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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Fall Book Sale Events and Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to work the Friends of the Orange County Public Library Fall Book Sale between September 25 and October 1! We need volunteers to:

  • help set up on Monday and Tuesday
  • sell books on FridaySaturday, and Sunday
  • break down on Sunday evening

If you can volunteer, please sign up by clicking here.

The Friends will host a pre-book sale donation drive in the meeting room of the main branch of the Library on Saturday, September 23There will be food trucks and activities, and we will be accepting your book donations and signing up volunteers. As a reminder, all Friends receive five free books during the book sale when you present your membership card!

We will also be hosting a members-only reception on Thursday, September 285-7:30 p.m. Preview the book sale, socialize with fellow Friends, and take the opportunity to renew your membership if you haven’t already done so.

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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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