About Friends of the Library

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Friends of the Henderson County Public Library supports all county library locations by delivering a wide range of services that enrich and transform the lives of Henderson County citizens of all ages.

Specifically, the Friends provide essential support for our public library system by:

  • Purchasing books, media, furnishings and equipment needed to assure that our libraries remain among of the top mid-size county libraries in North Carolina

  • Funding many of the free cultural and entertaining programs available to the community at our library branches

  • Purchasing creative play and learning tools for young children (e.g. Lego tables and puppet theaters).

  • For teens we provide YA (young adult) books, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Math) materials and programs

  • Each summer, the Friends support the summer reading programs from Pre-School, K-5th graders, Teens (6th-12th grades) and Adults

  • Finally, the FOL provides development funds for library staff to gain new skills and ideas

Friends of the Library raises approximately $100,000 every year through the May and September book sales. The sale proceeds are used to ensure that our libraries remain among of the top mid-size county libraries in North Carolina.


We Provide Support by...

Promoting the library:

Monthly, we publish the Link, a monthly newsletter devoted to the events occurring at the Library. We present free cultural programming year-round for the community held at the Library and branches.

Supporting the library financially:

Most of our annual fundraising is derived from donated books. Twice a year—one weekend in May and three weekends in September—we hold book sales at our site at 1940 Spartanburg.  On a smaller scale, we also sell books in the lobbies of our libraries, and on Amazon.

At all times, we encourage financial donations—learn more about Donating to Friends of the Library here.

The funds we raise are used to pay for:

  • Programming like the Summer Reading Program attended by 2500 kids county-wide

  • Media Equipment

  • Technology


Friends of the Library Board

Suzie Manning, President
Carla Thompson, Vice President
Elsa Keiser, Secretary
Jonathan Blum,  Treasurer
Olivia Martin, Secretary
Bill Ramsey, Past President

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, dedicated to culturally enriching our community by promoting and supporting the Henderson County Public Library.