Calendar

The calendar below lists Friends events. Click here to find out what else is going on at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Sep
22
Fri
“Twitter and Tear Gas; The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest” by Zeynep Tufekci @ CHPL Room B
Sep 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

*** Note day is Friday, Sep 22

Meet the Author Tea.  Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Beckman Center for Internet and Society.  Her new book, Twitter and Tear Gas; The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, examines these movements and how governments have responded to the rise of digital tools with their own methods.

Refreshments at 3:30, program at 4.  Free and open to the public.

Oct
4
Wed
BSI: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrick Backman @ CHPL Room C
Oct 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Books Sandwiched In.  Bring a sandwich and join the discussion.

Meet Ove in this heart-warming story.  He’s a curmudgeon, sometimes called the “bitter neighbor from hell”, one who points his finger at anyone he dislikes.  Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.  So when a chatty young couple with two chatty children move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it leads to a tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the art of backing up a U-Haul.  All of this will change this cranky old man and the local residents’ association.  Blackman’s novel explores the profound impact one’s life has on others.

 Books Sandwiched In is open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book. The group is sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Copies of the books for discussion are available at the Library circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.

Oct
19
Thu
“Still and Barrel” by John Francis Trump @ CHPL Room B
Oct 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Meet the Author Tea.   John Francis Trump is managing editor of Carolina Journal. For more than 30 years, he has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers — in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Alabama and North Carolina.  Still & Barrel recounts the history of manufacturing whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum in North Carolina.

Refreshments at 3:30, program at 4.  Free and open to the public.

Nov
1
Wed
BSI: “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert @ CHPL Room C
Nov 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Books Sandwiched In.  Bring a lunch and join the discussion.

Kolbert, in this prize-winning book, demonstrates that the earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made sixth extinction.  Over the past half billion years there have been five previous mass extinctions when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted.  One was the destruction of much that was living such as the dinosaurs as well as other plant and animal life when an asteroid struck the earth.   The sixth is applied to flora and fauna now existing in diverse habitats from the author’s backyard to remote areas throughout the world.  It is the one in which we live.  This is a thought-provoking book with many examples found in the author’s travels and research.

Books Sandwiched In is open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book. The group is sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Copies of the books for discussion are available at the Library circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.

Dec
6
Wed
BSI: “Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love” by Dava Sobel @ CHPL Room C
Dec 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Books Sandwiched In.  Bring a lunch and join the discussion.

This book gives a life of Galileo as told from his letters to and from his daughter, Maria Celeste, who was cloistered in a convent.   It relates how Galileo and his daughter both faced life and the hazards and injustices they saw. His science related to the sun-centered planetary system has endangered him with the Catholic Church and brings a condemnation of heresy.   The author relates how he and his daughter both faced life and sought to protect and comfort each other.  This dramatic book is a remarkable account of the human side of Galileo under house arrest after being condemned by the church of heresy.

Books Sandwiched In is open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book. The group is sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Copies of the books for discussion are available at the Library circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.

Feb
7
Wed
BSI: “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Scott Anderson @ CHPL Room C
Feb 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Books Sandwiched In.  Bring a sandwich and join the discussion.

This book is about T.E. Lawrence who witnessed the Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War l as he rode at the head of an Arab army in 1917.  He was fighting a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions.  The author spent four years of intensive primary document research to argue against older ideas of how the modern Middle East was formed.  He maintains the conflict was shaped by adventurers and low-level officers.  He captures the way in which folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.  The book has been critically recognized in respected publications and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography.

Books Sandwiched In is open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book. The group is sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Copies of the books for discussion are available at the Library circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.