Friends of the Library

Friends of the Canton Public Library

The Friends are people like you — members of the community who support the library's goals and services. They advocate on behalf of the library, raise the funds to meet specific library needs, and volunteer their time to serve the library and its users.

The Friends' support provides:

  • Secondhand Prose Bookstore
  • Wings of Wonder Butterfly Garden
  • 62 Days of Summer program
  • Special collections
  • Annual CPL employee scholarships

To be informed of Friends' special events, fundraisers, and bookstore sales, like our Facebook page and subscribe to the Friends' newsletter.

Secondhand Prose Bookstore

An ever-changing inventory of newly-donated books, CDs, and DVDs is available for purchase at bargain prices at the Secondhand Prose Bookstore. Find us in the southwest corner of the library, just past the DVD and magazine collections. Watch for our monthly Bag Sales during the last full week of each month.

Donations of books, DVDs, CDs and other media are accepted at the rear of the building, near the loading dock.

Bookstore Hours

Bookstore hours may change depending on the availability of volunteers and any local, state, or federal restrictions. It's wise to call ahead.

  • Monday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM*
  • Tuesday, 2:00-4:00 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Friday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Sunday, Closed

Tuesday, noon-2:00 PM Business Members
*Third Monday of the month, 5:30-6:45 PM

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Membership Information

It's easy to be a Friend of the Library. Join now with an online donation.

  • Individual: $15 annually
  • Student or Senior: $10 annually
  • Family: $25 annually
  • Premium: $50 annually
  • Best Friend: $100 annually

You may also complete the membership application included in the Friends of the Library brochure, available at the Secondhand Prose Bookstore, and return it with your membership fee.

All new Friends receive a coupon for a free paperback book, redeemable at the Secondhand Prose Bookstore.

The Friends of the Library board meets at the library on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM. The Friends' Annual Meeting in June is open to all members.

Your Friends' contribution is tax-deductible.

Photo, left to right: Linda Garrett, Kathy Young, Carol Isakson, Nancy Smith, Rhoda Wolshon, Patty Jenkins, Jane Payton. Not pictured: Carol Symanns.

Friends' Fundraisers

AmazonSmile Program

Sign up and shop at Amazon Smile and 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases are donated to the Friends. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price.

Sign up at Amazon Smile and support the Friends of the Library.

Kroger Community Rewards

Register your Kroger Plus card with the Community Rewards program and select Friends of the Canton Public Library (code 90992) as the beneficiary. Every time you shop, you'll help the library.

Wings of Wonder Butterfly Garden

The Friends of the Canton Public Library sponsor a butterfly garden on the south side of the library. The garden provides a peaceful, natural setting for community enjoyment and additional opportunities for educational programming.

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Volunteer

Book Crew Group

The Friends' of the Library seek volunteers to work in the Secondhand Prose Bookstore. These volunteer positions include:

  • Work as an on-call volunteer on Mondays or Thursdays to sort through weekly donations when regular volunteers are unavailable. This job requires moderate physical activity, such as bending and lifting.
  • Work as an on-call volunteer to shelve books on Tuesday mornings. This job requires moderate physical activity, such as bending and lifting.
  • Work 2-hour shifts in the bookstore.

Training is provided. Visit the Secondhand Prose Bookstore to obtain a volunteer application.

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Contact a Friend

Have questions/comments, think you might want to join, or interested in volunteer opportunities? You can contact us with this form or send an email to Friends@cantonpl.org.

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