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June/July 2019
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             Tuesday 10-8
           Wednesday 10-8
             Thursday 10-8
               Friday 10-5
             Saturday 10-2

June 24th - June 29th

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some of our Music
on the Library Lawn shows
from past summers. These
performances are also
available on DCAT Channel 22
& are generously sponsored
by The Friends of
the Durham Public Library.

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A Universe of Stories! Summer Reading Program!
Register starting June 10th, 5 week program runs June 24th through July 26th
Register your child for our fun 5 week summer reading program starting June 10th. When you register, your child will receive a packet including their bingo cards, calendars, some gifts, Wild Cat Free small pizza coupon, Sea Dogs ticket voucher and a bag!  Complete the fun activities on your bingo card and keep track of your reading minutes. Have your bingo cards checked once a week to earn a lanyard or key chain with special beads (prizes for 3 & under) as well as a raffle ticket for bigger prizes.  You will receive a new book, and Bagel Works Gift Certificate at the end!  Also add to our visual display of total minutes read together in the library.

Register Here!

Sneak peek of the fun programs:  Storywalk Carnival Kick-off Thursday June 28th at 10:30 am rain or shine, Summer Storytimes Tuesdays at 10:30, Family Movie Matinees Tuesdays at 2:00 pm, YA cartooning workshop (ages 10 & up) Mondays at 4 pm, Yoga for Tots Wednesdays at 10:30 am, and Space Lab - a new program for all ages where you and your children can drop – in to do various space related activities in the Storytime room, Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-7 pm. All ages Thursday specials at 10:30 am: Alien Slime, Wildlife Encounters, Christa McAuliffe Planetarium visit and paper airplanes, YA Chess Club week of July 7th and our fun finale with Mr. Aaron Band, where there will be cake, prize books and a celebration! 
Youth Summer Reading Calendar!


Adult Summer Reading Challenge!
Pick up your challenge card beginning June 10th!
DPL's Universe of Stories, Adult Summer Reading Challenge Begins June 24th! No registration required. Challenge cards can be picked up beginning June 10th!

Complete challenges on the card and receive a raffle ticket for each challenge! Drawings are held for a Universe of Stories themed tote filled with prizes each Friday during the five weeks of summer reading!

McAuliffe Shepard Travelling Planetarium! Joint Library Program at the Madbury Town Hall.
Thursday July 18th, Sign-up for one of 3 sessions on-line 10:30, 11:30 and 1:00 pm. Register starting Monday June 10th
Register to experience the McAuliffe Shepard Travelling Planetarium!  Experience the night sky.  This is a joint library event sponsored by the Durham, Lee and Madbury Libraries.  Space is limited for adults and children.  This event is held at the Madbury Town Hall.

Session 1 10:30 - 11:30 am Register Here (adults and children)

Session 2 11:30 am-12:30 pm Register Here (adults and children)

Session 3 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Register Here (adults and children)


Summer Cartooning Workshop! (5th-8th grade) REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Monday June 24th 4:00-5:00 pm Register starting Monday June 10th

Durham resident Susan Stehle will be offering a 5 week  cartooning workshop for students entering 5th through 8th grade. Mondays June 24th, July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd from 4-5 pm.  There will be an art show at the end of the 5 weeks.  Registration is required. Held in the YA room.

Register Here!


Yoga for Tots (crawling to age 2 with care-giver)! Registration required
Wednesday June 26th at 10:30 am (5 week session)

Join us for yoga for tots.  Come and do yoga with your child (crawling to age 2).  This is a 5 week session (June 26th, July 3rd, 10th , 17th and 24th).  Space is limited. 

Register Here!

Chess Camp (5th-8th Grade Intermediate Players) Registration required
Week of July 8th daily from 1-4 pm

One Week Summer Chess Camp with John Gibson for 5th-8th grade intermediate players. Registration starts Monday June 10th on-line.

Register Here!

In The Margin Book Club for Middle and HIgh-schoolers!
Sign-up now at the Youth Services Desk!
In Middle or High-School? Join our "In the Margins" Book Club. This club encourages writing in the margins, drawing, leaving comments and underlining. DPL provides the books and a special color pen that you choose to start the conversation. Sign-up at the Youth Services Desk to get your pen, pick up a book and start writing in the margins!

On Display In The Lobby For Summer Reading! David Random's Reclaimed Rocketships!
Part of DPL's Universe of Stories Summer Programming!

David Random graduated in 1969 with a Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art. A prominent member of the Boston Advertising community for thirty-five years, he is currently retired from the Creative Director position at DiBona, Bornstein & Random, the agency he co-founded in 1989.

"Reclaimed from antique mechanical and architectural parts, my creations evolved after years of collecting. From heating grates and lawn sprinklers to kitchen utensils, I collected them because I enjoyed the detail designed into something so utilitarian. After appreciating the individual pieces, I realized that many seemed to fit together almost as if they’d been made to. That’s when things took off. My “Antique Airships” and “Retro Rockets” have been an evolution of this process of fanciful combinations." 
David Random's Reclaimed Rocketships!
On Display For DPL's
Universe of Stories beginning June 15th!

