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 The Word on the Street 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.

Tree and Garden Pruning

The LPL Millennium Garden was designed by Mr. Masa Mizuno, a Master Gardener.  Until his retirement in 2016, Mr. Mizuno visited Lethbridge annually and provided guidance to novice gardeners to keep the Millennium Garden in pristine condition.  The gauntlet has been passed down to a local landscaper to continue the annual maintenance of this garden.

Volunteers are welcome to assist with the annual pruning activities.  The goal is to keep the garden within bounds so that the beauty can be enjoyed as intended.  Each volunteer is guided in completing various pruning tasks.  As time allows, pruning activities move beyond the Millennium Garden to other garden spaces around the LPL building.  Typically volunteers are required for one or two days annually.