As coronavirus shutdowns began in March, Michele Lynn went to the Chapel Hill Public Library, and it was packed — people were coming in droves to check out books before the library went on lockdown.
However, the threat that they wouldn't be able to check out books for the next few months never materialized. This is largely due in part to the support of a local nonprofit, which has transitioned into an online bookstore and holds virtual events in order to meet the public's needs while following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Lynn is a member of and secretary for the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has been around since the 1950s. It supports the library and makes sure everyone has access to library resources and to librarians who know them.
“(The library) meets the needs of so many different kinds of families and so many individuals, and I feel like we are very lucky to have it in our community,” Lynn said. “I think it really enhances our community with all the diverse services and programs it offers.”