Archive for August, 2011


Two upcoming program at Durham County Library

August 17, 2011

We have two great programs coming up on Sunday and Monday.

Louis Austin, The Carolina Times and the Long Black Freedom Struggle
Sunday, August 21, 3pm, Main Library Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Louis Austin, long-time owner and editor of Durham’s historically black newspaper, The Carolina Times, was a force to be reckoned with in Durham and NC’s civil rights struggle. This Sunday, August 21, at 3:00 in the Main Library auditorium, Jerry Gershenhorn, associate professor of history at North Carolina Central, will speak about Austin’s life and work in a talk entitled “Louis Austin, The Carolina Times and the Long Black Freedom Struggle.” Ken Edmonds, grandson of Austin and current Carolina Times publisher, will also say a few words about his grandfather.

To see online issues of the Times from the 1930s-1950s, go to .

Duke Transformed: The Making of A Major Research University in the Post WWII Era
Monday, August 22, 7p.m., Main Library Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro St.
In the decades after WWII, Duke’s student body, programs and facilities expanded dramatically. Maintaining a cohesive look and flow for the campus in this era of rapid growth was a challenge, one that Duke also faces today. Executive Vice President, Tallman Trask and University Architect, John Pearce, will guide us through the changing visions for campus architecture over the last five decades and provide insights into Duke’s current approach to campus planning.


Library Programs Thursday, August 4 & Sunday, August 7

August 2, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Join Dr. Sharon P. Holland, associate professor of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, for a discussion of race as it relates to agribusiness, farmers’ markets and the slow food culture. Rarely do scholars investigate the cultural bias of food. For example, a “bête noir” is a rich, flourless, chocolate cake
that translates “black beast.” How does a term so loaded become part of the food studies lexicon? Dr. Holland will explore this and other food issues with us.

Sunday, August 7, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Rosie the Riveter appears at the library! During World War II, women riveted, welded and made bullets, working in defense industry factories to aid the war effort. Rosie the Riveter is a composite figure drawn from records and memories of actual women defense workers, unsung heroines who helped to win the war. Dr. Sally Ann Drucker, who previously appeared here as Emma Goldman, presents this costumed re-creation.


Library Staff in Yellow

August 2, 2011

Some of you might have already noticed that the Library staff are wearing the same yellow T-shirts on certain days. The brilliant yellow T-shirt has one of the cute graphics from this year’s Summer Reading theme, One World Many Stories. The staff are all in yellow on Wednesdays. And we love the shirts!