Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library


The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library is an association of persons committed to furthering the excellence of Chapel Hill Public Library by raising money for library needs, sponsoring programs for adults and children, and fostering interest in the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Meet the Author - Krista Bremer

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Refreshments: 3:30    Program: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room A
Free and open to the public

Krista BremerMy Accidental Jihad: A Love Story tells how Krista Bremer - an exercise-obsessed, well-off Californian - adapts to being the wife of a Libyan emigre, and flirts with Islam. The memoir, Bremer's first book, grew out of a prizewinning essay she wrote for The Sun, a North Carolina-based magazine where she is associate publisher.

Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer from a secular middle-class family who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in Chapel Hill, where she had come to get a graduate degree in journalism, she met Ismail. Kind, sincere, and passionate, Ismail came from another world. One of eight children, he'd been raised in an impoverished fishing village in Libya. When Krista later realized she was carrying his child-and she and Ismail made the decision to become a family-she embarked on a journey she never could have imagined. When she saw the sparsely furnished attic where he lived, she thought: "No way." Her theoretical future had not included "this middle-aged man with his thick accent and tiny apartment."

Fascinating, profoundly moving, and enlightening, My Accidental Jihad explores what it means to open one's mind to another culture-and just as important, to open one's heart.

Krista Bremer is an American author whose award-winning essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, CNN, MSN, MORE, The Sun, and The Sunday Times (London).

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Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Trading Cards

Brave New WorldBanned Books Week is here and the Chapel Hill Public Library is celebrating the freedom to read in a unique way!

Each day during Banned Books Week, Sept 21 - Sept 27, you can stop by Chapel Hill Public Library and collect a limited edition Banned Book Trading Card - one for every day of the week. See all the entries for the Trading Cards displayed in the Library. This project is presented in conjunction with the Town of Chapel Hill Public Arts Office and is made possible through generous support of the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library and the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation.

(Leaves of Grass artwork by Emily Kohler 2014)

Each day during Banned Books Week, Sept 21 - Sept 27, you can stop by Chapel Hill Public Library and collect a limited edition Banned Book Trading Card - one for every day of the week.

Collect Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Have a set of Banned Books Week Trading Cards sent to your home. Use the order link above, and choose either this year's cards (2014) or last (2013).

Click here for more information.

Friends Sets Dates for December 2014 Big Book Sale

Dates for the next Big Book Sale are Dec 5-7.

The location is the meeting rooms off the lobby of the Library.

Click for details about the Big Book Sale. Click to learn about donating books.

Friends Receives Francis B. Reid Award

The Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) recognized the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library as a first place winner in their annual Frances B. Reid Awards for outstanding Friends groups across the state. FONCPL presented the recognition certificate and cash award at the Annual FONCPL Awards Meeting at the Durham County Library, October 26.

Martha Brunstein receiving Reid Award
Friends President Martha Brunstein receiving award from FONCPL Acting President Karen Moll (click for larger image)

FCHPL's Reid application "The Book of Friends - A Year for All Time" is a brief history of recent Friends' activities, written by President Martha Brunstein. Here is the application in PDF format.

Frances Reid was a consultant for the State Library of North Carolina and was instrumental in the founding of FONCPL in 1980. The annual competition is open to local Friends of the Library statewide. More information on this nonprofit organization can be found at

Friends Book Store Open Seven Days a Week

You are invited to come visit the new Friends Book Store. This is our newest fund raising activity to support the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The Friends Book Store features the best of the books that are donated to the Library. They are priced below any other used book store in the area. The Book Store is staffed entirely by generous Friends volunteers. The hours are:

Mon-Wed noon-6
Thurs-Fr 10:30-4:30
Sat-Sun 1:30-4:30

The Book Store is located just inside the lower entrance to the Library. All proceeds go to the Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

Library Welcomes Your Book Donations

The Chapel Hill Public Library accepts donations of books and other library materials. Your donations support the Friends Book Store and Book Sales to raise funds for the CHPL.

Please review the Library's donations guidelines for what can be donated and where and when to take donations.

Watch a Public Service Announcement for Friends Groups Featuring Paula Poundstone

"There I was in another unbalanced relationship," begins Emmy Award-winning comedian Paula Poundstone in a new public service announcement, which can be see below via YouTube.

See United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations).

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