Academy Library Day was a great success!!!!!!
Thank you to the many volunteers and helpers...... and thank you to all of the Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library and donors to the new library project who came out yesterday to participate and support Academy Library Day.
We particularly want to thank the County Council and Councillor Alex Morrison who presented the Friends of the Library with a 'cheque' representing the $40,000 grant which the County of Annapolis pledged to our Library Expansion Fund. This generous grant plus the many donations and pledges we received yesterday, and over the past five months, brings our Library Expansion fund to $150,000, two-thirds of the way to our total campaign goal of $225,000, to help the Town renovate, furnish and equip a new library in the Academy.
Yesterday's events raised over $8000 towards our final goal, including over $500 from the efforts of the AWEC Social Issues Club and their Read-a-thon for the Library. Many thanks to Alex and Abigail for organizing this.
We also want to thank some Library Friends ...
Millie, Madeline, Jane, Joan, Pat , Burton, Lillian, Ern, Michele and, of course, Dorothy our librarian.
some generous authors/illustrators/poets and presenters
Barry Moodie, Louise Williams, Laura Best, Donna Raxlen and Brenda Dunn
and some other special helpers, including Noah, Gary (who showed us how to run the pizza oven), Your Independent Grocery (who donated the pizzas) and Bainton's Tannery Outlet (who donated prizes for read-a-thon participants)
Thank you all.
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 ~
Tuesday May 2nd, 7:00 p.m. at the Library
Members and Potential Members welcome!!
The main order of business is summer Fund Raising, including our Market Book Sales.
We make an average of $150 for the Library at each book sale
and they are great publicity events for the Library and the Expansion Fund.
10 booksales = $1500.00, it all adds up!! Sign up as a Market Book Sale Volunteer.
You can also visit us on Facebook. Our page is listed as,
"Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library
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
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