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Fish the Magish and upcoming Summer Events

Crowd favorite Fish the Magish returned to the main library this afternoon to perform for a packed house of children and families.



Part comedian, part teacher, and part magician, Fish has been a perennial favorite the the Summer Learning program.

Looking for more indoor fun during hot summer vacation days? Check out these events (unless otherwise noted, all events are at the main branch on Margaret in Hillsborough). More events and full details can be found on the library website.

Tomorrow: July 13th: 4:00. Explore the world of Ozobot Robots in this fun hands-on program.  Rising 4th-6thgraders.  (Call to register: 919-245-2532)

online-shoppingSaturday, July 15th: Computer Class: Online Shopping: at the Cybrary: 10:00-11:30: This class covers important security and privacy issues that you should be aware of when making purchases online. It includes helpful tips for evaluating website security and keeping your identity safe. In this class, you will also learn the basics of Internet shopping, including online stores, auctions, and classifieds. *If you do not have prior experience using the Internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first.

Saturday, July 15th: Storytime at the Carrboro Branch: 10:30: Children and their caregivers are invited to participate in a 30-minute interactive program with books, songs, and movement to nurture pre-reading skills. Afterward, stick around for a 30-minute stay-and-play with toys and games.

Saturday, July 15th: Saturday Storytime: 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Children, walkers to age 5 and their caregivers, are invited to participate in a 30-minute interactive program with books, songs, and movement to nurture pre-reading skills. (30-minute Stay and Play follows this storytime.)

Saturday, July 15th: Saturday Storytime: 1:00. Every third Saturday of the month, come D&D_Transparentand join the Dungeons & Dragons group for some awesome fantasy storytelling and action-packed game play! Anyone aged 16 and up is welcome to join the game or watch and learn about D&D.


Sunday: July 16th: 2:00: Be our guest on Sunday, July 16th at 2pm for a showing of the newest Beauty and the Beast film! Popcorn will be provided.

Monday: July 17th: 11:00 – 11:20 a.m.: Baby Lapsit Storytime: Babies and their caregivers are invited to participate in a 20-minute lapsit program that incorporates age-appropriate books, rhymes, music and movement. Main Library.

Piratey,_vector_version.svgMonday: July 17th: 4:00: Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more! Do not miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!  All ages welcome.

Tuesday: July 18th: 10:00: Children from walkers to age 3 and their caregivers are invited to participate in a 25-minute interactive program that incorporates age-appropriate books, rhymes, music, and movement.  (30-minute Stay and Play follows this storytime.) 

Tuesday: July 18th: 4:00: In this weekly program, we combine books that will spark your imagination along with a variety of STEAM-based activities to foster creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills.  If you like to learn new things, make new friends, and have a fun time at the library, this is the program for you! Grades K-3

Wednesday: July 19th: Preschool Storytime: 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to participate in a 30-minute interactive program with books, songs, and movement to nurture pre-reading skills. (30-minute Stay and Play follows this storytime.) 

Wednesday: July 19th: 6:00: Documentary Film Screening: The Oscar-nominated 13thdocumentary “13th” by filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the relationship of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution to mass incarceration in the US with respect to racial inequality. Run time:100 minutes. Light refreshment will be provided. This film may not be suitable for children under 13 years old.

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Thursday: July 20th: 4:00: Scratch Club: Familiar  with Scratch? Working on a project? Need some new ideas? Come to our Scratch Club to learn more about Scratch while working on your own project. Rising Grades 4-6 Call 919-245-2532 to register.

Free, fun, and fabulous. Come see what our libraries have to offer you!

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Read Books, Win Prizes


Did you know you can win prizes for your reading this summer? Summer Learning isn’t just for kids. Adults, too, can track their reading and community involvement at the Main Branch in Hillsborough, and maybe get an extra reward beyond the joy of service and enrichment.

The display and tickets can be found on the second floor, just across from the Teen section. Come down and let us know what you’ve been up to this summer.


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First Annual “Friendraiser” Gala

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Join us on August 5 from 4-7 p.m. for our first annual “Friendraiser” Gala.

This “Friendraiser” is our way of sincerely thanking the many volunteers who, over the past years, have given so much of their time and energy in support of the Orange County Public Library. We also hope to share our vision and passion for the Library with the greater Orange County community. The party will be held at the historic Webb House (circa 1800) at 117 E. Queen Street, Hillsborough, NC, with complete access to the house and garden. On site will be face painting, beverages, various and wandering local authors, snacks, and the KONA Italian-ice truck.

Entrance to the Friendraiser is free and all are welcome. If you are not currently a member of the Friends of the Orange County Public Library, we hope you will take this opportunity to join the Friends. Newly signed members will be eligible for a drawing (to be held at the end of the event), for which the prize will be a painting by Hillsborough artist David Terry, with framing generously donated by Sherry Gray of Hillsborough’s Yesterday & Today frame shop.

