Thank You!

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library raised $16,000 with its summer fundraising campaign, Diverse Books for a Diverse Community. Thank you for helping us exceed our goal of $15,000 for this important initiative!  This campaign is now closed and all new donations will be used to provide ongoing support for Library collections, programs and services.

Diverse Books for a Diverse Community

    About the Campaign 

    The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library raised $16,000 with its summer fundraising campaign, Diverse Books for a Diverse Community. The proceeds from this initiative - which ran through Labor Day - will be used by the Library to increase the diversity of its collections, especially for children. 

    The types of materials the Library will purchase with these funds include:

    • Picture books that feature differently abled kids.
    • Books in languages other than English.
    • YA books about Black teens, written by Black authors.
    • Children’s books written by Asian American and Latino authors.
    • Books by LGBTQ+ authors that feature LGBTQ+ characters.

    Last year, the Library began a diversity audit of its collections and like many other libraries that have done this work, staff found that our library’s collections are not as reflective of the diversity within our community or our world as they would like.

    While the Library’s annual budget from the town of Chapel Hill enables some steps in this area, the money raised during this campaign allows the library to take a big leap forward and continue its commitment to truly being a place for everyone. 

    Again, thank you to all who have contributed!

    Campaign Events

    Friends will “pop up” on the Library Plaza between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. three Saturdays this summer. We’ll have examples of the types of materials this campaign will support. Everyone who donates at these pop ups will be able to choose a like-new book to take home.

    Saturday, June 12 
    Let’s Get It Started!
    The launch of “Diverse Books for a Diverse Community.”

    Saturday, July 17
    Coffee and Contributions! 
    We’re excited to share the plaza with B3 Coffee, a non-profit pop-up coffee stand dedicated to bringing people together with carefully crafted, specialty coffee. B3 Coffee serves as a platform of positive visibility and community connection for people of all abilities. Like the Library and the Friends, B3 is committed to a more inclusive and equitable world.

    Saturday, August 21
    Campaign Top Off and Kids Coin Collection! Bring your youngsters (and not so young…) with their piggy banks to help push this effort to the finish line! We’ll have children’s books available for your young philanthropist to select.

    "I'm not meant to be like you, you're not meant to be like me.”

    I am Enough
    by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo
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    Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library
    A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the Library
    (919) 969-2047
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    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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