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Why are the Friends of the Macon County Public Library important?
Because full day, 6 day per week library service staffed by librarians is vital for creating young readers and helping students succeed in school.
Because well stocked libraries help stimulate the imagination of those who want to enhance their leisure time and satisfy the curiosity of lifelong learners.
Because our libraries are comfortable places to meet, learn, and connect to the online world.
Because the library operating budget doesn’t cover all the needs of the community.
At the Library...
Art Exhibit in December & January featuring works by library patron Jeannie Welch. Welch earned her BFA at the University of Florida and her MFA at the University of Miami. She has taught Art History and Art Appreciation at SCC for many years.
Give an FOL Membership as a Holiday Gift
The holidays are fast approaching and if you are in need of a gift suggestion, why not give a friend or loved one a membership to the Friends of the Macon County Public Library (FOL).
Through memberships the FOL can sponsor programs and events for children, adults and families; support the Reading Rover Bookmobile; raise money to purchase Library materials; work to increase the visibility and use of the Library as a vital part of the community, and help the Library keep its technology equipment up-to-date.
We have several membership levels as indicated on our membership form which you can access here. All memberships are renewed annually with the exception of the $250 Life membership.
A Life membership is a living tribute. It provides income for a new book every year for 10 years. You choose any subject or author that interests you and a book will be selected to place in the Library’s collection. Each book will have a nameplate in your honor, or you can choose to honor or remember someone special to you. Each year, on the anniversary date of the Life membership, a book is added to the Library’s collection. Members are notified about what title has been added for them that year. The Life member’s name is also placed on the Friends’ Life Membership Plaque in the lobby of the Library.
Keep your Library in mind this season by gifting a membership to the Friends of the Macon County Public Library.
Our Own Jim Hartje Awarded Volunteer of the Year By Friends Of North Carolina Public Libraries
The Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) recognized Jim Hartje as a first place winner in their annual Volunteer of the Year Award Program. This award is presented to outstanding volunteers in public libraries statewide. The recognition certificate and cash award were presented at the Annual FONCPL Awards Luncheon at the High Point Public Library, October 25. (pictured: Jim Hartje accepting the Frannie Ashburn Award from Frannie Ashburn).
With his talents and willingness to share and serve Jim shows his true friend of the library spirit by volunteering twice a week at the Macon County Public Library. He brings his smile and talents and puts them to good use with varied tasks throughout all areas of the library. He shelves books, modifies shelving, does AV repair, covers books, and applies his carpentry skills whenever and wherever needed.
Jim put his carpentry skills into high gear when he heard of the Little Free Library project and quickly designed and built our first Little Free Library that was recently erected and unveiled at Town Hall in downtown Franklin.
The annual competition is open to local Friends of the Library members across North Carolina. Members of all Friends of the Library groups, both local and at the state level, are volunteers who work together to help support the North Carolina Public Library System. More on this nonprofit can be found at www.foncpl.org.
Jim Hartje's Little Free Library Project
Jim Hartje is a Friend of the Library extraordinaire! When he got word of the Little Free Library Project that is sweeping the nation, he decided to make a prototype of the Macon County Library, in box form, as an example of what might be constructed for the purpose of promoting literacy and community spirit.
Within hours he had constructed his plan in cardboard and took it to the Librarian, who had dreams of Little Libraries, and to the Friends of the Library Board.
There was overwhelming support for the idea, and especially for Jim Hartje’s design. Immediately, the Board voted to fund and support a Little Free Library project. Other community members are becoming involved and the first of these (the one that Jim built) will be erected near Town Hall very soon. Watch for further news of Macon County’s Little Free Libraries!
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