your mailbox, click HERE to read! 

Last year, 363 donors contributed to the GLF. Our goal is an increase of 10% to reach 400 donors. Will you be one of them?

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Be Bold is Back on 10/26 @ 7 pm

The Goodnow Library Foundation is happy to share that its popular “Be Bold” speaker series returns to the Library on Tuesday, October 26 at 7 pm. This hybrid event will feature Samantha Greenfield, who will talk about “Finding Your Thing: Tips for Discovering Purpose and Joy.”


Sam is skilled at providing tips and tools for greater fulfillment at a time when the pandemic has left many of us feeling uncertain about our personal goals and career path. If you are looking for a roadmap to zero in on your purpose, find joy in the day-to-day, or execute your passions, this event is for you! This evening will be a combination of both personal and professional advice and is perfect for those who find that their lives don’t follow a linear trajectory.

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The In-Person Book Sale is BACK!

The Goodnow Library Foundation Book Sale is Saturday, October 16 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, October 17 1pm to 3:30 pm in the Goodnow Library Community Room. If you would like to sign up for the invitation only preview sale on Friday, October 15 from 3 pm to 5 pm, please sign up for the Book Nook mailing list: tinyurl.com/joinbooknook


Thank you for the generous donations from the community to make this event happen. The Book Nook has thousands of books; most are priced $1 -$3. In addition to cash, we also accept most major credit cards. The proceeds from the Book Sales fund the Library's programming, activities, and more. You can always visit us online at tinyurl.com/glfbooknook for books sold year round!

(Covid-19 safety note: Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Please remember to give each other space.)

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Historical Room Renovation

Big things are happening at the Goodnow Library! The GLF is happy to announce that the Library is about to begin work on its renovation of the beautiful Historical Room.

Click below to learn more or to make a donation to this special project.

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Learn about the Goodnow Library Foundation's mission, history, funding priorities, and leadership.



GLF supporters help provide the extra margin of excellence as the Goodnow Library keeps pace as a 21st-century institution.

The Goodnow Book Nook

The Goodnow Library Foundation is happy to sponsor the Goodnow Book Nook, an online book sale supporting our Library.

We invite you to check out the wide selection of gently used books  from thrillers to picture books to cookbooks and so much more. 100% of proceeds from the Book Nook go directly toward programming and activities at the Goodnow Library.

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