Special Events

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.  http://arlibraryfriends.org 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. http://arlibraryfriends.org/

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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Academy Library Day was a great success!!!!!!

17991050_1974782342756196_3655370588773335932_n a 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.

2017-04-22 2017-04-22 001 002aYesterday’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

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some committed readers …

Abigail, Alex, Finn, Madelyn, Sebastian, Grace
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.

It was a great day for the new library.
Linda, Anna Kate and Jon
Your ‘Friends of the Library’ Fund Raising Committee
If you wish to help build the new library at the Academy please consider making a donation 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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Join us for “Academy Library Day” on Saturday, April 22

The FOL Library Fund Raising Committee has organized, with help from the Social Issues Club at AWEC— an AWESOME Fund Raising ‘Launch’ for the Library Expansion Fund. The Public Fund Raising Campaign launch is actually a full day of events (9:30 am – 5:00 pm.) on Saturday, April 22nd,  in or near, the old cafeteria at the Academy. (Enter from Ritchie Street and follow the signs).
There are six different FOL events going on at the Academy that day.

  •  Help  the Friends of the Library, the Town, and the AVRL Recognize and Celebrate the recent donations and grants for the new Library, at 12:00 noon  in the cafeteria (a media event—so be there and SMILE).
  • Drop by and have Coffee with a Local Author–three local authors plus a local artist.illustrator will come by to have coffee and talk informally about their work, and their art:  At 10, 11, 1  and 4 o/clock in the cafeteria .  Pre-readers can enjoy Juice and Stories with Dorothy at 2:30 in the cafeteria.
  • Hear Brenda Dunn talk about Fort Anne as a Historical National Park, the final ‘Afternoon with Friends’ presentation for this winter. At 2:00 pm (Just follow the signs, this may be upstairs in the gym.)
  • Check out the Proposal for the new Library and Community Hub and  the space.  (All day in the cafeteria–drawings, guides.)
  • Participate in the all day ‘On-line’ and ‘In Place’ Library Read-a-thon with the AWEC students and anyone else who loves to read and wants to participate. You are also encouraged to come out, suppport and cheer on your favorite readers.
  •  Make a Donation to our fund raising campaign to expand the AR Library (All day donation Table in the cafeteria, or donate on-line).

Complete schedule of events and list of Authors/speakers

What can I do?

You can sign up to participate in the Read-a-thon at the library, on the web site, or through the AWEC social Issues Club.  Or you can generously support your spouse, friend, grand child or importuning teenager who is participating in the read-a-thon. There will, of course, be awesome prizes (books) for the winning readers (most pledges, most pages read, best stuffed animal, etc.) Pick up a pledge sheet, sign up your pledges, choose your book(s) and show up at 9:20 ready to read–for one to six hours–your choice. If you want to part of the mob, we recommend that you bring ear plugs, a comfy lawn chair, blanket, pillows,your smart phone, what ever you need— and an identifiable cup. Whole families can sign up and share the reading hours, and you can choose to read at home and keep in touch through twitter or facebook. Details are available on the web site or contact the read-a-thon organizers  at annapolisroyallibraryreadathon@gmail.com  .

For more information please download the following:

Read-a-thon poster
Library Day Program of Events


 Friends of Library Welcomes Historian Brenda Dunn

On April 22 at 2:00 p.m. as part of a day of special programming at the Academy hosted by the Friends of the Library, we are privileged to welcome well-known historian and Author Brenda Dunn. Her talk is entitled: “Fort Anne, An Icon in Canada’s Historical Landscape”.  More information.


Join us for a Read-a-thon at the Academy April 22

The FOL Library Fund Raising Committee has organized, with help from the teens in the Social Issues Club at AWEC— an AWESOME Fund Raising ‘Launch’ for the Library Expansion Fund. The Public Fund Raising Campaign launch is actually a full day of events on April 22nd,  in or near, the old cafeteria at the Academy. (Enter from Ritchie Street, under the gymnasium and follow the signs).
There are six different FOL events going on at the Academy that day.

  •  Participate in the all day ‘On-line’ and ‘In Place’ Library Read-a-thon with the AWEC students and anyone else who loves to read and wants to participate. You are also encouraged to come out, suppport and cheer on your favorite readers.
  • Drop by and have Coffee with a Local Author–three local authors plus a local artist.illustrator will come by to have coffee and talk informally about their work, and their art:  At 10, 11, 1  and 4 o/clock in the cafeteria .  Pre-readers can enjoy Juice and Stories with Dorothy at 2:30 in the cafeteria.
  • Hear Brenda Dunn talk about Fort Anne as a Historical National Park, the final ‘Afternoon with Friends’ presentation for this winter. At 2:00 pm (Just follow the signs, this may be upstairs in the gym.)
  • Check out the Proposal for the new Library and Community Hub and  the space.  (All day in the cafeteria–drawings, guides.)
  •   Help  the Friends of the Library, the Town, and the AVRL Recognize and Celebrate the recent donations and grants for the new Library, at 12:00 noon  in the cafeteria (a media event—so be there and SMILE).
  •  Make a Donation to our fund raising campaign to expand the AR Library (All day donation Table in the cafeteria, or donate on-line).

The complete schedule of events and list of Authors/speakers  is on-line at our web site at arlibraryfriends.org.

What can I do?

You can sign up to participate in the Read-a-thon at the library, on the web site, or through the AWEC social Issues Club.  Or you can generously support your spouse, friend, grand child or importuning teenager who is participating in the read-a-thon. There will, of course, be awesome prizes (books) for the winning readers (most pledges, most pages read, best stuffed animal, etc.) Pick up a pledge sheet, sign up your pledges, choose your book(s) and show up at 9:20 ready to read–for one to six hours–your choice. If you want to part of the mob, we recommend that you bring ear plugs, a comfy lawn chair, blanket, pillows,your smart phone, what ever you need— and an identifiable cup. Whole families can sign up and share the reading hours, and you can choose to read at home and keep in touch through twitter or facebook. Details are available on the web site or contact the read-a-thon organizers  at annapolisroyallibraryreadathon@gmail.com  .

Thanks and see you on the 22nd.
The  FOL Library Expansion Fund Raising Committee

Read-a-thon poster

Library Day