Helping Friends Build Resilience

Providing a nexus for the exchange of information, ideas, and experience among Friends of the Library groups in North Carolina.

Welcome Friends

of North Carolina Public Libraries

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.

Below is a testimony on the benefits of membership from Regina Gale Dozier, former FONCPL Director.

NEW! NCFOL Listerv

NC-FRIENDS is open to anyone with email access and an interest in Friends of the Library issues and/or public library service. Do you want to learn about projects, programs or speakers? Use NC-FRIENDS to trade information with other North Carolina Friends of the Library groups via this electronic discussion group. There is no charge to join the NC-FRIENDS electronic discussion group, but you do have to sign up—so subscribe now and take advantage of this statewide service.


Current Newsletter

The FONCPL Newsletter October 2021 has been posted to the website. Things to note:

  • New format
  • New name:  NC FRIENDS TALK
  • New editor:  Kathy Lambe
  • We have a new Treasurer--Tim Como who is with the Friends of the Hickory Library (Catawba County)
  • Article on changes to MS Office
  • Reminder of National Friends of the Library week October 17-23
  • StoryWalk Week November 15-19
  • The 2021 Frannie Ashburn Friend of the Year award for the Southeast Area goes to Beth Klahre of the Friends of the Southport & Oak Island Library.  Congratulations, Beth!
  • The 2021 Frances B. Reid Award went to Friends of the Library Southport & Oak Island.  Congratulations, Friends!


What's New or News

The first Seed Grant ($500) was awarded to the Friends of the Public Library of Johnston County & Smithfield to fund the cost of applying for and attaining nonprofit status.

FONCPL awarded our first Challenge Grants to member Friends:

  • $250 to Friends of the Vanceboro-Craven County Public Library for their project, "Catch the Little Free Libraries Bus."
  • $250 to the Friends of the Lexington Library to fund a project to give a free book to every elementary school child that attends the May 7, 2022 Multicultural Festival in Lexington.

Congratulations to all these winners!


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