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Join Us For These Upcoming Events!


Meditative Yoga with JiongJiong Hu (this program takes place in person)

  • Mondays in November and December from 10:00-11:00 am at the library. 

Join us on Mondays in November and December as JiongJiong Hu returns to guide meditative yoga sessions each week at the library! The primary aim of these sessions are to learn to relax and enhance your experiential understanding and techniques for steadiness and contentment of body and mind. Full date listings: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6, 13. 20. 

Register below and bring your yoga mat! This program will be held at the library, upstairs in the Oyster River Community Room. Registration is limited due to the ability to adequately socially distance and masks are required for unvaccinated attendees, as per current library policy. This program is free and open to all.

Art Journaling with Corinne Roberts

Wednesday, December 1st at 6:00 pm

Join DPL to welcome back Corinne Roberts for an Art Journaling tutorial on Wednesday, December 1st! Learn quick sketching techniques to use in your travels, observe your personal environment in a new way and review techniques in style and patterns. No prior drawing experience needed. Attendees only need simple paper, pencil and eraser. 

About the presenter: Corinne Roberts is a professional illustrator working in comics, children's books and games (Bug Bites, Out and About, Unreal Estate). You can see more of her work and current projects through Instagram: corinneroberts123 or her website: corinneroberts.com.

No prior drawing experience is needed. This program is sponsored by the Durham Public Library and is free and open to all but geared toward teens/adults. This program will take place via zoom and registration is required below to receive the link. All registrants will be gifted a journal to use during the program and to keep. Journals will be available for pick-up at the library one week prior to the program through the program date. 

The History of Gym Class with Rebecca Noel

Monday, December 13th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL to welcome Rebecca Noel to present her NHHC program, The History of Gym Class. Physicians worried since the Renaissance that the sedentary, scholarly life makes people sick. They focused on varying concerns over time: digestive woes, melancholy, tuberculosis, spinal curvature, reproductive weakness. The problem widened along with access to education during the Enlightenment and into the 1800s. Tracing this idea from Europe to the United States, from scholars to children, and from boys' to girls' education, the presentation shows how these fears inspired schools to get children moving. The (optional) interactive aspects of the presentation will include audience testing of historic exercise schemes, some done in pairs. The program concludes with audience discussion of the relevance of this problem to our own times-like the Enlightenment, a moment in history when suddenly many more people live the sedentary lives once limited to a few scholars.

About the presenter: Rebecca R. Noel is Professor of History at Plymouth State University. She holds an MA and PhD in American and New England Studies from Boston University and a BA in History from Yale University. She teaches history courses on the antebellum and Civil War era, American medicine, childhood, and the American West. Her book in progress is Save Our Scholars: The Quest for Health in American Schools.

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and will take place via zoom. Please register to receive the link on the day of the program. 

Granite State Gallery: New Hampshire Art and Artists through the Years with Jane Oneail

Monday, January 24th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL to welcome back Jane Oneail to DPL virtually on January 24th! New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? This program will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state's scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists discussed in this program.

About the presenter: Jane Oneail is an independent scholar and holds a master's in Art History from Boston University and a master's in Art in Education from Harvard University. Jane is a New Hampshire native and has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern NH University. Jane owns the company Culturally Curious which delivers art appreciation programs like this one to audiences all over New England and beyond. 

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and will take place via zoom. Please register to receive the link. 

Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers - Author Reading & Book Signing with Howard Mansfield (this event will take place in person)

Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00 pm

Join Durham Public Library to welcome author Howard Mansfield for a reading and book signing of his latest publication Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers on February 8th at 6:00 pm upstairs in the Oyster River Room. 

About Chasing Eden: Seekers are all around us. They are seeking God, seeking freedom, seeking peace. Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers is about this pursuit, about Americans seeking their Promised Land, their utopia out on the horizon — which by definition, is ever receding before us. In Chasing Eden... we meet a gathering of Americans – the Shakers in the twilight of their utopia; the Wampanoags confronting the Pilgrims; the God-besotted landscape painters who taught Americans that in wilderness was Eden; and 40,000 Africans newly freed from slavery granted 40 acres and a mule – only to be swiftly dispossessed. These and other seekers were on the road to find out, all united by their longing to find in America “a revolution of the spirit.”

