Friends of Franklin County Public Libraries is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the two branches of the Franklin County Public Libraries, one in Eastpoint and one in Carrabelle. The Mission of the Friends is to support the Franklin County Public Libraries’ goal to provide informational, educational and cultural materials for the benefit of persons of all ages in the community. The Friends provides funding for the Summer Reading Program as well as many other library programs throughout the year.
The Friends sponsors two soup, bread, and book sale events each year with in-kind donations of food and labor from Friends’ members and community supporters. In addition, other donations from individuals and groups are received each year. Membership is the only other source of support. The community and those who benefit from library services are encouraged to buy a membership and help support the Franklin County libraries.
The Friends of the Franklin County Public Libraries (FFCPL) was established in 1994. The organization was instrumental in the building of two county libraries. With funds donated to the Friends, the current Carrabelle library building was opened in 2002. In addition, through donations, grants, and a USDA loan, the current Eastpoint building and administrative offices were opened in 2013. The Eastpoint building is completely maintained by the Friends. Franklin County rents the building from the Friends, which helps to offset some of the maintenance costs.