Friends of Library honor Francie Dunlap
Francie H. Dunlap was honored with the first and only Friends of Florence County Library Lifetime Achievement Award during the Friends annual meeting on Jan. 29. Roger Hux received the Friends Volunteer of the Year Award.
Dunlap not only lobbied to build the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, she was instrumental in a fundraising campaign to help provide the needed funds. The Hopkins and Dunlap families donated funds to establish the Dunlap-Hopkins Technology Training Room. This training room has assisted over 30,000 people in the county with job training, computer skills classes, AARP Income Tax Filing Assistance program and many other programs that require computer equipment.
Dunlap was instrumental in establishing the Friends of the Florence County Library System which supports each individual library branch. She served as the first development officer of the Friends, helping to raise several million dollars in support of the six public libraries in Florence County.
Francie is a 1969 graduate of Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, MO, with a bachelor of science in education and received a masters of library and information science degree from the University of South Carolina in 1984.
She is a recipient of the South Carolina Friend of Libraries State Award.
Her civic activities include: Volunteer in Education, Briggs School Library, Byrnes School Library, Moore Middle School Library 1983-1989
Friends of Florence County Library President, Editor “Among Friends” Newsletter 1985-1988
Florence County Library Board of Trustees, Vice President 1989-1993 F
lorence Area Arts Council, Board Member, Secretary, Small Grants Committee 1986-1989
Manna House Board, Chairman, Public Relations 1991-1994 Performing Arts Center, Secretary, 1997-2011
Friends of SC Libraries – Board member 2006 - 2009
Development Officer, Friends of Florence County Library System, 2004 - 2014.
The achievement award will now be titled the Francie H. Dunlap Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hux has spent many hours helping separate donated books for the collection and the Friends Book Nook.