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Welcome to the Friends of the Burke County Public Library!

Our purpose is to heighten public awareness of library services, to support library staff, to augment services and programs, and to offer volunteers for programs if needed.

Currently, we sponsor two main events each year:

The Annual Author’s Luncheon was held on Thursday, March 15, 2017, in the Ervin Community Room at Grace Ridge. This year we were proud to present Jennifer Pharr Davis (author of Becoming Odyssa and Families on Foot: Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks).

The Book Sales, our main fund-raising events, are held in April and again in September at the Collett Street Recreation Center. This is a much anticipated event, and members receive a notice entitling them to come to the sale a day before it is open to the public.

If you’re cleaning out closets and find books, we’ll be glad to have them. Just drop them off at the library during operating hours. Our library staff retains books that will be of use in the library system, and books are sold throughout the year at the Morganton and Valdese Public Libraries. Since November 23, 2015 our new Book Nook, across from the circulation desk in the Morganton library, has offered used books in excellent condition for sale.

The Friends sort books throughout the year for our book sales. The book sale is a major volunteer undertaking. If you would like to be a part of the book sale or any event sponsored by the Friends, please email us.

The Friends funding is separate from the library’s operating budget. We raise money through our book sale in order to support the Summer Reading Program. This has been a very fulfilling project for our Friends group.

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