JOIN – Friends of Hot Springs Library

Friends of Hot Springs Library, or FHSL, is an all volunteer organization devoted to supporting the Hot Springs, North Carolina Library through fundraising, advocacy, author and educational events, building maintenance and community participation.  Some of us volunteer our time for library programs, events and maintenance. Some attend monthly meetings to plan upcoming and ongoing events and programs. Many of our Friends of Hot Springs Library contribute their support through yearly membership dues and donations.  We work together and do what we can to help keep our library a vibrant and lively part of the Hot Springs community.  We encourage you to join us in our efforts.

In 2018, Hot Springs Library and the Madison County Public Library System was named by Library Journal as The Best Small Library in America!  It is with continued, generous support from all our Friends that we were able to receive this great honor.  Take a look –

Best Rural Library 2018

We know that people like you join the Friends for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common reasons is that you want to help our Hot Springs Library to continue to be a vital, healthy, and welcoming community resource for all.  Some ways your FHSL Membership contributes to our library: Co-Sponsors the Children’s Summer Reading Program, provides supplies & labor to help keep the library a vital part of our community, helps purchase new technology equipment for patron use, supports children’s programming and tutoring, as well as adult literacy programs and author events for the children and adults of Hot Springs and surrounding communities, and supports the Hot Springs Library thru fundraising events like Birds for Books in the Spring and BBQ for Books in the Fall (see Events Page)

How To Join FHSL: Stop in the Hot Springs Library and ask a librarian for a membership form, fill out the info, leave it along with your membership dues with the librarian. Or, you can print the form, FHSL Membership Form, fill out the info and mail with your check to: P.O. Box 175. Hot Springs, NC 28743.

  •  Individual Memberships are $10/year
  • Family Memberships are $25/year
  • Lifetime Memberships are a one time cost of $150.  


By becoming a member of Friends of Hot Springs Library, you are eligible to become a member at the Local Government Federal Credit Union at the SECU (Marshall downtown, soon to be on the bypass), a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution owned by, and operated for the benefit of its member-owners.

Friends of Hot Springs Library meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:00pm at the Hot Springs Library.  All are welcome to attend.  Visit the Madison County Library website for more information and a calendar of events for all 3 Madison County Library branches:


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TUNE IN – BBQ for Books 2020 LiveStream

BBQ for Books 2020 LiveStream!!

Join us on October 10th, 2020 from 3pm – 8pm

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This yearly event raises money for the Friends of Hot Springs Library with proceeds going to the Hot Springs Library New Building Fund

   Join us for our 4th Annual BBQ for Books, this year a live streamed music event on Facebook Live and YouTube. Enjoy our Host, Meghan Engel as she presents live music from Pierce Edens and 75 Single Wide, and prerecorded music from Sun and Moon Dance,  Josh Goforth, Melanie Penland, Ashley Heath, Mark Blumling, Tim Campbell, The Three Little Birds, Miles Perry, and more!

There are several ways to donate! 


  Or, You can donate at a participating local business or restaurant where you can leave a cash or check donation in the jar when you purchase a BBQ Take Home Special to enjoy while you watch!

  • Iron Horse Station: 24 Andrews Ave 11:30-9:00 – Texas Brisket w/Moonshine BBQ Sauce
  • Spring Creek Tavern: 145 Bridge St. Noon-8:00 – Pulled Pork Soft Tacos
  • Vaste Riviere: 11:00-7:00 – Smoked NC Cheshire Pork on a Sesame Bun w/ Slaw and BBQ Black Beans
  • Smoky Mountain Diner: 7:00-7:00 – BBQ Special
  • Trailside Bakery and Cafe: 8:00-9:00 – BBQ Chicken Flatbread
  • ArtiSun Gallery and Cafe: 8:00-8:00 – Ultimate Ice Cream Chipotle Sweet Berry Cream
  • And Our Local Businesses: Gentry’s Hardware, Sara Jo’s Station, Bluff Mountain Outfitters, Hot Springs Resort and Spa, Tobacco Road and The Hillbilly Market

 Or, You Can Mail us a Check!  Make it out to FHSL and mail to P.O. Box 175 Hot Springs, NC 28743.

Join us!!!

DONATE – PayPal/Credit Card BBQ for Books 2020

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Proceeds Go To The FHSL New Building Fund

4th Annual

BBQ for Books 2020 LiveStream! October 10th 3pm-8pm

Join our Host Meghan Engel and live musical performances from Pierce Edens and 75 Single Wide.  Pre-recordel performances from Sun and Moon Dance, Josh Goforth, Melanie Penland, Three Little Birds, Ashley Heath, Tim Campbell, Miles Perry, Mark Blumling and More!


Simply hit the Orange “Donate” button above.  Follow the prompts to donate using PayPal or a Major Credit Card.  

 Or Mail a Check: Make your check out to: FHSL and  Mail to: P.O.Box 175 – Hot Springs, NC 28743 

Or Donate at a Participating Local Business or Restaurant: You can leave a cash or check donation in the Donation Station Jar and purchase a BBQ Take Home Special to enjoy while you watch!

Join us!!!

 All Donations are Tax Deductible:  Friends of Hot Springs Library is a chapter of Madison County Friends of the Library, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your entire donation is tax deductible. We so much appreciate your generosity and your caring about our Library.

Thank you for supporting the Friends of Hot Springs Library! Our NEW HOT SPRINGS LIBRARY has become a vital and well loved part of our Hot Springs community.   We thank you for your ongoing support.  We are making headway!  The Friends of Hot Springs Library secured a loan to purchase the building for our Hot Springs  Library in 2017. We continue to ask for your monetary support to help us retire the remainder of our five year mortgage.  All operating expenses are covered in the Madison County Public Library budget, so FHSL can focus all our efforts on debt retirement.  Every donation goes directly to that goal!  With your support, we will reach our goal. No amount is too small (or too large!). Every dollar helps get us closer. 

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