“Open Minds” – POSTPONED


The Olive Experience: Intro to the Mediterranean Diet!
Rick Zuccato will conduct an informal education and tasting session, explaining the harvesting process, the intricacies of true Extra Virgin Olive Oils and real Balsamic Vinegars and their histories. Participants will get to sample and pair between a select set of Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars that have specially selected for them to “Experience”! Guests will also taste a delicious drink made from one of the balsamics with sparkling water! These same olive oils and balsamics will be available in bottles and gift sets to purchase.

He’s the Top: Cole Porter
One of the greatest composer/lyricists of the 20th century, Cole Porter is revered for his witty lyrics and musical sophistication. Jordan Klapman, pianist/musicologist extraordinaire, covers Porter’s extraordinary life, including classic original recordings and video clips of Porter’s greatest Broadway and Hollywood songs that occupy a very prominent position in The Great American Songbook.


Thank you!

Thank you for another successful book sale!

…To our dedicated volunteers, over 200 of them!

…To our sponsors, donors, and suppliers

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

…To the first timers and the faithful shoppers who return year after year

$116, 684,000 raised this year, $875,000 to date.

Let’s do it again in 2020, and let’s make it to a million!



Book Sale Survey – Draw Winner

Thank you to the nearly 120 people who answered our book sale survey! We hope to make the sale better every year as a result of your feedback. Congratulations to this year’s draw winner, Ed Butts. Thank you Market Fresh for supplying this wonderful gift basket prize again this year!


J.O.E. Cafe – Join us for refreshments while shopping

Once again the folks at J.O.E. (Jobs. Opportunities. Enterprise.) will be providing weary shoppers some light, affordably-priced refreshments at a cafe inside the book sale site. For a peek at the menu click on the menu image below. While you are at the sale please stop by the cafe to support this worthwhile community endeavour, enjoy a beverage and some tasty treats, and rest your feet for a while before resuming your shopping.


Donations for this year’s sale CLOSED

Donations for the 2019 GIANT book sale are no longer being accepted. Thank you to all of you who made donations! If you need a place to take your donations please try the Elora Festival book sale, Goodwill, Bibles for Missions, or other charitable organizations who offer low cost books for sale.


Volunteer for the Book Sale!

We still need lots of people to help set up the sale site in October, for the sale weekend itself (Oct. 25-27), and to help with the post sale cleanup.

Go to our Volunteer Page to find out how you can help!


Book Sale Hours

Early Bird —- Friday, October 25, 1-4pm $10 admission

NOTE: The Sale closes from 4-6pm to allow volunteers time for dinner

Free Admission*
*Friday, Oct. 25 – 6pm-9pm
*Saturday and *Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27 – 10am-4pm


Making Book Sale Donations – What you need to know

Donations for this year’s sale will be gratefully accepted again after the August long weekend from Aug. 6 – Oct. 8, 2019.

Your clean, gently used, boxed items can be dropped off at the sale site, 69 Huron St., every day from Mon. to Sat. from 2-5pm.

Note: Donations may not be made on Sundays or Labour Day.

You may also drop off your donations at any branch of the Guelph Public Library during their business hours from Aug. 6 to Oct 8.

To learn more about what kind of donations are needed please click here.


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.