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."
~ Next Friends of the Library Meeting ~
Our regular monthly meeting will be held at 7:00 pm
on Tuesday November 7th at the Library.
Agenda To be Announced
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"Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library
It was Party Time at the Annapolis Royal Library!
Over 40 people crowded into the small space in the current Annapolis Royal Library on Saturday, August 12 for a celebration. Eight years ago the Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library became concerned that the community had outgrown the space, and started campaigning for a larger library. http://arlibraryfriends.org On Saturday, Linda Moffat, president of the Friends group, announced the receipt of a $30,000 grant from the provincial department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage for the proposed new library. This grant along with a large private donation, will be used to create a quiet reading room in the new Annapolis Royal library. The reading room, which will be called the Annapolis Room, will feature local history and natural history and will house the library’s non-fiction collection. There will be space for research and study, comfortable seating, and a public computer station in the room linked to a scanner/printer in the main library. The Town of Annapolis Royal and the AVRL have been working together with the Friends of the Library group for the past year on plans for a new, much enlarged, library on the ground floor of the west wing of the former Annapolis Royal Regional Academy. This grant from the Province is one more step along the road to a new Library for the Annapolis Royal area.
Derek Hawkins, treasurer of the Friends group, reported that the Friends of the Library have raised $183,000 so far for the new library project. Two large private donations, plus $40,000 from the County of Annapolis and now this grant of $30,000 donation from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage have brought them to within $30,000 of their total fund raising goal of $215,000 by the end of 2017. Hawkins remarked that the key word is “join us” in giving, and he made a plea to the many project donors and library supporter present, to “talk about the new library project with everyone you know, ask them to join you in supporting the new library”. Donations can be made at the library branch, online, by contacting the Friends of the Library. http://arlibraryfriends.org/
In addition to the Annapolis Room, the new library plan contains two important ‘programming rooms’. A large donation from the Nicholson family will be partially applied to developing a ‘Maker Space’ adjacent to the library. The Maker Space will expand the whole community’s capacity to explore and innovate using modern technologies, many of which are computer based. The Annapolis Royal Library Maker Space ‘lab’, a first for western Nova Scotia, is currently being designed by a community group of technologists and ‘makers’, headed by Gary Walsh, a local resident who heads a high school Robots program for the region for the Department of Computer Science at Acadia. The Maker Space is intended to be a well equipped workshop at the Library for use by the whole community for undertaking arts and science based projects ranging from quilting and knitting to music recording and robot construction.
A model of the layout of the new library was a center of interest at the party. Angela Reynolds from the AVRL and members of the joint Town/AVRL/Friends working group were available to answer questions. A general meeting/program room will be adjacent to the Maker Space; something that the library has needed for many years. In addition there will be an auditorium located in the former ARRA Band Room for use by the town, the library or other community groups, plus a large ‘Commons’ public area adjacent to the library where people can meet and chat. The new library will be a modern, bright, spacious library, with a Maker Space, Program room, and a quiet reading room. There are plans for an inviting children’s area and a dedicated teen space, as well as plenty of comfortable seating for seniors and mobility impaired library patrons. The current proposal, pending final funding being in place, is to begin renovations in mid-October so that the Library can be moved to its new location by the early Spring of 2018.
FOL Officers for 2017
At the AGM held on January 13th,
the following slate of officers was elected for 2017
Linda Moffat – President
Anna Kate Newman– Vice President
Derek Hawkins – Treasurer
Giselle Beauchamp - Secretary
Jon Percy – Membership Coordinator
David Tinker – Chair of the Board
Fantastic New about the Academy!!!!!!
The Academy building will continue its amazing transformation into 2018! 🎉 Over the past year the classroom and office space of The... Academy has been converted into a beautiful condo development thanks to Jacob Tanner Developments, and NOW the remaining space will take on a life of its own.
Today, Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced funding of $255,400 through their Innovative Communities Fund to be used in conjunction with a $230,822 investment from the Town of Annapolis Royal, $30,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, $40,000 from the Municipality of the County of Annapolis, and the generous donations from the Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library totaling $115,290.
