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Friends of the Library

What is the Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library

The Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (the Friends) is a charitable organization which fosters understanding and appreciation of the 16 branches in our public library system by raising funds to enhance services, materials and equipment not provided by public funding. Anyone can become a Friends and help the Library in its endeavours through friendship fees and donations.

What We Do

As a Friend your donations contribute to the enhancement of library services in the various branches of the Kingston Frontenac system. We raise funds in a number of ways: through friendship fees and donations, through gift sales and through the daily book sale we run at the Isabel Turner branch. Visit the Book Sale and Donations page to learn which materials are acceptable for donations.

The Friends donated $30,000 in support of our libraries in 2016. The funds provided a wide variety of programming and outreach through our branches. Programmes included 'Outlandish' and KingCon, and for children, StoryWalk and Live at the Library, to name a few. We also purchased a 3D printer, which has seen wide use across the different branches. In previous years, we have supported the Isabel Turner Teen Space with a donation of $25,000 and the Calvin Park Campaign with $75,000 for their branch revitalization.

How Do I Become A Friend?

To join the Friends of the Library, please email us at or call us at (613) 549-8888 ext. 3538. You will receive a friendship card, valid for one year, and a tax receipt for any donated amount above $25.

Friendship fees for one year are:

Friendship Type Price
Friend $10.00
Good Friend $25.00
Best Friend $100.00

It is our policy to keep fees low so that no one is precluded from becoming a Friend, by cost, and in the hope that those who can afford it will make a donation and receive a tax receipt.

As a bonus for joining the Friends of the Library, you will receive a 15% discount at Novel Idea Bookstore (156 Princess Street).

Friends of the Library Constitution

You can download a copy of the Constitution of the Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Our constitution outlines the official purpose of the Friends of the Library, describes how we are structured and the duties of Directors and Friends, and defines the rules by which the organization is governed.

Contact Us

There are several methods to get in contact with the Friends of KFPL, you can even follow us on Twitter:

Friends of the Library Contact Information
Twitter @FriendsofKFPL
Facebook FriendsofKFPL
Voicemail (613) 549-8888 ext. 3538
Post Friends of KFPL
c/o Kingston Frontenac Public Library
130 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 1X8


Friends of the Library Executive for 2016-2017

Title Name
President Heather Pardy
Vice President Ann Maureen Owens
Treasurer Rita Young
Secretary Barbara Johnson
Retail and Gift Marion Abell
Membership Jane Yealland
Publicity Marlene Dupont-Hamid
Director-at-large Sue Bates
Director-at-large Sandra MacKeown
Director-at-large (Turner) Donna Warder
Library Liaison Patricia Enright, Chief Librarian

Executive Member Biographies

Heather Pardy was born and raised in Kingston.  She joined the board of the Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library as a member at large in early 2016, and is excited to put her love of reading, books and libraries to good use.  She graduated from the Law Clerk Program at St. Lawrence College in 2000 and received the  Academic Council Award, which is awarded to one student per program with the highest grade point average.  Following graduation, Heather worked for a local corporate lawyer for 10 years, during which time she married her husband, Christopher Pardy, and had 2 children - her son Nathaniel (Nate) and her daughter Claire. After her daughter was born, she was presented with a new career opportunity and switched from the legal field to the financial field.  She’s been employed as an Assistant to a Financial Advisor at Assante Financial Management since 2010.  Heather was involved with Sunnyside Children’s Foundation from 2007 to 2014 in various capacities, including Volunteer, Board Member and President.

Sue Bates was born in Kingston and graduated from Queen's in 1991. Immediately following, Sue moved 'across the pond', settling in Scotland for 7 years, followed by 7 years in the Caribbean. In each place, Sue took with her a commitment to community, volunteering for many organizations including the Red Cross. Sue returned home 8 years ago, and once again sought volunteer opportunities including the Kingston Symphony, Queen's University and the Grand Theatre, amongst others. When not volunteering her time, Sue is assistant to a financial advisor, a job she loves! She is also passionate about the library, sports (hockey, football, rugby and Formula 1) and movies.

Ann Maureen Owens joined the Board of the Friends of the Kingston-Frontenac Public Library as a member-at-large and now serves as the Vice President and Coordinator of Volunteers. She has had a life-long love of reading and is happy to contribute in some small part to fostering it in others. Before retiring, Ann-Maureen worked for many years as both an elementary and secondary teacher in Kingston with the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. She has taught students as a classroom teacher and special education teacher from grades one to eight; worked at the board office as a special assignment teacher for bright and gifted students; and taught classes in English and special education at Regiopolis-Notre Dame High School where she chaired the literacy committee. She also has worked as an instructor for evening classes at Queen’s Faculty of Education and gave summer workshops for Queen’s Enrichment Studies, as well as providing staff in-service and conference workshops. Presently, Ann-Maureen works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the co-author of three non-fiction books for children and Ontario curriculum documents about Canadian history, as well as a contributor to several newspapers, magazines and on-line journals. As a member of The Writers Union of Canada and Young Kingston: Eastern Ontario Writers for Children and Teens, she enjoys doing author visits at schools, libraries and bookstores.

Donna Warder was born in Kingston and has lived here all her life, except for one year in Trenton. She worked in four federal government departments (Human Resources & Development Canada, Indian Affairs & Northern Development, Corrections Canada and National Defence) over 36 1/2 years, primarily in human resources. Donna obtained a Life Skills Coaching Certificate from St. Lawrence College. She was the recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for her work within the Department of National Defence Civilian Human Resources. Donna enjoys travelling since her retirement in 2002. She has visited Great Britain, Ireland, Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska and other driveable destinations. After a brief break from volunteering in the churches she has attended, she began volunteering at the Isabel Turner Library in summer 2013. In this capacity she has been able to combine her love of books and her organizational skills--and she is in seventh heaven.

Rita Young has a Management Studies Certificate from Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Technology. She spent 31 years working as a public servant for the Ontario government, primarily with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Rita finished her career with the Ministry of Health and retired as a Senior Project Consultant. Rita is very active in the community: past Rotarian - Kingston Frontenac Club; District Chair - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for Rotary District 7040; Board member, Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library; YMCA Advisory Committee; Kingston Sewing Connections; Sydenham Book Club. Rita was the recipient of two awards while volunteering with Hospice Kingston, The Hospice Kingston Volunteer of the Year award and the June Callwood Outstanding Volunteer Award presented by Lieutenant Governor Hilary Weston. Rita has also volunteered with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Her hobbies include kayaking, birding, house building and travelling the world. She also creates one-of-a-kind bags made of new and recycled fabric. She now works on contract as business support and is a home-based Travel Consultant for Marlin Travel Service Guaranteed in Kingston.

Marlene Dupont Hamid was born in Laval, Quebec. After working in administration for different well-known hotels in Montreal, she worked for the president of the Montreal Bar Association and the executive director as an administrative assistant and personal secretary as well as different committees. She volunteered as a secretary for the librarian at the Court House. She was also involved as a volunteer for recording and reading books for people with visual impairment. She then moved to Toronto with her husband, had 3 children, then moved to Kingston in 1990. She opened a furniture store and worked downtown for 23 years. After retiring, she started working on a new project and opened with one of her daughter and 2 partners a cafe/eatery downtown. She has been with the Friends since 2013 as director of publicity and a volunteer for the book sale and enjoying every minute of it.