Become a Friend of the Annapolis Royal Library

Users and supporters of the Annapolis Royal Library are invited to become members of our "Friends" group. Our principal goal is: "To support the improvement and expansion of services and programs offered by the Annapolis Royal Branch of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library."   

JOIN NOW!

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~ Next Friends of the Library Meeting ~

We hope to see you there. This is a very exciting year as we are really
beginning to visualize our new town library. You are encouraged to
come to get an update on the latest developments. 

Tuesday August 16, 7 pm,
Annapolis Royal Library
AGENDA TBA

You can also visit us on Facebook. Our page is listed as,
"Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library."


FOL Officers for 2016

At the AGM held on January 13th,
the following slate of officers was elected for 2016
Linda Moffat – President
Lesley MacDonald – Vice President
Derek Hawkins – Treasurer
Anna Kate Newman - Secretary
Jon Percy – Membership Coordinator

David Tinker – Chair of the Board

 

~ NEWS UPDATES ~

Library Expansion Update:

The Valley Regional Library  (AVRL) system has agreed in principle to moving the Library to the Academy when it is developed and is discussing with the Annapolis Royal Town Council what space and renovations would be required to locate the town’s library in the proposed new development. Once we have a clear picture of the costs to relocate the Library, the Friends group, on behalf of the Town of Annapolis Royal, will begin a fund raising campaign to pay for the necessary renovations and the installation of a much enlarged Library in the lower north end of the Academy, under the gymnasium.  

Fund Raising Sub Committee:

If you would like to volunteer your experience and energy to our fund raising campaign for the Library expansion, please contact Jon Percy at seapencom@gmail.com .  

Summer Market Book Sale Schedule for 2016

This summer we will be at the market 9 times between May 28 and October 8. These sales are both a time to raise money for Library programs and to raise interest in and donations for the expansion of the Library.

Can you help?  Market Book Sales:

We need 4 people for each date; each to take a 2 hour shift between 8:30 and 12:00 noon on Saturday mornings. Email your date and shift (early or later) preferences to lkmoffat@eastlink.ca if you would like to help out. Help us out by replacing  one of the question marks in the list below with your name!!!!! 

This is an important and fun way to help your Library.

? = volunteer needed 
names listed as first shift (8:30- 10:15)/second shift (10:15- 12:00)

Date     Volunteers
August 6:  Jon Percy, Flora Hall / Linda Moffat, Jeannie Fox
August 13: Madeline Akin, Val Davies / Giselle Beauchamp, Linda Moffat
September 3 :Linda Moffat, Sharon Moody /  Anna Kate Newman, ?
September 17: Madeline Akin, Val Davies / Pat Power, Derek Hawkins
October 8: Linda Moffat, ? / Lillian Stewart ?

Library Expansion Update:

The Valley Regional Library  (AVRL) system has agreed in principle to moving the Library to the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy (ARRA) when it is developed and is discussing with the Annapolis Royal Town Council what space and renovations would be required to locate the town’s library in the proposed new development. We hope that a development agreement for the Academy is announced soon, at which point the Friends group will begin to raise funds from people in the community and government bodies to pay for the necessary renovations and the installation of a much enlarged Library in the lower north end of the Academy, under the gymnasium. If, for some reason, the ARRA Development Project does not proceed the Friends will begin moving ahead with the original plan to expand the existing library facilities in the Annapolis Royal Town Hall.

 

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The “Design your Library” open house  

at the Academy on Saturday morning (April 30th)was a busy and successful event as Library patrons and “Friends” came out to look at the proposed space and to share ideas for turning the cafeteria and music rooms of the old Academy into a beautiful and much enlarged public Library.

Many thanks to Jon Percy, Lillian Stewart, David Tinker, Anna Kate Newman, Millie Hawes, Ken Maher, Angela Reynolds (from the AVRL staff), and Harry Jost, for their help in making this event a success, and to the many Library supporters who came out on a lovely Saturday morning to tour the area under consideration and to share their dreams for a much enlarged, and thoroughly modern Library.

We gathered some great suggestions and some thoughtful concerns, all of which will be included in a proposal to the Town from the AVRL Board and the Friends group, outlining how an expanded Library facility could be incorporated into the proposed redevelopment of the Academy complex. Any final decision regarding relocation of the Library will be made by the Town and the AVRL Board.

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We are in Book Collection mode, once again

It is, once again, time to cull your bookshelves and bring in good condition, high quality paperbacks and hard cover books that to sell at the Market. Books can be dropped off at the Library. If you have more than a box of books to donate, please call Linda (902)-532-0856 or Jon (902) 532- 5129,  to arrange for a pick-up.  We can only take books that are re-saleable; ie. no texts, no mouldy books, and no multi-volume sets. If you would like to help with the Market sale table some Saturday over the summer, give Linda a call. It is a lot of fun, and a truly great way to support your Library.

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 "The greatest university of all is a collection of books"
                                    Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)