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            Monday 12-8
           Tuesday 10-8
          Wednesday 10-8
           Thursday 10-8
              Friday 10-5
            Saturday 10-2

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Music on the Library Lawn  Performances on
You Tube!                               
Click here to view some of our Music on the Library Lawn performances.  These performances are also available on DCAT Channel 22 and are generously sponsored by The Friends of the Durham Public Library.

HeritageQuest Online & Ancestry.com
Research your family history using HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry.com. For more information, Click here.

Foster's Daily Democrat
Foster's Online
Town of Durham Website
Town of Durham website
Salem Health Medical Guide
Salem Health
New York Times Bestsellers

This Week in History

Britannica NH Downloadable Books Genealogy and Local History

Storytimes! This week: Dressed for Winter!
Tues. Dec. 12th and Thurs. Dec. 14th at 10:30 am!
Join us for storytime. 
This week:  Dressed for Winter!

We read stories, do fingerplays, sing songs and
make a fun craft.  All are welcome!


Raccoon Readers (2nd-4th grade book group)
Tuesday Dec. 12th 4:00-5:00 pm NEW TIME!
Join our monthly book club for 2nd-4th graders, Raccoon Readers AT

This month's book is "Cleopatra in Space"  (the graphic novel)
by Mike Maihack.
Come and create a graphic novel.
We will also discuss the book and author, play some games and make a craft. 
Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Teen Try-It (Middle & High Schoolers) This week: Make a Paper Snowflake!
Week of Dec.11th 3:30-4:30 pm

Join us all week after school to try a fun craft or game. 
Week of December 11th - Make a Paper Snowflake!

First Aid Class with McGregor Memorial EMS
Tuesday December 12, 6-8 pm
Preregistration required.  Contact: Sean Madden, 603-862-3674. For cost and registration information visit http://cprsafe.org

Walking France, with Gale Carey: One Pilgrim's Story of 500 Miles on the Chemin de St. Jacques
Wednesday December 13, 6:30-7:30 pm
The Chemin de St. Jacques is an amazingly beautiful walking route cherished by the French and traveled by pilgrims for nearly 1000 years. The journey through lush woodlands, flower-laden fields, volcanic formations, and ancient villages and towns, allows for meditative walking, engaging conversation, and introspection.  Gale made this 35-day trek last summer and brings us the story of her journey as a modern day pilgrim- from the practical to the philosophical.  Snow date Dec. 14.

Special Saturday Family Program! Hampstead Stage performs A Christmas Carol!
Saturday, Dec. 16th at 10:30 am
Join us for this live theater production for families. The Hampstead Stage Company will perform  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. These talented actors always create a wonderful performance for all ages.  At the end the performers explain their set and costumes and take questions.  Don't miss this one of a kind show.  This program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Durham Public Library.  All are welcome and this performance will be held in the Oyster River Room.

Need holiday gift ideas? We can help

What about browsing digital magazine articles for some gift-giving inspiration? The following articles are available to Durham Public Library patrons free of charge through an online library subscription. Consider saving the username/password or library card number in your computer’s browser for quicker access into the EBSCO databases in the future!

Late Fee Amnesty! Seacoast Firefighters Toy Bank
Now through Dec. 15th
Want to do a good deed and get your
overdue library late fees erased?
for the Durham
Fire Department's toy bank
and we will erase your late fees!
(Does not apply to lost items)

Baby Lap-Sit (ages 2 & under with care-giver)!
Wednesday Dec. 13th at 10:30 am
Join us for books, songs, movement, bubbles and more.  There is a chance to socialize at the end with others.

Crafternoon (Grades 2nd-4th)!
Wednesday Dec. 13th 4-5 pm (5 week session) Registration required!
Like to craft and are in 2nd-4th grade? 
Join our fun craft group
We will be cross-stitching this 5 week session! 
Please register at Chidren's/YA desk or call 590-1124

Lego Club! (K-4th grade) Register at the Children's Desk.
Thurs. Dec. 14th, 3:30-4:30 pm Session 2

Join us for some fun building time!  We will provide bases, bricks, and challenges.  Registration required! Please sign up at Children's/YA desk or call 590-1124.

Preschool Explorers Group with ORPP and the Library! This month: Winter & Snow!
Thurs. Dec. 14th at 6:00 pm
Join ORPP (Oyster River Parents and Preschoolers) and the Durham Public Library for our monthly Preschool Explorers group.  This new program will highlight STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities for young children.  This month's theme is:  Winter and Snow.   Come and explore the science of snow.  All are welcome.

Lego and Board Game Friday!
Friday Dec. 15th 10:00 am-4:30 pm


Stop by the Storytime/Craft room to play some board games
and create with Legos.. 
They will be available all day in the storytime/craft room.


YA Monday Holiday Movies (Middle & High Schoolers) This week: Elf!
Monday Dec. 18th at 3:30 pm in the YA room

Join us after school to watch 
HOLIDAY movies in the YA room!

December 18th:  Elf
Popcorn is served.

Marie Harris presents Amy Beach in Words and Music
Monday December 18, 6:30-7:30 pm
Marie Harris, former NH Poet Laureate, brings Amy Beach to life in her original one-woman show celebrating the remarkable life and music of the New Hampshire composer.  Arrive early and you can enjoy the Amy Beach exhibit in our gallery before the show!  Snow date Dec.19.

Make-It-Take-It Craft all vacation week!
Sat. Dec. 23rd through Sat. Dec. 30th
Stop by the Storytime/Craft Room
all vacation week to make a fun
styrofoam cup snowman. 
Come and see what
you can create!

The library will be closed for the Holidays
Mon. Dec. 25th , Tues. Dec. 26th and Mon. Jan. 1st
The library will be closed Mon. Dec. 25th,
Tues. Dec. 26th and Mon. Jan. 1st.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Teen Advisory Group! (Middle & High Schoolers)
Monday Jan. 8th 6:30-7:30 pm
If you are in Middle or High School join our monthly
Teen Advisory Group.  Tell us what programs,
books, movies, teen space and more you
would like at the library.  Pizza is served and all
are welcome!

Bookeaters (Middle School Book Group)
Wednesday Jan. 24th 3:15-4:15 pm
Like to read and are in Middle School?
Join our monthly Middle School Book Group, Bookeaters!
Walk from the Middle School.
Ruth Wharton McDonald is the facilitator.
This month's book is Matched by Ally Condie.  Books will be available at the library.
All are welcome and pizza is served!

Join the Patch Club! (ages 0 yrs. to 8th grade)
Sept. 1st through May 31st
Earn a patch for every 5 hours of reading.
On receiving your 3rd patch earn a Durha Library tote bag!
Register at the Children's Desk.
This program is generously sponsored by
The Friends of the Durham Public Library.

Tales for Tails (Grades 1st-3rd)
Registration ongoing for WinterSsessions
Does your child need to gain confidence reading out loud? 
Does your child love dogs? 
Sign up for a session reading to a trained Pet Partner therapy dog. 
North and Zest are waiting to read with you! 
Stop by the Children's Desk or call 590-1124.


Technology help
By appointment
Are you needing assistance using computers, e-readers, iPads or want to learn to use a Word, Excel or Photoshop? The library offers help. Call us to schedule an appointment. 868-6699 or email  durhampl@gmail.com