What do off-beat artist Andy Warhol, dandy playwright Oscar Wilde, and contemporary author J. California Cooper have in common? They’ve all been the subject of recent humanities programs at Durham County Library. If you are a fan of intellectually stimulating fare, I encourage you to join the 150 (and counting!) members of the recently-founded Durham Library Foundation Humanities Society. It’s like a “frequent buyer” program, but for folks who attend multiple humanities programs at the library — “frequent attenders” if you will.
To join this who’s who of the culturally curious, simply fill out a short form the next time you come to a humanities program. You will receive a membership card and membership number. Each time you attend a humanities program, a staff person or volunteer punch your card. Society members that attend six programs in a calendar year will be entitled to special events, invitation-only receptions and other benefits. We are even speeding up the process so that if you attend just three humanities events by May, you will be invited to an off-site reception in a great downtown location. Please mark your calendar for one of the many humanities programs at the library. Coming up next? A book discussion of James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On the Mountain, moderated by Dr. Lynne Jefferson, Visiting Assistant Professor at North Carolina Central University. The discussion will be March 6 at 2:00 pm at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville Street, so check out a copy and start reading this classic novel about a young man’s birthday in 1930s Harlem.
I can’t promise that attending humanities programs makes you more successful or better looking, but I can promise that they’ll make you better informed and provide excellent cocktail party bon mots.
See you at the library!
Marian Fragola, Adult Programming and Humanities Coordinator