Who We Are

friends logoThe Friends of the Orange County Public Library (FOCPL) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1981, the Friends is a group of people from all back-grounds, age groups and walks of life who share a common goal: lending active support to the Orange County Public Library’s services and programming in whatever way they feel best able to contribute.

The Orange County Public Library includes a central facility in Hillsborough, a branch in Carrboro, and the Carrboro Cybrary. Each location is dedicated to serving the needs of Orange County’s diverse and expanding population. In Orange County, demand for library services is at an all-time high. However, state and county budgets cannot necessarily cover the growing expense of providing all the essential resources

What We Do

Through semiannual book sales, an ongoing book sale, a pavers campaign, and other fundraisers, the Friends raise money to fund services, technology, equipment, furniture, collection development, and programs not covered by public appropriations. The Friends also hold quarterly programs, cosponsor other author events, advocate for patron and library needs, and work with local government, community groups, and local media to fully integrate the libraries into the community.


Our Friends Board for 2017

Harry Kavros President
Steve Smith Vice-President
Susan Vreeland Treasurer
Shannon Turlington Secretary and Communications Chair
Stacey Gamble Book Sales Chair
Samantha Bryant Member-at-large
James Maxey Member-at-large
Julie McManus Member-at-large
Andrea Tullos Assistant Library Director, ex officio

If you have questions about FOCPL, please email us at focplnc@gmail.com.


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