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!


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.


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!


Take our eBook Survey

March 2, 2011

Please take a moment and fill out our eBook survey. http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/readers/ebook_survey.php


Friends Book Sale Oct 1-3

September 10, 2010

The biggest Library Friends Book Sale yet will take place Oct. 1–3 at the Main Library in downtown Durham. For the last six months, since April’s book sale, 20 Friends volunteers have been sorting, pricing and categorizing thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and audio books for this sale.

Donations have poured into all library locations, especially the two new regional libraries in South Durham. To keep up with the generosity of the Durham community, volunteers worked in the library garage every week during this summer of record high temperatures.

Most books at the Friends Book Sales are donated and many are in gift-giving condition. Friends volunteers examine every item to make sure it is in good condition for sale.

You can help the Friends and the library by donating your gently used (free of damage, dirt, mold, rot and excessive markings) books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. One small box or bag is welcome at any library. Large donations may be brought to the Main Library on Tuesday mornings when the Friends are sorting and can help unload.

Your Friends membership also supports the work of the Friends for the Durham County Library. More information about the Friends is at http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/friends, or call Library/Friends Liaison Anastasia Bush at 919-560-0190.


It’s like we were giving away money!

July 29, 2010

Yesterday was the Grand Open House for the new South Regional Library (4505 S. Alston Avenue), and what a day it was! We had an incredible number of people streaming through the doors, oooohing and aaaaahing over the new library. If you weren’t part of the fun yesterday, you should definitely put South Regional on your “to visit’ list!