Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Friends of the UNCG Libraries - Fourteen Years of Discussing Books That Matter

It was in 2001 that Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board member Ann Fitzmaurice suggested that the Friends start a book group to engage in discussions led by one of the outstanding teachers on the UNCG faculty.  Michael Parker, also a Board member at the time, led the first discussion, and a regular Monday calendar of discussions has followed, from four to six each academic year.

Fourteen years later, the series continues to offer, free of charge, a small sample of the outstanding opportunities for lifelong learning afforded by the University Libraries and members of the Friends.  Some participants in the book discussions come to nearly every discussion; others come to one or two.  There is no long-term commitment, just the request to register so that the University Libraries can know about how many to expect, and to inform participants when there are cancellations due to weather, as has sometimes been the case during the winter months.  Many find the book discussions an opportunity to sample what the Friends offer in the way of programs, and choose to join.

If you too would like to join the Friends you may join online at

A list of past discussions may be found at

You can sign up for one or more of this year's book discussions at

 Please contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.