The Society of Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library exists to help our Library offer the best programs and services of any library in a community of comparable size in Canada.

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Look for the Next Friends Booksale in January

September 18, 2022

Thank you to everyone who visited the Friends Booksale at the Word on the Street Festival, September 17, 2022! Look for the Friends next big sale in January, 2023. In the meantime, check out the Booktique locations at both the Main and Crossings Branches. Items at both are always changing!

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The Booktique reopens

November 22, 2021

Looking to expand your collection of wonderful reads? If so, you will be happy to know the ‘Booktique’ at both the Main and Crossings Branches is back in operation! New, ‘gently’ used, stock has been in place since November and additional items are added weekly. Standardized pricing has been set to ‘move’ a backlog of materials as quickly as possible. With the following price structure, there are amazing bargains to be had: Hardcover $2.00; Paperbacks $1.00; CDs $1.00; DVDs $1.00; & Blu-rays $2.00. Children’s books and DVDs available include picture books, board books, easy-reader books, and both fiction and non-fiction DVD’s. The adult and young adult fiction includes best sellers, romance, mystery, fantasy, and graphic novels. Adult non-fiction books and a huge selection of CDs and DVD’s are also for sale. Payment can be made at the Circulation Desk and all proceeds collected by the Friends contribute to enhancing the services the Lethbridge Public Library provides. Watch the Friends‘, as well as the Lethbridge Public Library’s, Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest. Each week, the Friend’s pages, will feature the ‘Item of the Week’ to showcase some of the incredible finds to be had. If you prefer, you can always come in and check out the ‘Booktique’ shelves in person whenever the Library is open. In the Main Branch the ‘Booktique’ can be found on the main floor, between the North and South wings. There is also a Booktique shelf located beside the fishpond on the lower level outside of the children’s area. At the Crossings Branch, ‘Booktique’ is located along the wall between the corridor to the washrooms and the Friends room. Happy shopping and enjoy your ‘found’ treasures!

Booktique

The Friends' Booktique -Providing Great Books at Great Prices

The Friends established the Booktique in the fall of 2006 with the "doors" opening in February of 2007.  

In 2020, the pandemic impacted everyone and everything, including the Booktique.  After a hiatus of almost 2 years the Booktique is back!

The Booktique comprises a number of shelves of books, CDs, and DVDs, providing a variety of items for sale every day that the Lethbridge Public Library (LPL) is open.  At the Main Branch of the LPL, the Booktique is located on the bridge between the north and south wings of the Library.  There is also a Booktique shelf located beside the fishpond on the lower level outside of the childrens' area.  At the Crossings Branch, the Booktique is beside the Friends' Room adjacent to the corridor leading to the washrooms.  

Books, CDs, and DVDS can be purchased from any of the three Booktiques. Payment is made at the Customer Service Desks.

For more information on donating books click here.

Volunteer

Members of the Friends volunteer about 2000 hours annually! Your help would be most welcome. Please click the Volunteer Activities button below to learn more about our many activities.

Volunteer Activities
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Board

2020-21 Friends of Lethbridge Public Library Board of Directors: (Top, L to R) Donna Seyed Mahmoud, Vice-Pres; Judy Vogt, Sec.; Joanne Overn, Booktique Chair & Director; (Bottom, L to R) Caryl Nelson-Fitzpatrick, Treas.; Vic Mensch, Pres.; Wendy Kalkan, Library Bd. Liaison; Missing: Charlotte Caton, Director; Shannon McAlorum, Director.

About Us

Membership

There are two types of membership in the Society of Friends: Voting Members and Associate Members.  Membership status is based on donations of time and money.

There are a couple of ways to become a Voting member in the Society.  Individuals who donate $30 or more in a membership year (September 1 to August 31) are Voting members for that year. Alternately, an individual who donates 100 hours or more of volunteer time to Friends' activities in a previous membership year achieves Voting member status as well.  Organizations who donate $50 or more may designate an individual to represent its Voting status.

Associate members are those individuals who donate less than $30 or volunteer occasionally to support Friends' activities.  These members are invited  to General Meetings and their input and participation are welcomed.  However, they may not vote on any motions or resolutions.

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Our History

Financials

Sales of donated books and DVDs are the largest source of annual income for the Friends. Casino revenue, every three years, is also a significant source of funds. Finally, cash donations are a regular and welcome revenue stream.  As an all-volunteer organization, our costs always remain well below 1% of income.  Please click the button below for more details.

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What We Do

Advocate, Publicize & Promote

All members of the Friends act as informal ambassadors for our Library. The Friends organization supplements the distribution of the Library’s newsletter, “Happening”, and other monthly announcements.  Please visit our social media sites: 

facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Lethbridge-Public-Library-100203242568130

twitter.com/OfLethbridge

Initiatives Pursued

Funding Special Library Needs & Services

The Friends organization provides funding for extra services and needs or special programs of the Lethbridge Public Library, augmenting the funds provided by the City of Lethbridge, the largest funder of our Library.

Projects Funded