About the author: Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers is Howard Mansfield's 15th book. Mansfield’s work has been honored with a Gold Medal for Commentary for City and Regional Magazines, a Silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and as a Feature Story Finalist in the National City and Regional Magazine Awards. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce University. He is an occasional guest on radio and TV shows commenting on issues of historic preservation and a sought-after keynote speaker. Mansfield lives in Hancock, NH with his wife, writer Sy Montgomery. 

Mansfield writes about writes about architecture, preservation, and history in his quest to understand the soul of American places and has served as a writer and consultant for the Claiming the Land exhibit at the New Hampshire Historical Society. He was the writer and project manager for one of the two projects representing New Hampshire at the Library of Congress Bicentennial in Local Legacies: A National Project to Document American Community Traditions. His essays and articles on history and architecture have also appeared inThe New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, the International Herald Tribune, many others and too many periodicals and literary quarterlies to list. 

This program is free, open to all and sponsored by the Durham Public Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. This program will take place in person. Per current library policy, masks are required for any unvaccinated attendees. 

Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History: Fateful Memory, Indelible Legacy

Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00 pm

Drawing on material from her book Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History, Dr. Mary Kelly will discuss the role of the Famine in shaping Irish-American ethnic identity. Focusing on the long-term impact of the episode between the 1840s and 1990s, she explores the shadowed landscape of Famine legacy and its status in Irish-American culture today. Referencing contemporary press accounts and the writings of Famine survivors and their descendants, Dr. Kelly shows how interrogating Famine memory enables the Irish on both sides of the Atlantic to deal with the material and emotional inheritance of this tragic experience.

About the presenter: Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D., is Professor of History at Franklin Pierce University, where she has taught for over twenty years. Her Masters in Modern Irish History is from National University of Ireland, Galway, and she earned a Ph.D. in Modern American History from Syracuse University. Her research explores Irish-American ethnic identity within spheres of faith, political culture, the enduring relationship with Ireland, and Irish-American involvement with the Irish Revolution. Her publications include books The Shamrock and the Lily (2005) and Ireland's Great Famine in Irish American History (2016; 2014), and her current research encompasses nationalist expression and ethnic Irish Protestant contribution to the ethnic identity. Professor Kelly presents on Famine impact and memory, ethnic political culture, and immigrant settlement in Boston and New York. She was honored with a 2014 Keene State College President's Outstanding Women in New Hampshire Award and the 2016 Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Committee Ambassador Award.

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. This is a virtual program and will take place via zoom. Please register for the link. 

Recipe for Success: Finding Women Through Community Cookbooks -A Genealogy Talk with Erin Moulton

Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm

Community and church cookbooks are treasures that give us a glimpse of female groups, encapsulated in a place and time. Besides providing delicious treats, these recipe books can also be a springboard into further genealogical research. Join genealogist Erin Moulton as we traipse over recipes for Ghorabie, Pacific Slope Punch, and Maple Creams in search of clues to unlock the stories of our female ancestors. After squeezing every last detail out of our sample texts, we’ll establish research plans to explore our research subjects further. Recipients will receive a few choice vintage recipes as well as a “recipe” for research planning. Participants are also welcome to bring family recipes to share.

About the presenter: Erin E. Moulton writes books and tracks dead people. An experienced novelist, Erin is the author of Flutter, Tracing Stars, Chasing the Milky Way and Keepers of the Labyrinth. She is also the editor of Things We Haven’t Said. In addition to her creative pursuits, Erin has over 12 years of experience tracking down interesting real-life questions at the reference desk and is an experienced librarian and genealogist. She holds a BA from Emerson College, an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. When she isn’t searching for just the right word or just the right clue, she can be found teaching people of all ages about writing, publishing and research. Visit her online at www.erinemoulton.com.

This program is free, open to all, is sponsored by the Durham Public Library and will take place via zoom. Please register below to receive the link.