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Join Us For These Upcoming Events!

*All library sponsored programs have been cancelled or postponed during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Events will be updated as we have new information. 

DPL's Library Haiku Contest Is Still Happening! Taking Submissions Now! Celebrate & Participate in National Poetry Month 2020 at DPL! 

  • Write a library-themed haiku of 17 syllables or less in 3 lines.
  • Submit your haiku to durhampl@gmail.com anytime! A final submission date will be posted as we receive more information regarding the library reopening date.
  • Submissions will be posted anonymously in the library lobby for public voting through April's National Poetry Month or for the month following the library's reopening!
  • The winner  will be announced...TBA!
  • Open to all!
  • Winner will receive a $100 cash prize and publication on our website and in our newsletter! 

CPR/AED & First Aid Combination Course with McGregor EMS

  • Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 4th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

This course is designed to prepare students to provide First Aid + CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. 

Registration is required for this course. Please visit www.cprsafe.org to register with McGregor EMS

Spring Into Music! with Robert Hoffman

Postponed til further notice

  • Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm

Composers looking for inspiration often turn to the spring season as one of their most fertile sources. This series will spend 3 sessions listening to and discussing varying looks at spring and covering several genres including: classical music, jazz, the American songbook, as well as some international works. We will also discuss the poetry of spring and how it is captured in musical works.

No registration required. Attend one session or all! 

Visiting Our National Parks: A Travel Talk with John Bunker 

Postponed til further notice

  • Tuesday, May 19th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL to welcome John Bunker to share images and lessons learned from his travels to several of his favorite national parks including Yellowstone, Glacier, Badlands, and Canyonlands. John has experience organizing trips for family, friends, and clients to safely explore our national parks and has visited almost 30 parks and spent over 150 days in Yellowstone National Park during all seasons.

This presentation, and lessons learned, will focus on how to plan your trip and cover the following topics: logistics and travel, lodging and dinning options, budget considerations, and safety issues while hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing

No registration required! All are welcome!

In the Gallery during February and March!

The photography of Julee Holcombe & Michael Cardinali


                                          courtesy of Michael Cardinali

About the Art:

Julee Holcombe:

Holcombe’s work focuses on the questionability of photography’s truth telling ability in which to distill our sense of time and curiosity. She makes pictures predominantly with digital technology and software applications. Her work is both documentary, fictional, autobiographical, and reflects the world in which we live today. The landscapes she documents can be decades apart or miles apart as then they are re-assembled to create her own mythic reality.

Michael Cardinali:

"Responding to the way paintings give expressive quality to line and tone, I created these photographs using sticks and plants, bringing them indoors and often making multiple exposures on 8x10 film to add depth, shading and a sense of atmosphere. I wanted to push these found materials to the edge of abstraction so they could exist as both shape and object, arrangement and imaginary place. I am attempting to echo the implicit and explicit gifts of the environment with constructions that speak to wonder, curiosity and mortality in the language of darkness and light."

                                    Courtesy of Julee Holcombe

Biographical Information:

Julee Holcombe:

Julee Holcombe received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Photography and sculpture and later to later receive an MFA in Photography and Electronic Media at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD. She is a tenured Professor at the University of New Hampshire and won a Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. Holcombe’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably the British Museum of Art in London England; Portland Museum of Art, ME; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA and recently in Phoenix Museum of Art.

Michael Cardinali:

Michael Cardinali received a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and teaches photography at the University of New Hampshire, where he is Lecturer in Art and Art History. His first monograph, LOST Boston, was published in 2018 by +Kris Graves Projects. He has exhibited across the US and internationally, and was recently awarded a Clowes Fund Fellowship to attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.