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.


  • Debbie Lynch, President
  • Liz Easley, Vice President
  • Nettie Sweet, Secretary
  • Mary Jean Fischer, Treasurer
  • Marian Bryan
  • Ellie Cox
  • Pam Gray
  • Katie Matthews
  • Jeanne Mills
  • Louise Mohn-Brown 
  • Barie Baker, Board of Trustees Representative
  • Rishara Finsel, Polk County Public Library Director

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 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 and is available at the circulation desks of the Main Library in Columbus and Saluda Community Library.

Anyone may join FOPCPL for $10 for individuals, $15 for family membership, and $100 for life membership.  Membership forms are available at the circulation desks of the Main Library in Columbus and Saluda Community Library or you can download a form here.

Book Club
The Friends of the Polk County Public Library Book Club typically meets on 4th Wednesdays from 2-4pm at the Main Library in Columbus. On August 26Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Gephardt will be discussed. Call Susie or Carroll Mohn at (828) 894-5790 for more information.
September 23: Jewelweed by David Rhodes

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