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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 award the 2023 Challenge grants to:

  • Friends of the Braswell Memorial Library--$300 for a portable table, table cover with logo, a three-way display board and business cards.
  • Friends of the Camden Library--$300 for a library foyer display, furniture and promo items.
  • Friends of the Caswell Library--$300 to re-do the library staff breakroom--furniture, paint, backsplash, coffeemaker, water filter, and supplies.
  • Friends of the Harrisburg Library--$300 for materials for the authors' fair including swag bags for authors and customized FOHL merchandise.
  • Friends of the Henderson County Public Library--$110 for the purchase of 250 gift cards with Friends logo for sale in the bookshop.
  • Friends of the Midland Library---$300 to provide a Veterans Commemorative coin to honor veterans.
  • Friends of the Staly County Public Library--$300 to print an update of Friends brochure.
  • Friends of the Swansboro Library--$300 to purchase 4 vendore book carts to transport books to/from sale site.

Congratulations to all these winners!


Current Newsletter

The December 2023 FONCPL Newsletter has been posted to the website. Things to note:

  • Happy Holidays from FONCPL Board!
  • Lots of fun facts!
  • Model of an impact statement
  • Benches purchased partially with FONCPL Challenge Grant.
  • Display at Lexington Public Library honoring Friends
  • Reminder to plan for 2024--set goals.
  • Pay your group dues by 2/28/24 and be entered in a drawing for $200.
  • We encourage you to be an individual member as well.
  • Deadline for the January edition is 12/26/23. Send your material to editor Kathy Lambe.

What's New or News

  • Open Mic Night
    on Wednesday, February 7th we will host our next Open Mic Night.  We will be discussing various software:  Organization management, online payments, retail sales, event management and signups.  Click here for the link.  If participating by phone:  309.205.3325 ID 893 7122 0434 Passcode: 092529

  • If your group dues are received by 2/28/24, the group's name will be entered into a drawing for $200 cash.
  • 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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