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Annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner Set for April 28

University Libraries will host its 60th Annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., with keynote speaker NC Author and UNC Greensboro alumna Marianne Gingher.

The evening’s festivities—which will take place at the Greensboro Country Club—include dinner, the new Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Literary Award presented to Scuppernong Books, hear about the planning for the future Library addition, and honoring Cal Shepard, the State Librarian of North Carolina on her retirement.

Proceeds from the event 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 including dinner and reception: $100 ticket per person ($50 tax deductible), $125 ticket per person (name recognition in program) in honor of UNC Greensboro’s 125th Anniversary ($75 tax-deductible) or $850 Table Sponsorship (name recognition in program) for eight tickets ($450 tax-deductible).

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 editor 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 Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Literary 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 reading, books and literary activity in Greensboro.