Programs for Adults

Throughout the year, the Friends sponsors two major series of programs, all free and open to the public.

Meet-the-Author Teas

Our popular Meet-the-Author Teas provide the Chapel Hill community with an opportunity to hear published authors read from and discuss their works. Refreshments are served at 3:30; the program runs from 4:00 to 5:00.

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

Upcoming Book Meet-the-Author Teas:

“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.

“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.

Book Discussions

“Books Sandwiched In” provides readers with a regular opportunity to participate in informal, facilitated discussion of noteworthy works of fiction and nonfiction. All are welcome to join us on the first Wednesday of the month at 12:30 pm.  Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch and share their thoughts on the current reading selection, copies of which are available on a first-come first-served basis at the circulation desk.

The group has established two annual traditions. In August, the group will discuss the book that has been selected for the Carolina Summer Reading Program. And in September, in recognition of Banned Books Week, the group will discuss a book that has been challenged or banned. Celebrated annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and the American Booksellers Association and endorsed by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

See the complete list of books 2004 – 2017.

Click for upcoming Book Discussions.