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We Could Not Do It Without the Friends

November 3, 2011

Thank you Friends of the Durham Library for making yesterday possible. We launched our opening day collection of ebooks!

Twice a year the Friends ask library staff to put together proposals on how best to spend the money earned at all the book sales the Friends hold. Each proposal is reviewed and ranked and voted on and the winning proposals are funded. This past spring we asked for money to start our ebook collection and the Friends came through for us.

So if you are enjoying our latest offering, ebooks, thank a Friends, better yet, join the Friends and support the book sales they have going on all year.

To learn how ebooks work with DCL check out our Ebooks Basics Page.


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!


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 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


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 ( 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


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!


Today is THE DAY

May 24, 2010

We know you have been waiting patiently – now the day has finally arrived. Please join us for the GRAND OPEN HOUSE of Southwest Regional Library. Festivities begin at 10:00am with a ribbon cutting. The doors will open at 10:30 and we will have festivities throughout the day. Please see our calendar for the schedule. See you there!


Getting Even Greener

February 23, 2010

Public libraries were green before green was the new black.

Way before it was popular or trendy (though it has always been smart) public libraries were all about re-using resources. By making printed and recorded information available to the masses, libraries have been saving trees and decreasing the amount of waste sent to landfills for centuries. When it came to being green, we were hundreds of years ahead of our time.

Durham County libraries are even greener than most. Thanks to the foresight and vision of the county’s leadership, all of our regional libraries are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. This means the buildings are designed to reduce negative environmental effects and to improve occupant health and well-being.

So, in keeping with this tradition of being green, last year the library’s Marketing and Development Division decided to discontinue the practice of buying and handing out plastic bags to our customers who leave with armloads of books. Instead, we purchased recyclable, re-usable library bags. We made the bags available for check out, and we crossed our fingers that our customers would appreciate this new effort to help the environment.

The response has been great! Customers are checking out the bags and using them to cart their materials back and forth. We can’t keep them on the racks at the Main Library, and other locations are starting to see an increase in the bags’ popularity as well.

We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for our customers by allowing them to check out up to three bags per card (for those who leave their bag at home from time to time, like me). Customers can also renew their bags an unlimited number of times. That way, they don’t have to worry about returning the bag, only to check it out again.

Our green experiment has been a great success. Not only have customers responded enthusiastically, but the county has taken notice as well. This month, the library will have the honor of being named the first ever recipient of the Durham County Environmental Impact Award for our re-usable tote bags.

Tobin Fried, of the County’s Sustainability Office, created this quarterly award to recognize teams of employees who have been instrumental in reducing waste, conserving natural resources and improving our environment. The Board of County Commissioners will recognize members of the library’s Marketing and Development Division at an upcoming meeting.

We are thrilled to be helping the environment with our tote bags, honored to be receiving this award from the county and very happy that we are carrying on the green legacy created so long ago by public libraries everywhere.

Re-use, Recycle, Re-Read!

Gina Rozier
Marketing and Development Manager