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FCPL Friends & Advocates

A library can never have too many friends! The Forsyth County Public Library Friends & Advocates are an independent, not-for-profit organization. Since 1995, members of the organization are dedicated to raising funds that support programs, resources, materials, and staff at the library.

FCPL Friends & Advocates Bookstore in the children's section of the Cumming Library.


FCPL Friends & Advocates operate used bookstores inside the Cumming Library and the Post Road Library during regular library hours.

The Friends Bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library will close July 30, 2017 and will reopen following completion of the expansion and renovation of that branch in 2018.

Funds raised from book sales, membership fees, and other donations are used to support additional programs, materials, and events beyond the library's regular budget.


Your donation of gently used books and materials are greatly appreciated and you can bring donations to any of the Bookstores during normal hours. Small donations may also be taken to the Ask Us desk at any library branch.

FCPL Friends & Advocates welcome your donation of gently used current and popular materials in the areas of adult fiction and non-fiction, children's fiction and non-fiction, classics, cookbooks, history, religion, and southern interest. Special materials such as rare and collectible books, first editions, and autographed copies may also be accepted.

FCPL Friends & Advocates are unable to accept:

  • Books that are moldy, musty, torn, stained, or in poor physical condition.
  • Outdated nonfiction older than 5 years, including business, computer, diet/exercise/medical, legal/law, and travel books.
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books and Encyclopedias.
  • Magazines older than 6 months, except gardening or children's magazines.
  • Music or books on cassette tape, record LPs or VHS.

The organization reserves the right to refuse donations that are not in suitable condition for resale. A donation receipt is available upon request. Once a donation is received in a Bookstore or library branch, it cannot be returned to the donor. Not all donations can be used in the Bookstores and the FCPL Friends & Advocates may elect to sell certain materials via a partnership with Better World Books. This partnership allows the organization to reach a global market while also recycling truly unsalable materials to keep them out of landfills and supporting literacy efforts at home and abroad. Visit www.BetterWorldBooks.com to learn more.

FCPL Friends & Advocates donate paperback books for each child who completes a summer reading goal.
FCPL Friends & Advocates sponsored Forsyth Reads Together 2014 and helped bring Lisa See, best-selling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan to our community.

Monetary contributions are also gratefully accepted. Checks should be made payable to FCPL Friends & Advocates and may be delivered to any Bookstore or to the Ask Us desk at any library branch. A receipt for your donation is available upon request.

Join FCPL Friends & Advocates

Membership has its perks! Become a member of the FCPL Friends & Advocates and you'll receive exclusive invitations to members-only book sales and events, as well as the Annual Membership Meeting.

Membership applications and instructions for paying annual dues are available in the Friends Bookstores, or by contacting the Friends & Advocates at info@forsythfol.org.

Be a friend - Volunteer!

Volunteers are always needed and always welcome!

Volunteers can staff the Bookstores and assist patrons with purchases, accept and sort donated materials, or take on a leadership role in the FCPL Friends & Advocates organization.

Visit a Friends Bookstore to learn more about becoming an FCPL Friends & Advocate volunteer, or inquire via email to info@forsythfol.org.

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