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Special Event! Ensuring Excellence: Our Library of the Future

You are invited to a capital campaign premier event on Sunday, November 13, 2011.
Public Readings: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Wilson Library-Pleasants Room, UNC campus)
Private Reception: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (home of UNC President Tom Ross and Susan Ross)

Reservations for the reception are $75 per person ($50 tax deductible), sponsorships are available. Reservations can be made online or by mail.

A Unique Auction – Name a Character in Clyde Edgerton’s Next Novel

January, 2011 — The Foundation launched the first in a series of online auctions. In our first auction, the highest bidder will see their name, or a loved one’s name, among the cast of characters in Clyde Edgerton’s forthcoming novel, THE NIGHT TRAIN.

Council Approves Library Brick Fundraiser

October 31, 2010 — The Chapel Hill Town Council granted permission to the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library to sell engraved bricks as a fundraiser for the library’s new expansion.

Thanks a MILLION!

June 18, 2010 — Chapel Hill Public Library has highest circulation per capita of any library in North Carolina, and it is about to hit yet another record — one million items checked out in one year. Librarians expect to top a million sometime on June 18th or 19th.

Chapel Hill Public Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 13, 2009

Long Story Short, a Once-in-a-Carolina Lifetime Lineup of Chapel Hill’s Best Writers & Two Showstopping Bands!

The community is invited to join a lineup of writers and musicians gathering in the barn at Fearrington Village on Sunday, September 13th, 6:00 p.m., to toast the 50th Anniversary of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Ticket and table reservations are on sale now!

Foundation receives $5,000 Donation from Strowd Roses Charitable Foundation

Donation will be used to add print and non-print materials for young readers in the Chapel Hill Public Library

July 9, 2009 — The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation has received a renewal grant of $5,000 from the Strowd Roses Charitable Foundation. This grant will purchase new non-fiction for children and will help support the 2009 summer reading programs for children and teens at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation Receives $150,000 Donation

Donation Completes 9300 Books Now! Campaign

March 24, 2009 — The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation has received a gift of $150,000 from the Anonymous Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation to purchase additional books and non-print materials for the library’s collection.

The donation completes the 9300 Books Now! Campaign started by the Foundation in 2006. The library foundation has met its goal of raising $250,000, the amount that officially fills the library to the brim. It is estimated that the library will be at capacity with 9300 books, hence the campaign goal for 9300 books. The new materials will be available to the public in the next several months and will be incorporated into the opening day collection in the expanded library.

‘Books and All That Jazz’ at the Siena Hotel

Poetry and Jazz Harmoniously Blend to Benefit the Library!

April 19, 2009 – The Chapel Hill Public Library’s benefit, ” Books and All That Jazz,” was a sparkling event and will continue to shine in the hearts and minds of those who attended. April is National Poetry Month – inspiring the program which was a fusion of words, poems and music.

The program featured five noteworthy writers: novelist and fiction writer, Lee Smith; essayist and journalist, Hal Crowther; and poets Michael Chitwood; Jaki Shelton Green; and Alan Shapiro.

The benefit, raised funds for print and non-print collections at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Reservations were $50 per person and Event Hosts donated $250 per person. The ” Books and All That Jazz” event committee, Keebe Fitch, Katharine Walton and Melissa Cain, thank The Siena Hotel for their generosity and excellence.

A True Tar Heel Collectible:
Three Coaches – One Picture – A Special Message

September 10, 2008 — Tar Heel coaches Bill Guthridge, Dean Smith and Roy Williams are well-known for developing great basketball teams. Now they are joining forces to support Read: It’s the Best Time Out You’ll Ever Take.

This unique poster features a rare photograph of the three celebrity coaches together and is available through the Foundation with a donation of $15.00.

Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation Presents $36,000 to the Library

June 25, 2008 — The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation donated $36,000 to the Town of Chapel Hill at the June 25 meeting of the Town Council. Foundation President, Gene Pease, reported on the progress of the Foundation’s fundraising work. The Foundation hired Melissa Cain to serve as the Executive Director and has a new office located at the VilCom Campus. The office space is donated by Jim Heavner of Chapel Hill.

Foundation Donations Provide Wide Array of E-Resources to Library

June 3, 2008 — Thanks to funds raised by the Foundation, children, teens and adults now have access to a wide array of new electronic resources at the Chapel Hill Public Library!

Most new resources can be accessed from home and require only that you enter the barcode on the back of your library card + your PIN number.

North Carolina Author Promotes the Foundation’s Ensuring Excellence Capital Campaign (photos)

November 7, 2007 — When North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton was a boy, he lived in the small rural town of Bethesda, North Carolina. He came from families of cotton and tobacco farmers and at an early age he gained an appreciation for small-town Southern dialogue and humor. Today, Edgerton is the author of several novels and the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. He is also a fan of public libraries and lauds the important role they play in combating censorship and protecting the individual’s right to read. “Libraries and librarians are essential in a democracy,” said Edgerton. He added, “Librarians have been especially important to me and in my career as a writer.”

