Archive for July, 2010

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It’s like we were giving away money!

July 29, 2010

Yesterday was the Grand Open House for the new South Regional Library (4505 S. Alston Avenue), and what a day it was! We had an incredible number of people streaming through the doors, oooohing and aaaaahing over the new library. If you weren’t part of the fun yesterday, you should definitely put South Regional on your “to visit’ list!

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Changes in Library Services

July 12, 2010

Effective July 7, the library system began closing on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. due to budget cutbacks. We selected Wednesday evenings based on a study that indicated slightly lower library usage at that time. We regret this inconvenience.

In addition, the maximum number of holds per customer will decrease from 25 to 15 effective July 19th. Decreasing the number of holds will allow us to make your materials available in a more timely manner.

Finally, the number of days holds will remain on the shelf will increase to 8 days effective immediately. We received feedback that the 6-day period we had recently implemented did not always provide enough time for pick-up. Your input is important to us. We hope this change will suit your schedule.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please continue to let us know how we can provide you with a great library experience.

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50 Years of an Icon

July 8, 2010

If you have been reading the paper, the internet, watching TV or basically keeping your eyes and ears open, you know that this month (July 11th, specifically), marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. This beloved and sometimes-controversial classic has been read and re-read by millions of people and (I heard on the radio today), that since 1960, 1,300 babies have been named “Atticus.”

On Sunday, July 11th at 3:00 pm at the Main Library (300 N. Roxboro St.), the library will be holding a celebration of To Kill A Mockingbird. Jay O’Berski and Dana Marks of The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern will be co-directing great local actors in scenes adapted from the book. It’s going to be terrifically hot outside, so you should join us at what promises to be a super-cool performance (plus, it’s free). Thanks to The Regulator Bookshop for co-presenting and to Durham Library Foundation, which provided financial support for this program.

Marian Fragola
Adult Programming and Humanities Coordinator