AGM April 24 – Please review our Constitution before the meeting

It’s time for the Friends membership to update its Constitution.

The Constitution of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library, with a number of proposed amendments, can be retrieved by clicking on the document image.

Because this is a lengthy document (11 pages) we prefer not to distribute printed copies at the AGM.  An electronic version will be projected during the discussion.  We hope you will take the time to scan this document now, so you are prepared to vote at the AGM. Anything with a line through it will be removed if the amendments are approved, and anything in red will be added. Most of the changes are merely clarifications in wording.

The only significant proposed changes to the content are:

  • Page 4.  Section 5.  The definition of a quorum.
  • Page 6.  Section 2.  The creation of a Board of Trustees to oversee financial activities.  These were previously handled entirely by the Treasurer with the support of the executive as a whole.  The proposal is now that the Board of Trustees will oversee financial transactions, including investments, and report to the full Executive.  As noted, the Board of Trustees will consist of the Treasurer, the Chair, and one other executive member who will be appointed annually by the members of the Executive.
  • Page 7.  The inclusion of the Book Sale committee (which has existed from the beginning) as adjunct to the Executive.


Annual General Meeting – April 24

Wednesday, April 24 2019  —  7:00 pm Main Library  — 2nd floor auditorium

Guest Speakers:

Steve Kraft, Guelph Public Library CEO – Update about the Baker St./main library project

Lloyd Longfield – Guelph MP – Discussing Food Insecurity in Guelph


Elora Festival Annual Book Sale – May 3-5

Elora Festival & Singers volunteers invite you to the 2019 Annual Giant Book Sale at the Elora Curling Club on David Street West. This year’s sale is Friday May 3 (5-9 pm: $5.00 admission includes a voucher redeemable in books Sunday pm); Saturday May 4 (9:30 am-5 pm: free admission) and Sunday May 5 (9:30 am- 4 pm: free admission). To get close to the front of the 5 pm opening line, pick up a priority number at the curling club door any time Friday after 9:30 am.
Choose from 60,000+  gently- read, affordable fiction and non-fiction, organized well in categories such as art, history, gardening, cooking, science, poetry, classics and more. There’s a Collector’s Corner (open Friday 7- 9pm), a large children’s section, and lots of games, cds, dvds, records and sheet music.


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.


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.


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.


You can still have your say if you missed the January 15 workshops

If you missed the workshops on January 15, but would still like to give some feedback about the vision and mission of the Baker District redevelopment project, workshop content will be online at by January 21.

About the project
The Baker District redevelopment is a City of Guelph project aimed at transforming the existing parking lot and properties fronting the north end of Wyndham Street into a unique mixed-use development, including a new central Guelph Public Library.

The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the district becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial/institutional spaces. The project also includes public parking and an urban square.

To learn more about the Baker District redevelopment project, visit or to participate in engagement activities, visit

For more information….
Martin Jewitt
Program Manager, Portfolio Development
Business Development and Enterprise
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3360


Thank you!

…To our dedicated volunteers, nearly 200 of them!

…To our sponsors, donors, and suppliers

…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 – $118,000 raised this year.

Let’s do it again in 2019!