The next Booksale will be in conjunction with the Word on the Street Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2022. See you there!
At the end of January & in mid-May, the Friends held their first two Book Sale in almost 2 years. Thank you to all the volunteers and patrons who made it so successful! Over the course of the first phases of the pandemic, library staff culled their collection to make room for new materials so there were lots of items for sale. EVENTBRITE tickets were required to attend both sales and feedback on this approach was very positive.
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!
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.
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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.
Money counts when it comes to fulfilling the objectives of the Friends organization. Please click the Donate Now button below to make your donation.
Donations of books can also be made in support of our activities. Click the button below to learn how and where.
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.
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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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.