A Passion for Books

A Passion for Books Library patrons and FOL volunteers all over the world share one thing: A passion for books. Here in Black Mountain, many FOL donors share stories about the books — who the books belonged to, what kind of books they are donating, when and where they got the books. A recent large

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries Tod Bohl built the first Little Free Library in 2009 as a tribute to his deceased mother. Now they are everywhere, including one at the Library of Congress. But do they all look the same? Most that we’re familiar with look like cute little cottages. But take a look at the Little

Yes, We Sell Dissected Maps!

Yes, we sell dissected maps in our library bookstore! This was an early term for what we now know as jigsaw puzzles. The puzzle craze was at its heyday in the early 1900’s, but by the 1960’s jigsaw puzzles had all but disappeared. That changed  a few years ago, when we were all staying home

The Things We Find in Books

Every Tuesday, FOL volunteers sort through donated books that we then use to stock our library bookstore. And every Tuesday we are surprised at what we find that’s been left in the books. A small sampling includes an old  postcard of cowboys, a Bridge point-count bidding card, an announcement of a 1949 concert with Leonard

Call for Volunteers – FOL Bookstore

In addition to the library bookstore  and hosting book sales, the Black Mountain FOL also raises funds by selling books online. Our Etsy store, FOLBlackMountain (www.etsy.com/shop/FOLBlackMountain), has sold 450 books since it opened in 2020. In 2021 alone, the store raised $9,000 by selling only vintage and collectible books. Clearly, this is a successful tool

FOL Book Donations

FOL Book Donations Thanks to the generosity of Black Mountain residents, the FOL receives book donations every week. Sometimes a few books, sometimes several boxes of books. Most of these donations are destined for our library bookstore, and the money raised from selling these books is used to support the library. Occasionally the FOL receives