~ 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
Or contact us by email at

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Next scheduled FOL Board Meeting
Wednesday March 1, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
at the Community Hub

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FOL Board Members for 2023

The following slate of officers was elected for 2023
at the AGM on January 24, 2023

             Barry Moody President
             Wilfred AllanVice President
            Anna Kate Newman Treasurer     
            Christine Igot – Secretary
 Members at Large
           Susan Caley-Purdy
           Caroline Hancock
          Rion Microys
          Heather Garner

          Jon Percy 
Ex-officio Member
         Lillian Stewart - Past President


2022 FOL virtual bookclub poster


FOL Perpetual Bookcase

Hopefully, you picked up a winter’s worthy of reading material at the Friends of the Library (FOL) Annual Giant Book Sale in November. By doing so you will have also helped the FOL fund a range of projects to enhance our local library and support a variety of programs for its patrons young and old. However, if you missed out, all is not lost! The Friends group has a large bookcase full if gently used donated books that are for sale for a modest donation (a Loonie or a Toonie) to the cause. The bookcase can be found in the far end of the common lobby area from the entrance door, adjacent to the food bank. If you would like to make a donation it can be left in the FOL Donation Box located at the main desk in the library.  Also, if you would like to recycle your purchases, or any other books for that matter, they can be left in the rolling bin near the FOL bookshelf. All funds collected will be devoted to improving our library and its programs. FOL thanks you for your generous support.





FOL 2021 AGM  summary report

The 2021 AGM was held virtually on February 10th, 2021 via Zoom. Nineteen smiling faces filled our computer screens as our eager participants discussed how to advance the cause of the Friends of the Library and reflected on what we had accomplished over the past year. We extend warmest thanks to our President Amery Boyer for her dedicated and inspiring devotion to the cause over the past year. Regrettably, she has had to step down at the AGM because of her new role as Mayor of Annapolis Royal. Congratulations Amery and thanks from all of us in FOL. You can read Amery’s 2021 AGM President’s Report online. President's Report 2021 AGM Fortunately, long time FOL member and former VP Lesley MacDonald has accepted the mantle of President for the coming two years. We are confident that she will lead us towards a promising and exciting future. The other members of the FOL board elected at the 2021 AGM are listed at the bottom of this page. A number of changes were approved at the AGM to update and streamline the FOL By-laws: FOL Bylaws approved at AGM Feb 2021.


 A bit of history about the Annapolis Royal Library
by Linda Moffatt

  • The Annapolis Royal Library was the first public Library in the Annapolis Valley, established during WW 2 at the Legion, and then after the war, moved to the Blue house next to the Academy—where it became the headquarters of the growing AVRL system over the next forty years.
  • In the 1993-94 period the AVRL headquarters, in need of more space, moved to the old Distillery Building in Bridgetown and the AR Library moved into the old Fire Hall (garage) at the back of the Town Hall.  Phil Roberts and Anne Esslinger were part of the first Friends of the Library group that raised funds locally for the renovation of the Fire Hall.
  • The current FOL group started in the spring of 2008.“A group of twelve Annapolis Royal Library users came together on April 30th last year (2008) to consider whether it was time to re-activate a Friends of the Library group to support our local library branch of the AVRL system.”








Recent additions to this website

Welcome to New AVRL CEO - scroll down
2023 AGM January 24th - scroll down
Giant Used Book Sale coming up fast! - scroll down
Join our virtual book club - scroll down
New Branch Manager in Annapolis Royal ~ scroll down
FOL online book club seeks members - scroll down
Next regular FOL Board meet - scroll down
FOL Board membership - scroll down
FOL Bylaws approved at AGM Feb 2021
Brief history of the Annapolis Library - scroll down
AR Friends of the Library Action Plan

Welcome to New AVRL CEO

We at FOL extend a warm welcome to Julia Merritt, the new CEO of the Annapolis Valley Regional  Library who joined us in mid January. In introducing herself she outlined her library background as follows. " I've been working in libraries for twenty years in Ontario, starting as a page and assistant branch supervisor at the rural Wellington County Library system. I worked as a branch supervisor at Pickering Public Library in the GTA, and then as interim CEO at North Perth Public Library, another rural county/small town. Most recently I've spent the last nine years as CEO of the Stratford Public Library, where I'm most proud of the major transformations the staff made in growing the quality of the service and the ability of the Library to support its community".



Giant Book Sale surpasses record!!!!!

Wow!!!!!! The recent FOL Giant Book Sale shattered all records. In all $5171.00 was raised!!!!! (minus a few minor expenses still to be tabulated.) This far exceeds any previous book sale result:

2017 $2,150, 2018 $1,799, 2019 $1,846, 2020 NOT HELD/COVID, 2021 $3,544.

 Thanks to the army of dedicated, efficient workers who sorted mountains of book, set up the incredibly well-arranged layout of books in convenient categories, manned (personned??) the many tables at the sale, and cleared everything up at the end. It would never have been possible without you. We also extend hearty thanks to the seemingly endless stream of bag-toting readers who descended on the academy gym. You really made our day …….. and, hopefully, in the process accumulated a small library of worthwhile books to tide you over the upcoming long, cold winter. Thanks to all!!!!


New Branch Manager in Annapolis Royal:

Tim Jackson has been hired as the branch manager. Tim has worked for AVRL for the past 18 years in the bookmobile, technical services, and Community Engagement departments. You may recognize Tim. He is from Bridgetown, where he is involved in the curling and lawn bowling clubs, the Legion, and several other community organizations. Tim is also treasurer of the Nova Scotia Library Association. Tim is excited as he begins the next phase of his AVRL career, in Annapolis Royal! Welcome Tim!

Tim Jackson AR Library


 Special Royan display!

 Our Annapolis Royal branch has a special section of resources
donated by the City of Royon (France) and the
Town of Annapolis Royal about the life of Pierre Dugua, the merchant explorer
who established the Habitation of Port Royal. 

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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 CanadaHelps.org!
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


"Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services,
great libraries build communities" - R. David Lankes