Frances B. Reid Award for Programs

Frances B. Reid was the guiding force in organizing and establishing the Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) organization in 1980. As a consultant in Library Development at the NC State Library, she encouraged volunteers, helped draft organization bylaws and was always there when questions needed answers. She exhibited wit and wisdom that was needed to bring FONCPL into fruition. We recognize our debt of gratitude to her by the establishment of the annual Frances B. Reid awards, given to outstanding Friends groups in our state.

2019 Frances B. Reid Award Winner

Southeast Area
Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library

This group of Friends took on a number of new initiatives this past year in addition to their bi-annual book sales, financial support of the library, meetings and programs. They:

bullet Collaborated with the city Parks & Recreation Department, a DIY woodworking shop and local artists to build, paint and install seven new Little Free Libraries, three of which are at city parks and which they keep supplied with books year round.
bullet Partnered with the County Division of Social Services to refresh and maintain libraries at five facilities for the elderly including a Senior Center and assisted living facilities.
bullet Partnered with a local magazine to sponsor a Banned Book Week reading at a local café.
bullet Collaborated with the library staff to decorate and stuff 175 Christmas Stockings for children receiving toys from the Salvation Army. The stockings included a book
bullet They began publishing a bi-monthly newsletter and created their first-ever annual report.  

Congratulations to the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library! They received $300 to continue their work.

Press release for all the 2019 FONCPL Awards (PDF)

2020 Nominations for the Frances B. Reid Award

We will not be accepting nominations until September 2020. Check back at that time for the nomination form.

Your Friends group MUST be a member in good standing of the FONCPL in order to make a nomination for this award.