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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You can also visit us on Facebook at

"Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library



Hello Friends and Supports of the Annapolis Royal Library:
We are pleased to let you know that our very popular, annual, giant, used book sale will again be held this year! It will take place:
*Saturday, November 17th, *from 9 a.m. to noon, *at St. Luke's church hall at 340 Saint George St. in Annapolis Royal
Please feel free to  tell your friends and family, share the event from our Facebook page and/or check it out on the Friends of the Library website.
We are still taking donations of gently used books for the sale. These donations can be dropped off at the (old!!!!!!) library (the current local branch location at 285 Saint George St.). Please give them directly to a librarian during open hours. We truly appreciate your donations. Please note that no magazines or encyclopedias are accepted.
Would you like to volunteer for a couple of hours to help make this great event a success? We are looking for lots of book sale volunteers to be on one of three work crews: 
1. set up on Friday, Nov. 16 beginning at 5:00 p.m. (unloading, unpacking and/or setting up boxes of books)
2. supervising a table or two during the sale on Nov. 17 for a shift between 9 and 12 (arranging the display, replenishing the books, assisting customers)
3. assisting with take-down/clean up beginning at noon on Nov. 17 (packing up boxes and/or loading left-over books into vehicles) 
If you can lend us a hand please contact Lillian Stewart at 902 532-7149. Thank you!
Also, don't forget to mark your calendar!!!!!Our new location for the Annapolis Royal branch library (at the Academy) will be open on Friday, Nov. 23rd! Hope you are as excited as we are!
Also, why not consider wearing a sporty, new, eye-catching, "I Love my Library" t-shirt around town to share the love? If you're interested in picking one up, see a librarian at the branch. They are $20. and come in a variety of sizes for men and women. 
Also, we want to keep in touch with you and with all our members to keep you informed of the many exciting happenings at your local library. If your contact information (email, phone or home address) has changed since you last informed us, please let us know so our records are up to date. Thanks.
The Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library


In Memoriam – Anne Esslinger 1926~2018

Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library will be saddened to hear of the recent passing of Anne Esslinger. Anne was an active member of FOL for many years. Her invaluable contributions to the group and her cheery presence will be greatly missed.  The funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, July 28 at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Annapolis Royal. Rev. Juanita Barteaux officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Annapolis Royal Public Library, Kings Theatre or ACHC Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. On line condolences may be sent to     
Anne Esslinger Obituary.


Linda Moffatt Receives Well-deserved Volunteer Award

Linda volunteer award

Linda Moffat has been President of the Association of Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library (FoL) since the organization was re-established in 2008. But even prior to that, Linda had a lifelong, unwavering passion for building literate, growing and engaged communities. So when the issue of library accommodations arose and Annapolis Royal needed a new expanded library, Linda combined her passion with her leadership skills, strong work ethic, collaborative team spirit and a lifetime of work and volunteer experience, and produced unprecedented results which have and will benefit hundreds of our local citizens for years to come.

Linda took a strong leadership role on behalf of the Association members and the executive to work with the town of Annapolis Royal, The Annapolis Valley Regional Library, and interested local individuals and stakeholders to support the fund raising efforts for the new home for the library. She met with municipal, provincial and federal officials to help gain support for the project and was instrumental in leading a strong community-based fund raising effort. Linda liaised with engineers, library staff, architects and the library expansion committee to ensure that the needs of the community/library users would be met through the project. It is thanks to Linda's work and leadership with the Library Expansion Committee that the goals were exceeded and $190,000 was raised in only 12 months! This will enable Annapolis Royal to have a spacious, modern and innovative new library at The Academy in 2018. 

This success has come from working daily, week after week, year round. The hundreds and hundreds of hours Linda has spent on the FoL has not just been on the expansion project. She has also been active with membership recruitment, gathering, sorting, hauling and selling books, organizing and executing numerous fund raising events and speakers series, as well as writing grant proposals and promotional material.  

This project has been a culmination of all the many volunteer projects Linda has devoted herself to her entire adult life. The experience of being a founding member of A Royal Consort, running a summer day camp for children and a Sunday School program, serving on local and provincial church committees, and putting in 14 hour days at the Wharf Rat Rally has given Linda the incredible skills she has used to the benefit of the FoL and community of Annapolis Royal.

Congratulations and Thank You Linda!!!!!




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 NewmanVice President
Derek Hawkins Treasurer
Jane Power-Grimm - Secretary
Jon PercyMembership Coordinator

David TinkerChair of the Board




The new library at the Academy is nearing completion!!!!! Floors are complete, walls painted, bookshelves installed. Soon the books and technology will move in. Opening day for public will be November 23rd. Bring your library card, find some new reads, and enjoy your new library space.

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More Pictures of the New Library


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Update on Library Relocation Project

The New Library in the Academy is expected to be 'open for business' in early October! The renovations are now well underway and the targeted completion date is late September 2018. Then we have to get the shelving installed, move in the new furniture and equipment, which is now being ordered by the FOL and the AVRL, and move all the books!

Roscoe Construction, from Berwick is the general contractor. (They recently built the new Berwick Library). Hatch Engineering, of St. John, New Brunswick is the project manager for the entire Academy redevelopment project for the Town. Demolition is complete and as of July 15 the new interior walls are all framed in, the wiring, plumbing and heating and air flow systems are installed and the drywall is going up. The new library shelving systems have been ordered from Ven Rez, in Shelburne.

The Friends of the Library and the AVRL are winding up the purchases of furniture and equipment, (lounge chairs, work tables children's furniture, electric fireplace, etc.)  We have ordered new computer and audio-visual equipment, with the assistance of the AVRL. The new circulation desk and all the furnishings for the new staff office, as well as some custom designed tables and shelves are being custom built by M&K Millwork of Middleton. We will be reusing some of the wooden shelving from the old library in some areas as well.

The  Academy Innovation Lab, a community maker space  is a new addition to our Library. It is being set up beside the new Library Program room, by the Academy Innovation Lab Association. Gary Walsh, Jeff Hafting, Owen Elliot (Town Council), Charlotte Janes (AVRL) and Linda Moffat (FOL), are the founding Directors of the newly incorporated Innovation Lab. They are working with several local technology specialists (Dillon Tonkin, Derrick Smith, Finn Hafting and Cheryl Den Hartog) to get the Lab up and running with community programs ranging from Robotics to Rug Hooking in the fall.



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.

Donate Now Through!Donate online now with the secure CanadaHelps Website

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

Frequently Asked Questions About
the Annapolis Royal Library

Proposed Design for the New Library

 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

Latest (June 2017) site plan for
the new library space at the Academy

site plan june 2017 revised

PDF copy of new Library Site Plan June 2017 Revised

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