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        Library Hours
            Monday 2:30-8
           Tuesday 10-8
          Wednesday 10-8
           Thursday 10-8
              Friday 10-5
            Saturday 10-5

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Photo Contest: " Year in Durham"

The Durham Public Library is hosting a photography contest. $300 cash prize for the winner! For more information, Click Here.

HeritageQuest Online & Ancestry.com

Research your family history using HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry.com. For more information, Click here.


Durham Public Library Board of Trustees

Minutes and Agendas

Foster's Daily Democrat
Foster's Online

Town of Durham Website
Town of Durham website
Salem Health Medical Guide
Salem Health
New York Times Bestsellers

This Week in History

Britannica NH Downloadable Books Magazines
Durham Public Library on Pinterest

Weekly Hero Trivia Question for Kid's Summer Reading Program
Week 1: June 29 - July 4

Answer the trivia question and e-mail your answer to Lisa Kleinmann (ekleinmann@ci.durham.nh.us) or stop by the library to answer using one of our computers. Each question has a web site to help you find the answer. Then, visit the Children's/YA Dept. to claim a weekly prize for correct answers.

Question: When was the U.S. Navy established?


(Optional) Bonus Question: Who invented the fire pole and in what year was it invented?



Young Adult Writing Group (ages 10 & up). This week: Nancy Donovan local author visit!
Monday, June 29th 4:00-5:00 pm

Like to write?  Join us for our 5 week summer reading writing group

 This week:  Local author, Nancy Donovan visits

We'll learn about the writing process, do some writing exercises and post your writing to our library blog "Write Away"!

Summer Family Movie Night! Big Hero 6
Monday, June 29th at 6:00 pm

 Join us for our Summer Family Movie. 

 This week:  Big Hero 6! 

 Come and enjoy this fun hero movie. Popcorn is served and the movie is shown  upstairs in our community room.  All are welcome.

Adults! Win $25 to Bella's Restaurant!
1st Drawing July 7th, Tuesday at 10am

Adults! Enter to Win! -  $25 Gift Certificate - Solve a Hero Puzzle  

Adults, stop by all week June 29-July 6 to solve the Hero Puzzle. Drop it into the entry box for a chance to win!  If you can't locate the paper puzzle ask a librarian at the circulation desk and they will give you one. 

First drawing July 7th Tuesday at 10:00 am!!!   “Escape the Ordinary” the National theme for DPL's Adult Summer Reading Program. Contact Armida Geiger ageiger@ci.durham.nh.us


David Hyde Costello, Author and Musician performs for our Summer Reading Kick-off!
Wednesday, July 1st at 10:30 am

 Join us for our Summer Reading Kick-Off Performance! "Little Pig  Joins the Band".  Children's author/musician/perfomer, David Hyde  Costello performs.  He will introduce you to some different instruments  made from common household items and perform some of his original  songs for you.  Come join us!

Summer Storytimes Begin! This week: Community Heroes!
Tuesday, June 30th at 10:30 am

Join us for our summer storytimes!

This week:  "Community Heroes".  We read

stories, do fingerplays, feltboard, sing songs

and make a fun craft.  All are welcome!

9-12 year old Summer Program. This week: Superhero Trivia & "tie dye" Captain America shirt.
Tuesday, June 30th 6:30-7:30 pm

Come and play Superhero Trivia and make a

Sharpie "tie-dye" Captain America t-shirt.

We also play some games, win prizes and

talk about what you are reading.  Bring a

white t-shirt if possible!

Music on the Lawn! This week: "39th Army Band"!
Wednesday, July 1st at 6:30 pm

 Join us for our summer concert series "Music on the Lawn".

 This week:  The 39th Army Band performs!  Twenty-six dedicated  soldiers continue a long tradition of excellence with an eclectic  repertoire.  Come hear some marches, polkas, jazz and pop.  All are  welcome!

 Performances are held inside our community room if the weather is  rainy.

