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Book Sale May 11-14 (and More!)

We on the Board of the Friends of the Orange County Public Library are looking forward to a fun and productive 2017.

First, we’d like to thank all of our Friends members as well as members of the community who supported the Library after it was flooded in January. The Friends held an impromptu fund raiser to cover the insurance deductible, and with your generous help, we exceeded our goal in just a few days. 

Last year, the Friends sponsored a pilot project to fund Book Harvest’s Books on Break summer-reading program at New Hope Elementary. This year, we were pleased to continue our support of this important and successful effort to provide children with books for summer vacation reading.

We have also continued our support of the Library’s terrific Summer Learning program by providing funding for activities, prizes, and events all summer long. Summer Learning kicks off June 3 with a fun run and a day of events at the Library. Stay tuned for details on how you can get involved! If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring any Summer Learning events, please contact us.

The Spring Book Sale is coming up: May 12-14 at the Library. Friends members are invited to attend a reception, auction, and sneak peek on Thursday, May 11, 5-7:30. We need volunteers to work the book sale! Please click here to sign up to volunteer.

If you have not renewed your membership for 2017, now would be a great time to do so. Please click here to download an application form, which you can drop off at or mail to the Library. You can also easily renew your membership at the book sale.

If you would like to contribute, volunteer, or join our Board, please contact us at focplnc@gmail.com. Thank you for being a Friend!

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Summer Fun at the Library

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Orange County Public Library has a new logo!

In late June, the library unveiled its new logo. The image creates a transition from a question mark to an exclamation mark, moving from inquiry to answers and excitement. The color scheme matches the scheme used in the county logo and the two will work well together when needed. The image is fun, friendly, and welcoming, attributes that came up repeatedly in the process the library used to create the new logo. That process included surveys to staff and Friends’ groups, as well as posts on Facebook. Already having the new look and feel has generate positive feedback from library staff, users, and County Government.

Summer is a terrific time for spending time at the Orange County Public Library.

In addition to the ongoing weekly programs at all three library locations, the following free, public programs will be offered in July at the Main Library, located in downtown Hillsborough.

Please note that there will be no youth services programs Monday, July 27 – Sunday, August 2. Regular programming will resume Monday, August 3. For complete information about library events, please visit bit.ly/ocplcalendars

Code Makers and Breakers Thursday, July 9, 4:00 p.m. — Learn to make and break codes and ciphers. Ages 9-12

Matinee Movie & Crafts Saturday, July 11, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Beat the heat with a movie and craft. This movie exposes a criminal plot threatening the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo. Watch brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) leap into action with his tech-savvy friends, and his robot companion Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) in Disney Animation’s adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series (rated PG). Check www.bit.ly/ocpl-movies for the latest titles and show times.

Book Launch Party and English Tea with Barbara Claypole White Sunday, July 12, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — Local author Barbara Claypole White celebrates the release of her third novel, The Perfect Son, with a book launch tea at the library. Meet the author, enjoy some traditional English tea-time refreshments, and participate in a drawing for a free copy of The Perfect Son, which Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times Bestselling Author, calls “a riveting and passionate emotional journey that proves the transforming power that love can have on life and family.”  Books will be available for purchase at the event. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library.

Movie Matinee Friday July 17, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Come spend a couple of cool hours at the library when the summer heat is on.  This movie is based on actual events: Kevin Costner plays a coach who leads an unlikely cross-country track team to a state championship (rated PG). To find out which movies are coming up next, check www.bit.ly/ocpl-movies for the latest titles and show times.

Rock Star Magic Wednesday, July 15, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. — Join us for the amazing and interactive magic of Chris and Neal.  All ages.

Heroes, Heroines and Heartthrobs: A Poetry Workshop with Pam Baggett Saturday, July 18, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Registration required. — Whether you worship Mick Jagger, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or a best friend down the road, writing about heroes, heroines, and heartthrobs can be difficult. In this workshop, Pam Baggett helps examine poems that take a truthful approach to honor personal heroes; then through a series of exercises, participants will bring their own icons to life on the page. Baggett has taught writing classes through Duke University’s Continuing Studies Program, the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill, and numerous botanical gardens and arboreta. Her poems appear in journals and anthologies, including The Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, San Pedro River Review, and The Kentucky Review online. Writers working at all skill levels and in other genres are welcome. Register online.

LEGOS at the Library Monday, July 20, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Stop by to build with LEGOs. The library’s LEGO bricks will be available for creating amazing sculptures. Ages 4 and older

Maker Lab Saturday, July 25, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Drop in during Maker Lab to experiment snap circuits, Makey Makey invention kits, and an assortment of other fun supplies and technologies. Ages 8 and older.

Saturday Storytime Saturdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Children from walkers to age 5, their caregivers, and their siblings are invited to participate in a 30-minute interactive program with books, songs, and movement to nurture pre-reading skills. A 30-minute Stay and Play follows this storytime.

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OCPL Wins State Library Grant

by Libbie Hough

The Orange County Public Library is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $17,882 grant from the State Library, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The funds will enable the library system to offer technology services for children and their families at its Hillsborough location.

Orange County Government matched a portion of the grant, bringing the project total to $23,000. LSTA grants are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services presented to eligible North Carolina libraries by the State Library.

The library will use the money to buy five Internet-access computers, five early literacy iPads, and five school-age iPads for public use, beginning January 2016. Having these tools on site will give children opportunities to work on school projects, access the library’s online resources and explore personal areas of interest. Establishing technology services for children and their families has been on the library’s to-do list for some time. In 2013, the library identified technology as a core service area.

“The library has public computers in the Adult and Teen Services area, but we had no computers in our children’s area,” said Amber Campbell, director of library youth services. “Parents and caregivers have asked us to improve our services in this area for quite a while, so we’re thrilled to have the funds needed to be able to respond to our customers’ needs.”

These new tools will expand the library’s support of early literacy skills by offering pre-selected, age-appropriate apps that target the early literacy practices of reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing. The iPad collection will enable the library to better support high interest STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) topics and common school projects.

Both sets of iPads will be integrated into youth programming to expand the library’s emphasis on creativity, collaboration and program solving.

“In today’s world, literacy involves being computer-savvy,” said Lucinda Munger, library director. “As a public library, we are dedicated to supporting literacy for all residents, and to helping others learn how to locate and make use of information. This project will help us be of better service to our youngest residents and their families.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

To learn more, please visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Orange County Launches New Website

Orange County invites the public to visit its newly designed Web site at: www.orangecountync.gov

The entire website, including the pages for the Orange County Public Library and the Friends of the Orange County Public Library, have been revamped. From drop down menus and clickable phone numbers, to searching interactive maps, the new Web site will make it easier for end users to access County information. The URL of some individual pages will be different. This might require updating bookmarked pages or “favorites” settings from the previous Web site.

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