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Food For Fines Amnesty Event

February 8, 2016

Saturday, February 6 –Sunday, February 21

Start the new year with a clear library account and help your community at the same time!  One non-perishable food item (including dog and cat food) will forgive $1 in overdue fines.

Items will be given to the Greater High Point Food Alliance and the Guilford County Animal Shelter.  This applies to fines alone.  Customers are responsible for all other fees.  Expired items cannot be accepted.

Blind Date with a Book

February 3, 2016

For February-March in the Teen (YA Fiction) area, we're doing a "Blind Date with a Book" display. The books are wrapped up with a brief description on the outside. They're all different genres; not just YA romances. 

Research at the National Archives & Beyond!

January 21, 2016

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Marcellaus A. Joiner: Supervisor of the Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library and the Archivist for the High Point Museum in High Point, North Carolina. Marcellaus has a B.A.in History from North Carolina A&T State University and a Masters of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. He has proudly worked in the Archives and Library field for over the past 8 years. He is also a member of the Kappa Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.

Marcellaus discussed his research on his Neal family’s past as well as how his career played a large part in his family research findings. In addition, this discussion will focus on how Marcellaus linked his family to William Neal the slave owner of Greene County, Georgia.  This fascinating story and research will explore how he discovered that his third great grandmother Zilphy Ann Neal was owned by William Neal and that they had seven children together. His 2nd great grandfather John Neal was the only child that he could find in his research that moved away from Georgia in the early 20’s. One of Marcellaus major reasons for doing this research is to help reestablish these family lines.

The Beatles: A Band of the 60s

January 12, 2016

The Beatles: A Band of the 60s  

Get ready for High Point’s first Community Read Event!

January 8, 2016

What is a Community Read?

A community read provides a community to come together through a shared reading experience. By reading the same book, a community can learn more about the wide variety of people who live in that community. It also promotes the library’s mission to “nurture the joy of reading, share the power of knowledge, strengthen the sense of community, and enhance cultural and economic vitality”.

How Can I Participate?

You can participate by reading Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and attending one or more of the events below, including one of the many book discussions being held in the library, or encouraging your own book club to read Orphan Train sometime between Feb. and April 2016.

2016 High Point Community Read: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Upcoming Events

(these events are subject to change, due to weather or other conflicts)



Jan 4th Historic Railway Memorabilia Display, courtesy of the Greensboro Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society 

on display at the Library (through March 31st)

16th High Point Railroad History Presentation, speaker from the Greensboro Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, 2 pm

22nd High Point Theatre Arts Galleries Historic Orphan Train Photographs Exhibit opens (through March 11th) RECEPTION CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. RAIN DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT LATER TIME.

23rd Community Read Kickoff Open House, 2-4 pm (Drop-ins are welcome; Rain date is the 30th)



2nd Orphan Train Book Kits available for checkout

10th High Point Museum Child Labor in High Point Exhibit opens (through April 16th)

17th Orphan Train Film Showings and Book Discussions at 11am and 3pm

25th Orphan Train Book Discussion, 6:30pm; Rain date is the 29th



1st Orphan Train Book Discussion in the HPPL Readers Online Book Club Begins

8th Orphan Train Book Discussion at Culler Senior Center, 9:30am; Rain date is the 10th

10th Orphan Train Book Discussion, 6:30pm

12th History of the Orphan Train Movement Presentation, speaker from the Greensboro Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, 2pm

22nd Orphan Train Film Showing and Book Discussion, 10:30am

Other events TBD



1st High Point Museum’s High Point Train History Display (through April 25th)

8th, 22nd and May 13th Spring Heritage Book Club Discussion of Orphan Train, 10:30am

11th Christina Baker Kline Book Talk and Signing at the High Point Museum, 7pm


For more information about the 2016 High Point Community Read and its events, call Readers’ Services at 883-3638 or email: reader.services@highpointnc.gov

Portions of this program are made possible by funding from