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.

Friends Book Store Sale - December

As a holiday gift to our customers, hard cover books will be $3 and soft covers will be $2, red dot books are half price and small paperbacks are 50 cents for the rest of December. Many books and CDs with a holiday theme are available.

The hours are:

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

Meet the Author - James Maxey

Bad Wizard


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Refreshments: 3:30    Program: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

Bad WizardJanuary can be a gloomy, boring month, lots of bills and sometimes not the kind of weather that brought many of us to North Carolina. What better remedy than an author whose goal is to "always be thought-provoking and always be fun."

James Maxey wrote his first book as a kid, an adventure about pirates and ghosts. When he was a teenager, he used to write superhero adventures. Then he went to college and was steered toward writing "literature." It took him several years to shake that off, and today he writes the sort of books he devoured by the shelf when he was sixteen, fast-paced fantasy, SF, and superhero adventures, which he says he used to explore deeper questions about life.

Bad Wizard is a story about a grown up Dorothy Gale who pursues the villainous Wizard across a magical landscape to keep him from conquering the Emerald City once more. It's zeppelins and lightning guns in the Land of Oz!

Maxey says, "My mother always said if I kept reading all those comic books and science fiction novels, they'd warp my brain. She was right! Now I'm an adult who can't stop daydreaming. While other grown ups sit around and think, about, I dunno, mortgages or something, I'm likely to be internally debating who'd win in a fight between Superman and Smaug, or thinking about the possibility that the rabbit holes in Wonderland might let one travel to Oz. My work is known for fast paced action and humor, with each story built around a large moral question.

James Maxey lives in Hillsborough, NC with his wife Cheryl. Learn more at http://www.jamesmaxey.net/home.html

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 is here and the Chapel Hill Public Library is celebrating the freedom to read in a unique way!

Each day during Banned Books Week, Sept 21 - Sept 27, you can stop by Chapel Hill Public Library and collect a limited edition Banned Book Trading Card - one for every day of the week. See all the entries for the Trading Cards displayed in the Library. This project is presented in conjunction with the Town of Chapel Hill Public Arts Office and is 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)

Each day during Banned Books Week, Sept 21 - Sept 27, you can stop by Chapel Hill Public Library and collect a limited edition Banned Book Trading Card - one for every day of the week.

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 this year's cards (2014) or last (2013).

Click here for more information.

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.

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-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.

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