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.

Friends of the
Macon County Public Library

Shops at Riverwalk
121 Highlands Road (Hwy 28)
Franklin, NC 28734

10 am – 5 pm Mon – Sat
Closed on major holidays


Macon County Public Library

We Sponsor Programs At the Library...

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm. One-on-One Job Search Help with SCC's Educational Opportunities Department staff. Appointments, prefered, drop-ins available. 524-3600.

This series is in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community. Visit waywardguide.com and franklintraildays.com for more information.

Wednesday, April 1 at 6 pm. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time." Film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. The film also illustrates how his vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people around the world.

Thursday, April 2 at 2 & 6 pm. Documentary - “National Geographic: Appalachian Trail.” For more than half of the U.S. population, the Appalachian Trail is less than a day's drive away. National Geographic travels off the beaten track to discover the remote and often unknown corners of the 5-million-step journey. (50 min.)






Friends of North Carolina Libraries Spring Workshop

Saturday, April 25 - 10 am - 1 pm. Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood Street. (registration at 9 am). The 17 mountain counties will gather for free workshops with speakers and roundtable discussions. Share ideas about special programs, successful fundraisers, effective books sales and much more. Let's get a group together to attend!

The workshops are free, but they do need to know how many are attending to prepare materials. Registration form (pdf) to be mailed to Art Swarthout, 266 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28801. email

FOL Memberships Make Great Gifts

Membership in the Friends of the Macon County Public Library is a great gift for those who seem to have everything!

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.

Keep your Library in mind for gift ideas by gifting a membership to the Friends of the Macon County Public Library. We have several membership levels as indicated on our membership form which you can access here.

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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