For more of David's art and work, visit his website at   http://davidrandom.com/Rockets/Home.html



Chasing the Moon Screening from PBS American Experience!
Monday, June 24th at 6:00 pm
Screening of
Chasing the Moon!

Join DPL on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 pm for a preview screening of the new documentary, Chasing the Moon, from PBS American Experience and Robert Stone. Chasing the Moon will air nationally in a 3-night premier on July 8th, 9th and 10th. 

Join us for this special opportunity to preview the documentary before it airs and be a part of the opening day of our Universe of Stories summer reading programming at DPL! Popcorn provided and all ages welcome!  

Summer Storytimes! This week: Sun and Moon!
Tuesday, June 25th at 10:30 am
Join us for stories, music, fingerplays and a fun craft! This week: Sun and Moon!
Tues. July 2nd:  "Space Travel"!
Tues. July 9th:  "Nighttime Animals"!
Tues. July 16th:  "Aliens and Robots"!
Tues. July 23rd:  "Star Party"!
All are welcome!

Summer Tuesday Matinee Family Movies! This week: Mary Poppins Returns!
Tuesday June 25th 2:00-4:00 pm

Summer Tuesday Matinee Family Movies!  Join us upstairs in the Oyster River Room for these family movies based on books for 5 weeks.  This week:  Mary Poppins Returns! 

Popcorn is served and all are welcome.

Tues. July 2nd:  "How to Train Your Dragon 3"
Tues. July 9th:  "The Tale of Despereaux"
Tues. July 16th:  "Nim's Island"
Tues. July 23rd:  "Jungle Book (live action)"

Meditation Sessions this Summer! Join us June 4th!!
First Tues. of every month, 7:00-8:00 pm; Weds. during summer reading, 12:30-1:00 pm

No registration required.
All are welcome!
Guided Meditation at DPL! Back by popular demand!
Mindful Meditation with Jiong Jiong Hu
  • Tuesday, June 4th - 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 2nd - 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 6th - 7:00-8:00 pm

Midday Meditation Lunch Break with Mel Graykin

  • Wednesday, June 26th - 12:30-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 10th - 12:30-1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 17th - 12:30-1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24th - 12:30-1:00 pm

Space Lab! This week: Moon Foil Painting, Decorating Moon Rocks & Making Moon Charts!
Wednesdays and Thursdays for 5 weeks starting Weds. June 26th 1:00-7:00 pm
Space Lab!  This week:  Moon foil painting, decorating moon rocks & making phases of the moon charts! 

Come and do some STEM activites and art projects.  This is a drop in program for all ages in the storytime room.
Come, explore and create!


Summer Concerts on the Lawn! This Week: The Kelly Girls!
Wed., June 26th at 6:30 pm
Join us again this year for our annual Summer Music on the Lawn Concert series held on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm during summer reading! 

On June 26th, help us welcome The Kelly Girls! The Kelly Girls have quickly gained recognition as one of the most entertaining Celtic Bands in New England. Rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in the Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Canada and America along with captivating harmonies and instrumentation lend to their signature sound. 

The Kelly Girls recently released their first album, “May You Always”, which has numerous collaborations with award-winning Canadian songwriter Nancy Beaudette – the group’s guitar, bouzouki and mandolin player. The compliment also includes Dublin native Aisling Keating on tin whistle, flute, bodhran, and ukulele, Bostonians Christine Hatch on banjo, guitar, and harmonica, and Melinda Kerwin on fiddle.
Summer Music
on the Lawn!
The Kelly Girls!

All concerts are free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Summer Thursday Specials! This week: "Galaxy Dough & Alien Slime"
Thurs. June 27th at 10:30 am
Join us on Thursdays for special all ages programs for 5 weeks.  This week:  Come and make some Galaxy Dough & Alien Slime!

Thurs. July 4th:  Library Closed.  Happy 4th of July!
Thurs. July 11th:  Wildlife Encounters!  At the Madbury Town Hall
Thurs. July 18th:  McAuliffe Shepard Travelling Planetarium (Register for 3 sessions starting June 10th) at the Madbury Town Hall.
Thurs. July 25th:  Create a space vehicle with toothpicks & marshmallows


Summer Sci-Fi Classic Film Series
Thursdays during Summer Reading - June 27th, July 18th and July 25th
Summer Sci-Fi Films!

No registration required.
Open to all.
Beat the heat this summer with three double-feature showings of classic, sci-fi films from the 1950s and 1960s at DPL. On Thursdays, June 27th, July 18th and July 25th, films will begin at 4:00 and 6:00 pm in the upstairs community room. Popcorn will be provided! 

Join us for any showing and be a part of our Universe of Stories, summer reading programming! 

Summer Reading Kick-off! "Storywalk Carnival"!
Friday June 28th at 10:30 am

Join us for face painting, giant bubbles, a fun space craft and more.  Check-out our new space themed story in the storywalk!  This event will be held rain or shine.

