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Friends of the Library

Friends of the London Public Library is a volunteer organization that provides community support for our library system in London.
Our Mandate
  • to advocate on behalf of the Library
  • to raise funds which enhance Library programs and collections.

Friends of the London Public Library celebrated its 20th anniversary in September 2013. During those 20 years Friends has raised more than 1.18 million dollars, funding that provides value-added enhancements to the Library's programs and services.

Friends of the London Public Library News

Annual Book Sale Coming Up in October

Mark your calendar. It's almost time for the Library Book Sale, an annual event organized and run by Friends of the Library. Come out to browse for used books for all ages, DVDs, CDs, WHS tapes, Audio Books and magazines, all at bargain prices.

The sale is a three-day event that takes place in the West Annex building at the Western Fair District, 900 King Street.

Friday, October 17,  9 am - 9 pm

Saturday, October 18,  9 am - 6 pm

Sunday, October 19,  10 am - 4 pm

Friends' Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, September 16 is the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the London Public Library. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about the Friends' fundraising and advocacy work on behalf of the Library. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm and is in the Stevenson & Hunt Room at Central Library. A special Jazz for the People concert will take place in the Wolf Performance Hall at 7:30 pm and a reception will follow the performance.

Speaking With Friends: Emma Donoghue

Join us for an evening in the Wolf Performance Hall with award-winning, local author Emma Donoghue reading from her new novel, Frog Music. Emma Donoghue has written numereous books, short stories, literary articles and plays and has received awards, nominations and recognition for her work. Friends of the London Public Library is pleased to present her as this year's guest speaker in their annual Speaking With Friends series.

Reception and Book Signing Follow the Author Reading.

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
Admission is by Donation.
Speaking With Friends is a fundraising event presented by Friends of the Library. Proceeds go toward Child and Youth Literacy programs sponsored by London Public Library.

Thank you!

Friends of the London Public Library thank the London Free Press and staff for their recent generous donation of a large quantity of books. Books donated to the Friends are sold at The Library Store and the annual book sale and, as with all funds raised by Friends, support a variety of value-added services and programs at London Public Library, particularly those with a focus on literacy. The London Free Press makes an annual donation of books to the Friends and this year's donation was made in the memory of Peter Geigen-Miller, our well remembered Friend and executive member.

Friends' Volunteer Appreciation

Friends of the Library held their volunteer recognition event for Library Store volunteers on December 9, 2013. The Library Store couldn't run without the volunteers who work behind the counter and behind the scenes sorting, shelving and selling books. Library staff who work with the Friends were on hand to express their appreciation along with Friends executive members who hosted the event.

Friends Donate $100,000 to the Library

Friends of the London Public Library presented a cheque for $100,000 to Josh Morgan, Chair of the Library Board, and Susannah Hubbard Krimmer, CEO of the Library, at the Library Board meeting on November 28, 2013. Donations made to the Library by the Friends are used to provide enhancements to Library programs, collections and services. In 2013, Friends of the London Public Library donated $180,000 to the Library.

Friend of the Year 2013: The Book Store at Western

Photo: staff from the Book Store at Western (left to right): Lotte Huxley, Jane Doran (holding photo of Fran Hardman), Pam Kenward and Stephen Cribar.

Friends of the London Public Library chose the Book Store at Western as their 2013 Friend of the Year in recognition of their support for the A Book For Every ChildĀ® campaign. The book store staff, past and present, have participated since 1995 by raising funds in various ways and providing boxes of books for the campaign. Many thanks to some very special people for contributing so much over the years.

LPL Annual Fall Book Sale, 2013

Browsing at the Book Sale

The book sale has wrapped up for another year. Thank you to all of you who made it a success once again by coming out to browse and shop. Check back later in 2014 for information on next year's book sale.