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


Friends Speaker Series - Next Talk

Sunday, March 24th 2:00   - 3:30pm
"Invasive Insects and You" with Keii biologist Matt Smith
merald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. Come and hear about these
invasive bug species
threatening our yards and woods.


Friends of the Library Winter Speaker Series

2019 speaker series

AR winterspeaker 2019  Poster (PDF)


Friends of the Library 2019 AGM

The Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library held their AGM on January 22nd and what a turnout! Thanks to those who made their way out on such a chilly evening. Special thanks to new members.

After many years of service we had three volunteers retire from our executive. 

David Tinker served multiple terms as Board Chair. We thank David for his tireless enthusiasm for the library, his knowledge about libraries, his help in planning speaker series, as well as hosting executive meetings, and chairing board elections. Thank you, David.

Derek Hawkins, our Treasurer, has handled our fundraised monies and grants with extreme care and professionalism. Special thanks go to Derek for these past couple of years when the bookkeeping got much more complicated with juggling our almost 200,000 in fundraised monies. The transparency in his accounting was so appreciated. Thank you, Derek.

In addition, Linda Moffat, our longstanding President, retired from her position. Linda worked for many, MANY years passionately for the library and these past few years spent countless hours working with Town of Annapolis Royal and Jost Architects Ltd to plan, fundraise, and design our new library. Linda has done it all for the Friends - sorted books on frozen afternoons for our booksales, met with various levels of government presenting our library project, and as recently as last week - showing up with her own hammer and hanging more artwork in the new space. Linda will now serve as Board Chair for the Friends group. Thank you, Linda.

It is very easy to say that without these volunteers we wouldn't be standing in our new library. The speed in which we executed the whole project from day one of fundraising to the opening is truly incredible.

Please welcome our new 2019 executive...

Linda Moffatt - Board Chair (2 year position)
Lillian Stewart - President
Lesley Macdonald - Vice President
Anna Kate Newman - Treasurer
Jane Power-Grimm - Secretary
Jon Percy - Membership Coordinator/ Website Maintenance (ex officio)


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


P.S. Check out our Facebook page for FoL updates and events. There are many great events happening at the library in the coming weeks!


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)