Guessing Jar for Kid's Summer Reading Program
Take a guess!

Visit the Children's/YA Dept. to make a guess at the quantity of items in the guessing jar. Winner with the closest guess (without going over) wins the contents of the jar!

New jars will be available every week throughout Summer Reading, June 29 - July 31


Superhero Training for Kid's Summer Reading Program
Week 1: Solve the Cryptogram
It's Superhero Training time! Come to the Children's/YA section for a superhero training exercise. This week's exercise you will learn how to decrypt by solving a cryptogram.   


Make-It! (ages 8 & up)
Wednesday, July 1st 4:00-5:00 pm

Come and create with us.

Drop-in the storytime/craft room to knit,

draw, build or just create your own project.

All are welcome!

Durham Firemen and Fire Truck Visit! All ages Special Program.
Thursday, July 2nd at 10:30 am

Come and meet some of our local heroes! 

The Durham Firemen will visit with their

Fire truck.  Come and tour the fire truck!

All are welcome.

6-8 year old program. This week: Superhero Training!
Thursday, July 2nd 3:00-4:00 pm

Join us for our 6-8 year old summer reading

program.  This week: Superhero Training!  We hear

stories, play games, do puzzles and make a fun craft.

All are welcome.

Young Adult Movie Night! This week: Green Lantern!
Thursday, July 2nd 6:00 pm

Join us for our Young Adult Movie Night. 

This week:  The Green Lantern!

Come watch some teen superhero movies. 

Popcorn is served!

DPL Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
Wednesday July 1, 2015, 6:45 p.m.

Heritage Room

The public is welcome to attend.

Alzheimer's Cafe- Socialize, Relax & Support
Friday July 3rd 10:30 am-12 noon


DPL & Living Innovations Home Care host an informal monthly “Alzheimer’s Café” the first Friday of each month from 10:30-12 noon in the library cafe ford ementia patients still residing in their own homes and their caregivers. 

Co-facilitated by Nicole Moore, DPL 603-868-6699 & Kelly Dowd, Living Innovations 603-516-4712.

Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program! Still Time To Register!
Program runs June 29th through July 31! (ages 2-12 years)
Register for our fun 5 week summer reading program starting June 15th.  The theme this year is “Every Hero Has a Story!”  Our program runs from June 29th through July 31st.  When you register you will receive a packet including your reading logs, calendars, some gifts and a fun bag!  Keep track of your reading minutes and have them checked once a week to earn a prize of the week.  You will receive a new book, and prizes at the end, as well as a reading certificate!  Also add to our visual display in the library.

Trivia Question of the Week, Guessing Jar, Hero Wall and Superhero Training!

Every Hero Has a Story Calendar

Every Hero Has a Story Program Descriptions


Durham Photo Contest: July 4, 2015 through July 4, 2016
$300 Cash Prize for the Winner!

The Durham Public Library is hosting a photography contest, sponsored by a Durham resident, to capture the beauty, character, and identity of Durham as it exists throughout the course of one year beginning July 4, 2015.

Durham has so much to offer, so much visual splendor, and yet we tend to overlook what attracts us to the town as we bustle through our busy lives. We would like contestants to remind us why we live here by chronicling a year in the town in a series of seven photographs that express Durham’s character.

The contest winner, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded a cash prize of $300 thoughtfully donated by the contest sponsor. The winner will also have their work displayed for a month on the library’s art display wall including a kickoff reception for the exhibit.

If you are interested in participating please print the contest rules and application and submit to the library.

Oyster River Knitters
Tuesday July 7th 7-9 pm

Oyster River Knitters
Welcome to all crocheters and knitters for an evening of company and fun. Regular meeting, first Tuesday of the month. Contact Amanda Anderson 603-312-1036 tintin59@hotmail.com

Technology Help

The library offers help for people who need assistance using technology, such as computers, iPads and phones. Call us to check on availability of the volunteers. 868-6699 or email us durhampl@gmail.com