Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Rideau Lakes Public Library is a non profit organization started by a group of local volunteers. Membership is open to all supporters of the Rideau Lakes Public Library.

The Friends group aims to increase awareness and use of the Library, help ensure the quality of the Library programs and raise funds for the Library. Special projects such as the purchase of French books, book club sets, archival materials, e-readers, IPads and support of children’s programming would all benefit from the Friends fundraising.

Meet the Friends

The Friends lend a helping hand to programs at the Library.
Shown here (L to R) Meg MacCallum, Dianne Shannon, Lauralee Davies (program coordinator) Karen Craig, Paola Durando, Vicki Stevenson (CEO) and Mary Haskins.

Current Friends Executive

Paola Durando (President)

Meg McCallum (Vice President)

Dianne Shannon (Past President)

Karen Craig (Treasurer)

Moira Bell (Director at Large)

Hua Franks (Director at Large)

Mary Haskins (Director at Large)

Peggy Fletcher (Library Board Rep.)

We thank our Friends for their help in launching the Portland Kid’s Zone by donating the funds for a new carpet and furniture!

The Friends welcome new volunteers willing to share their talents and skills. Opportunities to get involved might include:

  • Help at a fundraiser or special event
  • Help to produce promotional materials
  • Volunteer for an outreach program
  • Volunteer at a library workshop

For further information on becoming a Friend of the Rideau Lakes Public Library, sign up at your local library branch or contact us at

Upcoming Events

Free Movie Matinee @ Elgin Hall

Join us Thursday May 25th from 1-3pm at Elgin Hall for “Where the Crawdads Sing”, based on the book by Delia Owens.

No registration required!

Read up on all the latest happenings

Please note that newsletters and reports are in PDF format.

Archived Newsletters

In memory of Sheilagh Dubois, a steadfast Friend of the Library.