49 Madbury Road - Durham, NH 03824 - durhampl@gmail.com - 603-868-6699

        Library Hours
            Monday 12-8
           Tuesday 10-8
          Wednesday 10-8
           Thursday 10-8
              Friday 10-5
            Saturday 10-2

November 28 - Dec. 3

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Durham Public Library Board of Trustees

Minutes and Agendas

Foster's Daily Democrat
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Town of Durham Website
Town of Durham website
Salem Health Medical Guide
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New York Times Bestsellers

This Week in History

Britannica NH Downloadable Books Genealogy and Local History

Snowflake Social
Tues. Dec. 6, 4-6 pm
2nd Annual Library Snowflake Social 4-6 pm
Come one, come all! 
Crafting with Artist Jane Shannon, origami stars
Tasty Treats for everyone
Spinning Wheel demonstration with Katie Ellis
Live Music with Dave Howland, Steve Diamond
and Mike Hawley
5:30 pm Unveiling of the 2016 Gingerbread House
Created by Trudy Higgins Brown
Held in the Oyster River Community Room

Special Family Program: Sugar Cookie Decorating!
Saturday Dec. 3rd at 10:30 am
Join us for a fun family art program at the Durham Public Library on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:30 a.m. We will be decorating festive sugar cookies.  Come and be creative and decorate some tasty treats!  All are welcome!

DPL Community Meet & Greet : Meet Rose Bebris, a Final Candidate for the DPL Director Position
Monday, December 12 at 7:00pm

The Durham Public Library Board of Trustees cordially invite you to meet a finalist for the DPL Director position. Please join us this Monday, December 12th from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Oyster River Room at the Durham Pubic Library.  Rose will discuss about her background and her vision for a 21st century library.  There will be time for the community to ask questions and light refreshments will be served.


Brief candidate background:

Rose grew up in Pelham NH, graduated cum laude in English from UNH and received her Master’s in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.  Rose’s entire career has been spent in libraries—from her position as a page at the Nashua Public Library before and during her undergraduate years at UNH to her current position as the Director of the Florence Community Library in Florence, Arizona.  While Rose has served as the Director in Florence for almost twelve years, she also worked in children and youth services for more than a decade in both NH and AZ prior to her current post.  Rose is an active member of the Arizona Library Association and serves as Chair of the Pinal County Library District Federation.

Book Donation Week
Nov. 28 thru Dec. 3
Accepting gently used books and DVD's November 28 thru December 3. 
Thank you for your donations. 
Seacoast Area Firefighters Toy Bank
Toy collection Nov. 28 thru Dec. 20
We are proud to support the Seacoast Fire Fighters Toy Bank again this year.  They will have a Toy Bank drop off box at the library between Nov. 28 thru Dec. 20.
Want to do a good deed and get your overdue library late fees erased?  Donate an unwrapped new toy and your fines will be erased.  This does not apply to lost items. 

Gundalow Family Program with the Gundalow Company!
Sat. Dec. 10th at 10:30 am
Take a trip through time with the Gundalow Company and explore the Piscataqua Region through stories, activities and crafts.  Using models and maps we’ll talk about the historical role of the Gundalow on our Rivers. We’ll take a look at the amazing network of rivers outside our doors and read some books about the Rivers and life in the water.  Test your skills as a sailor by tying some knots, building your own Gundalow model, creating Gundalow origami, and designing your own plankton.  All ages and all are welcome!

Need assistance using computers and iPads?
By appointment
Are you needing assistance using computers and iPads? The library offers help. 
Call or inquire at the circulation desk and schedule an appointment. 868-6699 or email  durhampl@gmail.com
YA Monday - Post-It Note Murals! Decorate the YA room!
Monday, December 5th at 2:45PM
Drop by the YA room at 2:45 PM on Monday, December 5th to help us decorate the YA room with new post-it note murals.   Come be creative and make the YA room your own.  This program is designed for young adults ages 10 and up. Snacks provided!
Save the dates!   Monday, Dec. 12th:  Holiday Movie:  Elf!

