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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.  Another grant has been awarded to the Stanly Co. Public Library Friends.  They will be holding their regional meeting on August 3, 2024.  If interested in attending, please RSVP by July 26th to the Stanly Library Friends.


Current Newsletter

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

  • Having fun at the Stanly County Library
  • A Must Read!! Legal Status of NC Friends Groups
  • Friend of the Year Nominee Request
  • Challenge Grant Applications due September 15
  • Books you can't put down!
  • Monthly Censorship Update
  • 50 Most Banned Books in America
  • And so much more!!!!
  • Deadline for the July edition is 7/25/2024. Send your material to editor Kathy Lambe.

What's New or News

  • 2023 Annual Report
    The Friends of the North Carolina Public Libraries are pleased to publish our 2023 Annual Report.  We currently have 3 open Director roles and the Vice President positions available.  Please take some time to read about the activities completed in 2023 as well as an update on our financial position.
  • 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
  • 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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