Charleston Friends of the Library Celebrates Forty Years

For forty years, Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL) has given community members the opportunity to become more involved with Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) by volunteering their time and services and providing financial support for programming across all 18 branches. With support from its members and the community, CFOL has been able to help CCPL maintain being the main pillar in the Charleston community for resources of the present and a bridge to opportunities in the future.

This past year, CCPL safely produced 1,016 programs over 18 branches virtually and in person. CFOL wants to continue to help CCPL produce programs that our community members can participate in and with the support of generous donors, they have contributed to donating over 1.2 million dollars to help with programs such as the Summer Reading Program, Take and Make, Free and Fresh Community Fridge Program, Books on Buses, and other regular programming at your local branch.

Each year, CFOL continues to raise the bar and this year is no different. We’re hoping to raise $5,000 to continue to provide our donation to the CCPL.

For our 40th birthday, you can give $40 (or more!) to help ensure 40 more years. Thanks to a challenge issued by a generous donor, if we raise $5,000 in total donations, it will be matched by an additional $5,000. You may donate online (, or send a check to Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL), 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.

“It’s been an honor for me to lead the CFOL Board for the last few years. I am standing on the shoulders of previous great board leaders and many dedicated volunteers who keep our engine running,” said Carin Jorgensen, President, CFOL Board of Directors. “I look forward to celebrating more milestones with this great organization and continuing to raise funds to support the important programming that takes place through CCPL. Please join me in supporting CFOL during this amazing 40th anniversary so we can reach our matching gift challenge!”

Follow us on Social Media for updates at @chslibfriends and or directly support us by being a member, making a donation, or signing up to volunteer on our website Becoming a Friend of the Library is a great way to show your support for the CCPL, help fund library programs, and encourage reading in our community.

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