Closing at 5 pm on July 3rd and Closed for The Fourth of July
Happy Fourth of July!

Summer Concerts on the Lawn! This Week: Back on the Train!
Wed., July 10th at 6:30 pm


Back on the Train
at DPL Summer
Music on the Lawn!
All concerts are free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Join us again this year for our annual Summer Music on the Lawn Concert series held on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm during summer reading! 

On July 10th, help us welcome Back on the Train! Falling somewhere between singer/songwriter-based roots rock and indie pop, New Hampshire/Greater Boston-based Back on the Train mixes 60s, 70s, and 90s influences into warm, melodic songs with soulful vocals, funk and reggae rhythms, and the occasional straight up dance groove.
Since forming in early 2012, Back on the Train has performed over 100 shows at venues such as The Press Room, Fury’s, The Stone Church, Penuche’s, Waterville Valley Resort and Johnny D's to name a few. The band features singer/songwriter and guitarist Adam Ward, bassist /vocalist and songwriter John Dinger, and Drummer Ebenezer Hearn.

Wildlife Encounters! Joint Library program at the Madbury Town Hall!
Thurs. July 11th at 10:30 am
Join us for this fun interactive, live animal program.  Come and meet some exotic animals.  This is a joint library program with the Durham, Lee and Madbury Libraries.  This event is held at the Madbury Town Hall.  All ages and all are welcome.

2019 Stargazing Update with John Gianforte
Thurs., July 11th at 6:00 pm
Don't miss our 2019 Stargazing Update
with the Sky Guy! 

No registration required. All ages! 

Join DPL to welcome Durham resident, UNH Observatory Director and Astronomer, John Gianforte to our Universe of Stories, summer reading programming! John will be walking us through what will be visible in the sky this summer and fall, breaking astro-stories in the recent news and how they affect you, how to use your at home telescope and the upcoming transit of Mercury! Suitable for all ages!

John is the Director of the University of New Hampshire Observatory and an Astronomer whose main research interests include the observation and analysis of transits of exoplanets, cataclysmic variable stars, comets, asteroids & supernovae.  He is an Astronomy Instructor for the Physics Department at the University of New Hampshire, Granite State College and for the Global Student Success Program (GSSP). He has taught Astronomy-related courses for Granite State College since 2002 and appeared in numerous print and television publications. To view some of his work , visit his website at www.theskyguy.org and the UNH Observatory website: http://physics.unh.edu/content/observatory.


Local YA Author Visit! Keith O'Brien author of "Fly Girls" (YA edition)!
Tuesday July 16th at 6:30 pm

Come and meet local author Keith O'Brien. His book "Fly Girls" now has a Young Readers edition. We have extra copies of this book at the circulation desk for middle schoolers who would like to read it before the author talk. Don't miss it!

Summer Concerts on the Lawn! This Week: Clyde Bisbee & the Wheelhouse Revelers!
Wed., July 17th at 6:30 pm
Welcome Clyde Bisbee and the Wheelhouse Revelers! Join DPL as we welcome Clyde Bisbee & the Wheelhouse Revelers to our Summer Music on the Lawn! 6-piece swing jazz & western swing dance band specializing in music from the golden era of jazz, the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s!

Events again are rain or shine. Concerts are held on the porch or upstairs in the community room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Summer Concerts on the Lawn! This week: The Dan Walker Trio!
Wednesday July 24th 6:30pm - 7:30 pm
Dan Walker Trio Wraps Up Summer Music Series!

Join us again this year for our annual Summer Music on the Lawn Concert series held on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm during summer reading! 

Help DPL welcome back Dan Walker with his newly-formed Trio! Dan Walker's organic approach to creating and performing live acoustic music groove-oriented and soul bound. Events are rain or shine. Concerts are held on the porch or upstairs in the community room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Summer Reading Finale Celebration with Mr. Aaron Band!
Friday July 26th at 10:30 am!

Concert Description: Count on a thrilling musical adventure with award winning musician Mr. Aaron! Recently awarded “Best Children's Performer” from New Hampshire Magazine, Mr. Aaron never fails to delight audiences of all ages. Kids and grown-ups alike dance and laugh along to hits from his latest release, “MAXIMUM”, pop favorites, kids classics, and much more!

Receive your Summer Reading Bagel Works Certificate. Select your book prize for all Summer. Reading participants. Snack on some yummy cake and juice, too!  This event is held in the Oyster River Room upstairs in the library. All ages and all are welcome!

Friends of the Library Summer Big Read
Discussion Group Meets in September
Friends of the Library Summer Big Read
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
    Discussion in September. Copies at desk.
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Did you know? Magazines are available on Overdrive and Libby!
Available with your library card!
More than 187 separate magazine titles are available
on New Hampshire Downloadable Books25 digital magazines in the
collection can be checked out without impacting how many eBooks or audiobooks you can borrow at once. They can be read on a computer
browser or within the Libby app on a mobile device. And no waiting! Enjoy!

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