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

Aug 26th - Aug 31st

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Music on the
Library Lawn 
on YouTube!

Click here to view
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.

Town of Durham website
 Town of Durham Website

Foster's Online

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Research your family history using Ancestry.com.
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New York Times Bestsellers

This Week in History

Instagram NH Downloadable Books Genealogy and Local History

Congratulations Summer Readers!
A Universe of Stories!
Congratulations Summer Readers!  A Universe of Stories!
We read approximately 200,000 minutes together in five weeks with 390 readers signed up!  Way to go!  Keep Reading.  You can still pick up your Bagel Works Gift Certificate and prize book in the Storytime Room.  Also, if you won a raffle prize, they can be picked up at the Children's/YA desk.
A big thank-you to:  Bagel Works, Sea Dogs, Wildcat Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Hayden Sports, Young's Restaurant, Water Country, Canobie Lake Park, Hop n' Grind, Moe's of Durham, Monkey Minds Escape Rooms, Franz's Food and Durham House of Pizza for their summer reading prize donations.
We appreciate all of your support!
Thank-you to the Friends of the Durham Public Library for all of their support of our summer reading program and Music on the Library Lawn concerts.  Every year The Friends of the DPL help us bring wonderful programs to the Durham Public LIbrary.

Mindful Meditation with Jiong Jiong Hu
First Tues. of every month, 7:00-8:00 pm

Guided Meditation at DPL! Back by popular demand!
Mindful Meditation with Jiong Jiong Hu

Each session invites you to tune inward, explore the secret power of self-care and healing through gentle inquiry, mindful breathing and reflection. This opportunity provides time and space for you to learn tools to calm and balance your body and mind in midst of life's challenges.

Free and open to all.
No registration required.

- Tuesday, September 3rd - 7:00-8:00 pm
Easing through anxiety
- Tuesday, October 1st - 7:00-8:00 pm
Befriending depression
- Tuesday, November 5th - 7:00-8:00 pm
Facing loss and pain
- Tuesday, December 10th* - 7:00-8:00 pm
Relaxing the body; stilling the mind

​*This session is the 2nd Tuesday of the month
No registration required. All are welcome!

Youth Services Family August Literacy Calendar!
Have some fun with your family every day in August!


Have some fun every day with your family in August!
Download the DPL's fun August Literacy Calendar here!

Family August Literacy Calendar

Midday Meditation Lunch Break with Mel Graykin
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00 pm

Join DPL for weekly midday, mini meditation sessions at the library! Every Wednesday from 12:30-1:00 pm. Led by DPL staff member and long-time meditation practioner, Mel Graykin. Open to all. No registration required.

Oyster River Knitters
Tuesday, September 3rd, 6-8 pm
Join us 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 at 868-1142, jadoty@comcast.net

The Real Eastern Coyote, with Project Coyote's Chris Schadler
Tues., September 17th at 6:00 pm

Learn the true story of the eastern coyote – how and when it arrived in New England, how it lives among us but is rarely seen and how it contributes to keep our forests and fields healthy.  Learn why it is a creature of our own making!  It is smart, beneficial and by its presence, gives “wild” back to our wild lands.  

Chris Schadler, M.S., Conservation Biology, will discuss coexistence strategies, whether you farm, hike or garden. According to Chris, "Understanding the mind and ecology of the coyote can keep us one step ahead of problems." Schadler brings to her work and this talk, 30 years of wolf and coyote research, sheep farming, and teaching, and will demonstrate that "knowledge is power" when it comes to living with coyotes.

All ages!
No registration required!

Friends of the Library Summer Big Read
Friends of the Library Summer Big Read
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Discussions Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 and 18,
10:30 AM to noon. All are welcome to one or both.

Children and Young Adult programs begin again Sept. 3rd!
Check our fall calendar soon.

Children and Young Adult Fall programs start Sept. 2nd.

Pre-school storytimes Tues. and Thurs. at 10:30 am - start Sept. 3rd
Thomas the Train Fridays (all ages) 10-4:30 pm - starts Sept. 6th
STEAM Saturdays (all ages) at 10:30 am - starts Sept. 7th
YA Movie Mondays (ages 10 & up) 3:15pm - starts Sept. 9th
Baby Lapsit (ages 2 & under with care giver) Weds. at 10:30 am - starts Sept. 18th

Registration programs below (sign-up starting Sept. 3rd):

Lego Club (K-4th grade) Thurs. 3:30-4:40 pm- starts Sept. 26th

Tales for Tails and Seacoast Reads, Bookeaters and more fun programming coming soon.


Patch Club starts again Sept. 2nd! Ages Birth through 8th Grade!
Runs Sept. 1st, 2019 through May 31st 2020
Patch Club starts again on Sept. 2nd.  Receive a patch for every 5 hours you read.  After the 3rd patch earned, you get a Durham Library tote bag! Register at the Children's Desk. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Public LIbrary. This program runs from September 1st to May 31st.

Durham Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 pm
 Durham Garden Club Monthly Meeting!
 6:30-8:00 pm 
 All are welcome!

The Value of a Book with Kenneth Gloss
Wed., October 2nd at 6:00 pm
The Value of a Book
with Kenneth Gloss

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a free and open talk Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 pm at Durham Public Library. Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books. 

Ken, a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow since 1998, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, Gloss will offer free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them.

Explore the Storywalk!
Fun Space Story in the Rain Garden!

  Check-out our space themed story in the storywalk!
"A is for Astronaut" by Clayton Anderson 


In The Margins 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!

Book Talk with Local Author Brendan DuBois
Wed., October 9th at 6:00 pm

Award winning mystery/suspense author Brendan DuBois is a former newspaper reporter and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife Mona, their hell-raising cat Bailey, and one happy English Springer Spaniel named Spencer.

He is also a one-time "Jeopardy!" game show champion, and is also a winner of the game show "The Chase."

He is currently at work on a number of projects with New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.

Their first two collaborations, THE FIRST LADY and THE CORNWALLS ARE GONE, will be released in March 2019. He is currently working on another novel with Patterson, as well as a new Lewis Cole mystery novel and a number of short stories.

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!

Device Help Offered On Thursdays!
Thursdays at 11:00 am & 11:20 am
Need help with your new phone, tablet, or other mobile device? Our Device Help staff can lend a hand with some of the basics. Sample questions include using email, surfing the web, wading through resources and databases, navigating the Library’s downloadable books and accessing your account online.
Stop by the circulation desk or call at 603-868-6699 to sign up for a session. We currently have sessions available on Thursday mornings. Additional times will be added based on staff availability.

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

Adult Summer Reading Challenge Update!
A Universe of Stories
More than 120 adults completed at least 171 challenges in DPL's Universe of Stories, Adult Summer Reading Challenge over the five weeks of summer reading!

Special thanks to 
Monkey Mind Escape Rooms in Portsmouth for your generous donation to our summer reading program! Thank you!

Stay tuned for our fall programming, beginning the first week of September! 

In the Gallery in August!
Paintings by Maura Sullivan

Maura Sullivan is an acrylic painter from Lee, NH and a long-time Durham Public Library volunteer. Maura was diagnosed with NF2 in her 30s and is deaf and sight-impaired as a result of treatment. She has found art to be both enjoyable and therapeutic and has recently begun to paint commissions to support Parkinson's Research. Maura's lighthouse series will be exhibited in this effort at the Durham Public Library through August.