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Join us for these upcoming programs!

Come craft with DPL!

Bring your own project and join us for an evening of conversation and hand crafts.  Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or do another craft, we will have a space for you. Chairs and tables will be available for use.

All are welcome, no registration required.






Mahjong on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30

Games are 3-4 experienced players.  Please register if you are interested in a beginner class.  








Art Exhibit - Kara Hunt

Join artist Kara Hunt to view her display of paintings in the gallery for the month of May.  








Weekly Chess Club is at DPL!

Join us on Tuesday mornings for friendly chess matches.  Whether you are a beginner or experienced player, come and have some fun!








 Dungeons and Dragons with Dungeon Master Dave 

Join DPL for a weekly night of Dungeons and Dragons! These games are for patrons age 18 and up.



Join the Durham Public Library Book Discussion

The Durham Public Library will be meeting to discuss the book choice of the month.  All are welcome!  This meeting is also available in a hybrid format via Zoom.  Please email Library Director Sheryl Bass for the Zoom link - sbass@ci.durham.nh.us.








History and Mystery: A Genealogy Starter Guide

Are you interested in family history? Do you spend a lot of time in graveyards wondering about the names behind the stones? Then you just might be a genealogy enthusiast! Genealogy is the exploration of ancestral lines and can be done through countless records, resources and artifacts. Join us to explore useful methods for research planning through the case study of Elsie Gaskin (an eccentric librarian from New Hampshire) and become a better researcher along the way. No registration is required, all are welcome.  Program will be held at the Library.





Author Talk with Keith O'Brien

He has written four books, been a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, been longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and has contributed to multiple publications over the years.

O’Brien’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and on National Public Radio. His radio stories have aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, as well as Marketplace and This American Life.

The Wall Street Journal calls his latest book, CHARLIE HUSTLE, "compulsively readable and wholly terrific." Publishers Weekly calls it "definitive and elegantly told, this is a home run," and Kirkus Reviews hails CHARLIE HUSTLE as a "masterpiece of a sports biography."

Join us on June 5 at 6:30 for a presentation and book signing.  No registration is required, all are welcome.  Program will be held at the Library.

June Book Bunch!June Book Bunch

Join us on the second Tuesday of the month to discuss the book The Keeper of Lost Things a novel by Ruth Hogan. Copies of the book can be borrowed at the Circulation Desk by June 11th. All are welcome!







Understanding Alzheimer's and DementiaUnderstanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Learn basic information on the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages, risk factors, research and FDA-approved treatments. We will meet on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30pm in the Oyster River Room of the library.







Introduction to a Community Drum Circle

Beginers welcome. Will be held outside on the library lawn. In case of rain we will meet in the Oyster River Community room.

Mary Bencks | Drum Bio

Mary Bencks’ drum story began 16 years ago, when a friend mentioned she had a djembe and wished she had people to drum with. Mary responded, “What’s a djembe?” and, and enthusiastic, “I’ll drum with you!” They gathered a group of friends and whatever percussion instruments they happened to have, for an evening drum circle. It was so much fun, so energizing, and powerful, they all purchased djembes, began taking workshops, and have been drumming together ever since.

In addition to her drum circle, Mary is a member of “Shakti Rhythms”, a small group, focused on playing Middle Eastern drums and rhythms.

For Mary, facilitating a drum circle is not just about “teaching” people to play, it’s about giving people permission to play by creating a supportive, fun, environment, encouraging community and connection.