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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~ Next Friends of the Library Meeting ~ 

Tuesday April 10th at 7 p.m.
at the Library
Everyone welcome!!!


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"Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library


You are cordially invited to  ... 

Celebrating our 8th year of presentations
that inspire your curiosity and your imagination.
Sponsored by Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library
St. Luke’s Church Hall Saturdays 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Free will donations will be accepted in support of the renovations
to the new Annapolis Royal Library at the Academy (formerly ARRA.)

Saturday APRIL 14th

“Sea Otters: Confessions of a Keystone Carnivore ”
Tim Tinker, PhD, Research Wildlife Biologist.
Sea otters are perhaps the best known example of a keystone predator.
Sea otter behavior, in particular diet specialization and limited mobility,
can mediate their effects on ecosystem dynamics.


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. 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.

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.




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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



Province offers libraries another
'one-time' payment

Library boards to receive $474,000 to 'alleviate some of the pressures' they are facing
By Jean Laroche, CBC News Posted: Feb 21, 2018 2:00 PM


Book donations to Friends of the Library 

The Annapolis Royal Library is having a bit of trouble coping with book donations for FOL book sales being dropped off at the branch. As you know, space in the existing library is extremely limited and boxes piled by the door detract from the appearance and hamper passage. We extend thanks for supporting the Friends with book donations. However, we are no longer accepting Book Sale items at the library. We will make another arrangement to collect books late next spring as we prepare for our summer book sales.  Thanks for your understanding.

You can, however, still donate books directly to the Valley Library for their use but please follow their donation guidelines


Fantastic News 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]


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
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Frequently Asked Questions About
the Annapolis Royal Library

Proposed Design for the New Library

 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.

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

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)