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

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Durham Photo Contest: "A Year in Durham"
July 4, 2015 through July 4, 2016

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 in the contest please read the contest rules and fill out an application

Memorial Day Weekend Library Hours

The library will be open on Saturday, May 23 from 10-2 PM and closed on Monday, May 25. 

No Book Donations This Month!
Book donation week has been canceled for the month of May. The Friends of the library have run out of storage space and can't accept any more books at this time. They hope to accept book donations following their June 20th book sale. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pajama Storytime! This month: Transportation!
Tues. May 26th 6:30-7:30 pm

Join Oyster River Parents and Pre-schoolersand the Durham Library for this month's Pajama Storytime!  This month: Transportation! 

We read stories,do feltboard, fingerplays, songs and make a fun transportation craft. 

Wear your pj's!  Snack provided by ORPP and all are welcome!

Storytimes: Summer Vacation/Trips!
Tues. May 26th and Thurs. May 28th at 10:30 am


Join us for stories, fingerplays, feltboard and a craft.
This week "Summer Vacation/Trips!"  

All are welcome!


Baby Lap-Sit (ages 2 & under with their care-giver)
Wednesday May 27th 10:30 am

Join us for stories, movement, songs, fingerplays and fun.  There is a time to socialize afterwards.  Registration required.  Sign-up at the Children’s desk.


Knitting Club for 3rd-5th Graders!
Wednesday. May 27th, 4:00-5:00 pm
Like to knit? 
Sign up for the 3rd-5th grade knitting club. 
Sign-up at the Children's desk.

LEGO Club! (for K-4th Grade)
Thursday, May 28th 3:45 - 4:45 pm
Like to build with Legos? 
Join us on Thursdays and
have some fun.
 For K-4th graders.


Homeschooler's Activity Hour! This week: Vacation Travel and Games!
Friday, May 22nd at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for stories, games, puzzles and a craft. 

This week: " Vacation Travel and Games! 

This group is geared toward home-schooler’s, but all are welcome.

Frauds and Scams
Tuesday June 2nd, 7:00 pm

Every 3 seconds someone's identity is stolen! What are the top scams in NH?  A Fraud Watch Protection representative will cover the latest fraud trends & behaviors, the con artist, prevention, and identity theft. Contact Armida Geiger ageiger@ci.durham.nh.us  603-988-6616  All are welcome to attend. No registration needed.  Overflow parking at Oyster River Middle School, 1 Coe Drive


Friends of the Library Adult Summer Read

Friends of the Library Adult Summer Read: Middlemarch by George Elliot

Spend the summer reading at a suitably leisurely pace (about 250 pages a month) our September Book discussion choice, to be facilitated by Jennifer Lee. Copies available at the library.
Enrich your reading by signing up with your name and email at the library and you will receive
- A brief historical and biographical background, along with suggestions for enjoyable reading, sent in early June.
- Periodic encouragement and provocative quotes.
- The opportunity to ask questions before September.
Signup is optional; you can request to be put on the list at the circulation desk, over the phone (868-6699) or email (durhampl@gmail.com)

First Aid Class McGregor Memorial EMS
Tuesday June 2nd 6:00-8:00 pm

AHA Heartsaver First Aid Class offered by McGregor Memorial EMS.  Heartsaver First Aid is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical servics (EMS) arrives.  Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.  Fee $20. Register with http://cprsafe.org

Contact Sean Madden  smadden@mcgregorems.org  or 862-3674


CPR & AED Class McGregor Memorial EMS
Tuesday June 16th 6:00 pm
Offered by McGregor Memorial EMS: CPR & AED (defibrillator) for adult, child and infant.  The AHA, American Heart Association Heartsaver AED Course. Visit cprsafe.org for information and to register. 
Fee is $20.00  Contact Sean Madden smadden@mcgregorems.org or 862-3674.

Alzheimer's Cafe- Chance to socialize, relax & support
Friday June 5th 10:30 am-12 noon

DPL and Living Innovations Home Care host a monthly “Alzheimer’s Café” for dementia patients still residing in their own homes and their caregivers.
The Café is open the first Friday of each month from 10:30 am to noon at Durham Public Library.  Participation is free and open to all; no commitment is required and drop-ins are welcome. An informal opportunity to socialize and relax with new friends who share similar circumstances. 
Co-facilitated by Nicole Moore, DPL 603-868-6699 & Kelly Dowd, Living Innovations 603-516-4712.

Friends' Book Discussion
May 28 at 10:30 am



Join Jennifer Lee on May 28 at 10:30 am in the community room as she facilitates Friends' book discussion of 
"Persuasion" by Jane Austen. 
Books are available for checkout at the front desk.

Digital Photography Exhibit by Seacoast Camera Club
Month of May in the Gallery
Featured in the Gallery for the month of May is digital photography by members of the Seacoast Camera Club  For information contact David Thompsen 603-440-5445 

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