Support the Library

There are many ways to contribute to and support your local library. Read below to see how you can make a difference in your community…

  • Make a Donation
  • Volunteer
  • Support Sarah’s Circle
  • Become a Friend of the Library

Make a Donation

Donate to support the Library through Canada HelpsYou can make cash donations online through Canada Helps or contact Rachel Brown / 613-258-4711 for more information.


From time to time, the Library accepts donations of gently used books. Please consult this document before contacting us or bringing any book donations to the library. Those books that are not selected to be added to the collection are added to our in-house book sale, which raises funds to purchase new books.


Volunteers play an important role at our library. The volunteer program creates rewarding opportunities for individuals to perform a valuable service to the community. Our volunteer policy outlines the policies and procedures. For anyone interested in volunteering please submit an application to the library.

NGPL Volunteer Policy 2014

NGPL volunteer application 2014

Support Sarah’s Corner

Image of Sarah BadgleySarah’s Corner is the name we have given to the children’s area overlooking the river and garden. Sarah’s Circle is a pre-school program offered, free of charge, to parents, caregivers and their young children. It is designed to introduce young children to reading and libraries. Sarah’s Corner and Circle are named after Sarah Badgley, who died in an automobile accident in the summer of 2001.

Her parents Sue and Kerry requested that donations in her memory be given to the development of children’s programs at the Library. Make your donation online or contact Rachel Brown / 613-258-4711 for more information on how you can donate to Sarah’s Circle. The Badgleys are also hosts of our popular Saturday program Juice Jam.

Sam’s Collection

Image of Sam Tobias for his collectionSam’s family and Library Sue are so pleased to share a collection of children’s books, purchased with the funds raised by last year’s (2019) Sam’s Fishing Derby. This new collection is now available for curbside pickup!  Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold this year’s event.

Sam Tobias was a child who lived in Kemptville, who was always up for challenging his dad to see who could catch the most fish. Sam spent much cherished time at Sarah’s Circle at the library, and borrowing books.  In 2012, Sam became terminally ill at seven years of age with a rare genetic brain disease that was unknown until he started experiencing symptoms.  The disease forced him into a vegetative state, where he died one year later in 2013, at the age of 8. He is remembered dearly by the community and through his collection, his love of books lives on.

Donations in Sam’s name to purchase more books for Sam’s Collection will gratefully be accepted. Cheques (please add a note “Sam’s Collection”) can be made out to North Grenville Public Library and be deposited in the return slot at the Kemptville Norenberg Branch. Or go to the NGPL’s CanadaHelps page and select the “Sam’s Collection” Fund.

Sam’s Fishing Derby is an annual event, were funds for this wonderful collection are also raised. Children of all ages gather at Salamander’s dock for a catch and release fishing derby. Participants bring their fishing rods and we supply the worms! The event is followed by a free BBQ on the NGPL patio, hosted by the family of Sam Tobias and the North Grenville Public Library. In exchange for a burger, participants contribute what they can to Sam’s Children’s Book Collection at the library, in honour Sam and his love of books and fishing.

Friends of the Library

Visit our Friends of the North Grenville Public Library page for more information.

Room to Read Campaign

We continue to honour the many generous community members who contributed to the building of the new Kemptville Norenberg Branch of the Library. Your generosity made it all possible. See our Donor Book.