Author: Friends of the Library

Reel Monday begins September 12

Reel Monday begins September 12

Monday, September 12 marks our first film of the fall Reel Monday season – Love Sarah! See below for a synopsis of the film.

Reel Monday is our major fundraiser for the St. Albert Public Library, with a film screening once a month at the beautiful Arden Theatre. All profits support the important work of our amazing Library!

This season, we are required to sell our tickets via the Arden Theatre box office. Tickets can be purchased with season passes or individually. The process for season passes has a few extra steps, so we have prepared a guide below. Season passes are $50 (save $10!) and individual tickets are $15 each.


Purchasing Season Passes Online

  1. Go to tickets.stalbert.ca
  2. Click “Log In” at the top menu to log in or create a new account.
  3. Purchase a season pass:
  4. Redeem your season pass to get tickets for each movie:
    • Click on “Tickets” at the top menu.
    • Select “Reel Monday Movie Nights” from the drop down menu and Search.
    • Add tickets for each screening to your cart:
    • Go to your “Cart” at the top menu and select the blue “Redeem Pass/Gift Certificate” button.
    • Apply the season pass you wish to use. You will see your cart grand total has changed to zero out the ticket prices, since you have paid them already with your season pass.
    • Check out and receive your passes via email. You can also contact the Arden Theatre or the Library to print them for you.

The Arden also prepared a document guide for your convenience.

If you’re only able to attend some of the movies, you can purchase individual tickets.


Season passes can be purchased online, by phone, or in-person at the Arden Theatre. Please note that the box office by phone or in-person is only open from 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.

Option 2: Phone


780-459-1542

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

Option 3: In Person


Arden Theatre at 5 St. Anne Street

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

The line up of films includes the following:

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022

    The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild, the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years. (Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth)

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

Season passes for Reel Monday available

Season passes for Reel Monday available

We are once again offering season passes for the upcoming 19th season of Reel Monday. Reel Monday is our major fundraiser for the St. Albert Public Library, with a film screening once a month at the beautiful Arden Theatre and all profits going to the Library.

We are now required to sell our tickets via the Arden Theatre box office. Tickets can be purchased individually or with season passes. The process for season passes has a few extra steps, so we have prepared a step-by-step guide below. Season passes are $50 (save $10!) and individual tickets are $15 each.


Purchasing Season Passes Online

  1. Go to tickets.stalbert.ca
  2. Click “Log In” at the top menu to log in or create a new account.
  3. Purchase a season pass:
  4. Redeem your season pass to get tickets for each movie:
    • Click on “Tickets” at the top menu.
    • Select “Reel Monday Movie Nights” from the drop down menu and Search.
    • Add tickets for each screening to your cart:
    • Go to your “Cart” at the top menu and select the blue “Redeem Pass/Gift Certificate” button.
    • Apply the season pass you wish to use. You will see your cart grand total has changed to zero out the ticket prices, since you have paid them already with your season pass.
    • Check out and receive your passes via email. You can also contact the Arden Theatre or the Library to print them for you.

The Arden also prepared a document guide for your convenience.


Season passes can be purchased online, by phone, or in-person at the Arden Theatre. Please note that the box office by phone or in-person is only open from 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.

Option 2: Phone


780-459-1542

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

Option 3: In Person


Arden Theatre at 5 St. Anne Street

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

The line up of films includes the following:

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022

    The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild, the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years. (Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth)

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

Reel Monday movie nights are back!

Reel Monday movie nights are back!

Returning this fall: Reel Monday movie nights! Reel Monday is our major fundraiser for the Library, with a film screening once a month at the beautiful Arden Theatre. Individual movie tickets are $15 each. All films begin at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are sold through the Arden Theatre box office (a new requirement at the Arden). You can purchase online, in person at the box office, or over the phone. The Arden will add a processing fee onto your ticket price. All profits go to the St. Albert Public Library!

The line up of films includes the following, with more details below:

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022 at 7 pm
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022 at 7 pm
  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022 at 7 pm
  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022 at 7 pm

Option 2: Phone


780-459-1542

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

Option 3: In Person


Arden Theatre at 5 St. Anne Street

Monday to Friday
10 am to 2 pm

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • Mothering Sunday • November 7, 2022

    The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild, the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years. (Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth)

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

Friends Coffee Corner plaque unveiling

Friends Coffee Corner plaque unveiling

On Saturday, June 11, the Library and the Board presented the Friends with a plaque at Jensen Lakes Library recognizing our donation toward new furniture at this library. Below are remarks shared by Friends President Graeme Matichuk at the event:

Thank you to everyone for joining us here today.

