Friends of the Library Foundation
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Created in 1995, the Friends of the Saint-Lambert Library Foundation is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to further the advancement and development of the library:

  • by supporting and promoting cultural activities
  • by raising funds for specific projects and to enlarge the library’s collections
  • by encouraging residents of all ages to use the library’s services

Achievements

  • 2019 – 2021. During the health crisis, the library has pivoted to new modes of service, by offering virtual activities, more digital books and a no-contact loan service as required. The Foundation supports these efforts by continuing to provide funding for a number of activities. Did you know that:
    • In 2019 and 2020, the Foundation provided just over $32,000 to purchase more books, DVDs and video games, and almost $14,000 to support cultural activities such as lectures, workshops, etc.;
    • It also purchased 50 new board games, which will be available for use when the pandemic is over;
    • Held since 2016, the “Exciting reads” activity, organized in collaboration with library staff and volunteers of all ages who created the beautiful wrapping paper covering the mystery books, was maintained in December 2020 in the form of a no-contact loan. It was a resounding success, with 125 wrapped books being loaned out!
  • The Foundation always welcomes donations, bequests and memberships to the Friends of the Library Foundation, which allow it to contribute to the vitality of the library!
  • Lambertois Meritas Gala and inauguration of the libraryAt the Lambertois Meritas Gala on November 30, 2017, Mr. Isaac Zia was honoured posthumously with a Grand Lambertois award. Mr. Zia’s sister, Lilian Lee, and her husband, together with his brother, Charles Zia, were present to accept the award on his behalf.
  • On October 20, 2017, the recently renovated library was inaugurated in the presence of Isaac Zia’s sister, Jacqueline Yuen, and her husband, City Council, members of the board of directors of the Friends of the Library Foundation, and some 100 citizens.
  • The library renovation work began in mid-January 2017 in partnership with the Foundation and the Ville de Saint-Lambert.
  • In 2013, Mr. Isaac Zia, a longstanding Saint-Lambert resident, bequeathed the Foundation an amount of $1.2 million to “develop the library and services offered, including those for seniors.
  • In 2010, a generous donation of $20,000 from the Saint-Lambert Lions Club made it possible to refurbish the children’s section of the library and purchase new books for them.
  • In 1998, the Foundation launched a major fundraising campaign, which allowed the library to carry out renovations following its expansion, create an audio library, and install an Internet centre. Thanks to the Foundation, the library is able to make available to its members a vast collection of DVDs.
  • Donations received by the Foundation allow the library to offer its members access to a vast collection of DVDs and to update the various collections.

Friends of the library

Friends are citizens and companies who care about helping to develop the services and collections of the municipal library. Through their yearly contributions, the Friends of the Library support the library’s goals, actions, and projects, and they also enjoy many advantages:

  • One free rental voucher, valid for one year
  • Free admission to a “Préludes à l’Opéra” lecture for new Friends
  • Invitation to an annual event organized especially for Friends and volunteers
  • Recognition with a name plate in a book from the library’s permanent collection
  • A chance to participate in the Librairie Le Fureteur’s contest and win fiction or non-fiction documents.

To become a Friend

To become a Friend, simply fill out the form available in the membership flyer. You can also offer a gift subscription to someone you know so that he or she can become a Friend of the Foundation.

Ways to donate to the Foundation

If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation, simply mention it in the membership flyer. The donation will be registered in your name. If you wish to make a tribute donation in someone else’s name or a memorial donation in memory of a loved one, kindly mention it on a separate sheet.

Bequests

By providing a gift to the municipal library in your will, you will be helping to ensure continued support for the library’s services and programs. You can indicate your wish in the membership flyer. A member of the Board of Directors will contact you.

Members of the Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation are:

  • Suzanne Lanctôt, President
  • Guy Gosselin, Vice-president
  • Nadia Bernucci, Treasurer
  • Sylvie Provost, Secretary
  • Valérie Bossé, Director
  • Marie-Thérèse Duval, Director
  • Hugues Létourneau, Director
  • Ginette Lévesque, Director
  • Christiane Ménard, Director
  • Elizabeth Jacques, Head of the Library Management division and ex officio member
  • France Désaulniers, District 8 City councillor and ex officio member
  • Pierre Brodeur, mayor and ex officio member
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Friends of the Library Foundation

490, Mercille Avenue,
Saint-Lambert, Qc, J4P 2R6

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