Winner of the 2018 Book Sale Questionnaire GIft Basket Draw - Cathy Rollinson. Congratulations!

Who are the Friends of the Guelph Public Library?

We are an arms-length group of community volunteers who believe that the Guelph Public Library is a necessary & vital community institution.

We support the goals of the Library.

We volunteer to make a great library even better.

We promote the Library in the community through special programs, fundraising, and advocacy.

Our main fundraiser is our annual GIANT book sale.

To date the sale has raised more than $730,000 to assist the library with current programming and to be available for use when a new main library is re-built.

News...

Guelph Reads!…and the winners are…

After a one-year hiatus, Guelph Reads!, sponsored by the Friends of the Guelph Public Library, returned to the main Library on February 27 and was greeted by a substantial, supportive audience despite the stormy weather.

Moderated by Anne Mackay, the panel of prominent Guelph citizens included Guelph Symphony conductor, Judith Yan; recent local politician Aggie Mlynarz; and Rev. John Borthwick, the minister of St. Andrew’s Church.

They supported, respectively, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq,  and Seven Fallen Feathers  by Tanya Talaga.

All three panel members agreed that all three books are outstanding and should be on everyone’s ‘must read’ list; and in a first for Guelph Reads! the audience vote resulted in a tie for ‘first read’ between Split Tooth and Seven Fallen Feathers.

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You can be a Program Volunteer!

Would you like to be a real friend of the Guelph Public Library?  Become a Program Volunteer!  Attend Guelph Public Library programs and give the staff a hand. This new volunteer opportunity is open exclusively to members of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library. For more information about how to get involved visit our Program Volunteer page.

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Get Ready for Guelph Reads! 2019

Join our panelists on February 27, 2019 at 7pm at the Main Library for an evening of friendly competition to choose the next book for Guelph to read. Click on the “Guelph Reads!” button to find out which books will be defended by panelists John Borthwick, Aggie Mlynarz, and Judith Yan.

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13th Annual FGPL Book Sale

October 25, 26, 27, 2019

Location to be determined

Total raised in 2018 – $118,000
Grand total to date – $745,000 !