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.

Banned Books Week Sneak Peek Party - September 19th

See the 2014 Banned Books Week Trading Cards Exhibit

Brave New WorldBanned Books Week is coming and the Chapel Hill Public Library is celebrating the freedom to read in a unique way!

To get an exclusive first look at the winning submissions, meet the artists, and celebrate the opening of the exhibit, the public is invited to a special after hours Sneak Peek Party at the library on Friday, September 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. 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.

(Brave New World artwork by Colleen Barclay 2013)

Banned Books Week Trading Cards Project

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.

Click here for more information.

Carrie Knowles - Meet the Author

Piedmont Laureate 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Refreshments: 3:30    Program: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

Carrie KnowlesCarrie Knowles, poet and novelist, writing coach, arts advocate and organizer, is the 2014 Piedmont Laureate. Eight years ago, Carrie Knowles bought a small office building at the southernmost edge of Historic Oakwood in Downtown Raleigh. She named the building the Free Range Studio and inscribed this on the wall: Creativity should have no boundaries and dreams no fences. "That's how I see the world," Knowles says, "and the way I hope to live my life as a creative person."

Carrie Knowles plans to talk about her latest book Ashoan's Rug and she will bring the actual rug which inspired the book.

As a freelance writer Carrie Knowles has published dozens of short stories and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Twenty years ago, she was the restaurant critic for the News and Observer. She has also written three books: her latest, Ashoan's Rug is a closely linked series of short stories about ten people who owned the same prayer rug and how it changed their lives. Her two previous books are a memoir: The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer's and another novel, Lillian's Garden. Her short stories have won numerous awards.

As an arts advocate, Carrie Knowles has been a board member for the Symphony Orchestra Development Association, the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Carolina Wren Press, and Burning Coal Theatre. For eight years she was the co-coordinator of the Reader's Series at the Hardback Cafe in Chapel Hill with Paul Jones and Georgann Eubanks. She founded and coordinated the Boylan Heights Art Walk from 1992-2007 and also founded and directed the Cary Cross Currents Festival from 2008-2012. Carrie and her husband, Jeff Leiter, have lived in Raleigh for the past thirty-five years. They have three children and one grandchild.

Carrie Knowles will also be appearing at the Orange County Public Library on September 30.

Carrie Knowle's wep page.

Friends Sets Dates for 2014 Big Book Sales

Dates for 2014 Big Book Sales are April 4-6, August 1-3, and Dec 5-7.

The location is the meeting rooms off the lobby of the Library.

The sales the Friends held after the new Library opened had a record number of books and raised record-setting revenue for the Library. Thanks to all book donors and patrons of the sales.

Click for details about the Big Book Sale. Click to learn about donating books.

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.

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Collect Banned Books Week Trading Cards

During Banned Books Week, Sept 22 - Sept 28, we celebrated the freedom to read in a unique way by producing limited edition Banned Book Trading Cards - one for every day of the week. The cards are designed by local artists and are inspired by books that have been banned or censored. Go here for more information.

Clockwork Orange Banned Book

Get Your Own Complete Set of Banned Books Trading Cards

Get a set of Banned Books Trading Cards shipped right to you. Cost is $7 plus $2.95 shipping to US addresses. Click above to safely buy through your PayPal account or with a major credit card.

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.

Watch a Public Service Announcement for Friends Groups Featuring Paula Poundstone

"There I was in another unbalanced relationship," begins Emmy Award-winning comedian Paula Poundstone in a new public service announcement, which can be see below via YouTube.

See United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations).

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