Fall Book Sale

The fall book sale will be October 23-27.
Wednesday, Oct 23, is Friends Preview day from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Orange County Public Library. Members only!

Sale is open to the public:

  • Thursday, Oct 24, 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct 25, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct 26, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct 27, Bag Day, 12-4 p.m.
We would love for you to volunteer to help set up, work the sales floor, or break down. If you can volunteer, please sign up here or send an email to focplnc@gmail.com.

Fall Book Drive: Donations Needed

When: Saturday, October 19, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Meeting Room, Orange County Public Library, Hillsborough

We are soliciting donations for our Fall Book Sale. Please drop by the library to drop off your donated books anytime Saturday afternoon or during the Book Sale setup on the following Monday or Tuesday.

Local Author Book Fair September 26-28

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library are proud to present our second annual

Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Orange County Public Library 
Our featured authors this year will be Jill McCorkle and A. J. Mayhew. Both authors will be signing books. We will also have readings by this year’s Piedmont Laureate David Menconi, Hillsborough Poet Laureate Dee Stribling, Stephen Petrow, Erika Shearin Karres, special children’s book readings, and many, many more!
All authors’ books will be available for purchase at the Fair. Thank you to Purple Crow Books for selling books at this event.

We will also be holding additional readings: 
Thursday evening, September 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Yonder on King Street
Friday evening, September 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the Library Meeting Room
We hope you will all plan to turn out and celebrate Orange County authors. A full schedule of readings follows.
Note: All times and authors subject to change.
Thursday 9-26 — “Noir at the Bar” event — Yonder on King Street — 6:30pm-8:00pm
The exact order of readings will be announced later. This is a recurring event at Yonder, and Book Fair authors will be featured along with some of their other readers: J. G. Heatherton, Suzanne Adair, Thomas Fenske, Eryk Pruitt, and James Maxey.
Friday 9-27 — Last Friday “Mystery & Wonder” readings — Library Meeting Room — 7:00pm-8:30pm
Melissa Bourbon / Winnie Archer
J. S. Emuakpor
Diane Kelly
James Maxey
Samantha Bryant
Celeste Shirecliffe
Saturday 9-28, Local Author Book Fair
10 AM
David Menconi, Piedmont Laureate  — No signing
10:30 AM
Dee Stribling, Hillsborough Poet Laureate
11 AM
Jill McCorkle  — Signing 11:30-12:30
11:30 AM
A. J. Mayhew  — Signing Noon-1:00
Steven Petrow  — Signing 12:30-1:30
12:30 PM
Erika Shearin Karres  — Signing 11-12
1:00 PM
Eryk Pruitt
1:20 PM
Donna D. Vitucci
1:40 PM 
Elizabeth Hein
2:00 PM
Peter Guzzardi
2:20 PM
Tamara J Aycock
2:40 PM
Alexis Thomas
3:00 PM
Emily Buehler
3:20 PM
Morrow Dowdle
3:40 PM
Bonnie Kirk
Children’s readings
Max Dowdle
Shannon Fitzgerald
Clay Carmichael

July Popup Book Sale

Because our donation box is overflowing, we will be holding a short, weekend-only popup book sale from July 19-21. Please plan to stop by to take advantage of some book bargains.
The times of the book sale will be:
  • Friday, July 19, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
  • Saturday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 21, 12 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BAG SALE
If you can volunteer your time to help with setup, sales, or breakdown, please sign up here or send an email with your available time to focplnc@gmail.com.

Last Fridays Movie Nights

The FOCPL is sponsoring movie nights on the next two Hillsborough Last Fridays — free and suitable for the entire family. We hope you can join us!

Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – We will be showing E. T. The Extraterrestrial
Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. – We will be showing WALL-E
Movies will be held in the meeting room of the library. Please come around to the side doors for entrance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Hillsborough Comics Fair – May 25

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library present the first Hillsborough Comics Fair, on May 25, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Orange County Public Library, downtown Hillsborough, North Carolina. Come meet local creators of comics and other nerdy goodness. Shop in our dealers room, take part in the cosplay contest, or discuss all things comic book! Kids will get free comics. Featuring Marvel Comics author and Princeless creator Jeremy Whitley! L Jamal Walton! Max & Morrow Dowdle! Thimsy! Samantha Bryant! And many more!

