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.

Newsletter: Checkout the January 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.

Dues Are Now Due! FONCPL membership is on a calendar year and dues for 2021 are payable beginning in January. We have new membership forms (individual and group) and we ask that you complete the appropriate form and mail it in with your dues. Please note that we communicate with our members via email, so it is important that we have at last one email address for each group.

Consultations: Don’t forget that as a member, you may request a phone or electronic consultation. Contact President Judy Hills or one of the other Board members.

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.


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

New Membership Forms: We have revised our membership form and created one for individuals and one for groups. For groups, we request that you provide the names and email addresses for the President and for three other key members. The reason is that if we only have one email address and that person is no longer associated with the organization, then no one else in the group receives the FONCPL newsletter and notices. You have paid dues to receive this information and we want to ensure that you get it. Click on the membership tab to access these forms.

2021 Workshops: Mark Saturday, April 10, 2021, on your calendars. This is the date that FONCPL workshops will be held around the state in a virtual Webinar format. Click here for more preliminary information.

Award Program and Grants: The FONCPL Board is in the process of revising the award program and we also plan to include an opportunity for member Friends to apply for grants. We are not quite ready yet to announce the details, but we hope to in the first quarter of 2021. Be on the lookout for the notice.

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. At this time, we still need a Vice President and two Directors. Please consider serving. Contact President Judy Hills for details.