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Booktique volunteers meet weekly to receive, assess, organize, price, and shelve books and audio-visual items in the Booktique areas.  New volunteers are always welcome.  Forms are available on the side of the Booktique shelving at the Main Branch of the LPL.  Individuals are encouraged to complete the form and leave it with a Library staff member to pass on to the friends.  Please note that the form provides an opportunity to specify several areas in which a volunteer may be interested in participating.


When stock approaches the limits of the small storage space allocated to the Friends, a book sale is arranged.  The Booktique volunteers then undertake the process of organizing and boxing books to arrange them by category.  While the format of the book sales has changed over the years, these sales offer great opportunity to purchase bags of books at bargain prices.  Typically, the sale comprises a one-day bag sale where patrons are encouraged to bring their own bags to fill.


The Friends take advantage of Alberta’s mandate for charitable organizations to share in the proceeds raised through provincial casinos. Once every three years, the Friends’ volunteers participate in a two day commitment at Casino Lethbridge.


The Word on the Street (WOTS) event is held in September each year.  This unique event, focusing on literacy, affords the LPL an opportunity to connect with the community of Lethbridge and surrounding areas.  WOTS features many activities for children and adults  to enjoy.  In particular, children may enjoy listening to various story tellers or having their faces painted.  Adults may especially appreciate the visiting Canadian authors, who read from their latest books or present workshops for aspiring authors.  Each year provides a distinct variety of live music, informative panel discussions, demonstrations, and workshops.  WOTS also provides an opportunity to explore the cultural diversity demonstrated in various displays and food vendors.  Joining the marketplace of vendors, the Friends, through the Booktique, offer books, audio-books, CDs, and DVDs, for sale at bargain prices.

Importantly, since 2017, the Friends have been a major financial supporter of WOTS.