Mystery in the Stacks Event, October 30, 2015

The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation hosted our 1st Annual Mystery in the Stacks. The Library’s expanded and renovated space was the perfect place for a mystery to unfold and be solved.

mystery-stacks-logoGuests enjoyed a Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction with a Ribbon Cutting for the Library’s new Automated Materials Handler.  This innovative system is now leveraging modern technology to check in the 1.3 million items our community uses every year.  The Foundation is a major partner in the acquisition of this technology and we are excited to show you the investment we are making together with the Library.  Want to see it in action?  Stop by now.

The Cocktail Hour featured specially selected wines to complement hors d’oeuvres and a Signature Cocktail (“The Dewey Decimator”) created uniquely for this event.  The Auction included original art by local Chapel Hill and NC artists, along with items that delighted any taste and budget.  Dinner was served in the Library’s interior spaces, including the grand Reading Room.

If you missed this killer opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry – after hours and in the middle of the library stacks – don’t fret!  Another mystery will be revealed soon.

sherlockCocktail attire was standard, but there were some killer costumes.  Check out our pictures to see if you can detect the guests’ real identities.

The CHPL Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to enhance the capabilities, resources, and services of the Library.  Over 1,600 people visit our Library each day (more than 2x the state average!) and 1.3 million items are checked out each year.  Every year there is a greater demand for services and programs.

To keep up with such high demand, private funds must supplement public dollars.  CHPLF, a 501(c)(3) organization, secures private funding that ensures the high standards of excellence and best practices the Library provides that are available to our diverse community of avid readers and lifelong learners.  Your participation, through donations and attendance, help make this possible.

To learn more, contact Hollie Rose-Galli at 919-969-2043 or

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