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          Wednesday 10-8
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              Friday 10-5
            Saturday 10-2

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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 Genealogy and Local History

Book Donation Week
July 25 thru July 30
Gently used books and DVD's are being accepted during the week of July 25 thru July 30.  The donations are greatly appreciated and help to provide a varied selection of books for sale in the Friends of the DPL Book Store.  The Book Store is open daily during library hours.   Thank you. 
Alzheimer's Cafe will not be held in August
There will not be an Alzheimer's Cafe held during the month of August. For questions contact Nicole at  nmoore@ci.durham.nh.us
Last time to enter for drawing! Adult Summer Reading/Exercise Your Mind
Drawing held on July 27 at the Summer Music on the Lawn

Last chance to come to DPL and participate in the puzzle of the week. 
Grand prize Jawbone UP2 a fitness tracker
6 month certificate to Wildcat Fitness
2 Week certificate to Wildcat Fitness
Come to the final Music on the Lawn and listen to Bill Staines on July 27 and find out if you are the lucky winner.

Drawing held on July 27, 6:30 pm at the Summer Music on the Lawn.
Children's/Young Adult Summer Reading Weekly Trivia Question!
Week of July 25th!
· Answer a trivia question every week!
· E-mail your answer to Lisa Kleinmann (ekleinmann@ci.durham.nh.us) or give your answer to the librarian at the Children’s / YA Front Desk.
· Correct answers receive a prize!
· A new question and bonus question every week.
 Week 5 Theme: Create It & Move It
What is the strongest animal?

What is the fastest fish? How fast do they swim?


Young Adult Writing Group (ages 10 & up)! This week "Comics & Flip Books!"
Monday July 25th 4:00-5:00 pm
Like to write?  Join us for our summer reading writing group
for ages 10 & up in the Young Adult Room.  This week:  Comics & Flip Books.  We will also be posting your writing to our blog "Write Away".  All are welcome!

Summer Reading Family Movie Nights!
Mon. July 25th at 6:00 pm
This week:   Cars!  "Drive-In Movie"!  Come and see this fun movie! We will decorate our own cars to watch the movie in.   Popcorn is served.  Held upstairs in the Oyster River Room.  All are welcome!

Summer Reading Storytime! This week: " Let's Dance & Move!"
Tuesday, July 26th 10:30 am All ages!
Join us for our fun summer reading storytimes.
This week: Let's Dance & Move!  We read stories,
do fingerplays, feltboard and make a fun craft!
All are welcome!

Summer Reading 9-12 year old Activity Hour! This week: Create Art!!
Tues. July 26th 6:30-7:30 pm
Come and create some art.  We'll make some sports art, beads and tasty creations.  Win some prizes!  We'll also talk about what you are reading.  For ages 9-12 years old.

Team Art! This week: "A Water & Wax Piece!"
Drop-in on Weds. July 27th between 4:00 & 5:00 pm All ages!
Stop by the program room anytime between 4 and 5 p.m. and experiment with mixed media to create incredible art. Each week we will tackle a different collaborative sculpture as a team! The pieces team members design will be assembled into a large-scale work of art that will  remain on display at the library for a period of time.
The more the merrier, and all ages are welcome!  This week: "A Water & Wax piece inspired by the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds". Help us construct a water & wax piece for our library!

Music on the Lawn! This week: "Bill Staines"
Weds. July 27, 6:30pm All ages!
Summer Music on the Lawn
This week:  "Bill Staines"  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic!  Mark your calendar to see this talented local musician.  This event is held rain or shine (upstairs in the Oyster River Room in case of rain).  All ages!   Don't miss it!  Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Public Library.

Touch a Truck! Durham Police Officer and Police Car visit!
Thurs July 28th at 10:30 am All ages!
Come and meet the Durham Police and tour the police car! There will be a fun craft to make at the end as well.  Don't miss it!

Summer Reading 6-8 year old Activity Hour! This week: "Make-It!"
Thurs. July 28th 3:00-4:00 pm
This week: Make-It!!  Come and create some fun sports crafts!  We'll also talk about what you are reading.  For ages 6-8 years old.!

