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Join us for the 2021 DPL Adult Summer Reading Program

June 28th through July 30th

Take the 2021 Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Download a challenge card HERE.

Download the 2021 Adult Summer Reading Card HERE or pick one up at the library! Read and fill in the book title for each challenge completed and receive a raffle ticket entry to our weekly prizes! One ticket for each challenge completed equals 12 chances to win! Prizes will be drawn on the Friday of each of the five weeks of summer reading!


Register below for these virtual Summer Reading programs! 

Illustrative Landscapes with Corinne Roberts

  • Tuesday, June 29th at 6:00 pm

Join us for a fun and casual, online drawing class with artist and illustrator Corinne Roberts to kick off DPL's Adult Summer Reading week on zoom! Using basic shapes and simple line techniques, create landscapes from your imagination or illustrate from live/picture references. Attendees need simple paper, pencil and an eraser to follow along. No prior drawing experience is needed.  

This program is sponsored by the Durham Public Library and is free and open to all but geared toward teens/adults. Registration is required below to receive the link. 

About the presenter: Corinne Roberts is a professional illustrator working in comics, children's books and games (Bug Bites, Out and About, Unreal Estate). You can see more of her work and current projects through Instagram: corinneroberts123 or her website: corinneroberts.com.

Sustainability: An American Literary History with Abby Goode

  • Monday, July 12th at 6:00 pm

What is sustainability? And how has American literature shaped our understanding of this concept, in ways both surprising and disturbing? This interactive program begins with a discussion of current ideas about sustainability. Then, we will go back in time to examine Thomas Jefferson's vision of American agricultural abundance, which he contrasted with an overpopulated and under-resourced Europe. Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, writers such as Walt Whitman and Charlotte Perkins Gilman drew on Jefferson's agrarian vision to respond to sustainability crises of their time. But in so doing, they depicted selective breeding and racial "improvement" as the solution to population crises and the path to agricultural plenty. We will explore this particularly eugenic conception of sustainability and discuss what new or different versions of sustainability might prove more useful in our current moment.

About the presenter: Abby L. Goode is Assistant Professor of English at Plymouth State University. Currently, she is writing a book about the history of sustainability, agriculture, and population control in American literature. Her research appears or is forthcoming in venues such as Early American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, and American Studies in Scandinavia. She teaches courses in American literature, critical theory, wilderness literature, writing and sustainability, and American food issues.

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Please register to receive the link. 

Homer's Odysseus with Sebastian Lockwood

  • Wednesday, July 14th at 6:00 pm

Using the well known scenes of The Odyssey, Sebastian Lockwood delivers the passion and intensity of the great epic that deserves to be heard told as it was by bards in the days of old. Lockwood says, "The best compliment is when a ten-year-old comes up and says, 'I felt like I was there.'" That is the magic of this performance that takes all ages alike back into the text.A Q&A session following the presentation focuses on translations and the storytelling techniques used by Homer.

About the presenter: Storyteller and teacher, Sebastian Lockwood tells the great epics: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Caesar, Beowulf and Monkey. His studies in Classics and Anthropology at Boston University and Cambridge University in the UK laid the foundation for bringing these great tales into performance. Lockwood's performances are designed to take complex texts and make them accessible and exciting for audiences from 5 to 95. Lockwood has tutored and taught classes in higher education for 25 years. He now concentrates on performance, workshops and studio recording. Lockwood lives under Crotched Mountain with his wife, jazz singer and storyteller Nanette Perrotte.

This program is free, open to all, hosted by the Durham Public Library, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and conducted via zoom. Please register below to receive the link. 

Storytelling in the Digital Age with Ann McClellan

  • Monday, July 19th at 6:00 pm

Join DPL and the New Hampshire Humanities Council to welcome Ann McClellan to DPL's Adult Summer Reading program line-up! 

More and more, the contemporary reading public is turning to digital technology as a means of experiencing literature. The Internet, hyperlink technology, the popularity of e-readers, and readers' desire for multimedia experiences seem, on the surface, to put the future of the book at risk. Scholars for decades have been lamenting the rise of technology and prophesying the death of the book and the humanities. However, rather than seeing one technology (the Internet) defeat another (the printed book), perhaps we are witnessing the dawn of a new genre: digital literature. In an interactive discussion, participants will explore how technology is affecting how we read, write, and experience stories. We will learn about the history and development of electronic literature and hypertext media, the rise of social media and how it affects digital literature (fan fiction, online role playing games, Twitterature, etc.); and the rise of the emerging field of transmedia storytelling where media conglomerates purposefully design texts to work across multiple media platforms.

About the presenter: Ann McClellan is professor of English and Associate Provost at Plymouth State University where she teaches 19th and 20th century British literature. She is the author of How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel (2012), Sherlock's World: Fanfiction and the Reimagining of BBC's Sherlock (2018), and several articles on cultural topics ranging from servants on screen to social media, fan fiction, and Sherlock Holmes. She is currently writing a new monograph on race and Sherlock Holmes adaptations.

This program is free and open to all. It is hosted by the Durham Public Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.