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Community Builders Awards: Friends of Guelph Public Library recognized for 20 years of outstanding community service

This year’s Arts Award recipient is a significant contributor to promoting reading and community engagement here in Guelph

The Friends of Guelph Public Library (FGPL) has been an integral part of our community for the last 20 years.

The group is made up of roughly 225 volunteers who devote their time, resources and talent to support and promote the library through special programs, fundraising and advocacy, helping to enhance the arts and culture scene here in Guelph.

Since 2007, the group has held its annual Giant Book Sale which has become a staple in our community. The yearly event welcomes nearly 10,000 people each year, offering thousands of sale items per event.

To date, the FGPL have raised over $1 million through their work. 

In addition to the book sale, they have supported other library initiatives, such as helping to outfit the Bookmobile, providing books for all new babies born in Guelph through the library’s Born to Read Program and stepping forward with seed money for Guelph Public Library to start its own Endowment Fund at the Guelph Community Foundation.

Thanks to the work of the Friends of Guelph Public Library, our entire community has access to library services today and in the future.

The Arts Award is presented to an individual or group that has helped to strengthen the local arts community by championing an individual, event, idea, ethic, or philosophy. 

Congratulations to the Friends of Guelph Public Library!

This award is proudly sponsored by Guelph Medical Imaging.


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Riley Barsanti, Community Cares team

About the Author: Riley Barsanti, Community Cares team

Riley is a Communications Specialist and member of the Village Media Cares Team, whose mission is to create meaningful, long-lasting and positive change in the communities we serve.
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