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. Benefits at this level include:

  • Your name listed on website/annual donor report
  • Invitation to Annual Donor Reception
  • Name on Donor Board in Rotunda
  • Invitation to Breakfast with the Board of Trustees
  • Bookplate placed in a special volume
  • Private tour of the library
  • Invitation for four to a luncheon with a special guest
$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. Benefits at this level include:

  • Your name listed on website/annual donor report
  • Invitation to Annual Donor Reception
  • Name on Donor Board in Rotunda
  • Bookplate placed in a special volume
  • Private tour of the library
  • Invitation for two to a luncheon with a special guest
$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. Benefits at this level include:

  • Your name listed on website/annual donor report
  • Invitation to Annual Donor Reception
  • Name on Donor Board in Rotunda
$100  |  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. Benefits at this level include:

  • Your name listed on website/annual donor report
  • Invitation to Annual Donor Reception