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."   


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Friends of the Library – Next meeting Tuesday, October 29th

Please note on your calendar! You are invited to attend the General Meeting of the Friends of the Library We would love to see you there and hope that you can participate in making our branch library the best it can be.
You can download the Agenda [ 2019 10 29 meeting agenda ] But, as always, if you have additional items for the members to discuss, come on down on Tuesday evening to the library at 143 Ritchie Street (easy to find with the new spiffy brick sign in front of The Academy directing the way!) and we will add your items to the agenda.
You'll see on the agenda two important items. First, we are looking for individuals who would like to spend a few hours each month to help us grow our branch library. Nominations for some executive positions are opening up, so we encourage you to give that some thought. Second, planning for the Giant Used Book Sale is underway. If you can get involved and help us out before, during or after the big event on Saturday, November 9th please contact our president, Lillian Stewart at or, better yet, come to the meeting and we'll work out all the details directly with you.


2019 book sale poster 


October is Canadian Library Month!

   All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives.    More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more.    In celebration of Library Month, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly has declared October as Library Month in Nova Scotia. The proclamation recognizes libraries as a welcoming place, and as institutions that provide important services to their communities.

Come see us this month. A visit will get you thinking!

Lots of News from the Friends of the Library!

We want to let you in on all the exciting developments happening with the Friends of the Library! We held a general meeting on Tuesday September 17th and many important and interesting topics were discussed. 

 A draft of an Action Plan was presented. This is a blueprint for the vision and direction of the FoL for the future, giving specific tasks that will be undertaken to enact our mandate of supporting the improvement and expansion of our branch's programs and services. The draft action plan can be viewed at: FoL Action Plan . We invite you to review it and give any feedback you may have sometime over the next month. Comments may be sent to: 

We are holding our much anticipated Giant Book Sale on the morning of Saturday, November 9th! YAY!! Spread the word! If you have books to donate you can contact Lillian Stewart at the number above, or simply drop them off with the librarian at our branch. *We are looking for volunteers to help out with this big endeavor. If you can help us bring the books to the Anglican Church during the early evening of Friday, Sept. 8, help set up the books (whoo hoo, you get first pick!), sell the books and/or pack up the unsold books on Saturday afternoon, please contact Lillian at the number above. We appreciate our volunteers!

Speaking of the bookshelves and volunteers, Kamile Langstaff has kindly volunteered to keep our bookshelves in the library common area tidy and full of very appealing gently-used items that you may wish to purchase at any time of the year, bringing the FoL some much needed funds. Check out our bookshelves by the Food Bank - many delightful temptations! Thank you, Kamile!

And while you are browsing at the Giant Book Sale on November 9th - take time to renew your membership or switch your membership to a Life Membership (then you don't need to pay a yearly renewal fee!). Look for our Membership table at the sale. If you prefer, a librarian can help you renew at the desk of our branch at any time.

*Our next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be held on
Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00pm

We hope you can join us then!

The new Library at the Academy is now Open For Business:

On November 23rd the relocated Annapolis Royal Library opened its' doors to the community.  We are now located on Ritchie St. at the west end of the Academy building. The new Library has 25 percent more shelf space than the old library, a lot of new books, extended library hours, a dedicated Program room, a larger children's area with new furnishings, a quiet reading room, a high tech Innovation Lab workshop for the whole community, an office for the Library staff (at last!!), a wonderful Commons area with a fireplace lounge, a big work table and whiteboard, several card tables with chairs, a book exchange, a public auditorium for up to 50 people and some wonderful new artwork. And we have new neighbours. The community Food Bank has moved into its new location, just beyond the Library.
The Library is now open on Monday from 10:00 to 5:00, Wednesday  and Thursday from 10:00 to 8:00, Friday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00.  Use the west side entrance to the Academy building, off of Ritchie Street. (Just look for the new big Library Book Return bin.) There is visitor parking on site plus on-street parking, and the bus stops at the corner of Ritchie St. and School St. 
The Friends of the Library wish to thank the many people and organizations who have helped create this beautiful new public space for the whole Annapolis Royal area community. Come by for a visit soon. 


FOL Officers for 2019

At the AGM held on January 22nd, 2019
the following slate of officers was elected for 2019

Lillian Stewart President
Lesley MacDonaldVice President
Anna Kate Newman Treasurer
Jane Power-Grimm – Secretary
Linda Moffat - Past President Board Chair (2 year position)
Jon PercyMembership / Website (ex officio)



Community Hub and Library
a Remarkable Achievement

An excited, standing-room-only, crowd attended the grand opening of the new Annapolis Royal Community Hub on Friday morning February 15th. Town Crier Peter Davies opened the ceremony with a bellowing cry specially crafted for the occasion. Dignitaries on hand included, MP Colin Fraser, Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski, Annapolis Mayor Bill McDonald, AVRL CEO Ann-Marie Mathieu, President of the new Annapolis Innovation Lab Gary Walsh, Retiring FOL President Linda Moffatt, and newly minted FOL President Lillian Stewart. Every speaker expressed wonder, delight and great pleasure at seeing this amazing new community centre for the whole town and county. The mentors and members of the Royal Robots group received an especially warm ovation for their remarkable success in international robotics competitions over the last few years.  The new innovation Lab will give them even more scope for their future endeavors.  Ann-Marie Mathieu received loud applause when she declared that the AVRL considers the new Annapolis Library “the flagship” of their system!!!  Linda Moffatt thanked all those who had contributed to the success of this whole project, particularly the many generous donors and volunteers who had stepped forward to help out. Lillian Stewart presented Linda with a bouquet as a small token of appreciation for her years of tireless dedication in seeing this project to fruition. At the conclusion of the formal program, Lillian also invited Linda to unveil the new donor recognition installation located in the common area of the facility. This imaginative structure features a bookcase with faux books bearing the names of donors on their spines, as well as a real book containing the names of all donors in calligraphy. The lower half of the unit is in the form of a small cupboard. Opening it's doors reveals the interior of a two level "mouse library" mimicking all the features of the real library…….. including mouse patrons and mouse staff. Amazingly, on the tiny wall hangs a micro reproduction of Wayne Boucher’s dramatic painting that brightens the common area. The whole magical structure was the joint creation of master carpenter Adrian Nette and papier  maché artist Rion Microys. It is truly a work of art that has to be seen to be believed.  Check it out next time you return a book!

   The donor recognition structure Lillian Stewart Linda Moffatt Ann-Marie Matthieu, Bill McDonald and Colin Fraser


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.

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Donate online now with the secure CanadaHelps Website

Or donate/pledge by mail
Donation/Pledge Card MS Word         Donation/Pledge Card PDF

Association of Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library


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