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Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries

Welcome Friends

Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL)—our statewide volunteer Friends of the Library organization—provides a network for sharing ideas and resources to strengthen Friends of the Library and thereby strengthen our public libraries statewide.  Our fine public libraries serve all North Carolinians, providing myriad programs and services for people of all ages—from infants to senior citizens and everybody in between.  "There is beauty and purpose in the work of all the people who direct or support public library service in North Carolina, and since 1980 FONCPL has been an enthusiastic advocate for their efforts," says  Regina Gale Dozier, former FONCPL Director.

Grants & Awards

The FONCPL Board is pleased to announce the winner of the $200 randomly drawn from Friends that renewed their membership by the end of February.  Congratulations to the Friends of Albert-Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.  Thanks to all groups who helped by renewing their memberships early this year.

The FONCPL Board is offering a $100 grant to Friends groups that agree to host a regional Friends workshop in 2024.  To qualify, each group must invite a minimum of 6 other Friends groups.  Our first grant has been requested by the Friends of the Swansboro Library.  The Board can support up to 13 additional workshops.


Current Newsletter

The April 2024 Newsletter has been posted to the website. Things to note:

  • Meet our new Director, Karen Robbins
  • Facts all about April
  • Top baby names!
  • Did you know April was National Poetry month??
  • Who doesn't love a Girl Scout Cookie; maybe there is a new flavor just for you
  • Bring a Play Day to your community and read more about the Play Day Project
  • Do you know where your ancestors come from? See the largest ancestry by county
  • Celebrate National Library week
  • Details about the State Library of North Carolina workshop on Oral Histories
  • And so much more!!!!
  • Deadline for the April edition is 4/25/2024. Send your material to editor Kathy Lambe.

What's New or News

  • Celebrate National Library Week
    We are putting out a call for you to do something nice for your library staff during National Library Week (April 7 - April 13) or on National Library Workers Day (April 9).  We'd love to see your acts of kindness and include them in our next Newsletter. Please send details (and pictures if you have them) to our Newsletter editor Kathy Lambe.
  • FONCPL Advocacy Kit
    We, the Friends of the North Carolina Public Libraries, urge Friends groups to take a stand on book banning and censorship at public libraries.  We offer this material for those interested in preserving our Freedom to Read. Keep in mind that the challenges might not only be about book titles, they may also include library displays, programs, and speakers. FONCPL Advocacy Kit
  • Open Mic Night
    on Monday, April 22nd @ 7pm we will host our next Open Mic Night.  We will be discussing board member responsibilities, terms, and training.  Click Here for the link.  If participating by phone: 309.205.3325 Meeting ID: 824 3950 3072 Passcode: 952837

  • Join NC-Friends listserv.  This NC State Library listserv is for those interested in Friends-related activities and public library service. To join:
    To send a message via the listserv:
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