Nature Art Nights! This week: "Painting a sailboat under the stars!"
Thurs. July 28th 6:30-7:30 pm All ages!
Make the great outdoors your canvas this summer at Nature Nights, where we will create artwork using materials found in nature, while enjoying the warm weather with outdoor fun! Each week will be a new exploration of nature through crafts, stories, and outdoor activities.
All ages are welcome!  This week: "Paint under the stars!"  Come and learn how to paint a beautiful sailboat under some twinkly lights!

Summer Reading Finale Celebration with Bryson Lang, Juggler & Comedian!
Friday, July 29th at 10:30 am All ages! Held upstairs in the Oyster River Room
· Enjoy a hilarious act combining skillful juggling with original comedy!
· Receive your Summer Reading  program completion certificate
· Select your book prize for all Summer Reading participants
· Win door and raffle prizes from our wonderful sponsors
· Snack on some yummy cake and juice, too!

A special thank-you to the Friends of the Durham Public Library for all their support.  A big thank-you to The Sea Dogs, Bagel Works, The Candy Bar, Canobie Lake Park, Dunkin Donuts, The Durham Makery, Durham House of Pizza, Franz’s Food,  Hayden Sports, Water Country, Tacomano,  Young’s Restaurant, The Juicery, and other local businesses for their prize donations.  


On Your Mark, Get Set....READ! Summer Reading Program!
Registration has begun! Program runs June 27 through July 29!
Join us for our fun 5 week summer reading program!
"On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!"
Registration has begun!  Program runs
from June 27th through July 29th.  Keep track of your
minutes read and win weekly prizes.  We also keep track of all our minutes read together.  There will be fun programs;
Movie nights, Storytimes, 9-12 year old group, Team Art, Kick-off
with Storyteller Simon Brooks, Music on the Library Lawn, 6-8 year
old group, Young Adult Writing program, Nature Art Nights, Firemen, Police and EMS visits with their trucks, yoga, karate, finale with Bryson Lang, juggler and comedian and much more.  Trivia, guessing jar and even a "Barrel of Monkeys" (ages 2 -12 years).
Don't miss it! 
Check out our summer reading calendar and summer reading program descriptions.


Friends of the 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:
  • 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.
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 (durhampl@gmail.com). If you were on the email list last summer (for Middlemarch), simply email Jennifer.
Castle in the Clouds Museum Pass!
The newest addition to our amazing selection of museum passes.
The Friends of the Durham Public Library have added a new museum pass just in time for the summer season - Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, NH! 

Tom and Olive Plant’s mountaintop estate, known as Lucknow, was built in 1913-1914 high in the Ossipee Mountain Range. The house is an unusual example of Arts and Crafts architecture in New England, expressing that aesthetic movement’s philosophy of living in harmony with nature.
Revel in the beauty of the views, while taking in the magnificent features Plant had installed in his home. Enjoy a self-guided tour as if time stood still in the early 1900s. Rooms are set up as if Tom and Olive had just stepped out for the day.

Passes are available through our online reservation system, Tixkeeper.

Technology Help
The library offers help for people who need assistance using technology: computers, iPads & cell phones. Call to check on availability of the volunteers. 868-6699 or email  durhampl@gmail.com
Durham Photo Contest last date to enter July 29
$300 Cash Prize for the Winner!
Photo contest deadline date to enter is July 29. 
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 winners work will be displayed in the DPL Gallery including a kickoff reception. If you are interested in participating please print the contest rules and application and submit to the library.
Friends of the Durham Public Library
Wed. Aug 3, 1:00 social time 1:30 meeting
Friends of the Durham Public Library monthly meeting.  1:00 pm social time, followed by the meeting at 1:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend. Held in the Oyster River Community Room, 2nd floor. 
Oyster River Knitters
Tues. Aug 2, 7-9 pm
Join the Oyster River Knitters for an evening of assistance in knit or crochet.  Beginners and all levels are welcome to attend.  Contact Janet jadoty@comcast.net