Archive for May, 2011

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Meet the Author: Jean Bradley Anderson

May 24, 2011

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Durham County Library, Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Rd. (map and directions)
Contact Information: Joanne Abel 560-0268 or joanneabel@durhamcountync.govCover of Durham County by Jean Bradley Anderson

For the past twenty-one years, those of us with questions about Durham’s history have made a beeline for one book: Jean Bradley Anderson’s Durham County, first published in 1990 by our friends at the Duke University Press.

Now, Mrs. Anderson’s second edition of Durham County, released in April, tells Durham’s history up to the end of the twentieth century.

To celebrate, the Duke University Archives has joined with the Durham County Library to present an afternoon with Jean Bradley Anderson. Join us at the Durham County Library’s Main Library, where Mrs. Anderson will discuss this monumental book, as well as interesting and surprising moments in her research. She’ll also answer questions from the audience—so here’s your chance to ask the expert historian everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Durham! A book signing and refreshments will follow the discussion.

Can’t make the event? Leave us a comment and let us know what you’d like to ask Jean!

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Friends Book Sorters Win Commissioners’ Community Circle Award

May 23, 2011

Tonight at the County Commissioners’ meeting, the Friends Book Sorters will receive the Commissioner’s Community Circle Award. This award recognizes the outstanding dedication and extraordinary services provided by community organizations to Durham’s citizens.

The Friends Book Sorters — the group of 20+ volunteers who run the book sales — are behind-the-scenes workers whose labor and retail acumen fund the generous contributions of the Friends of the Durham Library to library programs and services.

It’s difficult (and painful, too!) to imagine our library without the Friends’ support. There would be no library newsletter, no Season’s Readings, no RIF book giveaway during Summer Reading. There would be no Wii games at the library, no book club kits, no LDC projectors in the meeting rooms and no computer classes outside Main Library. And those are just some of the obvious things that library patrons would notice right away.

Library customers and staff depend on support from the Friends. Last year, the Friends gave the library $100,000 for dozens of projects ranging from scholarships for library staff to attend college, to a machine that cleans and repairs CDs and DVDs.

Anyone can support the Friends (http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/friends.php) by becoming a member and by shopping at the booksales. If you would like to become involved as a Friends volunteer, or if you have questions about the Friends, please email the library’s staff liaison to the Friends, Anastasia Bush, at abush@durhamcountync.gov.

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Staff Development Day

May 11, 2011

All branches of the library will be closed on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 for our Staff Development Day. This day offers all the DCL staff the opportunity to join together in one place to talk, learn and share. It’s nice for all of us to get together as we often don’t see each other except during these events.

We will reopen for regular hours on Thursday, May 12th. We’ll see you then!