Raffle Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Readers Raffle!

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library are pleased to congratulate the winners of our Readers Raffle baskets.

Kids’ Basket:  Daniela Sotres and daughters Andrea and Camila
Travel Basket:  Lynn Salazar Wadford and daughters Yumi and Camila
Mystery Basket:  Douglas Wait

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets at the Big Book Sale in September and the Banned Book Trading Card party and in the Friends Book Store.  Thanks to your support, the Friends were able to raise over $1,000 to benefit the Library.  Watch for another raffle coming up at a Big Book Sale in 2018.

Thanks also to our special friends at Learning Express.  The Friends would like to express our thanks to Learning Express who so generously contributed to the kid’s basket.




Books Sandwiched In for November

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Bring a sandwich

Thsixth_extinctionis 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.

Meet the Author — John Francis Trump

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

John Francis Trump is managing editor of Carolina Journal.  For more than 30 years, John has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers — in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Alabama and North Carolina.  His new book, Still & Barrel: Craft Spirits in the Old North State, recounts the history of manufacturing whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum in North Carolina.

A long-time fan of whiskey, beer and wine, John’s interest in distilStillandBarrelled spirits was piqued in 2015 when he and his wife embarked on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  His interest in whiskey dovetailed into a blog, and in 2016, into the book which includes photos by his wife, Lisa.

Distilling spirits in North Carolina has only been legal for about ten years, although making moonshine has a longer history.  Wilkes County, for example, was once termed the “Moonshine Capital of the World” and was the leading producer of illegal liquor for decades.

There are now nearly 50 distilleries in the state; some of these now respectable craft distillers can trace their roots to the early moonshine tradition.  John Trump’s book takes the reader on a journey across the state telling the stories of some unlikely entrepreneurs and the sometimes extreme legal and regulatory hurdles these pioneers had to overcome.  One reviewer said that reading it “makes you thirsty.”

A Pittsburgh area native, John Trump holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore. His newspaper career includes time as executive editor of the Sun Journal in New Bern and Daily Courier in Forest City, North Carolina; group editor for three papers in Rockingham County, North Carolina; night editor for The Fayetteville Observer, which serves Fort Bragg in North Carolina; and assistant city editor at the Las Vegas Sun.