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The Friends of the Library, FOL for short, is an organization founded to develop and maintain citizen interest and participation in the growth and development of the community's public libraries and to stimulate the use of the Library's resources and services.

Give to Your Local Library and/or Friends Organization

Your librarian can talk with you about ways to support your individual library. Contributing to Friends organizations is also a way to help your local library. For more information:

     Bryson City - Marianna Black Library
     Cashiers - Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library
     Franklin - Friends of the Macon County Public Library
     Highlands - Hudson Library
     Nantahala - Friends of the Macon County Public Library
     Sylva -Friends of the Jackson County Public Library

For "Friends of the Library" locations, check our "Used Books" page or download the Used Bookstores Location Map (pdf).

How Friends Support the Library

Sponsor Programs & Events 

Friends of the Library provides funds for the library to offer a wide variety of public programs. For children:  Summer reading activities & reading clubs, preschool & toddler story times, year round programs on animals, crafts, music, nature, poetry, theatre, and writing. For adults & families:  Family films, new releases, foreign films & classics, concerts, community jams, hobby and craft workshops, cultural heritage & diversity programs.

Support the Reading Rover Bookmobile   

The Rover brings the library to over 300 children & caregivers in child care centers throughout the Fontana Region, strengthens classroom literacy, and sponsors training workshops to improve parent/teacher education.

Purchase Library Materials

FOL raises money for the purchase of books, books on CD, DVDs and magazines. The bestseller rental program provides more copies of popular books, and Friends for Life & A Decade of Books programs buy new books in honor of life members.

Volunteer

There are opportunities at the FOL Used Book Stores and the Fontana Regional Libraries. During 2013, volunteers gave more than 5,700 hours of service at the Bookstore and more than 2,985 hours at the Library.

Strengthen the Community

FOL develops & maintains citizen interest and participation in the growth of the Library County Fair Booth, Town of Franklin’s Appalachian Trail Conservancy Community, Chamber of Commerce Membership,  Red Cross Blood Drive, and many more community outreach events.

Advocate for the Library

FOL works to increase the visibility and use of the library as a vital part of the community. They support Library Legislative Day to secure state funding for libraries; contact local elected officials to secure local funding; work with civic and community groups.

Connect to the Online World

FOL helps the library keep its technology equipment up-to-date with matching funds for technology grants like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants.

Please visit your local Friends of the library websites and pages listed above for more information about getting involved.