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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.


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.



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

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


Summer Reading Kickoff Goes County-wide June 17 & 18

June 15, 2011

Join us for this year’s Summer Reading Kickoff Festivals!

For the first time ever, the Festivals will be held at every library throughout Durham County. Each celebration will have a carnival feel and will feature activities, games, refreshments, giveaways, music connected to a world theme and free RIF books for children.

The 2011 summer reading theme is ‘One World, Many Stories’ and the library has planned an exciting summer of world-class reading fun. Everyone will get an opportunity to ‘visit and explore’ any continent, country, city, town or village to learn about world cultures, dress, food, music and more.

Join us for the kickoff and throughout the summer, and enjoy “One world, many stories.”

Here’s the kickoff schedule:

Day/Date/Time:             Friday, June 17, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bragtown Library & Family Literacy Center,
3200 Dearborn Dr.
McDougald Terrace Community Library, 1101 Lawson St.


Day/Date/Time:             Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Main Library,
300 N. Roxboro St.
East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Ln.
North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd.
South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St.

Cost:                                       Free and open to the public


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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March 2, 2011

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