Approvals for Baker St. District Redevelopment Plan

On Monday, July 16 Guelph City Council approved the staff report that awarded the Baker St. redevelopment project to Windmill Development Group. The new development will include provision for the construction of a new main library, with “shovels in the ground” by 2024. The full Guelph Today story here.

The GPL Library Board enthusiastically supports this project. News Release here.

The Book Sale is On!

Whew! Right under the wire! Just when we thought we might have to pull the plug on this year’s GIANT BOOK SALE, we were made aware that last year’s venue will be available to us once again. We are over the moon! The sale will take place the weekend of October 19-21 at 69 Huron St. We will begin to receive donations in August. Watch this space for more detail as things unfold.

We are once again supremely grateful to the Wood Family for their ongoing generosity and support of this important community-wide annual event.

Wanted! Guelph Reads Needs New Coordinator

The Friends of the Guelph Public Library is seeking a creative individual to take over the organization of our Guelph Reads series. We have been organizing this annual event since inheriting it in 2012.

Guelph Reads is loosely patterned after the CBC’s annual “Canada Reads” series, although it has evolved into a characteristically Guelph event. There is a three- or four-member panel who each choose one book they think everyone in Guelph should read. They come together for one evening in the downtown library to defend their books in a free-wheeling and good-natured discussion. An unbiased moderator keeps everything moving smoothly forward. Audience members then vote on which panelist “won” the evening.

The process used for organizing previous editions of Guelph Reads will be shared with the new coordinator and the previous organizer will be available to provide advice and guidance as needed. The new organizer should be an enthusiastic team player and an imaginative self-starter and will report to the FGPL executive through the Planning Committee

Interested individuals should apply to alan@sentex.net outlining their experience at organizing public events and their ideas for future events.

Friends of the Library Book Sale volunteer Dave Lawrance, an employee of Toyota Canada, presents a donation from Toyota to Friends Treasurer Elaine Lilley. Toyota has a policy of donating to organizations for which their employees volunteer. Thanks, Dave, and thank you Toyota Canada!

Nicholas Jennings in conversation with Brenda Lewis

We are very pleased to announce a new addition to the event “Jennings on Lightfoot” which happens on Monday November 27 in the downtown library. Renowned jazz singer Brenda Lewis has joined the event.

Lewis will lead a conversation with Jennings about the man behind the Canadian Railroad Trilogy and many other classic Canadian folk songs.

Nicholas Jennings is the author of the new and definitive biography of Gordon Lightfoot. He is a music journalist writing for Maclean’s magazine from 1980 to 2000.

Lewis is a publicist, professional musician and human rights advocate. For over two decades, she has been singing professionally, first as a folk/blues vocalist, then for most her career as a jazz vocalist, performing with some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. She was the successful panelist at Guelph Reads 2016 with her spirited defense of Flint and Feather, a biography of poet Pauline Johnson.

Between them, Jennings and Lewis have extensive experience in different aspects of the music business, reportage and performance. Pairing them together will bring added depth and intimacy to the discussion about Gordon Lightfoot.

Doors open in the downtown library at 6:30pm with the conversation beginning at 7:00pm.

“Jennings on Lightfoot” is presented by the Friends of the Guelph Public Library in partnership with The Bookshelf, Guelph’s independent downtown book store.

Seats can be reserved through Eventbright.

Thank you!

…To our dedicated volunteers, nearly 200 of them!

…To our sponsors, donors, and suppliers – click here to see the full list

…To the neighbourhood around the sale, the city of Guelph and surrounding areas

…To the faithful shoppers who return year after year

Thank you for another successful sale.

See you next year!

Book Sale Volunteers Ben and Norma…

Long time sale volunteers Ben & Norma have just emptied their car of book sale donations — 20 boxes collected from Bullfrog Mall Library. Thanks, Ben & Norma. And thanks to all of our great volunteers!

Would you like to help, too? Click here to go to our Volunteer Page where you can sign up to deliver posters & bookmarks around town, sort incoming donations, work on the sale weekend, and help us keep the sale site ship-shape.