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.


Travelogue Help Needed

The Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library are looking for a Travelogue volunteer. This person would help organize and promote the monthly Travelogues the Friends put on, which brings in money to help purchase new and up-to-date travel guides at the library. If you are interested, please contact Ursula Boy at 250-426-4707 or at

Annual Harvest Book Sale 2019

Our Harvest Sale was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who made this happen and to all our supporters to donate books, buy and/or o became a member of the “Friends”.


And Blastoff!

The Friends of the Library sold Chris Hadfield’s books at his appearance in Cranbrook on October 13th. Our thanks goes to CBT for this wonderful opportunity to raise over $4.700.00 for our Library. (pictured is Michele Wilson, Col. Chris Hadfield, Ursula Boy and Bernice Smith)



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.



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.



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

Winter Madness Sale 2020

One always needs a book to read but sometimes you wish to browse a magazine, watch a DVD, listen to a CD, or play a puzzle or game on those cold winter days. This sale has everything – books, magazines, audio visual items, puzzles, games and cake pans.  DVDs ranging from TV shows to kids programs are also available. Audiophiles can browse a selection of music CDs and audio books.  One must not forget the games and puzzles.

Those with a current Friends of the Library membership have special access at a preview night the evening before the sale opens to the public. They also receive a 10% discount. The sale is open to everyone the next day.

This year’s sale will be on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5 pm to 7 pm for members only.   Friday and   Saturday February 7th and 8th  the sale is open  from 9 am to 4 pm for the general public.

Donations for this sale are most welcome.  We accept magazines published within the last two years; books, CDs, DVDS, Audiobooks, games and puzzles of all ages. Items in good condition are appreciated. Cash or cheque only.

This sale is held in the Manual Training School adjacent to the Library.


Donations Needed!

The Friends of the Library are always happy to accept donations of gently used books, CDs, audio books, and DVDs.  Unfortunately, the Friends cannot accept encyclopedias or National Geographics, Readers Digest Condensed Books or textbooks.  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

Privacy Policy

Please see our Privacy Policy here

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.

2019 Board of Directors



President – Ursula Boy

Secretary – Bernice Smith

Treasurer – Jim Shepherd

Marilyn Forbes
Elaine Karras
Karen HendrenMichele Wilson
Kelly Widmer
Shellie Hollister
Lynda Cook
Kelly Widmer
April Baldwin
Sandy Zesnik

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