Today’s investment in The Academy builds on commitments made to drive economic growth in the region. This type of modern community infrastructure helps connect people to jobs, provides better access to community services, helps attract new business and investment to the area, and encourages innovation and development in people of all ages.
We are so excited to start this special project for the community and the anticipated completion date is in late Spring / early Summer 2018. We’d like to thank everyone involved to date in making this project a reality, and to ACOA for their announcement which has been the final piece in the realization of this dream. [Heather McCormick]
You are invited to
a SPECIAL Announcement!
Friends of the Library are invited to come to a special
Town meeting at the Amphitheatre on Tuesday, Oct 19 at 11:30 a.m.
to hear some good news about the Library.
PDF version of Invitation - ACOA funding Invitation
Help us Grow Our Library
Please consider making a donation or pledge to
the Library Expansion fund
You can either donate directly online via the CanadaHelps secure site (click button to start) or download a copy of the donation/pledge form that can be dropped off at the library or put in the post.
Great News!!!!! The Friends of the Library, in cooperation with Town of Annapolis Royal and the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, have agreed in principle on a revised design concept for relocating the town library to the Academy - ARRA building. The Friends of the Library continues our commitment to help the Town of Annapolis Royal raise the funds necessary to make this concept a reality.
Growing Our Library
Four years ago, the Association of Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library, on behalf of the over 2000 library users, made an appeal to the Annapolis Royal Town Council for a larger public library space. At that time we, the Friends group, noted that at least three quarters of the Annapolis Royal Library card holders actually lived outside of the town. We therefore pledged to assist the Town of Annapolis Royal by raising funds to enlarge the library. In the fall of 2015 the Town came to the Friends group and the AVRL with a proposal to relocate and enlarge the library by moving it into the west wing of the proposed new Academy development. The Town, the AVRL Board and the Friends group reviewed the initial proposal and identified a number of concerns. In late 2016, once the Academy condominium project began, the Town commissioned Hatch Engineering and Jost Architects to develop a revised proposal that would address these concerns. This revised proposal has now been accepted in principle by both the Town Council and the AVRL Board, contingent upon the securing of the necessary funding for the project. Visit the Grow Our Library Page for more details about the revised expansion plans.
Raising the Necessary Funds
The Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library began fund raising for the expansion of the Library several years ago. In the fall of 2016, after the Academy development agreement was signed, we began actively seeking leadership donations and grants to fund the creation of a new library at the Academy. The Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library have set our own fund raising goal for the new library at $225,000. Thanks to our prior fund raising activities, some large private pledges and a very generous grant from Annapolis County, we have already generated over $140,000 in grants, donations and pledges towards this goal. We are ready to make a public funding appeal to the whole community of library supporters: library users, local businesses, ARRA alumni, and residents and former residents of the Town and the surrounding area.
Donate or Pledge Now!
We are now reaching out to you---- Please help us meet this fund raising goal and help create a beautiful, bright, modern library and community space for tomorrow and for future generations. With your financial support, and with the assistance of various granting agencies which we have approached, we hope to have that funding in place in time for renovations for the new library to begin in the fall of 2017, and for the library to open in early 2018. Please consider making a donation now, to the Annapolis Royal Library Expansion Fund. You can either donate directly online via the CanadaHelps secure site (click button to start) or download a copy of the donation/pledge form that can be dropped off at the library or put in the post.
Thank You! We appreciate your donation and would like to acknowledge your gift. We have various recognized donor levels, and, of course, all donations over $25.00 will receive a charitable donation tax refund receipt. All donations will be acknowledged and appropriately recognized in the new library space, unless you specifically request to remain anonymous. If you would like make a donation specifically for a particular area of the new library - you can do it! You could direct your donation to more holdings, toys, artwork, comfortable seating, etc. See the New Library page for more information on donation opportunities. We will do our best to see that your wishes are met.
Association of Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library