The Friends of the Orange County Public Library held our first “Friendraiser” on the evening of August 5. David Terry graciously opened his beautiful historic house and garden for the event, and attendees enjoyed drinks, watermelon, David’s homemade macaroons, and socializing under the trees. Mayor Tom Stevens and Commissioner Kathleen Ferguson attended, along with Library staff and many other members of the community. Kids and adults alike took advantage of the face painter and the Kona Ice truck on site. Through the event, the Friends gained eight new members, several renewals, and some generous donations. The Board would like to thank our gracious host, our wonderful volunteers, and all of the attendees for making this such a memorable event!

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Reminder: “Friendraiser” This Saturday

When: Saturday, August 54-7 p.m.
Where: 117 E. Queen Street, Hillsborough, NC

The “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, 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 need to renew your membership with the Friends of the Orange County Public Library, we hope you will take this opportunity to do so.

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Little Free Library Opens in Gold Park

On your next visit to Gold Park, check out the books in the “free little library” recently installed along the walking loop. The Orange County Public Library donated books to get the library started, taken from books donated to the library by the community, including members of the Friends. Anyone can take a book to read or leave a book to share at the little library.

For more on Hillsborough’s newest library, read the press release. Or learn more about the Little Free Library project.

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What are you reading? Book Club


Cup Tower Building in the Minute to Win It competition in July

On the first Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:00, fourth through sixth grade students are invited to the What Are You Reading? Book Club.

Unlike other books clubs, this one doesn’t require reading any particular book. Kids are asked to bring a book they’ve read recently that they would like to recommend to others. It’s an opportunity to socialize with other readers, eat pizza, and get some ideas about what to read next. The club has attracted a regular following, but more readers are always welcome!

The conversation is lively, the activities are fun, and the kids have a great time. If you have a fourth through sixth grader and would like to participate, all you have to do is sign up (so they know how much pizza to buy) at the children’s desk or by calling 919-245-2532. The next meeting is August 4.

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Summer Sonnets: Poetry by Mimi Herman


The Friends of the Orange County Public Library are pleased to host 2017 Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman for a reading of her poetry followed by a brief reception on August 30, 2017, from 6-7:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the main branch of the Library.

Mimi Herman is the 2017 Piedmont Laureate, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and the author of Logophilia and The Art of Learning. Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, and other journals. She has performed her poetry and fiction at venues ranging from Why There Are Words in Sausalito, California, to Symphony Space in New York City. With her partner, John Yewell, she offers Writeaways retreats for writers in France, Italy, and North Carolina. Mimi does her own carpentry and plumbing, and can milk a cow and a goat, though not at the same time.

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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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