On behalf of the FOL, President Hathia Hayes joined other community leaders in signing a letter to County Commissioners addressing the Grace Street redevelopment proposal, citing the importance of preservation alongside innovation and the impact the Story Park has already had on redevelopment efforts in the area.


Luke, Paul, and Joel Ertzberger, with the assistance of their mother Heather, shared their presentation which won them the opportunity to serve as Junior Ambassadors of the North Carolina Library Association on NationaI Library Legislative Day held in Washington, D.C.  FOL was pleased to be able to support their travel in this important advocacy effort.


In March, 2018, the Friends of the New Hanover County Public Library hosted the Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries' South East Area Spring Workshop.  This workshop brought together Friends groups from 18 counties and was focused on Libraries of the Future in order to help attendees have information to advocate for the future needs of the libraries in their counties.