About Your Library


By Catherine Brydon, President

During this time when public meetings are not permitted, the Friends board will hold its Annual General Meeting in the fall if possible, at which time financial statements and other business will be approved by the membership. In the meantime, I want to assure members that board members are continuing in their present roles and dealing with day to day business

We have already postponed one author event and cancelled the 7th Annual Shabby Chic Sale.

The Shabby Chic Sale was scheduled for Saturday, June 6 in the Sharon Temperance Hall.  It attracts residents new and old and includes a plant sale by the East Gwillimbury Gardeners. But it was not to be this summer. We would normally make $2,000 from Shabby Chic so this void needs to be filled.

The Friends want to be able to continue its level of support to the public library in 2020/21 but we will need your help to do so.

Spring Fundraiser for 2020 Library Projects and

Southlake Books for Babies

We have already donated $4,000 to the Library’s 2020 Wish List but there are outstanding items as well as the new Southlake Books for Babies initiative that we are committed to support along with Newmarket and Aurora Public Libraries.  This is a project that provides baby books to new mothers who are taking prenatal classes at the Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Despite the closure, the library continues to provide service and in many ways, is even busier as it continues to bring our community together.

If you would like to contribute to our Spring Fundraiser, please click on the link below and make a donation with your credit card.  It is safe and a receipt will be emailed for amounts of $20 or more.

Here is the link to the donation website:


If you prefer to mail your donation please make a cheque payable to:


Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library

PO Box 1701

Holland Landing ON

L9N 1P2

Thank you for your support past and future!

President’s Report 2020

Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library

The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library is an independent, benevolent, not-for-profit, membership-based organization that operates under the direction of an elected Board. The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library was formed in 2002 to be a voice in the community promoting the importance of literacy through our Library. Initial funding for The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library was provided by the Southlake Cinemania Film Circuit who continue to provide annual funding to support out-of-budget library programs and initiatives. In 2004, the Friends of the Library launched an Author Reading Series that brings world-class authors to East Gwillimbury three times a year. Friends of the Library raises additional funds for the library through partnerships, raffles and special events.

For more information on the great work of the Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library please review the following:

Notes from the 2019 AGM

2018 Combined Financial Statements


To promote literacy and the role of the Library within our community.


To support the East Gwillimbury Public Library by organizing, facilitating, and assisting with fundraising activities and encouraging community interest in Library development projects.

To advocate support for the East Gwillimbury Public Library from the community, government, and other funding agencies.

To increase awareness of the East Gwillimbury Public Library’s programs and services by conducting effective public relations activities.

To promote the importance of literacy in our community by offering special events and programs.


  • A free and accessible library system
  • Literacy in all its forms – oral, written, visual, digital
  • Community partnership
  • Knowledge and learning
  • Communication
  • Cultural Diversity


Executive Members

Catherine Brydon

Vice President,
Loretta Whiteman

Cathy Sands

Helena Bzonkova

Members at Large
Michelle Cowan
Barb Elend
Nora Evans
Karen Faris
Christine Glenn
Suzanne Sherman-Rose


BOX 1701
L9N 1P2
Email: [email protected]

Interested in membership? Click here for the membership form!

Author Visits Series

Michelle Sagara (POSTPONED)April 23, 2020
Anthony De SaFebruary 7, 2020
Jennifer RobsonNovember 14, 2019
Anakana SchofieldMay 23, 2019
John LittleApril 4th, 2019
Ian HamiltonJanuary 30, 2019
Eden RobinsonOctober 29, 2018
Kim ThuyApril 19, 2018
Wayne JohnstonFebruary 8, 2018
Lisa MooreOctober 16, 2017
Claire Cameron &
Elan Mastai
May 18, 2017
Roberta RichMarch 27, 2017
Gail Anderson-DargatzOctober 28, 2016
Anthony De SaMay 19, 2016
Frank FarragineMarch 31, 2016
Elizabeth HayNovember 19, 2015
Ann-Marie MacDonaldSeptember 9, 2015
Michael CrummeyMarch 26, 2015
Craig Davidson

November 26, 2014
Frances ItaniOctober 29, 2014
Gail BowenApril 29, 2014
Barry DempsterJanuary 22, 2014
Shayam Selvadurai
November 14, 2013
Andrew Westoll
June 4, 2013
Camilla GibbMarch 7, 2013
Vincent LamNovember 21, 2012
Miriam ToewsJune 6, 2012
Richard Gwyn
March 6, 2012
Jane Urquhart
November 3, 2011
Terry FallisMay 26, 2011
Nino Ricci
February 17, 2011


About Your Library