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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.

Download the flyer (PDF).

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Annual Meeting on December 2, 2017

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library will be holding our annual meeting this Saturday, December 2, at 3:00 p.m., in the meeting room of the Main Branch of the Library (in Hillsborough). This will be a short meeting to recognize our achievements for this year, present the Janet Flowers Award, elect Board members, and approve bylaw changes. There will also be socializing and refreshments.

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October Discounts and Events

As an incentive for our members, we are pleased to announce two discounts at local merchants for Friends members only in October.

On Thursday evenings–October 5, 12, and 26–Antonia’s in downtown Hillsborough will offer a 10 percent discount to all diners who present a Friends membership card. And throughout the month, the Hillsborough Wine Company will offer a 15 percent discount on all items except sale items to customers with a Friends membership card. If you have joined or renewed your membership for 2017 but have not received your membership card, contact Susan Vreeland ( Please come out and support these great local businesses all month long.

Also on Friday, October 27, the Friends will host Real-Life Ghost Stories. This special event will be held on the front lawn of the Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N Churton St, Hillsborough, from 7-8 p.m. Local authors, including John Claude Bemis, James Maxey, and Samantha Bryant, will share their true spooky tales, and Gray Rinehart will sing some ghostly tunes. Don’t forget your lawn chair!

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