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Friends of the Library

Friends of Hickory Public Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and services to the Library. Friends provide the following services:

  • Hold annual October book sale 
  • Operate "Friends of the Library Corner Book Store" all year
  • Support Summer Reading Program for children and teens
  • Provide non-budgeted items and special materials and electronic products for adults and children
  • Support Senior and Preschool Outreach services
  • Support children's authors, adult programs and special events
  • Support NC Public Library Director's legislative initiatives
  • Provide library staff appreciation
  • Volunteer time and energy!

Friends' members receive the following benefits:

  • First access to annual book sale
  • Invitations to special events
  • Opportunity to volunteer for special library activities

The Friends' organization is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors elected by the membership annually. The Board meets monthly to review Friends' goals, projects, and finances.


Friends Board

President - Rochelle Walton
Vice Pres - Lucy Kearns
Secretary - Heather Miller
Treasurer - Bill Oelkers



Board of Directors

​Eileen Alexander
Elaine Kalber
Ida Clough
Tim Como
Paula Finegan
Lucy Kearns
Heather Miller
Bill Oelkers
Tess Riedl
Becky Smith
Donna Walton
Rochelle Walton



Friends of Ridgeview Library is an organization providing support to the library, and serving as the voice of the community in library decisions. Friends donate their time, energies, and money to helping provide the best possible library service in the Ridgeview community. The Friends provide the following services:

  • Co-sponsor the Summer Reading Program at Ridgeview
  • Purchase special non-budgeted materials and equipment
  • Sponsor special programming, such as guest speakers
  • Provide library staff appreciation
  • Membership Benefits
  • Friends' members receive the following benefits:
  • First access to October book sale
  • Invitations to special events
  • Opportunity to volunteer for library activities


Ridgeview Friends Officers

President – Juanita Dula
Secretary – Barbara Marina
Treasurer – Irene Shuford

Membership in the Friends is open to anyone interested in supporting Friends' activities and goals.

Student/Senior Citizen (65) $10.00
Individual $15.00
Family $25.00
Good Friend $50 - $99
Sponsor $100-$199
Patron $200-$299
Benefactor $300-$499
Bibliophile $500 & up



City of Hickory

76 North Center Street
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Phone: (828) 323-7400
Fax: (828) 323-7550



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Hickory is for doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, located between Charlotte and Asheville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along I-40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry, and quality.


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