Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library

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The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library is an association of persons committed to furthering the excellence of Chapel Hill Public Library by raising money for library needs, sponsoring programs for adults and children, and fostering interest in the Chapel Hill Public Library.


Alena Graedon - Meet the Author

The Word Exchange

Friday, March 6, 2015
Refreshments: 3:30    Program: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

Alena Graedon

Durham native Alena Graedon is a graduate the Carolina Friends School, Brown University and Columbia's MFA program. The Word Exchange is her first novel.

Books, libraries, and newspapers have at last become things of the past. Now handheld Memes allow for constant communication and entertainment. They can even anticipate our needs, dialing the doctor before we know we're sick, or prompting us with words we can't recall. Yet a few dedicated wordsmiths are still laboring on the final print edition of the North American Dictionary of the English Language. But one evening, right before it's released, Anana Johnson finds that the chief editor--her father--has vanished.

In alternating points of view, Anana and her bookish colleague Bart follow their only clue, the word ALICE, down the proverbial rabbit hole, into subterranean passages, the stacks of the Mercantile Library, and secret meetings of an anti-Meme underground resistance, racing closer to the truth about Anana's father's disappearance, and discovering a frightening connection to the growing "word flu" pandemic.

Alena also writes nonfiction essays which have been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Believer magazine, and elsewhere. She currently teaches creative writing at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, although she has close ties to Durham where her well-known parents--Joe and Terry Graedon of The People's Pharmacy--live.

Coaches Poster

Coaches Poster
Poster produced by the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation. Available in the Friends Book Store.

Friends Book Store Sale - March

Because of the bad weather, we are extending Mystery Madness through March 17 when the luck of the Irish starts for all non-fiction readers. Mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy are $2 or 3 for $5 until March 17. Starting March 17, non-fiction will be $3 or 2 for $5. These are the best prices of the year. The store hours are:

Mon-Wed noon-6
Thurs-Fr 10:30-4:30
Sat 10:30-4:30
Sun 1:30-4:30

The Book Store is located just inside the lower entrance to the Library. All proceeds go to the Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

The December Big Book Sale - thanks to all who participated!

Thanks to a record number of books and your support by attending the sale and buying books, the Friends brought in a record amount for the Library - $21,000. All the money goes to the Chapel Hill Public Library for books and other materials, events, and other needs of the Library. The sale would not have been possible without our volunteers, including many high school and junior high school students who helped with the heavy work.

The next Big Book Sale is April 10-12, 2015.

Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Trading Cards

Brave New WorldBanned Books Week was Sept 21 - 27, 2014, and the Chapel Hill Public Library celebrated the freedom to read in a unique way!

Each day during Banned Books Week, Sept 21 - Sept 27, 2014, you could stop by Chapel Hill Public Library and collect a limited edition Banned Book Trading Card - one for every day of the week. This project was presented in conjunction with the Town of Chapel Hill Public Arts Office and was made possible through generous support of the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library and the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation.

(Leaves of Grass artwork by Emily Kohler 2014)

Collect Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Have a set of Banned Books Week Trading Cards sent to your home. Use the order link above, and choose either 2014 or 2013 cards.

Click here for more information.

Friends Book Store Open Seven Days a Week

You are invited to come visit the new Friends Book Store. This is our newest fund raising activity to support the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The Friends Book Store features the best of the books that are donated to the Library. They are priced below any other used book store in the area. The Book Store is staffed entirely by generous Friends volunteers. The hours are:

Mon-Wed noon-6
Thurs-Fr 10:30-4:30
Sat 10:30-4:30
Sun 1:30-4:30

The Book Store is located just inside the lower entrance to the Library. All proceeds go to the Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

Library Welcomes Your Book Donations

The Chapel Hill Public Library accepts donations of books and other library materials. Your donations support the Friends Book Store and Book Sales to raise funds for the CHPL.

Please review the Library's donations guidelines for what can be donated and where and when to take donations.

Friends Receives Francis B. Reid Award

The Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) recognized the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library as a first place winner in their annual Frances B. Reid Awards for outstanding Friends groups across the state. FONCPL presented the recognition certificate and cash award at the Annual FONCPL Awards Meeting at the Durham County Library, October 26.

Martha Brunstein receiving Reid Award
Friends President Martha Brunstein receiving award from FONCPL Acting President Karen Moll (click for larger image)

FCHPL's Reid application "The Book of Friends - A Year for All Time" is a brief history of recent Friends' activities, written by President Martha Brunstein. Here is the application in PDF format.

Frances Reid was a consultant for the State Library of North Carolina and was instrumental in the founding of FONCPL in 1980. The annual competition is open to local Friends of the Library statewide. More information on this nonprofit organization can be found at www.foncpl.org.