A look back to 1974 Watauga Democrat article...
From left, Mary Sue Morgan and Allie Hodgin, former president of the FWCPL, present a copy of the “Articles of Incorporation of the Friends of the Library” to Helen Underdown,
county Register of Deeds.
The Watauga County Public Library Friends was formed in 1974 in order to engage the public in the use and support of the library, as well as to provide funds in those areas not supported by government funding.
The Friends of the Library have several fund raising projects throughout the year. National Library Week is celebrated with an Annual Meeting that is open to the public and includes an author or interesting speaker. Their big Book Sale, is held in May at the Boone Mall. In November the Friends host a Holiday Book Sale and there are books for sale throughout the year in the library.
Friends sponsor the High Country Festival of the Book featuring an exhibit area with publishers, booksellers, and featuring variety of authors including many award-winning writers such as Rita Mae Brown, Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell, Bob Inman and Sharyn McCrumb. For photographs from past festivals and information on the 2014 HCFB please visit the web site www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com
The money raised by the Friends provides funding for children’s programs, adult literacy, author visits, book groups, library staff enrichment, and many other activities. For a listing of the 2013 FOL support please click on the tab above. Many of the activities that are supported by the Friends are designed to introduce people to the library. Many of the events engage different groups of people including families, children, senior citizens, or the business community. Whether it is through sponsoring special projects such as Reading and Rolling, Watauga Reads, or the High Country Festival of the Book, the Friends are committed to raising the standard of excellence of our library by bringing people together who value libraries.
What is the difference between donating money to the Friends and the Endowment?
What is the Endowment? Supplements the library budget with funds raised through private sources. Provides funds in areas not supported by government funding. But uses only the earnings from investments.
Friends? Supplements the library budget with funds raised through private sources. Provides funds in areas not supported by government funding. But aims to spend all donated funds in the immediate future.
Why give to the Endowment? A gift to the Endowment is a gift that keeps on giving FOREVER since your donation is invested and only the earnings are spent. Donations are tax deductible. See past Endowment projects on Info sheet. Past projects have included Gates Foundation computer matches, print management system, book covering machine, receipt printers, wireless technology, etc.
Why give to the Friends? Friends support books, audio visual materials, programs, grant matches, and much more. Funds are generally used in the next fiscal year. Donations are tax deductible. See Friend's Support tab at the top of this page for complete list.
How can one give to the Endowment? Cash, appreciated stocks, property, or a bequest. Checks made out to Watauga Library Endowment. 140 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607
How can one give to the Friends? Check made out to Friends of Watauga County Public Library & mailed to 140 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607
How much can I give to the Endowment? Because only the earnings are spent, the Endowment is most appropriate for larger donations.
How about giving to the Friends? Friends money is invested for the short term and given to the library in accordance with a library wish list provided. Appropriate for smaller amounts.