Foundation’s Annual Event – Friday, October 26, 2018

All readers are WANTED to join our posse as we celebrate the genre of all things Country and Western.  Guests will dine on traditional Carolina BBQ with all the fixings (vegetarian/vegan options available).  The libations will be cold and the band smokin’ hot.  Grab your sidekick and sashay on over to place your bids for some of the best silent and live auction items found in these parts.  Don’t let the posse ride without ya’… so get a wiggle on and fetch yer tickets today! Read more ...

The Library Foundation is Going Beyond the Walls


Pictured (Left to Right): Hollie Rose-Galli (Executive Director of CHPLF); Mayor Pam Hemminger (Town of Chapel Hill); George Cianciolo (Town Council & Liaison to CHPLF); Andy Gunning (Board President of CHPLF); Susan Brown (Director of CHPL)

The CHPL Foundation was honored to present a gift of $150,000 to the Town of Chapel Hill Public Library for improvements to the patio area.

Mayor Pam Hemminger, George Cianciolo, and Susan Brown received the check from Andy Gunning and Hollie Rose-Galli at the Town Council Business Meeting on February 13, 2017. This gift was made possible by the Cornelia Spencer Love Trust, a fund managed by the Library Foundation since 1999.

Andy Gunning, Board President, states, “CHPLF is excited to be partnering with the library to improve the outdoor patio space. We believe that these improvements will encourage people to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor space that is a part of our library. It’s exciting to see the library expand beyond the walls. The Foundation looks forward to working with the community to fund future library initiatives.” Read more ...

Foundation’s Annual Costume Party – OCTOBER 28, 2016

The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation hosted our 2nd Annual Costume Party at the Carolina Club on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we traveled back in time to the rash and romantic mayhem of the Roaring ’20s … sweet sounds of jazz, forbidden tastes of libations, and some high-rollin’ at the gaming tables.  There were also one-of-a-kind items in the Silent and Live Auctions.  This is one speakeasy that will be talked about!

                 Book ’em!  Annual Costume Party Read more ...

OTTO — the “Bookie Monster”


To help meet the ever-increasing demands placed on your Library, the Foundation partnered with the Town to purchase an  Automated  Materials  Handler .    It uses  technology  to check-in and sort materials and allow staff more face-to-face time with you, our patrons. This handler was named “Otto: The Bookie Monster” and was unveiled on October 30th.

The Foundation will be “feeding” Otto $25K  per quarter for two years, but his lifespan is expected to be 20+ years… a great  investment! Read more ...

Town Survey: Library provides most appreciated services!

The results are in from a recent survey that the Town of Chapel Hill conducted!  Residents were surveyed about their level of satisfaction with Town services.

Eighty-five percent of the residents were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the overall quality of services provided by the Town of Chapel Hill — significantly higher than the national average of 56 percent.

And the Town service that had the highest level of satisfaction was the Chapel Hill Public Library, … with a satisfaction rating of 94 percent! Read more ...

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.

Guests 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. Read more ...

POSTPONED — “The Terrorist Whisperer” – Meet the Author


The Carolina Club and the Chapel Hill Library Foundation presents:

Watch the video about this remarkable story!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  Please check back for updates.  All ticketholders will be refunded.

Wednesday, November 4
6—8 p.m. Discussion and Book Signing
8—9 p.m. Reception with the Author

$20 General Public
$15 Carolina Club and Chapel Hill Library Foundation Members
$10 for UNC Students

The Carolina Club
Stadium Drive at Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514  (Map)

You can purchase your tickets securely ONLINE here: 

For more information, please contact Hollie Rose-Galli at 919-969-2043 or Read more ...

Hollie Rose-Galli is the new Executive Director


We are pleased to announce that Hollie Rose-Galli has joined the Foundation as its new Executive Director.  Hollie brings over 20 years of experience in developing non-profit organizations and the community.

She has been the Executive Director for other non-profits, as well as a Dean of Students.  We look forward to the dynamism and ideas she brings to the position.

Teacher’s Night Out – with John Claude Bemis

John Claude Bemis

The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation invites you to Teacher’s Night Out. Meet Piedmont Laureate 2013 John Claude Bemis at a special literary event!

 “John Claude Bemis Reads to Teachers”

 Wednesday, December 11. 2013

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill 27514

 There will be an Author Reception: 5:00 – 5:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.  The program is 5:30 – 6:30 PM.

 This event is sponsored by Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation, in partnership with Orange County Arts Commission, Chapel Hill Public Library and Flyleaf Books. Read more ...

New Handcrafted Picnic Table for Youth Services

Library's new picnic table

The Foundation’s Board of Directors celebrating the new picnic table.

The Chapel Hill Public Library’s Youth Services area now has a beautiful new handcrafted picnic table, donated by the Chapel Hill Woodturners Club.  A special thanks to Frank Penta for bringing this about.

“To Have and Have Another” – A Cocktail Event


In partnership with the Foundation, The Crunkleton presents an evening of drinks, socializing, and exploring Hemingway. Join us as we welcome author Philip Greene to Chapel Hill!

Philip will guide us through the drinks and social quirks of the legendary Ernest Hemingway.

This complimentary gathering is the first in a series of events joining The Crunkleton and Susan Brown, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library.  We look forward to seeing you all and having a great time.

Admission is FREE, with the first 40 guests receiving a copy of the book for Philip to personalize. Read more ...

“Our Living Library” Event on Sunday, April 28


The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation invites you
to experience an evening of “after hours”
exploration, imagination & celebration …

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 6PM – 8PM
at the new Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive in Pritchard Park, Chapel Hill, NC

Join Us for:
Personal Library Tours
Paperhand Puppets
Surprise Highlights around each corner
Music by Southern Routes Trio
Freddie Kiger, Master of Ceremony
Wine, beer, and passed hors d’oeuvres Reception Read more ...

Summer Reading Program Celebration

Mark Bayles (Library’s Asst. Director), Judith Jobamarnadh, Sarah Moses, Susan Moses, Melissa Cain (Foundation’s Exec. Director), Charles Larson, Charlotte Larson, Chelsea Larson

August 10 marked the end of Chapel Hill Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and  their Kindle Giveaway event celebration.  The CHPL Foundation had donated three Kindle Touch e-readers to the reading programs.

Three Kindle Touch devices were awarded to the grand prize winners of the Library’s Summer Reading programs, one to each of the three programs (for children, teens and for young adults).

The family concert featuring “kindie rock” band Lunch Money (sponsored by Friends of the Library) was a great way to celebrate over 23,500 hours of reading by the 1,308 participants in the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Read more ...