Our donation of $25,000 to the Jensen Lakes Library was made possible by Valerie Spink, one of our founding members, and the casino volunteer team she organized in 2020. The Friends of the Library unanimously voted in support of this donation and were excited to hear that we would be recognized with the Friends Coffee Corner.

Many of us were here two and a half years ago at the Jensen Lakes Library grand opening. And many of us were on the ground in the years before, advocating for this additional site. We strongly believed then, as we do now, that investing in our library’s growth is important work.

Since 1988, we have donated over $250,000 to the Library, thanks to the efforts of Friends past and present. But it’s about far more than the money. Our work is an expression of support for library services, for the good of our community.

We know that libraries will be there for you, especially when you need them the most. When kids are off school for the summer, the reading game helps them maintain their reading skills. When seniors are looking to learn more about technology, library staff show them the ropes. When newcomers arrive in St. Albert, library staff connect them with resources. People of all ages find solace in books for education and recreation. This work is important.

The Friends of the Library will always share our library love in all the ways we can, for as long as we can, to build a more enlightened and equitable world.

Save the Dates: Reel Monday Fall 2022!

Save the Dates: Reel Monday Fall 2022!

The dates for the Reel Monday Fall 2022 season are booked for the Arden Theatre, and we’ve selected 3 of the 4 the films – take a look at the lineup below and click the film names for trailers.

We will announce the ticket sales on our website and in our newsletter (sign up here!) in the summertime.

  • Love Sarah • September 12, 2022

    A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. (Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye • October 3, 2022

    In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim, rise from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Tammy Faye becomes legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire. (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio)

  • TBD • November 7, 2022

    We’re on the hunt for a November movie that is offered in the Criterion catalogue – email us at friends@sapl.ca if you have suggestions.

  • Peace by Chocolate • December 12, 2022

    A Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. (Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar)

New Friends Board and Donations

New Friends Board and Donations

At our AGM last week, we elected our new executive! Please click here for the President’s Report on 2021 presented at the AGM.

2022-2023 Friends Board

President & Marketing ChairGraeme Matichuk
Vice PresidentSandy Fildes
Secretary / TreasurerVerla Carter
Casino & Fundraising ChairValerie Spink
Library Board RepresentativeMeagan Dechaine

Pictured in the photo are the Friends who joined in person for our hybrid virtual/in-person AGM, with the rest of our team joining via Zoom. We look forward to continuing hybrid meetings in the fall to ensure everyone can attend!

At our AGM, we voted to decide on our major donations in our September meeting and voted to fund a new water fountain/dispenser in the Children’s Library through our casino funds.

Our next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, with a special event to be held in the summer at Jensen Lakes Library to unveil the new Friends’ Corner to recognize our donation of $25,000 to Jensen Lakes Library furniture.

Interested in supporting the Friends?

We are a group of library lovers supporting the St. Albert Public Library.

President’s Report on 2021

President’s Report on 2021

May 4, 2022

The best way to build a better world for our children is to fight for our public libraries.

Lois Hole

The Friends of St. Albert Public Library gather every year to reflect on the past calendar year, present our major donations, and look ahead to the next year. Our AGM on May 4, 2022 recaps our year from January to December of 2021.

Our year began with everyone curled up with a book at home, when we would usually be holding the winter Reel Monday season. The Arden Theatre had once again closed for a few months from December 2020 to early spring due to COVID measures, but the Friends continued our monthly virtual Zoom meetings.

From February to March, we held our first-ever Purdys Chocolatier fundraiser. Our fundraising committee signed up for the Purdys online system for St. Albertans to place orders for Easter treats, with the Friends profiting 25% of the sales. Through this fundraiser, we were able to donate an additional $1,200 to the children’s summer reading game above our usual $3,000 amount, totalling $4,200 for 2021! The children’s summer reading game featured both in-person and virtual programs – in true form with the new pandemic normal – and we felt that it was a great initiative to continue supporting.

Purdys chocolates pickup

We held our AGM in May of 2021, during which we recapped the 2020 year and elected our new executive team. Our new Board was formed by Graeme Matichuk as President, Marketing Chair, and Interim Treasurer; Verla Carter as Vice President; Sandy Fildes as Secretary; and Valerie Spink as Casino and Fundraising Chair. At this AGM, we donated $13,000 to Jensen Lakes Library, which capped off our total donation of $25,000 to the mini-library in St. Albert’s north end. These donations, from casino fundraising, paid for some of the furniture at Jensen Lakes Library.

We were thrilled to hold a fall Reel Monday season after the unusual winter season hiatus, with four films exploring a range of topics: The Father, The Public, French Exit, and In The Heights. The Public, in particular, was a heartwarming film for all the library supporters who attend Reel Monday season after season.