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Please RSVP by August 1, 2017.


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Summer Loving: Discover the Greatest Love Stories to Read This Summer


Saturday, July 8, 1-2 pm, in the Meeting Room at the Main Library: A panel of local authors recommends the greatest love stories to read this summer at this event sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library.

About the authors:

James Maxey: A Piedmont Laureate Emeritus, James is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the bestselling Bitterwood series.

Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret super power is finding lost things. She’s the author of The Menopausal Superhero series and other feminist-leaning speculative fiction.

Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Her debut, The Unfinished Garden, won the 2013 Golden Quill for Best First Book, The In-Between Hour was a 2014 Southern Independent Booksellers Okra Pick, The Perfect Son was a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Fiction 2015, and Echoes of Family is a finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association 2017 Star Award. Her latest book, The Promise Between Us, is set in the Triangle and has a publication date of January 2018. She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.

Anna Jean (A. J.) Mayhew’s first novel, The Dry Grass of August—now in its twelfth printing—won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Book Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. A Blackstone Audio book was followed by French, Italian, Turkish, Polish, Norwegian, and Flemish translations. Her second novel, Tomorrow’s Bread, will be published in spring of 2019. An excerpt is in 27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose and Poetry.

Based in Durham, Nathan Kotecki is the author of the young adult novels The Suburban Strange and Pull Down the Night, both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Currently he is enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts (Fiction) program at North Carolina State University. This summer he is teaching workshops for young writers at the Duke School and the Chapel Hill Public Library.

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Summer Learning: The Best of Nonfiction

Local author panel: Monday, June 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Main Library


A lot of people associate summer reading with romances and thrillers. But what if your idea of a good summer read is a nonfiction book on science, history, or culture? Join a panel of five local authors for a discussion of their picks for the best nonfiction books to take along on a vacation.

About the authors:

James Maxey: A Piedmont Laureate Emeritus, James is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the bestselling Bitterwood series.

Suzanne Adair: Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in North Carolina. Her mysteries transport readers to the Southern theater of the American Revolution, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and hiking.

Elizabeth Hein: Elizabeth writes women’s fiction with a bit of an edge. Her novels explore the role of friendship in the lives of adult women and issues of identity. Her novel, How To Climb The Eiffel Tower, explores the role of friendship in one woman’s journey through cancer. Overlook and Escape Plan explore how friendship can lift a woman up, as well as hold her down.

F. A. Fisher: A Michigan native, F. A. Fisher has lived in Greensboro, NC, for the past thirty-two years. He has been employed as a library assistant, legal copy editor, and software designer, but has recently started to work more seriously on his writing, publishing two books: Cloaks and its sequel, Pandir Decloaked. A third book in the series is in progress.

Gray Rinehart: Gray is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for presidential appointees, and had music on the Dr. Demento Show. His short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and other venues; his first novel is forthcoming from WordFire Press. In addition, he is a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books and a singer-songwriter with two albums of mostly science fiction- and fantasy-inspired music.

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Summer Learning at the Orange County Public Library

Summer Learning 1 pagerSummer is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for Summer Learning at the Orange County Public Library! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” and the Friends are proud to sponsor many fun and engaging activities at the Library over the summer, for learners of all ages. It all kicks off Saturday, June 3, beginning with a 5K walk and fun run on the Riverwalk at 8 a.m. Then head over to the library from 9 a.m. to noon for a sign-up registration party, with activities for kids, folk music, snoballs, and more.

Over the summer, you can enjoy local author panels, family yoga, an ice cream social, and National Dance Day. Read great books, of course, and find out how you can make a difference in your community and library by volunteering. For more information, visit the library’s website.

The Friends will sponsor two author panels over the summer, so mark your calendars:

  • Monday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. — Summer Learning Discussion: A panel of local authors recommend nonfiction favorites to rev up your summer learning.
  •  Saturday, July 8, 1:00 p.m. — Summer Loving Discussion: A panel of local authors share their best-loved stories just in time for vacation reading.

Stay tuned for other exciting events that the Friends have planned for the summer! And thank you for being a Friend.

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Book Sale Success

We had a terrific book sale last weekend, thanks in large part to our terrific volunteers, as well as to all the members of the community who turned out for the sale. We raised over $4,000 for the Library! We’re already looking forward to our fall book sale, which will be held the last weekend of September. As always, bring your book donations to the library at any time. (Please call first if you have more than one box of books to donate.) While you’re there, remember to stop by the ongoing book sale and pick up a membership form to renew your Friends membership (or download the form here), if you haven’t already done so for 2017.

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