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The 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 backgrounds, 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
Through semi-annual 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. In 2010, the Friends gave $20,000 for the purchase of Kindle wireless reading devices, an LCD projector, a new laptop computer, and shelving panels.
The Friends also:
- Hold quarterly programs;
- Co-sponsor other author events;
- Advocate for patron and library needs (e.g., staffing, parking, library
- Work with local government, community groups and local media to fully
integrate the libraries into the community.
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