Harrisburg Library thrives with help from Friends

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.  In 2013 alone, a monthly average of 24 volunteers gave an annual total of 2,033 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. 

The FOHL Board  of Directors meets  January -  June  and  August - November on the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m. at the library.  No meetings are held July and December. All are welcome to attend.    

 New and noteworthy.....

Tote Bag Sale 


Friends of the Harrisburg Library tote bags are on sale  at the library for $3 each or  two for $5 (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the library’s initiatives and programs. The bags are perfect for carrying books and things to and from the library, gym, beach, lake, or pool - and they also make wonderful gifts!


"I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” 

                                                                                       - Carl Sagan

Past used book sales have offered books, CDs, and DVDs at bargain prices.

Used Book Sale Set for Sept. 20;

Donations and Volunteers Needed

 The Friends of the Harrisburg Library’s (FOHL) annual used book sale will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of the Harrisburg Presbyterian Church at the corner of Robinson Church Road and Highway 49.  

This year’s event is being held at the same time as the town’s Fall Market on Main and Bags in the ‘Burg.  All proceeds from the sale, the biggest FOHL yearly fundraiser, will benefit the community’s library.

 The collection of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs continues.  If you wish to donate these items, please place them in the donation bins in the library lobby. We cannot accept textbooks, magazines, computer software, encyclopedias, cassette tapes, videotapes, or LP records.

In addition to donations, volunteers are needed to work immediately on the book sale committee, on set-up the day before the sale, and on the day of the sale. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to: 



FOHL Added to IBM Charity List

The Friends of the Harrisburg Library has been added to the  IBM Employee/Retiree Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC/RCCC) List for the next campaign.

The FOHL will be listed for selection by local IBM employees and retirees who may wish to make a pledge to contribute through the 2014 and subsequent campaigns. 

 Any local IBM employee or retiree may also donate through the IBM Matching Grants program.

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