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 Community book sale.
After an annual gift to the library for current programming, investments from revenue sources such as the annual Book Sale accrue to nearly $1 million. This will be available for use when a new library is built.
The feedback survey for this year’s sale is now closed. We received 350 submissions that will help us to plan next year’s sale. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, and a heartfelt thanks to Janus Books for donating the gift certificates!
At a ceremony held on September 11 at the site of this year’s book sale, founding Friends of the GPL Chair Virginia Gillham and current Chair Ian Findlay presented a BIG CHEQUE for $1,000,000 to the Guelph Public Library (CEO Steve Kraft and Board Chair Randalin Ellery). The amount was raised through the efforts of the Friends at 14 previous sales stretching back to the first sale in 2007 that raised $8,200. On hand to witness the presentation current and former Friends members and book sale volunteers. Way to go!