All is fair thanks to the work of FOWL

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

There is something FOWL in Wellington – but we are not referring to backyard chickens!

The Friends of Wellington Library (lovingly referred to as FOWL) are a dedicated group of library supporters who have worked tirelessly for many years to provide services and resources that would be otherwise outside of the library’s budget.

One program organized by the Friends was the “Passions” series which brought local creatives, artisans, writers and thinkers to the library to share what they are passionate about. It was an extremely well-received series largely organized by David Simmons. David has been chair of the group for a number of years and is now ready to pass the torch to another dedicated Friend, Dianne Cranshaw.

“I would like to thank David for his service as Chair of the Friends. He is a very organized person who kept us on target during these trying times. His sense of humour and optimistic outlook was much appreciated. He has his finger on the pulse of the community and, with the help of his sub-committee was able to reach out to his contacts and bring us the very well received Passion series,” said Cranshaw.

As retired Wellington librarian, Dianne has an unparalleled understanding of the importance of the Wellington Library, its services, and role in the community. The pandemic has made it difficult for the Friends to be actively involved in programming or in fundraising.

It is their great hope that circumstances will allow them to go forward with plans for both a Pumpkinfest book sale and annual “A Wellington Christmas” programme. As soon as the book sale is confirmed the library will be able to accept book donations, so please hold any donations until that announcement is made – here in the newspaper or online.

The Friends work in concert with the Library Board and staff. The Friends were the driving force behind the landscaping at the front of the library and the maintaining of the gardens, circulation desk, the gas fireplace in the main room, and the purchasing of a new piece of equipment for the Archives as well as many new books. The group has also donated money to the Picton Renewal project and are excited about the expansion taking place in that branch. The Friends are a small group and would certainly welcome new members, as well as volunteers who would like to help out for an hour or two with the book sales or other programmes.

The Wellington Branch book club, which originated with the Friends group, has been discussing books – some loved and some not so loved – for over twenty years. This group is also welcoming new members this Fall.

If you are interested in the Friends of Wellington Library, or the book club, and would like more information please contact the Wellington Branch Library at (613) 399-2023, and the staff will forward your contact information to Dianne.

-Liz Zylstra