St. Albert Gazette review of a Reel Monday film

Our team gratefully acknowledges the discounts provided by the Arden Theatre and Criterion Pictures to allow us to maximize our donations to the Library. We appreciate our Reel Monday attendees who were patient with the ever-changing pandemic restrictions. All profits from Reel Monday will be donated to the STARFest Fall 2022 season.

We are also grateful for the Library Board and the staff of the Library, especially Leslie Greentree for promoting our events and Rhonda Kozuska for financial and administrative support.

Digital outreach initiatives continue to connect us with our supporters. We launched a Twitter presence in the fall of 2021, continued growing our Facebook page, increased our frequency of blog posts and website updates, and continued sending seasonal Story Lines email newsletters.

The Library introduced the opportunity for the Friends to donate toward the Library’s endowment fund – the St. Albert Future Fund – and we committed to donating $1,000 annually in support of this fund.

My endless gratitude goes to the Friends of the Library Board and Members who have maintained their dedication during some of the most difficult years. While so many Friends groups have dwindled during the pandemic, our team has grown closer and shown our love for the library in all the ways we can.

Graeme Matichuk

President, Friends of the Library

As a lifelong reader and library lover, I felt that joining the Friends of St. Albert Public Library was perfect for me. It means so much to me that as an organization, the members of Friends have contributed substantial funds to support the Library over many years. We’re a small group but we make a big difference!

Sandy Fildes, Friends Board Member/

Why did I join the Friends? To help promote the incredible value of the library to our community.

Joanne Root, Friends Member

The library has been a place of journeys for me for many years. First as a young reader growing up in Red Deer, the weekly trek to the library was one of my first solo outings. When our children came along, many years later, We introduced them to the joy of library outings through story times, and special events held there. Having the time now in retirement to join The Friends of the Library, has shown me that the library continues to be an essential service. People of all ages, backgrounds, and needs find help to connect with resources, learn new skills and meet new people.

Verla Carter, Friends Board Member

Interested in supporting the Friends?

We are a group of library lovers supporting the St. Albert Public Library.

Friends Annual General Meeting

Friends Annual General Meeting

The Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm in-person at the Downtown Library 2nd Floor Training Room. We will also have a Zoom option for those wishing to attend virtually.

We will be presenting our major annual donations to the Library, electing our next Board, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM! If you are interested in joining the Friends to attend our regular monthly meetings, please connect with us at friends@sapl.ca.

“Just Mercy”: A powerful film about injustice

“Just Mercy”: A powerful film about injustice

Just Mercy is our final Reel Monday film this season on Monday, April 4. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: $15 for one movie (plus Eventbrite fees).

Click here for a review by Scott Hayes in the St. Albert Gazette.

Reel Monday is our 13-year-strong twice-annual movie night series bringing hand-picked films from the Criterion catalogue to the beautiful Arden Theatre. Your ticket sales cover the cost of the film licensing, rental of the Arden Theatre, and a donation to STARFest, the Library’s readers’ festival.

Just Mercy is a deeply moving film, a human story about injustice and justice and how intangible and ephemeral they both really are.”

Wenlei Ma, News.au.com

If you can’t attend but still want to support the Library, you can donate to us online via CanadaHelps!

Trailer for Just Mercy

Here’s our lineup of films for the Winter 2022 season:

  • Edge of the World • January 24, 2022

    In 1840s Borneo, Sir James Brooke defies the British Empire to rule a jungle kingdom and embarks on a crusade to end piracy, slavery, and head-hunting.

  • 12 Mighty Orphans • February 14, 2022

    During the Great Depression, Rusty Russell gives up a privileged position to coach football at an orphanage in Fort Worth, Texas; whipping his young players into shape, they soon become an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation.

  • Ride the Eagle • March 21, 2022

    A man’s estranged mother dies and leaves him a conditional inheritance. Before he can move into her picturesque cabin, he has to complete her to-do list and step into his mother’s world as she tries to make amends from beyond the grave.

  • Just Mercy • April 4, 2022

    Harvard Law alumnus Bryan Stevenson perseveres to overturn the conviction of Walter McMillian and save him from a death sentence.

Reel Monday at the Arden Theatre
Easter Purdys Chocolatier Pickup

Easter Purdys Chocolatier Pickup

Thanks to all who supported our fundraiser! We raised almost $900 for the St. Albert Public Library!

Pick up will be at the Downtown Library in the 2nd floor Training Room (next to the upstairs washrooms) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 6 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 7 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Questions about pickup? Email us at friends@sapl.ca