Friends of the 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
  • Connect Your Summer program
  • Special collections
  • Annual CPL employee scholarships

To be informed of Friends' special events, fundraisers, and bookstore sales, like our Facebook page. You can also stay informed by reading 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.

Have books, DVDs, CDs, or other media to donate? Donations are accepted at the rear of the building, near the loading dock.

Bookstore Hours

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

  • Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Tuesday (Premium Members Only), 12:00-2:00 PM
  • Tuesday (all shoppers),  2:00-4:00 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM NEW HOURS!


Membership Information

It's easy to be a Friend of the Library. Join now, by making 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 along with your check to either location.

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.


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.

Friends' Fundraisers

AmazonSmile Program

AmazonSmile is a simple, easy way to support Friends of the Canton Public Library. When you shop at Amazon Smile, 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases are donated to the Friends. Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price.

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

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Your purchases can benefit the Friends of the Canton Public Library through the Kroger Community Rewards program.

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


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


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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