Join the Leadership Circle

The Annual Fund is a crucial ingredient for our success, since these funds are added to the operating income we generously receive from the Town. Your donations go directly to the purchase of books, movies, and technology plus the support of countless programming opportunities throughout the year, making the James Blackstone Memorial Library the intellectual and cultural heart of Branford. The James Blackstone Memorial Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your contribution is deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Please consider donating at one of these leadership levels:

$2,500  |  James Blackstone Circle

James Blackstone was a Branford native and lifelong resident. A farmer by trade, he served as a captain in the Connecticut Militia and was an honored community leader. He died in Branford in 1886, and in 1890, the town reached out to his son, successful businessman Timothy Blackstone, to help fund construction of the new library.

$1,000  |  Lucy Hammer Society

Lucy Hammer was active in Connecticut politics for more than 40 years, including three terms in the General Assembly and six terms as a State Senator. In 1967 she became the first woman to serve as Assistant Majority Leader. She was one of the area’s most important political leaders, and always a supporter of the Blackstone.

$500  |  Solon Spencer Beman Club

Chicago Architect Solon S. Beman designed the iconic building, and visualized the classic Ionic look of the columns, marble doorways and the egg and dart molding based on the Acropolis.

$250  |  Ella Wilcox Wheeler Guild

Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a Branford author and poet whose portrait hangs over the Lucy Hammer Conference Room. Her most enduring work was “Solitude“, which contains the lines, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.”

$125  |  Oliver Dennett Grover League

Oliver Dennett Grover was a painter, also from Chicago, who designed and created the murals in the dome of the Blackstone.

Leadership Circle Benefits include:


James Blackstone Circle Lucy Hammer Society Solon Spencer Beman Club Ella Wheeler Wilcox Guild Oliver Dennett Grover League
Monthly Donor eNewsletter with Director’s Report X X X X X
Recognition on website & in annual report X X X X X
Invitation to special donor events X X X X X
Blackstone Library car magnet X X X X X
Recognition on Donor Board in library X X X X  
Bookplate placed in special volume X X X    
Private reception & tour of the library X X X    
Two tickets to fall or spring fundraising event X X      
Lunch for two with Library Director & Board Members X    

Click here to see the 2016 Leadership Circle members.