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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 (susanvreeland@gmail.com). 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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Summer Sonnets: Poetry by Mimi Herman

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

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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

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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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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.

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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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