About Your Library


By Catherine Brydon, President


Thursday, March 18th  7 pm EDT

via Zoom conferencing

Moderator: Tara Roy-DiClemente

Dear Friends,

 As many of you know, we have been hosting author events in the East Gwillimbury Civic Centre since 2004.  Many of Canada’s most celebrated authors have joined us in intimate appearances right here in EG.

 During the pandemic, we have been unable to organize in-person events, but we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting virtual “Book Chats” starting on March 18 with Mary Lawson.  Mary is a New York Times bestselling author and is well known for her novels set in northern Ontario.  Her debut novel was Crow Lake, and it has been almost a decade since she wrote Road Ends.

 This February she is launching A Town Called Solace which is set in northern Ontario and is a beautifully written, masterful, suspenseful, and deeply humane novel. The story is told through three distinct, compelling voices, cutting back and forth to carefully uncover the layers of grief, remorse, and love that connect families –  both the ones we’re born into and the ones we choose.  Mary Lawson will be joining us from her home in London , England and the discussion will be expertly guided by moderator Councillor Tara Roy-DiClemente.

 The cost to access the event link is $10. If you wish to access the link and pre-order a copy of A Town Called Solace, the cost is $35.00 which includes a signed book plate. (The book retails for $32.) You must be able to pick up your copy through curbside service at either the Holland Landing or Mount Albert branch of the EGPL.

  • To register and pay for the event link only please click the secure link below.  Payment is by credit card through the Square site.

Event Only


  • To register for the event link and the book  A Town Called Solace please click the following secure link.

 Event Plus Book


Of course, you may send a cheque payable to Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library for either option and mail it to:

PO Box 1701

Holland Landing ON

L9N 1P2

 If you have questions about registration or payment you may email us at [email protected]

 Check our Facebook page for information updates as well.

We can accommodate many people from any location through this virtual book chat.  The event will last 45 to 60 minutes.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you just prior to the event.

 We are excited about this new venture and hope you will be too. Please plan to join us.  Our only regret is that we can’t offer you our home-made goodies afterward!

Thank you for your support past and future!

President’s Report Oct 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 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:

2019 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

Mary LawsonMarch 18, 2021
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