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

April 30th -  May 5, 2018

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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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Special Family Dance Program with Northeastern Ballet! The Pirate and the Gypsy!
Sat. April 21st at 10:30 am

Join us for this Special Family Dance Program with the Northeastern Ballet Company.  They will visit with dancers from their spring production of "The Pirate & the Gypsy".  Meet some dancers, learn about the ballet, see some dance scenes and learn some dance steps.

Children of all ages will enjoy this program.

Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley perform for our Special Joint Library Vacation Program!
Thursday April 26th at 10:30 am!
Join the Durham, Lee and Madbury Libraries for these special school vacation performers.  Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley perform "Let's Rock'n' Roll & Read!"  Get into the rhythm of reading at the library with original songs & stories for the whole family!  Together, this award winning children's musician and best-selling author/illustrator keep everyone singing, reading & laughing along with imagination, humor & plenty of audience participation.  This event is held at the Durham Public Library.

Enduring the Night - Author Talk by Kristin Barlow
Thursday April 26, 6:30-7:30 pm
Come hear Kristin Barlow, co-author of Enduring the Night, as she shares courageous stories of survival by former girl soldiers.  She will be joined by ChildVoice founder, Conrad Mandsager, who will talk about the amazing work this nonprofit, founded in Nottingham, is doing to give hope to children who have been affected by war in Uganda, South Sudan, and Nigeria.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Make-It-Take-It Craft all vacation week!
Week of April 23rd through April 28th!
Stop by the library all week to make a fun craft.
This week we will be making all kinds of puppets!
All are welcome!  Come and create in the storytime/
craft room and put on a puppet show.

Durham Garden Club
Tues. April 24th 5:00-8:00 pm
Claire Weinberg from Dulse and Rugosa will present a fun workshop where members will learn about and make botanically sourced skin care products using flowers, seaweed and other natural ingredients.

Teen Try-It (Middle & High Schoolers) This week: Flower Crafts!
Week of April 16th, 3:30-4:30 pm

Join us all week after school to try a fun craft or game. 
Week of April 16th - Flower crafts!

ChildVoice Photo Exhibit
On display in gallery through April 27
New Hampshire resident Conrad Mandsager founded ChildVoice in 2006 to restore the voices of children silenced by war in northern Uganda.  This exhibit features powerful images documenting their work, by three photographers:  Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Mary Chind-Willie, Dr. Larry Lindell, and Dr. Neil Mandsager.  Later this month, Conrad Mandsager and author Kristin Barlow will be at the library to tell true-life stories of the young women served by ChildVoice.

Friends' Book Discussion: "The Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers
Wednesday April 25, 10:30 am - 12 pm
Please join Jennifer Lee in the Friends’ book discussion of Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding:   In the American south, during World War II, an adolescent girl tries to understand our individual separateness while longing to be part of a we. Where can she go and what can she do to become the person she envisions herself to be? Then she has an idea.  Books are available at the circulation desk.  All are welcome!

Coming to the Gallery in May: Northern Diamonds, Ball Fields of Atlantic Canada - Photos by David Olken
Opening reception and Artist Talk Thursday May 3, 6-7:30 pm
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.  Opening reception at 6 pm, artist talk at 6:30.

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) Read with North and Zest!
Registration ongoing for Spring Sessions
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.


Oyster River Knitters
Tuesday May 1st 6, 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

Storytimes! This week: Frogs!
Tuesday May 1st and Thursday May 3rd at 10:30 am
Join us for storytime. 
This week:  Frogs!

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


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

Lego Club! (K-4th grade) Register at the Children's Desk.
Thurs. May 3rd 3:30-4:30 pm

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.

Board Games and Thomas the Tank Play
Friday May 4th 10:00 am-4:30 pm


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


Babysitting Course through McGregor EMS (ages 11 & up)
Sat. May 5th 10 am - 2 pm
Are you at least 11 years old and interested in babysitting?  This course offered by McGregor EMS is designed to certify kids who are looking to, or already babysit.  They will get a CPR and First Aid certification, learn about safety, how to handle emergencies, care and feeding of infants and children, the business aspects of being a babysitter, and more.  All students will receive a Babysitting certification.  Register at www.cprsafe.org

Special Saturday Family Program! Gundalow Program!
Sat. May 5th at 10:30 am
Take a trip through time with the Gundalow Company and explore the Piscataqua Region through stories, activities and crafts.  Using models and maps we’ll talk about the historical role of the Gundalow on our Rivers. We’ll take a look at the amazing network of rivers outside our doors and read some books about the Rivers and life in the water.  Test your skills as a sailor by tying some knots, building your own Gundalow model, creating Gundalow origami, and designing your own plankton.

DPL Friends' Meeting
Wednesday May 2nd, 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.

ASD Friends
Tuesday May 8, 6:30 pm
We are Seacoast parents connecting and learning to support themselves and their teens/young adults on the Autism Spectrum.  Join us for monthly speakers, networking, and conversation to explore the possibilities for our maturing children. Everyone welcome!    Gather & Connect: 6:45.  Presentation and Discussion: 7:00 to 8:15.  For more information, contact Julie Smith, (603)767-4190, jsmithnh@icloud.com.


Preschool Explorers Group with ORPP and the Library! This month: Weather!
Thurs. May 12th 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: Weather!  All are welcome.

CPR & AED Class with McGregor Memorial EMS
Monday May 14, 6-8 pm
Preregistration required. Contact Sean Madden 603-862-3674. For cost and registration information visit http://cprsafe.org

First Aid Class with McGregor Memorial EMS
Tuesday May 15, 6-8 pm
Preregistration required.  Contact: Sean Madden, 603-862-3674. For cost and registration information visit http://cprsafe.org

Does Fashion Matter?
Weds. May 16 at 6:30 pm

Does Fashion Matter?  with Nadine Farag
More information coming soon.

Book Donation Week
Monday April 30 through Saturday May 5
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!

Bookeaters (Middle School Book Group)
Wednesday May 23rd 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 Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.  Books will be available at the library.
All are welcome and pizza is served!

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.