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.

Here is an update on the Friends and Covid-19

Due to the closure of the Library and just about every other meeting place, we also must suspend all our fundraising activities indefinitely. Today we had our last board meeting until this virus has taken its course.

The April Travelogue and Spring Fling Sale are cancelled and the Garage Sale, planned for May 1 and 2 are also questionable. It would be nice, if the threat of the virus is only a memory by then. Let’s hope😊

Should you be using this time of reduced activities to do some spring cleaning, please keep us in mind. We are always in need of gently used books, CD’s, DVD’s games and puzzles. As soon as the Library opens again, these can be dropped off at the circulation desk.

If you have any questions, please contact me at or 250-426-4707.

Meanwhile, please stay healthy and catch up on your reading.

Ursula Boy


Summer Garage Sale

The Friends are having a Garage Sale on Saturday, July 19th, from 9 am to 2 pm. The new location for the sale is at 706 14th Ave. S.   COVID-19 protocols will be in effect. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Enjoy the sale.


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



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


Thanks for all of your support, volunteers and donas and buyers alike. Thanks to all your efforts we raised over $3,100.00.   Thanks again, see you next year!


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.

2020 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 WidmerJune Vandenbergh

Library Representatives

Ursula Brigl -Chief Librarian
Sandy Zesnick– Library Board Liaison

Contact Us

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