The Friends of the Haywood County Public Library maintain an association of community members interested in libraries; focus public attention on the library; stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; lend legislative support where needed; and, support the freedom to read as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights.
As a Friend, you will be supporting the hardworking library staff. The Friends provide scholarship assistance so that staff can engage in continuing education. We provide funding for other special programs and resources that the library provides for our community, such as the Summer Reading Program. In July, the Friends host the annual book sale. Volunteers help sort books throughout the year. The Friends raised more than $40,000 last year to support free library programs and activities!
Serve on the Board as an officer, director, or a committee head, and help with the book sale, activities, membership, and the annual meeting. You may also assist with newsletter writing, bulk mailings, and legislative activities.
To be a Friend of the Haywood County Public Library, fill out a membership form at any library branch. Annual dues help our library to continue to be one of the best - please join, or renew, your membership now! Check your address label for the date of your last contribution to the Friends. If it has been a year, we hope you fill out the membership form and send us your dues now. Thank you for being a Friend!
The Library Foundation of Haywood County is a charitable, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization which was incorporated in 1983 to receive funds to strengthen and expand our local public library system. An independent Board of Directors, selected to represent the diverse population that the library serves, governs the Library Foundation.
The Foundation's mission is to work closely with library administration to identify needs that the Foundation can fund, above and beyond basic services provided by the County budget and ongoing activities supported by the Friends of the Library.
Gifts to the Foundation may be made in many forms: unrestricted, a single payment, a pledge for a series of payments over a period of time, or designated to a specific library location, collection, or function. Gifts may be made in cash, securities, a charitable trust, a bequest in a will, real estate or personal property (subject to acceptance by the Board). Cash donation may be sent to the Haywood County Public Library Foundation, Inc. at the Waynesville library.