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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!

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.


The Art of Networking with Gary Gekow

  • Monday, November 1st at 6:00 pm 

Join DPL to welcome back employment expert Gary Gekow to present The Art of Networking. Job fairs, corporate hiring events, Meetups and other online social media platforms are just some of the avenues where people can promote their networking skills and grow their career community. While attending these events and dropping off a resume is a good start, deeper engagement is required in today’s job market. We will discuss networking strategies to better enhance your employment attainment prospects.

About the presenter: Gary Gekow is a Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach with 30 years of recruiting and employment services experience in the Boston staffing industry. He works closely with client companies in many industries and job seekers in various specialties.

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


A Guide to Interviewing for Graduating Students and their Families with Gary Gekow

  • Wednesday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm 

Join DPL to welcome back employment expert Gary Gekow to present  A Guide to Interviewing for Graduating Students and their Families. This skills-based workshop is geared toward high school students embarking on college interviews and college graduates facing employment interviews. Human Resource Managers and College Admissions Officers have high expectations as it relates to interview processes. In this session, we will learn a variety of strategies to help students navigate through this challenging experience. We will review key preparation checklists and examine best practices to help create a unique voice that will separate individual students from the pack of others. We will also discuss social media and the dangers of posting too much.

About the presenter: Gary Gekow is a Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach with 30 years of recruiting and employment services experience in the Boston staffing industry. He works closely with client companies in many industries and job seekers in various specialties.

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


 

2-Part Adult Art Series with Corinne Roberts

  • Part I: Caricatures and 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 series with artist and illustrator Corinne Roberts 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 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.


 

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.