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Discover Oceans of Possibilities During Adult Summer Reading At DPL!!

June 27th through July 29th

Take our 2022 Adult Summer Reading Challenge! 

  • Download a challenge card HERE or pick one up at the library!
  • Complete any or all of the listed challenges during the 5 weeks of summer reading (June 27-July 29).
  • Bring your card to the library (or drop it in the bookdrop, email it to us, return it however you like - we're flexible!) and we'll mark off any challenges you complete! 
  • You will receive one raffle ticket for each completed challenge! 
  • Raffle tickets are entered into our summer reading prize drawing and we draw 2 prize totes at the end of each week.
  • FAQs: You do not have to complete all the challenges, just do the ones you want! Any tickets not drawn will roll over into the next week. (Ex. if you complete 2 challenges in week 1 and 2 challenges in week 2 and are not drawn, you will still have all 4 raffle tickets in the drawing on week 3). All raffle prizes are drawn on Friday afternoons before the library closes. This program is open to all. 

 


Drop-in Shell Painting in the Cafe!

Each Wednesday during summer reading from 12-4:00 pm

Looking for some quiet crafting? Each Wednesday during summer reading, shell painting stations will be set up in the library cafe with supplies and instructions for adults to drop-in and relax! 

This program is free, open to all, does not require registration and takes place in-person at the Durham Public Library. 


Oceans of Possibilities Summer Film Series! This Week: Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World 

Tuesday, July 5th at 6:00 pm

Ready to beat the heat? Join us on three Tuesdays in July upstairs in the Oyster River Room for free popcorn and a feature film! This week's film is Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe. 

This program is free, open to all, does not require registration and takes place in-person at the Durham Public Library. 


Seascapes! Adult Sketching Class with Corinne Roberts 

Thursday, July 7th at 6:00 pm

Join Durham Public Library to welcome back Corinne Roberts to our DPL Adult Summer Reading programming! Using basic shapes, line techniques and shading, learn the process of developing perspective to create a realistic or imaginary seascapes. No prior drawing experience is needed. Attendees only need simple paper, pencil and eraser. 

About the artist: 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.

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


Childe Hassam & American Impressionism with Jane Oneail  

Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL to welcome back Culturally Curious's Jane Oneail for our Oceans of Possibilities Adult Summer Reading programming. Jane will present her program on Childe Hassam & American Impressionism via zoom on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 pm. Learn more about the Impressionist style in America and its leading practitioner, Childe Hassam. Follow the artist from his European training, to the Old Lyme Art Colony, to the Isles of Shoals as he captured the beauty of the New England coast and inspired his fellow Impressionists.

About the presenter: Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England and beyond. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com. 

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


Summer Concerts on the Lawn! This week: Hungrytown!

Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 pm

Join DPL on the evening of July 13th to welcome folk duo Hungrytown to the library as part of our summer reading programming! This concert is free, open to all and will take place outdoors at the library. This summer's concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Public Library. 

About Hungrytown: After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson--otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown--have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting. Lyricist Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK). Hall and Anderson met in New York City, where they had already been performing regularly--Hall as a jazz singer, and Anderson as a drummer for a variety of garage bands.  Hall released two solo albums, Rebecca Hall Sings! (2000) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians. They continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown’s music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel’s hit series, Portlandia. 


Oceans of Possibilities Summer Film Series! This Week: Jaws!

Tuesday, July 19th at 6:00 pm

Ready to beat the heat? Join us on three Tuesdays in July upstairs in the Oyster River Room for free popcorn and a feature film! This week's film is Steven Spielberg's classic, Jaws. 

This program is free, open to all, does not require registration and takes place in-person at the Durham Public Library. 


Summer Concerts on the Lawn! This week: The Kelly Girls! 

Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30 pm

Join DPL on the evening of July 20th to welcome the Boston-based Kelly Girls back to the library as part of our summer reading programming! This concert is free, open to all and will take place outdoors at the library. This summer's concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Public Library. 

About the Kelly Girls: The Kelly Girls have quickly gained recognition as one of the most entertaining Celtic Bands in New England. Rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in the Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Canada and America along with captivating harmonies and instrumentation lend to their signature sound. For The Kelly Girls, Celtic music is about storytelling, complete with varying degrees of instrumentation and lyrics. “We respect the historical compositions that we carry forward, we recognize that we are also part of a new generation of storytellers. We feel connected to our common humanity, and the thread of hope and dreams that weave us together, continue to connect us to each other.” 


Oceans of Possibilities Summer Film Series! This Week: Ocean's Eleven

Tuesday, July 26th at 6:00 pm

Ready to beat the heat? Join us on three Tuesdays in July upstairs in the Oyster River Room for free popcorn and a feature film! This week's film is Ocean's Eleven with George Clooney, Brad Pitt et. al. 

This program is free, open to all, does not require registration and takes place in-person at the Durham Public Library.