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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

In October, the FONCPL recognized Lisa Keesen, the Secretary of the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library as a Friend of the Year for her contributions to her Friends group.  Congratulations Lisa!

On October 3, 2022, the FONCPL Board awarded its sixth Seed Grant to the Friends of the Gibsonville Public Library.

On September 30, 2022, the FONCPL Board awarded its fifth Seed Grant to the Friends of the Spruce Pine Public Library to help revitalize this group.

On September 27, 2022, the FONCPL Board awarded a $250 Challenge Grant to the Friends of the Library of Southport and Oak Island for  benches for the Barbee Library at Oak Island. Congratulations!

On August 22, 2022, the FONCPL Board awarded its fourth Seed Grant to the Friends of the Wren Memorial Library in Siler City (Chatham County) to help establish a new Friends group.

In May 2022, the FONCPL Board awarded its third Seed Grant to the Bladen County Friends of the Library to help revitalize an existing Friends group.

In January 2022, the FONCPL Board just awarded its second Seed Grant to Denton Friends of the Library (Davidson County) to help establish a new Friends group.

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!


Current Newsletter

The November 2022 newsletter has been posted to the website. Things to note:

  • Annual meeting & election of officers will be via Zoom on Friday (Veterans Day) November 11th at 10 AM.  All FONCPL individual and group members are invited to attend.  Click here for the link.
  • At this time there are three positions to be voted on at this meeting:  President, Vice-President, and Secretary.  Current Secretary Joanne Straight is willing to serve, if elected.  President Judy Hills is hoping that someone will step up to fill that slot.  The VP position has been vacant for a very long period of time.  If interested in stepping up, contact the chair of the nominating committee--Meg Forward ASAP!
  • We have three director positions open.  These are appointed by the Board.
  • Fall workshop presentations will be posted on our website sometime in November.
  • Lisa Keesen, Secretary and Book Storage Unit organizer for the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library has been nominated as an FONCPL Friend of the Year.  Congratulations, Lisa!
  • Reminder about Giving Tuesday 11/29/22.
  • Suggest gifting a Friends of the Library donation or membership for Christmas.
  • Response to query about best practices for handling library funding requests.
  • Reminder about NC Charitable Solicitation License (or exemption) requirement.
  • Resources for spotting first editions of books.
  • Update on Friends of the Perquimans County Library.
  • Key points from the October 10th Open Mic Night--book sales.
  • Celebrating National StoryWalk week--November 7-11.

What's New or News

  • Time to Renew  
    Yep, your FONCPL membership expires the end of December.  Please complete the form so we can get current contact information on your Friends.  Click here for the group  form.  Click here for the individual form.
  • Win a StoryWalk!
    As a special incentive--those Friends groups renewing (or joining) who do not have a StoryWalk in their community can apply for a drawing for one story title.  The name of one lucky Friends group will be drawn or about February 16, 2023.  You must be current on your dues to apply.  Click here for details.
  • Open Mic Nights to resume in 2023
    We will not have an Open Mic Night in December, but will pick back up on them in January.  Watch the newsletter and our home page for notices of topics and Zoom links.
  • FONCPL Board Update
    FONCPL held elections of officers in November at our Annual Meeting.  Judy Hills was elected as President for an additional two-year term as was Joanne Straight, Secretary.  We appreciate both these individuals for agreeing to continue in leadership roles.  We had two Directors finishing their terms--Meg Forward and Becky Smith. We thank both of them for their many years of service to FONCPL.  We appointed three new directors, Laurie Cranston (Sneeds Ferry Friends), Lyn Marsh (Paddison Memorial Friends), and Erica Ververs (Walkerton Friends).  We thank these three individuals for stepping up!  We still have an open Director's position and are seeking a Vice-President.  Please consider volunteering!
  • Join NC-Friends listserv.  This NC State Library listserv is for those interested in friends related activities and public library service. To join:
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