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

  • Being grateful for what we have
  • Thanksgiving decorating ideas
  • Announcing 2023 Friends of the Year nominated by their Friends
  • Giving Tuesday 11/28/23
  • Lots of fun facts!
  • Display at Lexington Public Library
  • Caswell FOL redecorates library breakroom with help of FONCPL Challenge Grant.
  • Deadline for the December edition is 11/25/23. Send your material to editor Kathy Lambe.

What's New or News

  • Open Mic Night
    On Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 PM, we'll discuss plans and ideas for 2024.  Share your fundraising and event plans!  Click here for the link.
    No Open Mic Night in December.
  • FONCPL 2022 Annual Report
    We encourage you to read our annual report that summarizes our accomplishments in 2022.  Click 2022 Annual Report to read.
  • 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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