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Join Us For These Upcoming Events!

*All in-person library sponsored programs have been cancelled or postponed during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Events will be updated as we have new information and all currently scheduled programs will take place virtually until further notice. 

Register for these virtual programs today!

Summer Sundays Meditation & Yoga 

  • Sunday evenings from May 30 thru July 30 *no class on July 4th at 7:30 pm

Join DPL to welcome back Jiong Jiong Hu, who will present  meditative yoga sessions virtually from May 30 thru July! 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, 25

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. 


Illustrative Landscapes with Corinne Roberts

  • Tuesday, June 29th 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! Using basic shapes and simple line techniques, create landscapes from your imagination or illustrate from live/picture references. 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 below 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.

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  

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  • Thursday, August 5th - Bleeding control  


Sustainability: An American Literary History with Abby Goode

  • Monday, July 12th at 6:00 pm

What is sustainability? And how has American literature shaped our understanding of this concept, in ways both surprising and disturbing? This interactive program begins with a discussion of current ideas about sustainability. Then, we will go back in time to examine Thomas Jefferson's vision of American agricultural abundance, which he contrasted with an overpopulated and under-resourced Europe. Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, writers such as Walt Whitman and Charlotte Perkins Gilman drew on Jefferson's agrarian vision to respond to sustainability crises of their time. But in so doing, they depicted selective breeding and racial "improvement" as the solution to population crises and the path to agricultural plenty. We will explore this particularly eugenic conception of sustainability and discuss what new or different versions of sustainability might prove more useful in our current moment.

About the presenter: Abby L. Goode is Assistant Professor of English at Plymouth State University. Currently, she is writing a book about the history of sustainability, agriculture, and population control in American literature. Her research appears or is forthcoming in venues such as Early American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, and American Studies in Scandinavia. She teaches courses in American literature, critical theory, wilderness literature, writing and sustainability, and American food issues.

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

Homer's Odysseus with Sebastian Lockwood

  • Wednesday, July 14th at 6:00 pm

Using the well known scenes of The Odyssey, Sebastian Lockwood delivers the passion and intensity of the great epic that deserves to be heard told as it was by bards in the days of old. Lockwood says, "The best compliment is when a ten-year-old comes up and says, 'I felt like I was there.'" That is the magic of this performance that takes all ages alike back into the text.A Q&A session following the presentation focuses on translations and the storytelling techniques used by Homer.

About the presenter: Storyteller and teacher, Sebastian Lockwood tells the great epics: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Caesar, Beowulf and Monkey. His studies in Classics and Anthropology at Boston University and Cambridge University in the UK laid the foundation for bringing these great tales into performance. Lockwood's performances are designed to take complex texts and make them accessible and exciting for audiences from 5 to 95. Lockwood has tutored and taught classes in higher education for 25 years. He now concentrates on performance, workshops and studio recording. Lockwood lives under Crotched Mountain with his wife, jazz singer and storyteller Nanette Perrotte.

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

Storytelling in the Digital Age with Ann McClellan

  • Monday, July 19th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL and the New Hampshire Humanities Council to welcome Ann McClellan to DPL's Adult Summer Reading program line-up! 

More and more, the contemporary reading public is turning to digital technology as a means of experiencing literature. The Internet, hyperlink technology, the popularity of e-readers, and readers' desire for multimedia experiences seem, on the surface, to put the future of the book at risk. Scholars for decades have been lamenting the rise of technology and prophesying the death of the book and the humanities. However, rather than seeing one technology (the Internet) defeat another (the printed book), perhaps we are witnessing the dawn of a new genre: digital literature. In an interactive discussion, participants will explore how technology is affecting how we read, write, and experience stories. We will learn about the history and development of electronic literature and hypertext media, the rise of social media and how it affects digital literature (fan fiction, online role playing games, Twitterature, etc.); and the rise of the emerging field of transmedia storytelling where media conglomerates purposefully design texts to work across multiple media platforms.

About the presenter: Ann McClellan is professor of English and Associate Provost at Plymouth State University where she teaches 19th and 20th century British literature. She is the author of How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel (2012), Sherlock's World: Fanfiction and the Reimagining of BBC's Sherlock (2018), and several articles on cultural topics ranging from servants on screen to social media, fan fiction, and Sherlock Holmes. She is currently writing a new monograph on race and Sherlock Holmes adaptations.

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