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:

  • Summer Learning Challenge, promoting literacy for all ages
  • Bucks for Books campaign, adding new books to library shelves
  • Non-budgeted library special projects

Please join us for our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition:

Sunday, January 29, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

York County Library

138 East Black Street, Rock Hill


  •  Premier of A Community Place; video produced with funds from Friends of South Carolina Libraries and Friends of the York County Library - Terry Plumb
  • Business Meeting/Milestones/ Nomination and Election of 2023 - 2025 Board Members: Judy Gritzmacher, Susan Lyle, Connie Newland
  • Presentation of 2023 Executive Committee: Susan Lyle, President; Diane Ingersoll, Vice President/President Elect; Judy Gritzmacher, Secretary; Chad Lynch, Treasurer
  • Volunteer Recognition:  Faithful Friend Award for Dedicated Service and Joann Woods McMaster Volunteer of the Year Award 

Become a Friend

Annual membership starts at just $15 for individuals and $10 for students! As a Friend, you'll receive:

  • Advance notice of special events
  • A 15% discount on purchases at Friends Books on Main
  • Invitation to the annual Volunteer Recognition Event

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:

  • Helping at Books on Main
  • Sorting and boxing donated books and materials
  • Assisting with online sales
  • Working at branch sales

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.

Board of Directors: Please consider joining our Board of Directors. You may also view our Constitution and By-Laws.

  • Susan Lyle, President
  • Diane Ingersoll, Vice President
  • Jim Beamguard, Treasurer
  • Judy Gritzmacher, Secretary
  • DeeAnna Brooks
  • Jack Hutchins
  • Chad Lynch
  • Terry Plumb
  • Joy Price
  • Cindy Schafer
  • Debbie Turner
  • Deborah Wiegand

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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