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, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library
Note: The meeting has been rescheduled to March 21st

The FOL Executive decided to postpone the previously scheduled FOL meeting until after the AVRL Board meeting next Thursday so that the AVRL has an opportunity to review and vote on the new (February 10) Town proposal for moving the Library to the Academy before we hold our meeting........ Plus the weather was pretty rotten!!!!!

We are also  very pleased to report to you that the Friends group recently received notification this week that, thanks to our grant request last fall, Annapolis County has voted a grant of $40,000 to the Library expansion project at the Academy. Given the tremendous success of our initial fund raising efforts and this very generous grant, we are confident that the Friends group and the Town together will be able to raise enough additional funds through donations and grants this spring and summer to begin work on the new library space at the Academy next fall.

Do plan to  come out to view this very  interesting new proposal for the Library space and help us formulate our next steps in planning and fund raising for the new library.

This meeting will allow the members to have a look at the new proposal from the Town for the relocation of the Library to the Academy.  A very interesting proposal has recently been accepted by the Town Council and sent to the AVRL for their review and consideration.  Come to the meeting to see the proposed plan, and also to have an opportunity to meet with Ann Marie Mathieu, the CEO of our library system, who will give us an update on the developments in the AVRL system over the past year.


Minutes of the November meeting  and new business from the AGM
Treasurer's Report
Librarian's Report
Business arising from the Minutes
New Business:
       The new plan for the Academy Library
       Going Forward with Fund Raising?
       Other new business
Guest Speaker:  Ann-Marie Mathieu, CEO  Annapolis Valley Regional Library

You can also visit us on Facebook. Our page is listed as,
"Friends of the Annapolis Royal Library."

FOL Officers for 2016

At the AGM held on January 13th,
the following slate of officers was elected for 2016
Linda Moffat – President
Anna Kate Newman– Vice President
Derek Hawkins – Treasurer
Giselle Beauchamp - Secretary
Jon Percy – Membership Coordinator

David Tinker – Chair of the Board


~ What's New With FOL? ~

Afternoon with Friends
On Saturday, March 11 at 2:00pm at St. Luke's Hall*,  the second in our winter series  "An Afternoon with Friends"  is scheduled.  Ian Lawrence, from the Annapolis Heritage Society has agreed to come and tell us about his work on the newly found  Cronin Papers.  He has been researching this collection of letters and papers from the 1700's and early 1800's associated with the Cronin family of Karsdale.  Come out and hear about this interesting collection of papers and what they reveal about the lives of the Planters and Loyalist settlers in this area.
*Note Regarding venue: Ian Lawrence's talk will be in the Rosette Room at St. Luke's. The Fabric Arts folk are having an all day event in the main hall.  The Rosette Room is best reached via the Victoria St. Entrance. Up the stairs and to the right.  A lovely location for this talk.  See you all then. 

Afternoon with Friends Program
   Afternoon with Friends poster MS Doc    
         Afternoon with Friends poster PDF

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Help! Space Needed for Book Storage
The Friends Group is currently seeking new storage space for our used book collection. They usually only take the space of one or two palettes and we are looking for a space free from dampness, accessible year-round, and not too difficult to access (not a lot of stairs!). If you can help us that would be so wonderful. We usually only add to the collection once a month or so during the winter and a bit more frequently in the summer when we are selling at the Farmers Market. Please get in touch with Linda Moffat if you can give us a hand with this -
                                     902-532-0856   or 


Grow Our Library
The redevelopment of the former Annapolis Royal Regional Academy (ARRA) into The Academy Project is now going ahead. As a result, planning is now underway for the relocation of the Annapolis Royal library into the new Academy Development. The Town of Annapolis Royal is busy working with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) to finalize the arrangements for the move and accompanying renovations. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Library are busy with grant writing, approaching sponsors and general fundraising so that we can ensure that we will move into a large, bright, comfortable, beautiful and modern space. Many grants require matching community support, so we are reaching out to members of the community to make a pledge of support for this exciting project. Please visit the Grow Our Library page for details on how you can help.

We are in Book Collection mode, once again!!!
It is, once again, time to cull your bookshelves and bring in good condition, high quality paperbacks and hard cover books that to sell at the Market. Books can be dropped off at the Library. If you have more than a box of books to donate, please call Linda (902)-532-0856 or Jon (902) 532- 5129,  to arrange for a pick-up.  We can only take books that are re-saleable; ie. no texts, no mouldy books, and no multi-volume sets. If you would like to help with the Market sale table some Saturday over the summer, give Linda a call. It is a lot of fun, and a truly great way to support your Library.


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