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Solar Eclipse Party
at Harrisburg Park

Come to the Harrisburg Library in Harrisburg Park  on Monday, Aug. 21, 12 Noon  - 4 p.m.,  and experience a once in a lifetime event—The Great American Solar Eclipse—the first one since 1776! 

You will receive special glasses and instructions so you can view the eclipse safely, learn about the phenomena to watch for before and during the eclipse, participate in various astronomical activities for all ages, explore careers in astronomy, and more!

See complete list of viewing parties in this area.

Donations Of Books
And Beyond Accepted

  Gently used book (and CD and DVD) donations are gladly accepted by the Harrisburg Library and the FOHL for sale in back of the library and at the FOHL booth at  upcoming Harrisburg ARTWalks. All proceeds benefit the library with needed books (and other media) and equipment and new and expanded programming -- and therefore,  donations benefit the entire community! 

Donors will receive a tax receipt, but please remember, we CANNOT accept textbooks, magazines, computer software, encyclopedias, cassette tapes, videotapes, or LP records.

For questions or more information, please contact the FOHL at [email protected]

And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to MARGE FEDOR OF HARRISBURG, the winner of the latest Friends of the Harrisburg Library (FOHL) 50-50 Raffle! 

The drawing was held June 26 at the  library's Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party.

 More than $200 was raised to benefit the library and its literary, cultural, educational, and entertainment programs. 

We thank Marge and everyone who supported this effort.

Join us!  Visit the FOHL display in the library breezeway lobby  and pick up a membership form or go to the Become a Friend section of this web site. Memberships are $10 and up.

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Patrons, Volunteers Help Us Continue  To Grow And Grow...

A community’s library greatly contributes to its vitality and intellectual growth, but its survival depends on the generosity and commitment of   its patrons, who are driven by that shared belief, a mutual passion for reading, and a lifelong quest for learning and knowledge.

The Harrisburg Library is no exception.  The town’s library is able to accomplish its goals and go beyond the book shelves through the help of its Friends. Because of its generous and active members, the Friends of the Harrisburg Library (FOHL), a not-for-profit organization,  has been able to support the local library by:   

  • Providing the library with new books and much- needed equipment, such as  book drops and displays, carts and baskets, an up-to-date globe, and other materials that  expand the library’s offerings and services, and help make library  operations more efficient for its staff and patrons;

  • Recruiting and scheduling volunteers to shelve and organize books and provide supplemental help to the library staff.  Each year,  a monthly average of 36 volunteers  give an annual total of  nearly 3,000 hours of service; 

  • Sponsoring  events and programs for patrons of all ages, including summer reading programs, after-school teen reading programs, and author receptions and other adult programs; 

  • Organizing fundraisers such as raffles and the sale of used books, literary-themed gift baskets, and commemorative library walkway bricks, all of which most recently helped create the library’s teen area.

Future plans for the FOHL include helping the library achieve its goals for increased technology training and programming, a public computer lab, and private study rooms for tutoring. 

But it is strong ongoing support from Harrisburg’s residents that helps the Friends continue to make a difference and make the Harrisburg Library the best it can be.     Remember, borrow freely and give generously because it all comes back to you  -- for you and the community. 


Books And More Sold  at Harrisburg ARTWalk

  Gently used books,  book gifts, memberships, commemorative bricks for the library pathway, and more were sold at the April 15 Harrisburg ARTWalk at the Harrisburg Town Center.  It marked the beginning of another 50-50  raffle (drawing will be  June 26)  and the launch of Books with Bows,  gift bundles of books for $5 each.   Pictured at left are Alison Hoolihan, FOHL vice president and membership coordinator,  far right, and Ingrid Hudak, library volunteer. 

Support Friends Through Amazon Smile Program

The Friends of the Harrisburg Library (FOHL)  is participating in Amazon Smile, a simple and automatic way for you to support   the FOHL every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the FOHL. For more information, go to:

New & Noteworthy...

NEW LIBRARY TRUSTEE: The appointment of Roberta "Robbi" Banks  to represent Harrisburg on the Cabarrus County  Public Library Board of Trustees was unanimously  approved by the Harrisburg Town Council at its  Aug. 14 meeting. Robbi,  a long-time Harrisburg Library volunteer,  will serve a three-year term that ends on August 31, 2020. 

The Library Board of Trustees advises the Cabarrus County Board of County Commissioners on matters related to the Cabarrus County  Public Library System, including program planning, policy creation or revision, budgetary recommendations, and facility maintenance.The seven-member board includes representatives selected from the following areas: Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland and Mount Pleasant. Two residents representing Concord are appointed, one is appointed by the Concord City Council and the other by the Board of County Commissioners. The City of Kannapolis is also represented by two resident appointments to the board.

EVENTS CALENDAR: Library patrons may now check for  daily, weekly, and monthly events at  the Harrisburg Library branch and others in the county by going to the new and improved county activities calendar at:   Be sure to set the location as Harrisburg Library.  You can share  events  via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  You may also pick up a copy at the library during regular library hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

HELP WANTED:  The  FOHL Board of Directors is looking for new board members and/or volunteers, particularly in the critical areas of communications, fundraising, and membership. Attendance is welcome at any board meeting, and anyone interested may  send an email by clicking on the  "Send an  email to FOHL" link  on this page,  filling out the form in either the Volunteer  or Contact Us sections of this web site,  or sending  your request  directly to:  [email protected]   

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