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Spring Book Sale

The Spring Book Sale is fast approaching, and this year we have extended our hours to give everyone plenty of time to come by. As always, the sale will be held in the Meeting Room of the Main Branch of the Orange Country Public Library in Hillsborough.

Opening night is Wednesday, April 24, from 4:00-7:30 — Friends Members Only. Stop by early for the best selection.
The sale is open to the public from Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28. 
  • Thursday hours: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday hours: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday hours: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday hours: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Do you have books you need to donate? We will be having a Book Drive on Saturday, April 20, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. so bring your unwanted books down to the library. All proceeds go to supporting library programs and equipment purchases.
And yes, we do need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer to help set up, work a sales shift, or break down, please do so on our sign-up sheet here. Or you can email focplnc@gmail.com and let us know when you’re available to help.

Hillsborough Local Book Fair Schedule of Events

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library present the Hillsborough Local Authors Book Fair on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted in the Main Branch of the Orange County Public Library. Shop “Small Business” Saturday and support our great local authors and bookstore. For more information, visit our Facebook Event page.

Here is the full list of readings that will be presented upstairs in the Library:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.   Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the keynote address.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Barbara Claypole White, Morrow Dowdle, Carol Strickland, Samantha Bryant, Emily Beuhler, and Anne Anthony will read for 10 minutes each.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.     Lee Smith will read for one hour.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.       Anna Jean Mayhew will read for one hour.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.       Laine Cunningham, Pam Baggett, Dori Anne Dupre, Elizabeth Hein, Harry Kavros, and Nancy Haines will read for 10 minutes each.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.       2018 Piedmont Laureate Nancy Peacock will read for one hour.

These readings will be presented downstairs in the children’s area:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Piedmont Laureate Emeritus John Claude Bemis

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.     Graphic novelist Max Dowdle

The Sales Area  (in the Meeting Room) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following special signings will be held in the Sales Area:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Alan Gurganis

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.     Lee Smith

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.     Anna Jean Mayhew

Most other authors will be available all day for signings.

A reception will be held for authors and the general public from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Events: Friends of Orange County Public Library

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library has an exciting slate of events planned for this fall. Please save the dates!

Real-Life Ghost Stories
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Burwell School in Hillsborough
This is a continuation of our popular event from last year and will get you in a Halloween mood. Fun for kids! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Fall Book Sale
We’re adding an extra day to the book sale! 
Friends members only preview: Wednesday, November 7, 4-7:30 p.m.
Public book sale: Thursday, November 8, to Sunday, November 11, open 1/2 hour after library opening, close 1/2 hour before library closing
We need volunteers to work the book sale! Look for a signup sheet to be posted soon or email focplnc@gmail.com if you’re interested.
NEW: Local Author Book Fair
Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This is a brand-new and very exciting event! Twenty-plus local authors will be on hand all day to do readings and sign books. “Shop Small Saturday” and stock up on books from local authors and Purple Crow Books for Christmas gifts.
Special author guests include:
  • North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green — keynote reading at 10 a.m. upstairs in the main branch of the library
  • Lee Smith
  • Alan Gurganis
  • A. J. Mayhew
  • John Claude Bemis
  • AND many more!
We need volunteers for this special event! Volunteers are needed to organize and plan this event, publicize the event, help set up and break down, introduce author readings, assist authors with readings and signings, assist Purple Crow Books with sales, recruit Friends members, and more. This is a great opportunity to meet local authors and help the Friends. If you can volunteer or if you have questions, please email focplnc@gmail.com.
Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m., Meeting Room of the Orange County Public Library
This will be a business meeting. We will review the year and elect a new Board of Directors. Initial 2019 Board meeting will immediately follow.