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.

The May Newsletter has been posted to the website.

2021 Spring Virtual Conference: All of the presentations from the 2021 Spring Virtual Conference are still available! Visit the Conference Page for links to the video presentations.

The 2020 FONCPL Annual Report is now available. Check it out!

Resources: The FONCPL Board members have spent a lot of time recently gathering resources for this page on our website. If you are looking for ideas, this is the place to start! If you find any broken links or have recommendations for additions, please email those to our webmaster, Mark West.


FONCPL Grant Programs

FONCPL now offers two grant programs:

The Seed Grant offers up to $500 to organize a new Friends group or revitalize a dormant group.

The Challenge Grant will award grants of up to $250 to assist with the funding of innovative and creative projects or programs.

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.

Board Members: We continue to need Friends interested in serving on our FONCPL Board. We hold our meeting electronically, so there is little travel required. Please consider serving. Contact President Judy Hills for details.

Newsletter: Checkout the March edition of our newsletter, available on the resource page. We trust that you will find the information useful in helping you to run an effective Friends group. We encourage you to submit articles and photos to our newsletter editor, Eileen Alexander.