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
How Friends Support the Library
Sponsor Programs & EventsFriends 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 BookmobileThe 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.
VolunteerThere 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 CommunityFOL 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 LibraryFOL 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 WorldFOL 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.