Teen Advisory Board!
Monday, December 5th at 6:30PM
The teen advisory board is open to kids ages 10 and up! We want to hear from you! Tell the staff about books you would like to see in the collection, activities you want to try, movies you want to watch, or anything else you feel we should know. During our monthly meeting we will also enjoy local pizza!

This month we will be decorating cookies and making recipe books.  Bring in a recipe to share!


Preschool Storytimes - Mittens and Winter Clothing!
Tuesday Dec. 6th and Thursday Dec. 8th at 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime!  This week: Mittens and Winter Clothing!  Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, feltboard and a fun craft to bring home. All are welcome. 

Raccoon Readers - A book club for 2nd - 4th grade!
Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00PM
Join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m.  for Raccoon Readers, our book club for 2nd -4th graders! Discuss the book, play some games, and make a craft! Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. This month's book is "The Very Honorable League of Pirates:  Magic Marks the Spot" by Caroline Carlson.

Baby Lap-sit Program
Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 10:30AM
Join us each Wednesday at 10:30AM for our baby lap-sit program for children and their care-givers from infancy to age 2. There will be songs, stories, movement, rhymes and a chance to socialize. All are welcome!

Bookeaters Reading Group (Ages 10 &up)
Wednesday, December 14th at 2:45PM NOTE DATE CHANGE!!
Join our middle school book club The Bookeaters, led by Ruth Wharton McDonald, UNH Professor of Education. This month's selection is: Nooks & Crannies  by Jessica Lawson
Copies of the book are available at the Durham Public Library’s circulation desk. Walk from the middle school and enjoy a great book! Snacks provided.

3rd-5th Grade Crafter and Knitting Club!
Wednesday, December 7th 4:00-5:00 pm
Are you in 3rd through 5th grade? Do you love to create cool projects, sew,  knit, or crochet? Join our fun Crafter Club!  All craft materials & tools (e.g. knitting needles, crochet hooks, etc.) provided. All experience levels are welcome!

Acoustic Open Mic with Mike
Wed. Dec. 14, 6:30 pm
All types of acoustic (non-amplified) music. First time performers and original music are particularly encouraged. Acoustic Open Mic with Mike is a welcoming supportive intimate gathering.  Light refreshments are provided, held in the Library Cafe.. Contact Armida Geiger ageiger@ci.durham.nh.us

Pajama Storytime - Holidays!
Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30PM NOTE DATE CHANGE!!
Join Oyster River Parents & Preschoolers (ORPP) at the Durham Public Library for our monthly evening storytime for preschoolers! This month we will be all about the Holidays.  Come hear stories, do the feltboard, sing some jingle bells, and make a fun Holiday craft.    Snack provided by ORPP and all are welcome!.

Lego Club!
Thursday, Dec. 8th 3:30-4:30 pm
Come join us for some Lego building! We'll have bricks and challenges to help you design a great Lego creation. This week: Snow Machines! 

Homeschool Group! This week: Make-It!
Friday, December 9th at 10:30AM
Join us for our homeschooler library hour! All ages welcome. We will read books, play games, and make a craft. This week we are all about Making Art!

Family Movie: Arthur Christmas!
Sat. Dec. 17th at 10:30 am
Join us for this fun holiday movie:  Arthur Christmas!
This movie is shown upstairs in the Oyster River Room.
Popcorn is served ans all are welcome!

Jack & Annie Book Club (Grades K-2)
Tuesday, December 20th at 4:00PM
Join us for our new monthly book club made just for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade! During our meeting we will talk about our book club book, play games, and make a craft. This month we are reading "Eve of the Emperor Penguin" by Mary Pope Osborne. Books are available at the circulation desk. Registration is required. Please sign-up at the Children's desk!

Make-It-Take-It Craft! Feltboard Gingerbread House!
Week of December 27th through December 31st.
Drop by the Storytime/Craft room during vacation week
to make a fun feltboard gingerbread house. 
Come and be creative with felt!  NO REGULARLY

Oyster River Knitters
Tues. Dec. 6 , 7-9 pm
Join the Oyster River Knitters for an evening of assistance in knit or crochet.  Beginners and all levels are welcome to attend.  Contact Janet jadoty@comcast.net