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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Friends Donate to the LPL!

October 6, 2019

The Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library has presented a cheque for $28,000 to Library CEO, Terra Plato, to fully or partially fund the following projects: The Crossings Branch Toy Library, Teen Zone signage, New chair and table caddies, Writer in Residence, The Word on the Street title sponsor, Big Birthday Bash sponsorship, Lethbridge Presents. Also, the Friends has committed funds amounting to $100,000 for the Crossings Branch to improve the childrens' area.

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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.  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.  At the Crossings Branch, the Booktique is located adjacent to the internal door leading to the Friends' Room, near the washrooms.  Hence, books, CDs, and DVDS can be purchased from either of the two Booktiques. Payment is made at the Customer Service Desks.

For more information on donating books, CDs and DVDs , 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

2018-2019 Friends of Lethbridge Public Library Board of Directors: (seated L to R) Monica Ekvall, Sec.; Isabelle Henderson, Pres.; Karran Thorpe, Booktique Chair & Director; June Tagg, Vice-Pres.; (Standing L to R) Caryl Nelson-Fitzpatrick, Treas.; Vic Mensch, Director; Donna Seyed Mahmoud, Director; Wendy Kalkan, Library Bd. Liaison; Joanne Overn, Director; Missing: Margot Pollard, Past Pres.

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 supports the printing of the Library’s newsletter, “Happening”, and undertakes at least one advocacy activity each year.

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