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

June 25th - June 30th!

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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.

Research your family history using Ancestry.com. For more information, Click here.

Foster's Daily Democrat
Foster's Online
Town of Durham Website
Town of Durham website
June 2018 Adult Programs
Click HERE
for a printable version
of our June 2018
Adult Programs Calendar!  


New York Times Bestsellers

This Week in History

Instagram NH Downloadable Books Genealogy and Local History

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Trivia Questions!
Week 4!
Week 4 Trivia Questions: Email Miss Lisa the answer(s) at ekleinmann@ci.durham.nh.us and come in
to collect your prize.  You can also use the library computers to tell us the answer(s) at the Youth Services Desk!

Libraries Rock! DIY Mandala Stones
Thursdays in July, 4:00-7:30 pm

Come on into the library for some summer relaxation with DIY Mandala Stones! Drop-In Art for all ages! In the cafe! Supplies and instructions will be ready for you. Stop by any time. 

Cartooning Workshop! (5th-8th grade)
Monday July 23rd 4-5 pm (Week 5) Registration required

Durham resident Susan Stehle will be offering a five-week workshop for students entering 5th through 8th grade. Courses will include tips on creating caricatures and three-panel comic strips, as well as studying why certain characters resonate with us based on their lines, expressions, and attitudes. The course will also discuss how to use your portfolio to create more opportunities to showcase your love of cartooning.Materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their favorite art supplies.Registration is required. Held in the YA room.

Register here!

Summer Family Movie! This week: The Black Panther!
Monday July 23rd at 5:30 pm! NOTE EARLIER START TIME OF 5:30!

Monday, July 23rd 5:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night –  The Black Panther.  Popcorn is served!  In the Oyster River Room.

Summer Storytime! This week: Libraries!
Tuesday July 24th at 10:30 am
Join us for summer storytime!
Tuesday, July 24th 10:30 a.m. – (preschool) –   Libraries!  Stories, fingerplays, songs,and a fun craft!  All are welcome!


Libraries Rock Summer Reading 9-12 year old group! This week: Just Dance & Games!
Tuesday July 24th 6:30-7:30 pm
Join us for a fun hour of games, crafts, books and more!  This week:  Just Dance & Games!  This group is geared to 9-12 year olds.  We will also talk about what you are reading. Win prizes!

Yoga For Tots (crawling to age 2)!
Weds. July 25th 10:30-11:15 am
Miss Alyssa will be conducting a 4 session yoga for toddlers on Wednesdays.  Come play and learn the benefits of yoga for your young children!  Registration is required. 
Register here.

Libraries Rock! Summer Music on the Lawn Series with Blue Note Big Band
Wednesday, July 25th 6:30-7:30 pm
The 17-piece Blue Note Big Band, under the musical direction of Charlie Jennison, will perform a selection of the great big band's greatest songs including classics from the repertory of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich and other iconic big bands from the Swing Era and today. Vocalist Denise Therrien, will be featured singing many standards. All ages! Rain or shine! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library!

Summer Reading Team Art! All ages. This week: Hot Air Balloons!
Weds. July 25th 4-5 pm

Wednesday, July 25 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Team Art!  Drop in to create group art for the library.   We will be making a desert scene to display at the library.

All ages Thursday Special! This week: Re-cycled Instruments!
Thursday July 26th at 10:30 am


Come and make some fun re-cycled instruments!
Make a tin can drum, rain stick, harmonica, tambourine
and more!   Creat your own instrument!  All are welcome.

Summer Reading 6-8 year old group! This week: Just Dance and Games!
Thursday July 26th 3-4 pm
Thursday, July 26 3:00-4:00 p.m. (6-8 yr. old group) –  Just Dance and Games.  We will also share what we are reading.
This group is geared to ages 6-8 years.

Summer Reading Finale! Dance Party with UNH Wildcat Dancers!
Friday July 27th 10:30 am.
Join us in celebrating your summer reading accomplishments with an awesome Family Dance Party!  UNH Wildcat Dance Team members will be here to teach you fun dances like the Electric Slide and the Chicken Dance!  Prize books, reading certificates and Bagel Work Prizes will be handed out.  Cake will be served.

Libraries Rock! On-line Summer Reading Registration! (ages 0-12 yrs)
Starts June 11th!
Register for our fun 5 week summer reading program, "Libraries Rock"!.
Click here to register and don't forget to pick up your packet at the library.

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. Adult 2018 June/July Calendar

Check out our calendar for details!  June/July 2018 Calendar


The Friends of the Library Summer Big Read 2018
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
The Summer Big Read 2018, sponsored by the Friends of the Library,
is The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (1845.)  Books are
available at the desk and also online. Discussion will be in September.
To receive periodic background information, send your name and email
address to jennifer.greatlakes@gmail.com by June 15.

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