by Lori-Anne Shapiro, Chair of the Board of the Friends of Orange County Public Library
Wow! What a successful sale it was!
Thank you to all our volunteers, especially our woman at the helm, Stacey Gamble!
We had a total of 30 volunteers to help with set up, sorting, more sorting, and more sorting, 12 shifts of book selling, and a massive clean-up.
The sale started with a Friends Benefit event at Antonia’s Restaurant in Hillsborough where members received a 15% discount on their bill! On Thursday evening we had a Kick-off Reception for members only to preview shopping, socialize, enjoy a spread of appetizers, and bid on a Silent Auction of special books, including one signed by Lady Bird Johnson.
The dinner at Antonia’s, the Thursday evening Reception, and the full day of shopping on Friday were all new additions to the sale over that of recent years!
We also had two Author Events:
- A delightful panel of writers on Saturday afternoon in a talk titled Thrifty Lit: Homage to Library Book Sales. The writers were current Piedmont Laureate Katy Munger, last year’s Piedmont Laureate James Maxey, and Samantha Bryant.
- A talk by Rosetta Austin Moore, author of The Impact of Slavery on the Education of Blacks in Orange County, North Carolina, on Sunday afternoon.
Our total profit for the sale is not in yet due to pending payments for final silent auction items. With final payments for the auction payments, the total earned to support important library services and programs, as well as future Friends events, may exceed $3000. This exceeds our totals of the last two book sales. Much thanks to everyone!