Foundation’s Ghost Ship Month Wins Outstanding Adult Program Award 2006

December 14, 2006 — Last February’s “Ghost Ship Month” was recently awarded the North Carolina Public Library Directors (NCPLDA) award for “Outstanding Adult Program” in 2006.

Based on themes from local author Bland Simpson’s book Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals (UNC Press), this February 2006 series of award-winning programs was sponsored by the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation, spearheaded by former Foundation President Michelle Lewis and made possible by the efforts of volunteers and staff.

Foundation Presents Town Council with $50,000 for Library

December 5, 2006 — The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation donated $50,000 to the Town of Chapel Hill at the December 4 meeting of the Town Council. Foundation President, Gene Pease, reported on the progress of the Foundation’s fundraising work in recent months. Then he presented Mayor Kevin Foy with the check which will be used to buy about 2,000 new books for the Library.

The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation is leading a five-year $2.5 million fundraising capital campaign, Ensuring Excellence. The campaign begins in 2006 and ends in 2011 when the newly expanded Chapel Hill Public Library opens to the public. At this time the Library will need an additional 68,000 books and other items to meet the heavy demand of its service population.

John Grisham Helps Launch Campaign

November 10, 2006 — Best-selling author John Grisham, a master writer of literary suspense, made one of his rare personal appearances to help launch the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation’s Ensuring Excellence Capital Campaign. The gala benefit event held at the home of UNC System President, Erskine Bowles, raised over $60,000 toward the Campaign’s five-year fundraising goal of $2.5 million. Many of the area’s finest restaurants donated food and beverage for the occasion.

Foundation Asks Town to Spend Apple Chill Funds to Buy Books for Library

Column in the Chapel Hill Herald, Sunday, April 30, 2006

Foundation Announces $2.5 Million “Ensuring Excellence” Campaign

October 2005 — The Library Foundation announced that it will lead a community-wide campaign to raise $2.5 million in private donations, over five years, to fully-fund the collection improvements recommended in the Town’s 2003 Library Services Master Plan.

In that Plan, the library consultant hired by the Town made detailed recommendations concerning the appropriate number of books, periodicals, audio books (tapes/CDs), e-books, documentaries (DVDs), as well as other collection items, for our Library. Full funding of these recommendations, using 2010 population figures (when the Library building expansion hopefully will be complete), will cost approximately $2.5 million.

The goal of the campaign is to raise these funds in advance of the opening of the newly expanded Library in 2010.

“Community Greats” House Party a Success!

More than 220 people attended the Library Foundation’s festive kick-off party for its “Great Communities Support Great Libraries” campaign on October 30th at the home of UNC President Molly Broad and her husband, Bob Broad. Guests enjoyed mingling with special author guests Elizabeth Spencer, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace, while enjoying food and wine provided by some of our best local restaurants. The Library Foundation thanks the generous co-hosts and community members that made this event possible.

“Library Group Announces Campaign”
The Chapel Hills News, June 12, 2005

Local residents like to read. But the public library has only about 155,000 books — well short of its 372,000-item goal. To help narrow the gap, the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation will launch a capital campaign in the fall. 

“Where Do the Books Come From?”
Southern Neighbor, June 2005

Thanks to the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation, this summer the library will have many more copies of the books on your child’s summer reading list.

Last summer, Michelle Lewis, President of the Library Foundation, heard complaints from parents that the library did not have enough copies of the books on the school system’s recommended summer reading list. It was clear that the library needed to buy more copies of the books on the list. But to do that, the library needed money.


Date set for Library move to UMall

The town has set September 20 as the date the library will close down to begin a move to temporary quarters at University Mall. According to Town Manager Roger Stancil, the library will reopen 2½ weeks later at the mall in space it will occupy until December 2012, when the expansion project at the current library facility is scheduled for completion. Note again that the move necessitates a 2½ week service closing.

Town moves ahead with Library expansion

The town is moving ahead on its library expansion timeline and moving library services temporarily to University Mall during construction as planned.

Library Expansion Plan Moves Ahead

The proposal to move the library to University Mall has been shelved. The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously on Feb. 14 to move ahead with its $16 million expansion plan for the library at its current location in Pritchard Park in Estes Drive.

Proposal to move Library to Mall Stirs Debate

January, 2011 — The Town’s proposal to move the Library permanently to University Mall has stirred a great deal of debate between those who want to keep the Library in its current location and those who support the Mall move.

Chapel Hill Public Library Moves to University Mall during Expansion

August 27, 2010 — The library’s temporary location within University Mall will allow residents to continue to borrow from approximately 70% of the library’s collection and to attend programs while the renovations occur.

Expansion Approved for Chapel Hill Public Library

June 7, 2010 — At the June 7th meeting of the Chapel Hill Town Council, a historic decision was made to issue the bond of $14.2 million to begin construction of a much-needed expansion to the Chapel Hill Public Library.

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