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

May 28th-June 1st!

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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.

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Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Registration Begins Monday June 11th!
5 week program runs Monday June 25th through Friday July 27th!
Register your child for our fun 5 week summer reading program starting June 11th.    When you register you will receive a packet including your reading logs, calendars, some gifts and a fun bag!  Keep track of your reading minutes and have them checked once a week to earn a prize of the week as well as a raffle ticket for bigger prizes.  You will receive a new book, and prizes at the end, as well as a reading certificate!  Also add to our visual display in the library.  Some of the fun events planned:  Movies, storytimes, Yoga for Tots, Children's Museum of NH, Wildlife Encounters, Team Art, Cartooning Workshop, Music on the Library Lawn, Mandala Stones, History of Rock 'n Roll and more!

New this year!  Adult Summer Reading Challenge!  Pick one up at the Circulation Desk. 

Library Closed Monday May 28th in honor of Memorial Day
Monday May 28th
The library will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. 
We will re-open at 10 am
on Tuesday, May 29th.

In the Gallery in May: Northern Diamonds, Ball Fields of Atlantic Canada - Photos by David Olken
In May
A regional photographer with an interest in communities along the Gulf of Maine and coastal Atlantic Canada, David Olken has created a series of images of baseball fields which highlight the unique location of each field but also their many shared common elements. Through the unchanging form and shape of the ball fields the goal is to give viewers a place to project their memories of times and days gone by. 

Book Donation Week
Tuesday May 29 through Saturday June 2
The Friends of the Durham Public Library collect gently used books and DVDs the last week of every month.  Please drop off books/DVDs in a bag or container that does not need to be returned.  We appreciate your donations, but please DO NOT bring us textbooks, dictionaries, or encyclopedias.  Thank you!

Oyster River Knitters
Tuesday, June 5th, 6-8 pm
Join in for a couple hours of knitting relaxation and conversation.  This is a great time to pick up that knitting project you’ve wanted to finish. There's no need to pre-register; just show up. New participants of all skill levels are welcome!  Contact: Janet, 868-1142, jadoty@comcast.net

DPL Friends' Meeting
Wednesday June 6th, 1:00 pm
The Friends' May meeting will be held Wednesday the 2nd beginning at 1:00 with the social hour and 1:30 for the meeting. All are welcome.

Frank Lloyd Wright, America's Greatest Architect.
Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00-8:15 pm
A presentation on his life and work by Michael Behrendt. 
Michael is the Town Planner for Durham and has been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright for many years.  He came to appreciate Wright’s work during a visit to Oak Park outside Chicago.  Wright’s early buildings there semi-blend into the neighboring traditional houses but continue to elbow their way out toward some personal identity until they finally burst forth in overwhelming daring and fullness of self-expression.   

Small Town, Big Oil: Local Author Talk with David Moore
Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8 pm
DPL welcomes author David W. Moore to speak on his new book Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World — and Won. This book is a narrative account of the women who led the citizens of Durham, in the 1970s, to protect their community from billionaire Aristotle Onassis and big oil. Two of the women featured in the book, Dudley Dudley and Nancy Sandberg will join Moore in speaking at this event!

Libraries Rock! Summer Music on the Lawn Series with the Hadacol Bouncers!
Wednesday, June 27th at 6:30 pm
Join us for our Libraries Rock! Summer Music on the Lawn Series with the Hadacol Bouncers!  This 7 piece band plays "a fun hybrid of New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Style Jazz, novelty songs and other classics from the great American songbook." Rain or Shine. Wednesday at 6:30 pm.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and even a picnic.  All ages are welcome!  In case of rain, this event will be held in our community room upstairs.

Libraries Rock! A History of the 1950's and 60's through Popular Song
Thurs., June 28th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Join DPL and welcome New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, 
Marc Black, for a musical tour through these historically defining 
decades. Sing along with songs as diverse as Itsy Bitsy, Teeny 
Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and Blowin’ in the Wind; by artists 
ranging from Gene Autry to George Harrison. Featuring music, 
discussion, a slide show that’s sure to slide you right back in time 
and includes a performance of Marc's own top forty hit from 1967… 
‘Happy’ by the Blades of Grass.

Cookie Bakers wanted for The Friends of the Durham Public Library Cookie Basket!

READY, SET….BAKE!  The Friends of the Durham Public Library sponsor the on-going baked goods sale at the library with proceeds supporting children’s programs and supplies. New bakers are always needed to help keep the basket full!  We now have a super easy way to sign up online, so please consider donating a small amount of time to do a lot of good for the library.  Instructions are included on the signup page:  Click Here