Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library are committed to good fellowship, fun and service.  The results of our efforts fund extra book and other collection purchases, targeted programs and special projects designed to make Cranbrook and the library better, more dynamic partners.

Mini Book Sale

The Friends’ first mini-book sale of 2017 takes place on March 31st from 5 – 7 pm and April 1st from 9 am  – 4 pm.  This first evening is for members only, so be sure to bring your membership card to show when you get there.  You can also buy a membership at the door, it’s only $10 for an individual.  In addition to getting in an evening early, you receive a 10% at all Friends’ book sales.

Garage Sale

When the spring cleaning bug hits, donate your previously loved treasures to the Friends.  We will do the work of putting on the garage sale for you.  You get the satisfaction of supporting the Library, and a clean closet!  Drop off your donations in the Manual Training School beside the Library on Friday, 28 April between 1 pm and 6 pm.  The sale takes place on Saturday, 29 April from 9 am to 4 pm.

Special Travelogue

Exploring the East Kootenay

On Monday, May 15th at 7 pm in the College of the Rockies Lecture Theatre, Janice Strong and Jamie Levine will give a special travelogue on places you can explore without leaving our neighbourhood, and launch her new book!  Get inspired with ideas of what to do close to home this summer, from day trips to camping excursions.


Browse the Friends of the Library’s latest newsletter to find out what they have been doing and what’s coming up.  You can find it here.


Book Sale Shelf

Can’t wait for the next book sale?  Check out the Friends Ongoing Book Sale shelf beside the circulation desk in the Library.  It is continuously restocked with some of the best books donated throughout the year – from current releases, to old favourites, to hobbies and crafts.  At only $2 a book, it’s the perfect place to pick something up to read on vacation or at home.

Annual Fall Book Sale

Each fall, the Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library and the Rotary Club Sunrise hold a much anticipated book sale with a selection of thousands of books.  Books range from the late 1800s to yesterday’s releases.  They have been sorted into over forty different categories to make shopping easier.  There are books on Canadian history, mystery, cooking, crafts, trades, music, children’s, large print, newer release, sports and much more.  Readers of all ages and interests are sure to find something to fit their style and budget.  So come on out – this is your chance to find great reads at great prices!  Doors open daily at 9:30 am and close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with late night shopping on Thursday until 9:00 pm.

It pays to be a member because the first day of the sale is for members of the Friends and Sunrise Rotary club only and members receive a 10% discount every day except Sunday.  You can purchase the $10 Friends membership for adults (18 and under are covered by their parent’s membership) at the door.

The last day of the sale features the very popular BAG SALE.  Bring in your Friends of the Library cloth bag and fill it for $5 OR purchase a new Friends of the Library bag on site and fill it for $10.  No other book bags may be used for this sale.

Proceeds from this sale are split between the Friends and the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise. The Friend’s portion supports programs and services at the Cranbrook Public Library.  The Rotary club’s portion support a number of different community and youth programs such as scholarships, youth exchanges, and youth leadership programs.

For further information contact the Friends at or call the Library at 250 426 4063.


The Friends of the Library annual Adopt-a-Magazine campaign succeeds in getting over half the magazine subscriptions in the Library adopted.  Those who adopt receive a tax deductible receipt and a donor recognition card is placed on the plastic magazine cover.  If you are interested in seeing what’s available for adoption, stop by the Library and ask for Michele.

Garage Sale

When the spring cleaning bug hits, donate your previously loved treasures to the Friends.  We will do the work of putting on the garage sale for you.  You get the satisfaction of supporting the Library, and a clean closet!  Drop off your donations in the Manual Training School beside the Library on a Friday in April between 9 am and 4 pm.  The sale takes place on the Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Exact dates will be determined early in 2017.


The popular travelogue series runs during the fall and winter.  Dates and topics to be announced later.  If you had an interesting travel experience and would like to share it with others, please contact Lynda Cook at 250-919-8382 or

Magazine & Audio-Visual Sale

Sometimes you don’t need a book, you just want to browse a magazine or a video to watch.  Every February, the Friends hold their one-day Magazine & Video Sale that features magazines that cover everything from current events to crafts, and videos on both DVD and videocassette that range from movies to TV shows to kids’ programs.  Audiophiles can browse a selection of music CDs and audio books.

Those with a current Friends of the Library membership get special access, and a 10% discount, at a preview night the evening before the sale opens to the public (memberships on sale at the door).  The sale is open to everyone the next day.

Donations Needed!

The Friends of the Library are always happy to accept donations of gently used books, CDs, audio books, videocassettes and DVDs.  Unfortunately, the Friends cannot accept encyclopedias or National Geographic magazines.  Drop donations off at any time at the Cranbrook Public Library’s circulation desk.

About the Friends

The Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library strive to make a difference in the cultural and social life of Cranbrook as it relates to the Cranbrook Public Library.  We are active in promoting increased library services, better facilities and more programming directed toward the needs of Cranbrook’s residents.

All of our goals are designed to promote library services and the library’s involvement with the community of Cranbrook…

  • To focus attention on the library
  • To encourage the use of the library’s resources and services
  • To receive and promote gifts, endowments and bequests in aid of our goals
  • To organize community response and legislative support where needed
  • To support the freedom to read and lifelong learning accessible to all without economic barrier

Join Us

If you love the library and want to make a difference in our community, consider joining the Friends of the Library.  You can find the membership form here or pick one up at the Library:  Friends Membership Form

It only costs $10 for an adult to join for the membership year – September through August.  Children are automatically included in the parent’s membership.

Member Benefits

  • get 10% at all Friends book sales
  • gets access to the best selection of books at member-only sales that take place before the book sale officially opens
  • 10% discount at Lotus Books and Casey’s Greenhouses
  • a twice-yearly newsletter sent by email or in the post about the Friends’ upcoming activities


The Friends of the Library meet on the third Tuesday every month at 12:10 pm in the Manual Training School (1212 2nd Street North, beside the Library), except in July, August and December.

Annual General Meeting Results

The Friends of the Library’s Annual General Meetings took place on February 16, 2016.  The key item of business was the ratification of the revised bylaws to bring them up to date.  The Board Chair thanks everyone who came for contributing their ideas and voting to improve the organization.  Contact the Friends at if you want to find out more about the bylaws or anything else.

2016 Board of Directors



President – Ursula Boy

Secretary – Bernice Smith

Treasurer – Terry Burgess

Marilyn Forbes
Elaine Karras
Karen Hendren
Louise Fentiman
Kelly Widmer
Shellie Hollister
Lynda Cook

Library Representatives

Ursula Brigl -Chief Librarian
June Vandenbergh – Library Board Liaison

Contact Us

Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library
1212 2nd Street North
Cranbrook, BC V1C 4T6