Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Smiths Falls Public Library was started in 1994. We are a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to promoting the cause of the library, particularly literacy, and assisting the library in maintaining its high profile as a provider of educational, research, enjoyment and recreational experiences and services through fundraising efforts and advocacy.

Since its inception the Friends of the Library have held a number of successful fund-raising events; such as the curling bonspiel, Annual Trivia Challenge and book sales. Through our fundraising efforts we have supported the children’s summer programs and purchased needed equipment for the library. We assisted the Library Board’s Heritage Challenge Restoration Project by raising in excess of $15,000! We were even able to commission an area artist to come and do the magnificent mural leading up to the Children’s Library.

2023/24 Smiths Falls Friends of the Library Projects:

  1. The “Patient Pastime” project ($2000)supplies activities and books to the “Tea and Toast” cart that currently circulates in both campuses of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.
  2. The “Give a Child A Book” project (approx $12,000) is to provide books to grade 1-4 students in our community schools, and by age grouping in the Smiths Falls Food Bank boxes.
  3. The “Beyond Books” project (+$50,000) is for children’s furniture, fixtures and activity centres intended for the Children’s Library. 

Become a Friend of the Library

Working as a Friend of the Library or as a library volunteer is an extremely rewarding avocation, with a variety of service options and learning experiences. Volunteers are individuals or groups who give their time, talent and abilities to a cause they believe in, without pay, to work for and inspire change in the community. Our commitment to the communities in which we live and work is motivated by our responsibility to be a good citizen and our desire to be a good neighbour.

How Can I Join the Friends?

To become a member please email us at [email protected]. Include your name, address, phone number, membership level and the type of help you can provide.

How You Can Help

  • Book Sales
  • Fundraising & Marketing
  • Literacy Readings
  • Adopt-A-Book
  • Newsletter
  • Crafts
  • Special Events
  • Speaker
  • Other

Annual Membership Levels & Fees

  • Individual: $5.00
  • Senior: $5.00
  • Family: $10.00
  • Patron: $50.00
  • Clubs: $100.00
  • Corporations: $100.00