Greetings From The President


Happy New Year, Friends!

The new year (and new decade!) is off to a great start at our library, with plenty of diverse activities to keep us all busy and engaged at a time of year when we might otherwise choose to hibernate.

The library community room was humming with energy during each of the two Friends-sponsored events held this month.

Experienced cooks and self-declared “non-cooks” alike shared a meal and comradery in our first-ever “Cook the Books” program held on January 21. We sampled nearly two dozen different dishes selected from two featured cookbook ~ what a treat for our palates! A beautiful sense of community was present as we each talked about our chosen recipe and learned from one another other where to find specialty spices and herbs such as lemongrass and gumbo file locally. A picture may indeed be worth a thousand words, but it can’t convey the marvelous tastes and aromas of our gathering! See Pages 4-6.

On January 27th, we hosted a special author’s event, featuring Rob Christensen, who discussed his new book, the Rise & Fall of the Branchhead Boys. Attendees were treated to a fascinating historical account of a powerful family and their influence on NC politics over several generations.

On February 10, the Friends will be sponsoring another Meet-the-Candidates event for those candidates running for local office in the upcoming primaries. Details about the event can be found on Pages 2 & 3. This is a unique opportunity to speak with the candidates one-on-one to understand their position on issues of importance to you, and we hope you can join us.

On February 18, we will be holding our next business meeting, and the focus will be on preliminary budget requests for the 2020/2021 program year. Yes, it’s hard to believe that we’re barely into the new calendar year and are already setting our sights on the next Friends’ program year! Please join us if you want to get an early peek into ideas in the works for next year and/or if you have ideas of your own you’d like to contribute to our early planning. The more, the merrier! The meeting will take place in the Teen room, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The Hickory Ballet returns to the community room on February 29th, presenting Cinderella at 10:00 a.m. This Friends’ event is an intimate glimpse into the world of ballet, equally interesting to children and adults.


Warmly, Jeanne

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