Archive for July, 2011

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Harry and the Potters Rock the Casbah

July 19, 2011

Nationally known rock band Harry and the Potters returned to Durham to celebrate the opening of the final movie in the series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Fans packed the Casbah in downtown Durham as the band rocked Harry Potter related tunes.

Thanks to the Durham Library Foundation for sponsoring the band’s return to the Bull City.

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Pit Stop Rally at Main Delights Summer Readers

July 16, 2011

Are we there yet?

Summer Readers were encouraged to reach their reading goals at today’s Pit Stop Rally at the Main Library.

A little break in the heat made for a beautiful day for train rides, face painting, a moon bounce, classic cars from the Durham Street Rods and performances from Didgeridoo Down Under and Bright Star Children’s Theatre.

Summer Reading lasts through August 13, when there will be grand prize drawings for everyone at finale’s throughout the library system. Check out the summer reading pages at http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/2011_sr.php.

Keep reading and stay cool!

Moon Bounce


Moon Bounce 2

Inside the Moon Bounce


Spinning Log Bounce

Try to stay on your feet!


Durham Street Rod

A Durham Street Rod classic car.


Didgeridoo Down Under

Didgeridoo Down Under


Library Director, Tammy Baggett

Library Director, Tammy Baggett


Bright Star Children's Theatre

Bright Star Children's Theatre

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Vote for Your Book!

July 5, 2011

It was Jay O’Berski’s idea to poll the public for the 2011 Banned Books Onstage on Sept. 24 at Main Library. We loved the suggestion to get the library audience involved in selecting the books.

For the third year running, Jay O’Berski and Dana Marks will lead a troupe of professional actors in this production by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Jay says, “What better way to support a community’s love of reading than by bringing their favorite stories to life?” You can vote for your favorite books at this link http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/banned_book_vote.php and help spread the word by inviting your friends to vote too.

In the past, the troupe chose from a list of books that were banned from schools, libraries and bookstores. They selected seven to 10 scenes to mount a thrilling performance that celebrates our freedom to read. Most memorable for me was Michael Goolsby’s interpretation of And Tango Makes Three. This children’s book is based on a true story about two male penguins raising a chick together. Goolsby’s emotion and palpable desire for a family wrenched my heart. This banned book has been called anti-family and unsuited for young children.

Please vote and prepare to open your mind and heart on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library auditorium. In a 90-minute, professionally-staged performance – costumes, live music, professional lighting – you will directly experience the language, emotions, insights and perspectives of the banned works. A talk-back with the actors will follow the performance.

Anastasia Bush, Durham County Library Grant Writer