Frances B. Reid Awards

Frances B. Reid was the guiding force in organizing and establishing the Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) organization in 1980.  As a consultant in Library Development at the NC State Library, she encouraged volunteers, helped draft organization by-laws and was always there when questions needed answers.  She exhibited wit and wisdom that was needed to bring FONCPL into fruition.  We recognize our debt of gratitude to her by the establishment of the annual Frances B. Reid awards, given to outstanding Friends groups in our state. 


bullet Friends groups may be nominated for recognition by any interested person or group
bullet The Friends group nominated must be a member in good standing of FONCPL
bullet Recognized accomplishments of the group must be made (or started/finished) during the current calendar year.
bullet Nominations must be accompanied by a completed entry form and, if desired, appropriate complimentary materials such as newspaper articles, letters of commendation, pictures, etc., placed in a notebook or folder
bullet Applications will be judged by a panel of peer Friends and the awards, including a $250 check to first place winners and a framed recognition certificate, will be presented at the FONCPL Annual Meeting/Recognition Luncheon in the fall

Share your successes with Friends across the state!  Applications must be received by (2016 deadline posted later).  Start now to collate your presentation materials.  Then you will be ready to apply and, of course, collect your award! 

Click here for entry form (this is 2015 form; 2016 form posted later)

2015 Frances B. Reid Awards

Randolph County Public Library

Randolph Reads - Invisible Man. School system had banned the book from the school system. Wanted to get a better image for the community and an opportunity to talk about race relations.
1. held book discussions at library
2. participated in Art exhibits, Jazz concerts, lectures on censorship
3. sponsored the community wrap-up at the library

Friends sponsored a Trivia Night as a Fundraising event. $50 tickets included dinner and a chance for community people to test their knowledge of famous books.
Brought the Fabulous Beekman Boys in to speak for Annual Meeting and gained new members.
Partnered with a local assisted living facility to Host "Jazz and Juleps" to raise funds for literacy outreach.
Friends brought author, "Miss Julia" Ann B. Ross for an afternoon. 16 sponsors provided door prizes and sold author's books.

Hoke County Public Library

"A small group with a large dream" to fund a Bookmobile!
Hold book sale during NC Turkey Festival selling tee shirts with Friends logo.
The Rogue Rollergirls invited Friends to become one of their charities and received a check.
Hold Annual "Boogie in the Books" with live band, line dancers and a cake walk.
Friends joined staff in the United Way spelling bee dressed in Black and Yellow bee costumes.
Furnished hats, gloves, jewelry, scarves for dress-up for the Mommy and Me Reading Club participants.
Sponsored 2 "Meet the Author" events. Honored staff with a Christmas Luncheon and gifts.
Visited with new county commissioners to lobby for the bookmobile and received an official letter of support.

J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Branch Library

Honored volunteers with an annual Appreciation Dinner
Funded the Movie Licensing for the year
Funded the purchase of a DVD player and speakers.
Funded and worked the Halloween Trick-or-Treat for children, a Polar Express program for children, the Gingerbread House Making, thr Cake Decorating Program, and the Teen Book Club.
Hosted the "Love Your Library" fundraising program during month of February to procure needed supplies.
Organized, funded and assisted in creation of Community Garden with plaque.
Members lead a weekly adult book club.
All is supported with publicity galore!

Friends of Alamance County Public Libraries

Funded a brand new program called the ACPL Zoom Pass program that partners with local organizations and museums that give free admission to library patrons. Currently patrons can receive free passes to the Children's Museum of Alamance County, NC Zoo, Aquatic Center, and the Conservators Center. This is made possible by donations given these organizations by the Friends. Last year 2,154 passes were checked out and is growing.

Friends fund most of the programs at the library with over 37,000 people attending programs at the library last year.
Friends sort and shelve the over 60,000 donated books each year for the book sales.