Volunteer Activities

Banff Mountain Festival Films

Historically the Banff Film Festival showings usually commence the first full week in January (weekday evenings and Saturday afternoon). Typically, a volunteer’s work time starts at about 6:15 PM on weeknights or at 1:15 PM on Saturday.

Due to the very high rental fees for the films this is one of the few events at the Library for which there is an admission fee. Utilizing volunteers to take tickets, hand out programs, sometimes sell 50/50 tickets or make and sell popcorn helps the Library keep ticket prices as low as possible. Funds derived from these initiatives are donated back to the Library.

Because of raffle requirements by Alberta Gaming and Liquor commission, generally volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. If interested, please register as a potential volunteer.


The Friends maintain an everyday used book and DVD sale locations at each of the Library’s two branches, known as our “Booktiques”. These are places where anyone can purchase gently used books and DVDs. Volunteers are needed (part of one day a week) to sort and stock the shelves with suitable materials. If interested please register as a potential volunteer.

Book, DVD and Computer Sales

Each year the Friends hold 3-5 annual large weekend sales of used books, DVDs, and/or donated used library equipment such as computers. Volunteers are needed for set up, sales times as well as clean up. If interested please register as a potential volunteer.


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 next Casino will be in 2019. Volunteers are requires for day and night shifts. If interested please register as a potential volunteer.

Word On The Street (WOTS) Festival

WOTS is a signature event in Southern Alberta, where the library aims to better connect literacy groups to our community. Building bridges across cultures, presenting established and emerging authors, storytellers, informative panel discussions, demonstrations and workshops, live music, tons of activities and a bustling marketplace is what makes WOTS unique. It is a FREE local festival that represents the diversity of our community, is accessible to all, lively and fun. It is held on one Saturday or Sunday in September.

The Friends are pleased to support this community outreach both financially and by holding a sale of discarded Library DVDs. Volunteers are needed for setup, monitoring the DVD sales, and clean up. If interested please register as a potential volunteer.

Tree and Garden Pruning

The Millennium garden at the Main Library may be relatively small but it grows rapidly each year. Under the supervision of Master Gardener, Masa Mizuno who designed the garden, volunteers endeavour to restore the beauty of his design by snipping unruly growth to ensure the garden remains healthy and vibrant. As time allows, other pruning activities occur around the Library building, affording each volunteer an opportunity to learn pruning techniques.

Typically, volunteers work one Saturday in July, but occasionally gardening tasks occur on other dates between June and September. If interested in learning more, please complete a volunteer form telling us of your interest.