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EVENT: Blibbering Humdingers in Concert This Friday


Come out to Last Friday in Hillsborough this Friday evening, June 29, and stay for a Friends-sponsored concert in the meeting room of the library, from 7-8 p.m. in support of the library’s summer reading theme, Libraries Rock! The Blibbering Humdingers are magical masters of musical hi-jinx and mayhem who will wizard rock the tea towel right off your house elf. Their unique blend of ’80s new wave, ’50s do-wop, straight-up pop rock, and old-timey sing-songy comedy will leave you laughing and crying for more. They draw inspiration from the Harry Potter series, Dr Who, the SCA, medieval fantasy, science fiction, and all kinds of delightfully, geeky fandomness. This family-friendly concert is free and promises to be loads of fun, so we hope to see you all there!


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Friends of the Orange County Public Library Annual Garden Party

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You’re invited to join the Friends of the Orange County Public Library for their annual Garden Party Saturday, May 19, 3pm to 6pm.

Hosted by:
Harry & Peregrine Kavros, Hyacinth Farm
1311 Lawrence Road, Hillsborough, NC
This social event is free in appreciation of our Friends members, Orange County Public Library staff, and their families. We will have the guest local authors, refreshments, items for auction, and activities for the kids.

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Upcoming Events: Summer 2018

The Friends of Orange County Public Library are pleased to announce the following events planned for the Summer of 2018:

Friendraiser Garden Party ………………………… Saturday, May 19th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Hosted by Harry & Peregrine Kavros, Hyacinth Farm, 1311 Lawrence Road, Hillsborough

Summer Concerts
In conjunction with Hillsborough’s Last Friday festivals, we’re pleased to host two family-friendly concerts in the meeting room of the Main Branch of the Orange County Public Library in downtown Hillsborough:

Blibbering Humdingers …………………………………. Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Geeky, funny rock drawing inspiration from pop culture sources like Harry Potter and Dungeons & Dragons

Hooverville……………………………………………………. Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrating the rustic roots of American music

All events are free.

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Reading and Reception for Nancy Peacock, Piedmont Laureate


The Friends of the Orange County Public Library welcomes Nancy Peacock, 2018 Piedmont Laureate. The public is invited to a reading and reception Monday, February 26, 7-8 p.m., in the meeting room of the Main Branch of the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Nancy Peacock has been writing since fourth grade. She is largely self-taught and well- mentored. She is the author of the novels Life Without Water (chosen as a New York Times Notable Book), Home Across the Road, and The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, as well as the memoir and “writing-in-the-real-world” guide A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life.

Nancy runs writing workshops and retreats for women. Her free Prompt Writing Class has been active since 2003 and continues to gain in popularity. Nancy believes that telling stories, our own and those we invent, is a human right that we must all claim to heal our hurt world.

For more information about Nancy’s writing, visit her website:

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Writers for Readers 2018: Dish–Exploring Life Through Food

Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium

Lively discussion featuring renowned food writers with appetizers and drinks.

Come and share the insights and recipes of leading chefs and renowned food writers as they explore how the production, preparation, and consumption of food bring meaning to our lives.

Local chefs Andrea Reusing of Lantern and Bill Smith of Crooks Corner will be joined by food memoirists Kim Sunée and Jessica Harris to discuss how food binds families, defines identities, and marks the milestones—happy and sad—of our lives.

Moderated by novelist and UNC Professor of English  and Comparative Literature Randall Kenan, the discussion will be lively and entertaining.

Tickets are $100 per person. Drinks and appetizers included. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Orange Literacy.

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Volunteers Needed for Spring Book Sale

The spring book sale will be held March 8-11, 2018, at the Orange County Public Library main branch in Hillsborough. We need volunteers to:

  • help set up on Monday and Tuesday
  • sell books at the opening reception on Thursday evening
  • sell books on FridaySaturday, and Sunday
  • break down on Sunday evening

If you can volunteer, please sign up by clicking here or contacting Shannon Turlington ( If you cannot work a full shift as specified on the sign-up sheet, that is fine–just note the hours you are available or send an email with that information. We welcome volunteers for as much time as you can give! As a reminder, all volunteers receive five free books.

The Friends will host a pre-book sale donation drive in the meeting room of the main branch of the Library on Sunday, March 4. 
We will also be hosting a members-only reception on the evening of Thursday, March 8. Preview the book sale, socialize with fellow Friends, and take the opportunity to renew your membership if you haven’t already done so.
Thank you for being a Friend!

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Annual Meeting 2017: President’s Report


By Harry Kavros, President, Friends of the Orange County Public Library Board of Directors

When I was six years old my family moved to the edge of civilization. Our house was the last house on the street before the forest. Even in that small town we had a library; it was a one-room basement in the police station. That room was my refuge as a child, where my imagination was engaged, and where I challenged myself to read more and more complicated books. By the time the library moved to its own building, I had moved from the Hardy Boys to what was then difficult reading for me, Jim Kjelgaard’s books about dogs and wolves. Kjelgaard wrote more than forty novels for young readers, and I read several before I moved on.

I’ve moved a dozen times since then, and I’ve never been much farther than walking distance from a library. It might be going a bit far to say that libraries saved my life, but they did save me from boredom, and they invited me to become self-reliant and widely read. I think I share this with you, and it’s one of the reasons why my colleagues and friends on the board have spent some of our time supporting the library in our town.

This year we’ve been able to improve the organization in a few ways: we joined the Chamber of Commerce, we launched ourselves into the twentieth century with the introduction of credit-card purchases at the book sales, we’ve started online book sales, we held a series of author events, we documented a dozen processes and procedures to help future boards, we started member discounts at local businesses, and we added to the membership rolls.

The Friends exist for the sole purpose of supporting library projects. This year we’ve given five grants:

  • help repair flood damage
  • support the library’s strategic planning process
  • give New Hope elementary school students ten books each for summer reading
  • fund the library’s summer learning program
  • purchase adult book club kits

As for our finances, grants totaled $10,100. We raised money with the usual suspects: book sales and membership. We started the year with $43,520 and ended with $45,183.

Finally, we’re always on the lookout for volunteers and board members. If you have a likely candidate, please let us know. If you know someone young enough to keep us updated on social-media venues, drop us a line. If you know a cutting-edge fundraiser, we’ll give you some free books.

This year’s winner of the Janet Flowers Award is Jane Gaede. It is impossible to go to a book sale and not see Jane volunteering. And she’s there even when you don’t see her, when we’re setting up the room and preparing for the sales. Thanks very much, Jane.

Board members for 2018 are: Harry Kavros, Shannon Turlington, Susan Vreeland, Stacey Gamble, James Maxey, and Samantha Bryant. I’d like to thank each of last year’s board members for their energy and spirit. A happy winter solstice and holiday season to all our members.

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