The Fountain Pen, Guelph's On-Line News
+ADV: BBS 42 - High Speed internet and Reliable Web Hosting

Geulph Public Library Receives Founding Donation

Web posted on May 07, 2014

GUELPH, ON - At their annual general meeting held last week, the Friends of the Guelph Public Library voted in favour of a very important community initiative one that provides long-term impact, permanence, and a lasting legacy - for the Guelph Public Library.

Thanks to the generous $10,000 founding donation by the Friends of the Guelph Public Library, an endowment fund has been created through the Guelph Community Foundation in the name of the library. This important legacy fund will be instrumental in ensuring the continued strength of the GPL in our community by allowing the library to take full advantage of future opportunities with the annual earnings generated.

"It is truly apt that this amazing gift is coming from a group called the Friends of the Guelph Public Library. Once again, the Friends are leading the way in demonstrating how we may all contribute towards the on-going success of the library. I am even more impressed considering that these dollars come from the Giant Used Book Sale - so many one and two dollars sales and months of work by dedicated volunteers," said Library Board Chair Anne MacKay. "I speak on behalf of the library's current and future customers, staff and volunteers in thanking the Friends for their extraordinary vision and generosity. A round of applause for the Friends of the Guelph Public Library!"

Every gift matters. Interested donors may contact GPL's Fund Development Officer, Kirsten Bester at or phone 519-824-6220 x302 to learn more about this investment opportunity.

About the Guelph Public Library:
The Guelph Public Library Board and staff envision a future where our customers know us, trust us, are proud of us, and inspire us. The Guelph Public Library benefits the entire community by providing lifelong learning opportunities. We believe in the freedom to read, learn and discover.

In 2013, over 2.1 million library items were borrowed by 53,185 customers. Library staff answered 112,518 questions. 6,715 people joined the library and 1,675 programs were offered (+37%) to over 39,269 participants (+34%). Every day over 300 library customers use the 34 public access computers to: connect to the internet, apply for jobs and do research on the World Wide Web.