Frannie Ashburn Friend of the Year Award

The Friend of the Year award was instituted in 2007 to honor the work of individual Friends. Five outstanding volunteers - one from each of the Areas across the state - are chosen annually for recognition.

Frannie Ashburn was a leading force in encouraging Friends volunteers across North Carolina. Following her retirement as State Library Liaison to FONCPL in 2011, the Board voted to name the Volunteer of the Year Award in her honor.

Friend of the Year is awarded to a member of a Friends group who made an outstanding contribution to the Friends of the Library in the past calendar year. One Individual Friend of the Year award is made in each of the five geographic areas of the state (see FONCPL website). Applications are due March 15th of each year.

Your Friends group must current on dues to Friends of the North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) at the time that this application is received. Membership forms are on our web site:

Winner receives a certificate and will be featured in the FONPL newsletter.

Please complete the application form and submit it with a cover letter recounting the contributions of this Friend to your organization. Include pictures and supporting documentation such as news articles, printed programs, testimonials, etc. (if any).

Email copy of application, cover letter and documentation as an attachment to:

Donna Morgan at