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Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries—our statewide volunteer Friends of the Library organization—provides a network for sharing ideas and resources to strengthen our public library service 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.

See a public service announcement about FONCPL from Regina Gale Dozier, our Communications Director (2:20; 14mB; added June 1, 2019).

Recent issues of the FONCPL Newsletter are on the Resources page.

The 2019 FONCPL Annual Report has been added to the Resources page.

Press release for all the 2019 FONCPL Awards (PDF)

2020 Workshop dates and contact information. (updated May 27, 2020)




CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES TO IMPACT FRIENDS

On May 22nd NC Governor Roy Cooper loosened the stay-at-home restrictions somewhat. Many, if not most of the libraries remain closed, but are finding ways to serve the public like curbside pickup. Friends groups are meeting via Zoom and phone conferences. Some of them are finding that they have better virtual meeting attendance than they do face-to-face.

Many Friends are struggling with what to do about book sales—the bread and butter fundraiser. The challenges are many and there is no one answer to the many variables. Wearing masks, handling books with gloves, maintaining social distancing and keeping within guidelines for gatherings are basic requirements that must be met if Friends hold a sale in a physical location.

Other fundraising events are similarly affected by the executive orders. Those cancelled in the spring may not be able to be rescheduled for the fall as so many nonprofits are also scrambling for venues and dates to hold their fundraisers—and that is in addition to an already packed fall event schedule for most areas.

But if you are up to the challenge, you have options. Selling books and material online and selling via Facebook are options. Maybe this is the year for a donor appeal or a faux book sale online. Perhaps you may need to cut back your financial support of the library for a short time until you rebuild your checking account. Maybe the library could do a wish list on Amazon for the community to fill.

Whatever your chosen response, if you need guidance, do contact us. We are here to help.