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Annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner Set for April 28

University Libraries will host its annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities—which will take place at the Greensboro Country Club—will include dinner, the Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Annual Award presented to Scuppernong Books, details about the University Libraries’ building renovations, a special presentation honoring the State Librarian of North Carolina Cal Shepard and a keynote talk by North Carolina author and UNC Greensboro alumna Marianne Gingher. Proceeds from the event will help support University Libraries’ most pressing needs, including its collections, resources and services. 

Tickets for the Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Dinner are available in three categories: $100 Dinner per person for one ticket ($50 tax deductible), $125 Anniversary Dinner per person in honor of UNC Greensboro’s 125th Anniversary for one ticket ($75 tax-deductible) or $850 per Table Ambassador ($450 tax-deductible) for eight tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160 or

Marianne Gingher
Gingher, an award-winning novelist, editor and educator, is a professor of English at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published a much-praised novel, Bobby Rex’s Greatest Hit, a collection of stories, Teen Angel and Other Stories of Wayward Love, and a book of essays, A Girl’s Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings, and Luck. She is also the author of Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers, which showcases a mix of familiar favorites and newer voices, expressing in their own words how North Carolina shapes the literature of its people. Her nonfiction has also appeared in the Oxford American, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, O and Our State. Gingher holds a master’s degree from UNC Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Cal Shepard
Shepard has held a distinguished career in library services. Prior to her role as the state librarian of North Carolina, she served as chief of library development. Early in her career, Shepard held several positions in public libraries starting out as a children’s librarian in Murphy, North Carolina. She received her MLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is active in the American Library Association and the Chief Officers of State Library. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the UNC School of Library and Information Science and on the boards of Educopia and the North Carolina Center for After School Programs. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.   

The 2018 Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Award will be presented to Scuppernong Books. The award is given annually to an individual, company or organization in recognition of significant or long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading and literary activity in Greensboro.