Friends of the Library
The Friends of the York County Library is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization formed in 1975 to provide advocacy and financial support for the York County, SC, Library. The group also operates Friends Books on Main, a book store at 206 East Main Street in Rock Hill, SC.
Through funds raised via book sales, memberships, and other activities, the Friends support a variety of library functions:
News from the Friends
Friends Board members admire the Friends gift to the library — a beautiful Sprinter Van! The van, for which the Friends contributed $50,000, features a wheelchair lift and is equipped with roll-off carts so that books can be taken into senior centers and other venues that serve elderly patrons.
York County Librarian Receives Prestigious Award
Dina Grant, community engagement manager for York County Library (YCL), received the 2022 Public Library Employee Excellence Award from the Friends of South Carolina Library(FOSCL) at their annual meeting in recognition of her nearly 30-year career. Since graduating from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Grant has worked as bookmobile assistant, acquisitions agent assistant, outreach librarian and manager, before being appointed to her current post. She earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of South Carolina in 2000.
Dina Grant is credited with implementing both a new bookmobile, in 2019, and, most recently, YCL’s new outreach van, which is equipped with a wheelchair lift and rolling carts for serving nursing homes and senior centers. The van, which will make up to 40 bi-weekly visits, freeing up the bookmobile for additional stops, was paid for by the Friends of York County Library, a FOSCL-facilitated grant and York County.
Become a Friend
Annual membership starts at just $15 for individuals and $10 for students! As a Friend, you'll receive:
To join the Friends, fill out a membership form and return it to any York County Library location or mail it to: Friends of the York County Library; P.O. Box 10032; Rock Hill, SC 29731.
Support the Friends
Volunteer: Friends members generously volunteer to provide assistance:
To volunteer, you must be a Friends member. Members are only contacted to help if they have indicated an interest in volunteering.
Donate: Friends of the Library Book Sales are made possible by tax-deductible donations. Books, CDs, audiobooks, and DVDs are accepted at all York County Library locations. The Friends cannot accept encyclopedia sets, magazines, Reader's Digest condensed books, old textbooks, or materials in poor condition. For more about donating, see Support Your Library.
About the Friends
Mission: The purpose of Friends of the York County Library shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to focus public attention on the York County Library; to stimulate the use of the library's resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests to the York County Library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; to raise money for approved library projects; to lend legislative support where needed; and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.
Volunteer of the Year: Each year, the Friends present a volunteer with the Joann Woods McMaster Volunteer of the Year Award. This award, named in honor of the organization's co-founder and first president, recognizes extraordinary dedication to the Friends on behalf of the York County Library.
The 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Julie and Jim Beamguard. If you would like to nominate a Friends volunteer for this award, please fill out the nomination form and return it to any Friends of the Library board member.
Previous Award Winners: Lois Stimax, 2020; Debora and Jack Hutchins, 2019; DeeAnna Brooks, 2018; Mac Lyle (posthumous) 2017; David Needham, 2016; Faye Wyatt, 2015; Martha Ferguson, 2014; Nancy Coleman, 2013; Connie Newland, 2012; Janie Matson, 2011; Jane Kasemersky, 2010; Deborah Wiegand, 2009; Joan King, 2008; Michael Simmons, 2007; Marianne O'Neill, 2006; Virginia and Jinilyn Anderson, 2005.
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