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:

Meet the Author Tea – Eno Publishing @ Room B
Mar 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Laura Lacy of Eno Publishers will discuss Hidden Hillsborough and a set of books by and about Elizabeth Keckley.

Meet the Author Tea – Lee Smith @ Room B
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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

In Smith’s very first work of nonfiction, Dimestore:  A Witer’s Life, the preeminent voice of Southern writing from Hillsborough looks inward to tell her own heartwarming story, from growing up in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia to becoming a writer and raising her own family in North Carolina.

Meet the Author Tea – Jennifer Stanley (Ellery Adams) @ Room B
May 17 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Writing under name of Ellery Adams, Stanley will delve into her book The Secret, Book & Scone Society. And, because the author specializes in the mystery genre, we will have a mystery activity!

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.