All posts in category Library

Reverse charges

Words I never thought I’d hear a lawyer utter: “Vagueness is your friend.” That sentiment came from Sally Greene during Monday night’s final council meeting of the fiscal year during the discussion on whether to charge Orange County residents who live outside of Chapel Hill for a library card. At the May 25 meeting, the […]

Season finale

The Town Council season finale airs tonight, beginning at 7. Among the topics up for discussion is whether and how much to charge for library cards. Last month, council preliminarily rejected Orange County’s contribution to the library and, instead, left open the option of charging out-of-town users for library cards. At present, about 1,400 out-of-county […]

Card charge

The library figured prominently in the budget discussion at Monday night’s Town Council meeting. You may recall that Sally Greene was away on a family emergency the night council rejected the county’s contribution and approved charging for cards. She clearly disagreed with the council’s move, and she voted for the budget Monday night only on […]

Charge for the card

Town Council reached the end of its rope last Wednesday night when it came to the county’s unwillingness to make a larger contribution toward the town’s library budget. Laurin Easthom and Matt Czajkowski led the call to begin charging non-town residents a fee for a library card to check out books. (Everyone could still use […]

Library lotto

Finally, the county has put pen to paper about its contribution to the Chapel Hill Public Library. Unfortunately, the paper was not from a checkbook. Instead, the Orange County manager penned, with flourish and a year’s supply of “Whereas-es,” a document that spells out what it might contribute, under the right circumstances. The signature lines […]

Bookstore is not a library

While I was shopping in Dillard’s one day last month, Mr. Dillard himself and a regional manager were roaming the store. As I paid for my purchase, the salesclerk commented how fortuitous it was that the entourage happened by in time to see a customer buying something. Truth be told, the store was not exactly […]

A voice for civility

You’ve gotta give council member Gene Pease credit for cutting through the hypocrisy at Monday’s Town Council meeting. Town manager Roger Stancil announced his recommendation that the town stop exploring the idea of moving the library to University Mall permanently. Mall owners held firm to their $4 million sales price of the space now occupied […]

Library move

I half expect Town Council chambers to be packed tonight with Dillard’s employees wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “We’re Still Here.” Council members will receive reports from town staff exploring the feasibility of moving the library to the mall in the space now occupied by Dillard’s. The documents made public on the town’s website indicate that […]


I hate that right-wing extremists have co-opted and tainted the notion of values. Because I was very pleased to see during last week’s Town Council meeting council members paying attention to what we, as a town, value. I’m not talking about the Code of Ethics the council passed unanimously without comment that night. The vote […]

Spare no expense

When my son was 2, his preschool teacher was so impressed with his architectural skills that she took Polaroids of the Lego structures he built in class each day. Never had she seen a 2-year-old construct such complex designs. The photos went in his permanent preschool file. Would that I had signed him up for […]