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Executive Members

First Name Last Name Designation
Ann McLaughlin President
Flo Odding Vice President
Maryann Madden Secretary/Treasurer
Deb Sherk Executive at Large
Beryl Smith Executive at Large

Friends Meetings

The Friends meet monthly, and all are welcome. We plan our fundraising activities and get to know each other at the Centennial branch, 136 Gilmore Road, in the small meeting room. Meetings are held at 4 pm on the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August).
We are one library fundraising and community advocacy group for all three branches of the Fort Erie Public Library system.


Our donations to FEPL:

$3000 for children’s programming
$500 to replenish books in Rinkside Reading nook

$2500 for children’s programming
$500 to update books in Rinkside Reading nook

$4069 for Rinkside Reading nook at Crystal Ridge Arena
$2000 for children’s summer programming

$4000 for adult and children’s programs
$3000 grant received from Retired Teachers of Ontario

$4974 for toddler play wall

Current Project

A generous artist and library supporter, Margaret Feaver, has given 150 of her water colour paintings to benefit the library. Community support for this has been wonderful. To view or purchase a painting, please contact
We have raised over $5500 for children’s literacy at FEPL to date. We are fundraising for a special feature in the redesign of the children’s area at the Centennial branch. View Paintings

Our Thanks to:

Margaret Feaver

Le Bateau Gallery

Corner Coffee Café
Crystal Chandelier
F8te Salon
Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce
Friends of FEPL members
Jason Haywood Photography
Heavens Hair Salon
Cynthia Lacroix
Mayor’s Youth A.C.
The Mill Ridgeway
Jim Moore
Planks Canada
Hazel Reinhart
Ridgeway Lions Club
Craig Shufelt
Staff of FEPL
Cameron Sutcliff
And You!

Meeting Minutes & Reports

President's Report April 2019 pg 1 pg 2
President's Report May 2018 pg 1 pg 2
President's Report May 2017 pg 1 pg 2
President's Report May 2016 view
Budget 2018 view


The Friends hold several fundraising events each year. We have held BBQs at Sobeys, Pasta Night at the Italo-Canadian Club, and others. We promote the library at about six events annually in our community, by having displays at the market, the Douglas Heights Seniors Expo, and other events. The Friends also took part in the fall How-To Festival at the library. Each December we assist in packing donated mittens and books at the library for Community Outreach Program Erie Christmas hampers.

To Donate or Join

Complete this form and return it to any branch of the Library.

Donations can be mailed to:

Friends of the Fort Erie Public Library
c/o Fort Erie Public Library
136 Gilmore Road, Fort Erie L2A 2M1

We are a registered Canadian charity. Donations to the Friends of the Fort Erie Public Library are eligible for a tax receipt. Public support of the library through fundraising is what we’re all about. Our BN/Registration Number is 82481 3976 RR0001.

We are grateful for community support of our fundraising initiatives.