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Join Us For These Upcoming Events!

Mindful Meditation with Jiong Jiong Hu  - This Month: Relaxing the Body; Stilling the Mind

Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm

Join DPL to welcome back Jiong Jiong Hu to this month's Mindful Meditation workshop. Each of these sessions invites you to tune inward, explore the power of self-care and healing through gentle inquiry, mindful breathing and reflection. This opportunity provides time and space for you to learn tools to calm and balance your body and mind in the midst of life's challenges. 


Mindful Meditation with Jiong Jiong Hu  - This Month: Ease into the New Year: Mind, Body & Spirit

Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 pm

Ease Into the New Year, body, mind and spirit with this mindful meditation workshop, led by Jiong Jiong Hu. This workshop invites you to tune inward, explore the secret power of self-care and healing through gentle inquiry, mindful breathing and reflection. This opportunity provides time and space to learn tools to calm and balance your body and mind in midst of life's challenges. No registration required. All are welcome to attend. 


Local Author Talk & Book Signing with Alex Myers  - Continental Divide

Wednesday, January 8th at 6:00 pm

Join us in welcoming local author and transgender advocate Alex Myers to DPL to speak about and sign his recently-published novel, Continental Divide

About the talk: What is gender and why does it matter? Author Alex Myers will use his own story of coming out as a transgender guy in 1995 to explain aspects of gender theory and transgender identity. The talk will consider the historical and cultural development of gender, touching on Myers's first novel, Revolutionary, which tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who fought as a man in the Revolutionary war. The talk will also explore more contemporary understandings of gender, looking at Myers's just-released novel, Continental Divide, which is a coming-of-age story about a transgender boy and a consideration of American masculinity.

Books will be available for sale at the event. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.


Local Author Talk & Book Signing with Thomas Farmen  - Bessie's Story: Watching the Lights Go Out

Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 pm

Join us in welcoming local author and Bessie's owner Thomas Farmen for a book talk and signing on January 21st. Watching the Lights go out is an inspiring story about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab wh gradually loses her eyesight. Tha author leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four year-old pet through the two and a half year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the high-wire act of growing older with grace and optimism. 

No registration required. Open to all. 

 


Miss An Event?

Don't worry! Our goal is to provide as much access to our programs as possible! Many events at DPL, including some of the book talks, educational lectures and summer concerts are filmed by the Town of Durham DCAT staff and are available on demand on the Town of Durham's DCAT 22 Video On Demand Page! For more information regarding DCAT, visit their page on the Town of Durham website!


In the Gallery! The art of Jason Bombaci

Artist's Statement:

My current work deals with a sense of place. There are certain places that just have an unexplainable draw for me, an attraction. The Piscataqua River, between Maine and New Hampshire, is one of these places. Everything in this area is ruled by the sea. The weather is constantly shifting and the light reflecting off and through the water is very elusive. The salt air hangs over the surrounding towns and permeates the landscape. There is an ancient feeling to this place that lies just below the veneer of a modernity that clings tenuously to the cliffs and islands that dot the mouth of the river.

This body of work explores this shimmering landscape and the tensions that lie therein. I work directly on site, from sketches and from memory. I go back and forth from the site to the studio for months. The weather and light conditions are never quite the same so the resulting images tend to be a distillation of how the place feels.  The feel of the place and the distilled quality of the finished work transcends the place itself and ultimately becomes more real to me."

Biographical Information:

Jason Bombaci lives and paints in Somersworth, New Hampshire. His work engages the local seacoast landscape and the people that live and work there. He has received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He has also studied landscape painting and art history in Italy through the University of New Hampshire in Italy program. His work has been exhibited throughout New England and in Philadelphia and he recently had a solo show at the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. He is currently an instructor in the department of Art and Art History at the University of New Hampshire.

Bombaci's art work will be on display at DPL through the holiday season. 


Printable Program Calendar

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Event Listings At DPL!

December 10th:

  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Mindful Meditation Practice w/ J.J. Hu

December 11th:

  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Midday Meditation at the Library
  • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PMClassic Holiday Films at DPL - This Week: Holiday Affair (1949)

December 12th: 

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Device Help Day! Call 868-6699 to sign up!
  • 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM - DPL Trustees Meeting - CANCELLED

December 18th: 

  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Midday Meditation at the Library
  • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PMClassic Holiday Films at DPL - This Week: It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

December 19th: 

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Device Help Day! Call 868-6699 to sign up!

December 24th:

  • Library Closed at 2:00 PM in observance of Christmas Eve

December 25th:

  • Library Closed in observance of Christmas Day

December 26th:

  • Library Closed. 

December 31st:

  • Library Closed at 2:00 PM for New Year's Eve.

January 1st:

  • Happy New Year! Library Closed. 

January 2nd:

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Device Help Day! Call 868-6699 to sign up!

January 7th:

  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Mindful Meditation Workshop with Jiong Jiong Hu

January 8th:

  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Midday Meditation at the Library
  • 6:00 PM - Local Author Book Talk & Signing with Alex Myers

January 9th:

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Device Help Day!
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Durham French Club

January 13th:

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - CPR/AED Certification Course with McGregor EMS

January 14th:

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - First Aid Certification Course with McGregor EMS

January 15th:

  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Midday Meditation at the Library

January 16th:

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Device Help Day! Call 868-6699 to sign up!
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Durham French Club

January 21st:

  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Local Author Book Talk & Signing with Thomas Farmen 

January 22nd:

  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Midday Meditation at the Library

January 23rd:

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Device Help Day! Call 868-6699 to sign up!​​​​​​​
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Durham French Club​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

January 28th: 

  • 6:30 - Durham Garden Club Meeting

January 29th:

  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Midday Meditation at the Library

January 30th:

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Device Help Day! Call 868-6699 to sign up!​​​​​​​
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Durham French Club