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Join Us For These Upcoming Events!

*All in-person library sponsored programs continue to take place virtually through summer 2021. Stay tuned for updated programming information this fall.  

Register for these virtual programs today!


Summer Sundays Meditation & Yoga 

  • Sunday evenings from May 30 thru Aug 1  at 7:30 pm
  • no class on July 4th and July 18

Join DPL to welcome back Jiong Jiong Hu, who will present  meditative yoga sessions virtually from May 30 thru Aug 1! Time has tested our faith, acceptance and patience through the year and life undoubtedly continues presenting chaos and uncertainty in the now and future. Practicing introspection and meditation has become even more crucial as an integral part of our daily living regardless of our background and identification. It allows us to draw the senses, attention and energy inward, to see the true peace in depth and to develop stability, capability and clarity in face of any challenges. 

You are invited to join Jiong Jiong for another 8 week Sunday evening meditation (7:30pm - 8:00pm) followed by Mindfulness yoga asanas and pranayamas (8:00pm - 9:00pm). It’s an option for you to stay just for the meditation part or the entire one and half hour practice.  No prior experience is required.  Simply sign up with the link below. These programs are free, open to all and suitable for newcomers to yoga and mindful meditation. You only need to register once to receive the link each week. Drop-in to any session or attend them all!

Complete Date Listing: May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18 (CANCELLED), 25; Aug. 1

About the instructor: Jiong Jiong Hu is a long time meditation and body-mind integration teacher and Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness teacher, a MBCT for depression and anxiety with a Relapse certificate, Stress Management Certificate and is a Certified 200 hour yoga instructor and 900 hour advanced yoga instructor in training. 

 


Ask Your Ambulance! with McGregor Memorial EMS

  • Thursday, once a month from March thru August at 6:00 pm

Join DPL each month via zoom to welcome staff from McGregor Memorial EMS Services for a short presentation and Q&A session on a variety of emergency related topics. See the full date listings and topics below. These programs are free and open to all; please register to receive the link. Register for any session or attend them all!

  • Thursday, March 25th - The first 5 minutes of an emergency  
  • Thursday, April 8th - Calling 911  
  • Thursday, May 6th - Stroke  
  • Thursday, June 3rd - Heart Attack  
  • Thursday, July 8th - CPR  
  •    Thursday, August 5th - Bleeding control   

           

  •    Thursday, September 9th - Signs of a Stroke 

            


 

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

  • Wednesday, September 8th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL and the New Hampshire Humanities Council as we usher in a new school year with a look back into New Hampshire's educational past!

Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.

About the presenter: Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as NH's commissioner of agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Please register here for the program. 


New Hampshire Roads: Taken or Not

  • Wednesday, September 15th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL to welcome NHHC founder Steve Taylor in September! 

Following World War II, New Hampshire embarked on an extensive program of constructing new highways and improving existing roads to accommodate explosive growth in passenger vehicles and the need for better infrastructure to accommodate commercial traffic. Hundreds of millions in federal, state, and local tax dollars would be expended on this initiative over the second half of the 20th century and road construction would become an enduring part of the state's economy. Decisions about when and where highway projects would be undertaken were often driven by political considerations as well as by policy dictated from Washington. Frequently, choices not to build or improve certain roads would generate as much conflict and controversy as would the proposals that would eventually be implemented. Either way, decisions about highways would come to have profound and lasting impacts upon communities and entire regions of the state. In this program, Steve Taylor reviews some of New Hampshire's most significant highway choices in the 20th century, followed by discussion of the economic, social, and cultural changes that followed decisions to build or not to build.

About the presenter: Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as NH's commissioner of agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Please register here for the program. 


That the People May Live - The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota

  • Tuesday, October 12th at 6:30 pm

Join DPL as we celebrate Indigenous People's Day in Durham!

This lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c.1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks. I begin with Black Elk's Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War. During his long life, Black Elk lived out his vision in three overlapping roles: as a traditional healer, a Catholic teacher, and a revivalist of Indigenous traditions. In the midst of great tragedy, Black Elk wove these three strands into one beautiful life exemplifying survival, hope, and reconciliation. We will discuss the relevance of Black Elk's legacy for broader questions of Abenaki survival in Northern New England, hope in the face of global environmental problems, and reconciliation in the midst of growing political and religious sectarianism. This talk is based on extensive historical research, extended residency in Indian Country, and continuing conversation with Lakota elders.

About the presenter: Damian Costello received his Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Dayton and specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk and the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism. Costello was born and raised in Vermont and his work is informed by five years of ethnographic work on the Navajo Nation. Costello is on the faculty of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community (formerly the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies).

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Please register below.


2-Part Adult Art Series with Corinne Roberts!

  • Part I: Caricatures/Portraiture on Monday, November 8th at 6:00 pm 

       

  • Part II: Illustrative Figure Drawing on Wednesday, November 10th at 6:00 pm

       

Join us for a fun and casual, online drawing class with artist and illustrator Corinne Roberts to kick off DPL's Adult Summer Reading week on zoom! In Session 1, and using simple shapes and line techniques learn the basic steps to draw portraits and exaggerate facial features! Session 2 will use basic shapes to create characters and movement. Attendees need simple paper, pencil and an eraser to follow along. 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. Registration is required to receive the link. 

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.


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. 

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. 

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.