LOOK AT ALL THAT WAS
ACCOMPLISHED IN 2012!!
Philip Gerard, author
of The Patron Saint of Dreams
New Hanover County Public Library 201
Chestnut Street, Wilmington
6, at 6:30 pm
Gerard is Professor and Chair
of the Department of Creative Writing at UNCW where he teaches fiction writing, creative
nonfiction writing, expository and argumentative writing. He says, “For me, teaching is an intense collaboration
between teacher and student in the pursuit of knowing.”
Published in March of this year, The Patron Saint of Dreams is a collection of 15 essays that examine events in the world through the lens of personal experiences
such as enduring a direct hit by a hurricane, hiking through bear
country and suffering a heart attack, hearing an old
sailor’s disturbing 60 year-old secret, and discovering an imposter who maintains his dual life long after death.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing at the program.
CAPE FEAR CRIME FESTIVAL GIFT!
Judy Nichols , (left) local mystery author and organizer of the Cape Fear Crime Festival, presented a check for $300 to Wanda Canada, local mystery author and President of the Friends of the Library, at the Friends' board meeting on March 13.
In case you're thinking this sounds entirely too sketchy, the Crime
Festival celebrates people who write crime fiction, not people who perpetrate crimes. It's
a meeting for published and aspiring mystery writers, organized by Judy Nichols and Joyce Lavene and held at Northeast Library. They charge $35 admission for a day's workshops and panel discussions,
and donate whatever funds are left over to the Library.
The real mystery is what the Friends will do with the $300
- possibly buy some mysteries for local book clubs to enjoy. Speaking of which, Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, yet another local mystery author, will speak at the Carolina Beach Mystery Book Club's next meeting. That's at 1 pm on April 10 in the Carolina Beach Community Center, right behind the library,
and you're welcome to drop in.
photo courtesy of Deborah Ann
Million Dollar Goal
Met by Library Friends
book sales organized by enthusiastic volunteers have raised a total of $1 million since the Friends of the New Hanover County
Public Library incorporated in 1983. Book sale shopper Doris Henry , shown (left) with Friends of
the Library President Wanda Canada , spent the dollar that crashed the million dollar mark at 12:47 pm Wednesday,
according to Assistant Library Director Paige Owens .
" CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you everyone for helping make these sales both a fun experience for our community and
a tremendous help for our Library." said Library Director Harry Tuchmayer . In addition to the
hundred or so volunteers who work during the five days of the sale, about a dozen put in long hours every week, sorting and
pricing the donations readers drop off at library branches throughout the year.
Book sale proceeds are turned over to the library
to enhance its collection and services beyond what is possible on funds budgeted by New Hanover County. Dues paid by
Friends of the Library members also add to what the library has to offer to the community for its educational, informational, cultural, and recreational
Local author Sandra Moulin spoke at the Northeast Library on Tuesday, March 27, at 11
am. The program was free and the public is invited. She autographed copies of her book BEFORE AND LAUGHTER.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE AUTHOR EVENTS!!
Paperback Book Sale
July 21, 2012 Northeast Branch
was a HUGE success
again this year! This is one of our most successful
events each summer.....
LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR!
of the New Hanover County Public Library
Application for Mini-Grant
The Friends of the New Hanover County Public Library supports our countywide library
system. One of the ways we do this is through the mini-grant program for amounts up to $2,000.
The grants are available to non-profit charitable or educational organizations in New Hanover County.
Your proposed project must have a library-related objective and in some way enhance the New
Hanover County Public Library and its services.
Preference will be given to proposals relating to the following categories:
· Books, media
· Literature-related events and activities
related educational programs
Proposals should be submitted by
September 15, 2012.
· Award(s) will be announced at our Annual Meeting, November 8, 2012.
· For more information or an application please contact Janet Bailey at 910-256-5201
Friends give NOOK Colors
The Friends of the Library have bought six
Nook Colors for the Library to loan,.
A NOOK Color is a portable, lightweight eBook reader that you can buy from Barnes & Noble or borrow from the library. Each of the six eReaders is preloaded with
a colorful collection of 29 children's picture books, which will be updated every
Although the NOOK Colors are loaded with children's books and can even read aloud to kids,
they will check out only to adults (18 or older) in good standing with the library.
This is because the borrower is responsible to pay replacement costs up to $300
in case of loss or damage.
Like the 12 plain black and white NOOKs the Friends of the Library purchased
for library borrowers to test drive earlier this year, NOOK Colors will check out for
seven days. No renewals are allowed, and overdue fees are $1 per day.
Borrowers are not allowed to change the settings or add content.
UPDATE ON GEORGE
Remember George the Duck (who was the
main character in the book shown below)?
sustained a major injury to his wing
and has been undergoing surgery and therapy.
He is doing well, living on a
nearby farm that
has ducks and chickens to keep him company...
and he LOVES his new home!
George The Library Duck
Finds A Friend
The creation of this picture book was a joint effort by
its author, Paige Owens, and the many talented community illustrators who provided the artwork. Underwritten by a grant from
the Friends of the New Hanover County Public Library, the book makes a great gift. Cost is $12.95 for the general public and
$10.00 for those who are current members of the Friends. This book is now available at all