|The Friends of the Durham Public Library
Summer Big Read 2016
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.
The 2016 book is Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. Copies to borrow for the summer are available at the library. If you buy your own, be sure it has notes and an introduction (and readable print). There are several good paperback editions for between $11 and $13.
Enrich your reading, if you like, by signing up with your name and email at the library and you will receive by email from the facilitator:
Signup is optional, but please do it by June 15. You can request to be put on the list at the library circulation desk, over the telephone (868-6699), or by email (email@example.com). If you were on the email list last summer (for Middlemarch), simply email Jennifer.
- A brief historical and biographical background and short bibliography of background books.
- Suggestions for making your reading easier and more enjoyable.
- Periodic encouragements and provocative quotes, facts, suggestions, etc.
- The opportunity to ask questions before September.
Who We Are and What We Do!
The Friends of the Library meet at 1:30PM on the first Wednesday of the month.
Our mission is to promote, enhance and support the library through the following ongoing efforts:
The Friends run the BookStore, located next to the Cafe, selling current, gently used donated books. Friends also maintain satellite sales at The Works Bakery Cafe and Breaking New Grounds in Durham. As part of this endeavor, Friends sort, box and store books that are donated to the library.
The Friends sponsor the Patch Program, a reading incentive which as given patches and library bags to over 400 children ages two through eighth grade.
The Friends underwrite passes to eleven museums from Maine to Massachusetts.
The Friends sponsor four facilitated book discussions yearly as well as additional speakers when the need arises.
The Friends solicit baked goods which are sold at the Circulation Desk with proceeds supporting children's programs and supplies.
The Friends support musical endeavors such as the Open Mic Night and the Summer Family Concert series.
The Friends underwrite requests for computers, furniture, equipment, additions to the collection, programs, and seasonally themed decorative items that beautiful the library space.
New Friends are always welcome. If you'd like to work with a great group of people, and help support your public library, you can join the Friends. To download a membership form, click here If you have any questions, please email the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cookie Bakers Wanted!!
The Friends sponsor the on-going baked goods sale at the library with proceeds supporting children's programs and supplies. New bakers are always needed to help keep the basket full!
Instructions for Durham Public Library cookie baking
A batch of baked goods should be delivered to the library front desk on Monday afternoon. Place cookies in a small baggie (snack amount – $1 donation is the asking price); bring a total of 15-20 bags. In case people want to check for potential food allergies, please place one large index card in the cookie basket with the list of ingredients used.
Cookies are delivered twice a week, Monday and Thursday, sign up for one or both. Feel free to be creative with your offerings -- cookies, bars, slices of tea bread, the infamous rice crispy treats, whatever you think would be appealing! Please remove any remaining cookies from Monday batch. This will also ensure that the quality and freshness of the product will remain constant throughout the week.
If you would be willing to bake please sign up using our online calendar. Thank you.