$150,000 Gift for Opening Day Collection

Presenting check at Town Council mtg

Foundation presents a check to the Chapel Hill Public Library. L-R: Melissa Cain; Kathleen Thompson, Library Director; Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor; and George Cianciolo.

Great books make great gifts and the new Chapel Hill Public Library is getting a major gift of new books … even before the expanded library opens.

At the Chapel Hill Town Council meeting on June 11, Foundation President George Cianciolo and Executive Director Melissa Cain made a special presentation of a $150,000 grant earmarked for the Chapel Hill Public Library Opening Day Collection.

This gift will help to ensure that the Chapel Hill Public Library can purchase a wide range of exciting new materials that will be on the shelves and ready for check-out when the renovated and expanded Library opens its doors in the spring of 2013.

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Opening Day Collection Project

The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation is leading a drive to fund an Opening Day Collection for our new expanded Library, scheduled to open in early 2013. — Listen to our recent public service announcement!  (The volume slider is on the top of the audio box.)

Read about it in Chapelboro.com, Opening Day Collection. Excerpts from the article (emphasis added):

“The new version of our library will be 125% the size of the old and with a huge increase in WiFi space which will draw more users to the new areas for community meetings and public programs. …The library now checks out about 3,000 books and other items every day or over 1 MILLION each year. With the increase in space, the library is also expecting an increase in borrowing – of approximately of 30–40%!”

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Ensuring Excellence Campaign

Please read the excellent Chapelboro article about the Foundation’s Ensuring Excellence Campaign!  Chapelboro’s Saavy Spender, Donnabeth Leffler, writes “Somewhere close to a year from now a jewel of our community will reopen: The Chapel Hill Public Library, newly renovated and expanded.  It will offer more than 62,000 square feet of Wi-Fi space available for meetings and programs, high-tech instruction, reading advancement, teen initiatives and, of course, a larger collection of print and non-print materials for all. ” …

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New Tutor.Com Service to be Offered

The Foundation made a $10,000 donation to the Library on February 13th, 2012 for a new service called Tutor.com.  This is an exciting new online tutoring service where the user is connected to a live tutor for homework or resume preparation help.

This is the first payment of $10,000 on a three-year $30,000 pledge from the Foundation to the Library for Tutor.com.  The service will be available in March 2012.  Read more:

Grant allows Chapel Hill Public Library to offer tutoring service  (The Daily Tar Heel)

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Kindle eReaders Donation

A Foundation donation has launched the Chapel Hill Public Library into the future with its Kindle eReader Lending Program, which allows patrons to check out a Kindle pre-loaded with bestsellers, classics and some children’s titles.

The program has been well-received and noted there is already a waiting list for the five Kindles purchased with a $1,000 donation to the Foundation from the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation’s Jean Czajkowski Memorial Fund.

The Kindles can be checked out for three weeks by library patrons 18 years-old and older who have a library card in good standing.  New bestselling titles will be purchased and added to the Kindle Touch eReaders each month.

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Library Expansion Tied for #1 Story of Year

The news about the Library’s expansion and temporary move to University Mall tied as the #1 story for 2011 in the Chapel Hill News.
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On October 11, 2011, the Chapel Hill Public Library opened its doors to crowds of patrons at its temporary quarters in University Mall. Construction started on the new library in November and should be finished by January 2013.

Groundbreaking for Library Expansion Project

The Town of Chapel Hill celebrated the Chapel Hill Public Library Expansion Project at a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17, onsite at 100 Library Drive (off Estes Drive).

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt was joined by Town leaders and citizens, many of whom have been involved from the early planning of the library expansion.

Chapel Hill residents approved a $16.23 million bond in November 2003 to pay for an expansion project of Chapel Hill Public Library, which is located within Pritchard Park, a 32-acre public park with nature and walking trails. The current 27,000 square foot library was built in 1994 in the northeast section of the park.

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Early Literacy Stations for Library

The Foundation purchased three AWE Early Literacy stations for the Library, providing this “all-in-one” learning computer for young children.  Below is a letter from the Library’s Head of Youth Services:

“The Youth Services Division is so grateful to the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation for the generous gift of $10,000 to purchase 3 Early Literacy Stations for the children’s area of the library. These Early Literacy Stations are stand-alone computers, fully loaded with a great variety of software programs for children ages 2-10.”

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