Spring Workshops for 2015

Each Spring the FONCPL sponsors a series of five Area Workshops sited around the state as an assist to local Friends of the Library groups. This Spring, we have a stellar group of workshops planned and want you to attend one or more of the workshops at a location and on a date that is convenient to you.

This is a chance to "recharge" your local Friends groups with new information and networking and a chance to share your good ideas with others who might benefit from what you have accomplished. There will be opportunities for attendees to share good ideas, to learn about special programs, to find new sources of funding, to exchange information on book sales, and much more.
At each workshop, there will be a representative of FONCPL who will speak about the Frances B. Reid and Frannie Ashburne awards that are awarded each year to exemplary volunteers and Friends groups.

So that we can ensure there are enough spaces (and refreshments) available for all, we would very much appreciate your early registration.

2015 information below. Registration form (PDF) and complete information (updated Feb 9, 2015).

Region/point of contact Date LocationAddress
SE Area
March 7 New Hanover County Public Library
201 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC
NE Area
April 11 Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library
106 Water Street
Edenton, NC
Central Area
April 18 Randolph County Public Library
Randleman Public Library Branch
142 West Academy St.
Randleman, NC
Flyer  More information  (PDF)
West Central Area
April 25 Ashe County Public Library
148 Library Road
West Jefferson, NC
Mountain Area
April 25 Haywood County Public Library
678 South Haywood Street
Waynesville, NC

Workshop Summaries

Southeast -- March 7

From Karen Moll, President, FONCPL

The Southeast Area Spring Workshop was held in downtown Wilmington March 7 at the New Hanover County Public Library. Area Directors Meg Forward and Joan Gerdsen chose an excellent venue, arranged to have informative and enthusiastic speakers, and provided great breakout session topics to involve all 44 in attendance. Krystal Hare, Technical Assistant/Marketing for Onslow County Public Library gave an interesting power-point presentation on "Social Media for Friends of the Library" with ideas on extending FOL reach into their local communities and beyond. Many thanks for her prep work and sharing of ideas in an easy-to-understand format. Her excitement for social media opportunities for Friends was contagious!

Krystal's presentation provided a nice segue to the round-table discussions centered on how social media can affect our programs, membership and fundraising. Forty-five minutes were allotted for these discussions. Recorders from each group shared their round-table report with the entire group near the end of the workshop. These reports, along with the reports from upcoming workshops, will be compiled and sent to all workshop attendees in May.

Many thanks to our area directors, Meg Forward and Joan Gerdsen, for their work, enthusiasm and organizational skills in creating and implementing such a useful and informative workshop. Patricia Bonner, New Hanover County Public Library's FOL President, and her Friends did an outstanding job in setting the stage and creating a wonderful environment for Friends to meet and network. Thanks to Harry Tuchmayer, New Hanover County Library Director, for allowing Friends to meet in his facility and, more importantly, attending the workshop and leaving his granddaughter at home with her grandmother, thus depriving him of a couple of hours of Grandpa/Granddaughter bonding time! Thank you, Harry, for visiting with us! We always enjoy hearing from one of our State Library consultants. Jennifer Pratt, Chief of Library Development, State Library of North Carolina, shared updates in her "State of the State Library" report. It is always a pleasure to see Jennifer and hear the latest from Raleigh. Again, thank you, Krystal Hare, for your presentation. I saw lots of note-taking being done during your power-point and that's the sign of an informative presentation.

The remaining four area workshops are coming up in April. There is plenty of time to register (see information and form above). You may attend as many workshops as you wish - they're all free - so if a date or location in your area does not work with your schedule, Please consider attending a workshop in another area near you! It's helpful for us to have a head count so we can make sure we have enough handouts and refreshments but it's very helpful to have your contact information so that we can forward workshop reports and other news to you. Last, but not least, if you find out at the last minute that you can attend a workshop but have not registered, come on down anyway! Sign-in is from 9:30 to 10 a.m.; we can collect your contact information then. Either way, FONCPL wants you to have the opportunity to pick up ideas for your local group and network, network, network!

Click above to see photos from the SE Workshop

Northeast -- April 11

From Rowena Roby, NE Area Director

Location: Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library, 106 W. Water Street, Edenton, NC

Attendees: 14

Speaker: Willie Nelms, Former Director and Musician (Blue Grass)

Topic: Library as a positive influence on the community and Roots of Music

Roundtable Discussion replaced with question and answer period.

A new possible member: Camden County Public Library

Their questions centered on how to organize and work with Library Staff.

I suggest sending out letters to Libraries in your area with workshop time and location and possible topics to be discussed. Registrations forms should be included with the invitation/RSVP.

My thoughts:
1. Plan in a timely manner
2. The Board can continue to do what it does now, supply area directors with names and addresses to improve communication with area libraries.
3. Right now I would not make any changes to the Toolkit.
4. No other comments.