Friends of the Library


The purpose of this Organization shall be to contribute to positive relations between the Library and its constituents by working within the Library Director’s guidelines and the Library’s current objectives to stimulate gifts to the Library and promote support and knowledge of, and inform interest in the resources, services, facilities and needs of the library.

President: Debbie Lynch
Vice President: Marian Bryan
Secretary: Jeanne B. Mills
Treasurer: Mary Jean Fischer
PCPL Director: Rishara Finsel
Board of Trustee Member: Barie Baker
Nettie Sweet
Louise Mohn-Brown
Ellie Cox
Liz Easley
Jane Torres
Pam Gray

Lobby Book Sale
Friends of the Library sponsor an on-going book sale in the Main Library lobby. Hardback books, CDs, and DVDs sell for $1.00 and paperbacks for $0.50. These items sell quickly and the selection is updated frequently.

Book on Polk County Libraries Available
The Friends of the Polk County Public Library (FOPCPL) Board has sponsored a book, entitled Libraries of Polk County, A History, that includes stories of how all the Polk County libraries came into being, from the Sidney Lanier Library of the late 1800s to the modern Polk County Public Library finished in 2006. It is prepared to inform as well as to celebrate the many individuals who have given so much of themselves to provide good literature, sources of information, cultural enrichment, and entertainment to the community by developing and supporting libraries in the area. It is offered as a public service and is not a money making project for the author, Marian Bryan, or for the FOPCPL Board. The book sells for $15.00 and is available at the circulation desks of the Polk County and Saluda Public Libraries.

Anyone may join FOPCPL for $10.00 for individuals, $15.00 for family membership, and $100.00 for life membership.  Membership forms are available at the circulation desks of the Polk County and Saluda Public Libraries or you can download a form here.

Fall Book Sale
The fall book sale will be held in the Community Room of the Main Library in Columbus. If you are a Friends of the Polk County Public Library member, you can visit the book sale early from 4:30 to 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 15. The book sale is open to the public from 10am to 6pm on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17. There will also be a $5 bag sale on Saturday, October 18 from 9am to 4pm.

Monthly Silent Auction
A monthly silent auction is available in the Main Library lobby consisting of large, lovely, first edition, collector items or rare books. Interested persons leave their name, phone number, and bid for each selection. The highest bidder is notified at the end of the month.
Bid on the following auction books in the library lobby through the end of September:

  • Seven Centuries of Sea Travel by Basil W. Bathe
  • Prints and People by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Birds of Prey by Grossman and Hamlet
  • The Hardy Boys by F.W. Dixon (4 books, 1 bid)
  • The Horizon History of Africa by Alvin Josephy, Jr.
  • Webster’s New International Dictionary

Book Club
The Friends of the Polk County Public Library Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Community Room at PCPL from 2-4pm.

  • Sept. 24:  Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Oct. 22: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Nov. 19: My Name is Nancy by Deborah Keller
  • December: NO MEETING
  • Jan. 28, 2015: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Feb. 25, 2015: The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

Contact Information
Phone: 828-894-6337
Mailing address:
PO Box 274
Columbus, NC 28722

    • Main Library
      1289 West Mills Street
      Columbus, NC 28722
      Tel. (828) 894-8721
      Fax (828) 894-2761
      Mon. 9am – 6pm
      Tue.-Thurs. 9am – 8pm
      Fri. 9am – 6pm
      Sat. 9am – 4pm

      Saluda Community Library
      44 W. Main Street
      Saluda, NC 28773
      Tel. (828) 749-2117
      Mon.-Fri. 9am – 6pm
      Sat. 9am – 1pm

      (828) 894-8721 ext. 225