Emergency Fund-Raising to Repair Flood Damage to Orange County Public Library

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The Main Orange County Public Library sustained significant flooding during the winter storm this past week. Most of the damage occurred in the Teen Room and the Children’s section of the library. The library lost books in Youth Services, play equipment in the Little Learning Lounge (the space for youngest customers), and furniture in the Teen Room, among other damages.

While staff continues to assess the damage, the Friends of OCPL will be collecting financial donations to offset any expenses not covered by insurance. The Friends have set up a GoFundMe to collect donations. Our initial goal is $1,000. Please go here to donate now.

We will also accept donations by check. Please mail to: FOCPL, PO Box 1238, Hillsborough NC 27278-1238. Write “Flood Donation” in the memo line of your check.

The library plans to reopen on Saturday, January 14. Library leadership will remain in close contact with the Friends regarding the flood damage. We hope all Friends members will show their support of our wonderful library, and please share this fund-raising campaign.

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Annual Meeting: December 3, 2016

Friends of the Orange County Public Library hosts their annual meeting on Saturday, December 3, 2017, from 10am-12 noon. The meeting will be held in the main branch of the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough.

Featured speakers will be:

  • Julie Cusatis, emcee
  • Jeremy Hawkins, author of The Last Days of Video
  • Lee Smith, author of Dimestore: A Writer’s Life

Open to the public. A free catered brunch will be provided.


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Book Launch Party: Change of Life by Samantha Bryant

The Friends is happy to sponsor the launch party for local author Samantha Bryant’s new novel, Change of Life, on May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the main branch of the Orange County Public Library. Change of Life is the second installment in Samantha’s Menopausal Superhero trilogy.


With great power comes…great frustration.
Several months after the events of Going Through the Change, retired corporate vice president (and occasional lizard-woman) Patricia O’Neill is embroiled in a search for the mad scientist who brought the “change” upon them all .

Meanwhile, Flygirl Jessica Roark and gender-bending strongman Linda/Leonel Alvarez have joined a mysterious covert agency known only as The Department. They’re training hard, in hopes of using their newfound powers for the greater good.

Patricia thinks they’re being used. Cut off from the other menopausal heroes, she’s alone. And her search has hit a serious dead end.

Then Patricia disappears, and all the clues point to a dead man. It’s up to her friends and The Department to find her and bring her home.

Please join us!


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Patients Need Books

UNC Hospitals Hillsborough campus opened last summer, and patients and their families are looking for good reads.

Bring a box of new or gently used books to the library and we’ll select some to go to the hospital. The rest will go to the Friends of the Orange County Public Library book sales.

The staff at the circulation desk will be glad to give you a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution.

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Get Set for Summer Reading

On Your Mark_EL purple01Celebrate with us Saturday, June 11. We’ll start with a fun run and walk along Riverwalk. Then we’ll move to the Main Library for more fun. Webpage coming soon!

  • How to Have a Healthy Bike demo
  • The County Jammers Cheerleaders
  • Indoor and outdoor games (Corn Hole, Wii, Bowling and more)
  • Snow cones
  • And then a season full of fun activities


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Writers for Readers Book & Author Event

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Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m., The Friday Center, Chapel Hill

This year the Writers for Readers Book and Author Event, sponsored by Orange Literacy, features mystery writers Sandra Brown (author of Friction), Tim Johnston (author of Descent), Julia Dahl (author of Run You Down), and Michael Malone (author of Handling Sin). The event is moderated by Daniel Wallace. 

Event tickets  $20 and  VIP tickets are $125. The VIP ticket includes the Meet the Author reception and main event, a copy of one of the author’s books, and priority seating at the event. Visit OrangeLiteracy.org to purchase tickets.

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Upcoming Events: Lee Smith Book Signing and Writing Workshop

These upcoming events are sponsored by the Library and will be held in the main branch in Hillsborough. Mark your calendars!



Book Signing and Reading with Lee Smith | Main Library
Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the release of Lee Smith’s newest book, Dimestore. In this memoir, Smith writes about  her father’s dimestore in her hometown (the dimestore now gone, along with the original town); her relatives and the local characters; her mother’s long-cherished recipes and what they mean to her; the mental illness that courses through her family tree; and how her mountain culture made her a writer.



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Saturday, March 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Learn to structure and outline a book that appeals to audiences raised on television and motion pictures. Come with a book idea, a brief outline of your work in progress, and a large pad of paper and several different colored pens. To register, call Adult and Teen Services at 919.245.2536.

Katy is a North Carolina-based author who has written fifteen novels under several different pseudonyms. She is the author of the Dead Detective series, writing as Katy Munger (Angel Among Us and Angel of Darkness) and as Chaz McGee (Desolate Angel and Angel Interrupted); the Casey Jones detective series writing as Katy Munger; and the Hubbert & Lil mystery series, writing as Gallagher Gray.

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