Everyone who attended the Friends of Orange County Public Library’s Annual Meeting on December 5 agreed that it was an awesome event.
A terrific breakfast spread of pastries, casseroles, and coffee welcomed Friends members, Library staff, and attendees from the general public as they walked through the door. We’re happy to say that many attendees decided to renew their membership in the Friends or join right then.
Our emcee, local poet Bartholomew Barker, made everyone feel at home. Outgoing president of the Friends Board, Tommy McNeill, highlighted the Friends’ activities in 2015 and announced the newly established Janet Flowers Award, which will be given for the first time at the 2016 Annual Meeting. Library Director Lucinda Munger shared highlights from the Library’s year as well.
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens started us off right with a nostalgic reading of Where the Wild Things Are. Carrboro’s poet laureate Celisa Steele moved us with readings of her poetry. Our keynote speaker, author Jill McCorkle, captivated the audience with her reading and reminiscences on her own passion for reading.
Congratulations to our newly elected Board members: Stacey Gamble, Dee Love, Stephen A. Smith, Susan Vreeland, and Hollie White. All will serve on the board through 2017. The Board is excited for the upcoming year, as we dedicate ourselves to creating a passion to read in Orange County.