What Friends Do

The primary purpose of the Friends organization is to make sure that anyone who needs the services of the Library has access to those services. Therefore, we reach out to communities across the state to let people know that when they lose their sight or functional use of their hands, they don’t have to stop reading. In fact, individuals may find that their interests have expanded, and they are more interested in reading than ever. The Friends are readers, and we love to share our enthusiasm for the printed word.

One population of readers Friends emphasizes is children and parents of visually impaired children. Due to the efforts of the LBPH and the Friends, children with visual impairments don’t have to skip a beat and can excel in their schoolwork and learn to love reading as much as others do.

TPhoto of two young Library patrons examining a playback machine.he Friends accept donations earmarked for specific projects or for the general fund to be used as dictated in the annual budget, voted on by the Board of Directors.  

You’ll find an endless supply of volunteer opportunities through the Friends as well. Please visit this page often for updates to projects provided by the Friends.

Ongoing Projects


  • Purchase large print books for lending through the Library collection.

  • Purchase Braille books for lending through the Library collection.

  • Provide volunteers and pay for entire production of local and regional books and magazines. Local authors vie for the honor each year. The Friends produce four local magazines annually and two to four books by local authors.

  • Purchase movies on DVD and VHS to circulate through a membership lending program. Patrons pay a one-time fee of $20. Like the Library's books, movies can be sent through “free matter for the blind” postal service.Photo of audio described movies available at the Library.

  • Presentations to community groups by the board members by request. Presentations at Division of Services for the Blind rehabilitation mini-centers for the recently blind to give them information about the services provided by the Library.

  • Pay for the printing and distribution of NCLBPH newsletter. Prepare the Friends’ newsletter insert that’s included in Library newsletter.

  • Honor requests from the Library staff to purchase equipment/software/supplies and record other materials for the Library collection.

  • Contact state legislators and department leaders regarding Library issues, such as funding and building needs. Advocate for the Library at NC House and Senate hearings and debates.

  • Maintain an active website where patrons and supporters can make contributions, become members and learn more about the Library and the Friends.

  • Represent the Library on various committees and groups that serve the blind such as:

    • Consumer & Advocacy Advisory Committee for the Blind
    • North Carolina Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Annual Projects

  • Recognize Library volunteers, who number close to 120, at the annual Friends’ Volunteer Recognition Dinner. The Friends pay for renting the facility, providing a plated dinner for the guests and honoring special recipients with awards and plaques.

  • Provide outreach and public relations support by purchasing and staffing vendor tables at conventions and conferences attended by blind citizens. Purchase and hand out specialty items imprinted with the Friends’ logo and contact information. Regular events include:

    • Lions’ Club Fishing Tournament

    • North Carolina Conference on Visual Impairment and Blindness

    • Assistive Technology Expo

    • National Federation of the Blind State Convention

    • NC Council of the Blind State Convention

  • Give major funding and support to the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program. BELL is a two-week, day summer camp for blind and visually impaired youth between the ages of 5 and 13. The goals of the camp are:

    • to enrich the lives of these youth by encouraging them to see Braille as a viable method of written communication,

    • to expose them to other blind youth, blind adults and the skills needed for success in life, and

    • to give them a fun experience because few blind youth get the opportunity to go to summer camp.

Special Projects

  • "Heard Any Good Books Lately?" produced by Triangle Radio Reading Service.

  • A 30-minute presentation about the NCLBPH distributed through reading services for the blind across the state in 2012.


NC LBPH Events 2014/2015




  • VIP Book Group –Monthly – January - December


  • Travel program – May 5


  • Literary Trails of NC with Georgann Eubanks and Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson (Road Scholar/NC Humanities Council)– August 13


  • Adult Summer Reading -- June 1 - August 30


  • Kids’ Summer Reading --June 1 – August 30


  • Tactile tours at NC Museum of Art—October 30 and November 18




  • VIP Book Group – Monthly --February-December


  • Travel program – June 25


  • Famous/Infamous Women (Road Scholar/NC Humanities Council)-- July 31


  • Adult Summer Reading – July 1 –September 30


  • Kids’ Summer Reading –June 1 – August 31


  • Tactile tours at NC Museum of Art --October 3 and 7