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            Monday 12:00-8
           Tuesday 10-8
          Wednesday 10-8
           Thursday 10-8
              Friday 10-5
            Saturday 10-2

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Please Take the DPL 2016 Library User Survey!

The Board of Trustees and Staff want to hear from you about the future of the Durham Public Library. Everyone in your family is welcome to take the survey. 

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

Durham Public Library 2016 Library User Survey
Your Voice Does Make a Difference!

The Durham Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff want to hear from you!
Please take 5 minutes to complete the adult or youth survey.  Use your home computer or come to the library where every computer terminal has a quick link. Every member of your family is welcome to participate by taking the survey individually.

The responses to the anonymous surveys will be used to assist the staff and Trustees in preparation for our annual strategic planning process, setting priorities, and ensuring we are meeting the needs of the entire community.

If you are unable to access a computer or cannot take the survey online, you can complete a paper version of the survey—ask for it at the front desk of the library. Once completed, please drop it in the confidential library dropbox inside the front door.

 Access the Adult Survey (ages 18 and over) HERE!

Access the Children and Teen Survey (under 18) HERE!

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the Durham Public Library with us. 

The survey ends Friday May 13th
Make-It-Take-It Craft!
Monday, April 25th through Saturday, April 30th
Join us for a fun craft all during school vacation
week in the storytime/craft room.  Come and
create a nesting bird!  All are welcome!

Book Donation Week
April 25 thru April 30
Please consider donating gently used books and DVD's.  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.   
Friends' Book Discussion
Fri. April 29, 10:30 am
Please join the Friends' Book Discussion of Old Filth by Jane Gardam on April 29 at 10:30 am and facilitated by Jennifer Lee.  Your copy awaits.
Ole Time Autos! Cars on display, Guest speakers, historic auto photos!!
Sat. June 4, 10am-1pm
Guest Speaker Michele Albion, author of
The Quotable Henry Ford.  

Lemonade, Popcorn, Icecream!
Show off your car!
Contact Armida 603-590-1117

Game Afternoons for ages 10+ years! This week: "Spoons & Jungle Speed!"
Monday, May 2nd, 2:45-4:00 pm NO GAME AFTERNOON MON. APRIL 25TH
Like to play board games?  Join us each Monday
for games, snacks, prizes and fun.
This week:  "Spoons & Jungle Speed!"
All are welcome (ages 10 & up).

Oyster River Knitters
Tues. May 3, 7-9pm
Knitters and crocheters, any level of experience and beginners are welcome to attend the monthly gathering for help with projects and chatting. Contact Janet 397-7274
Storytimes! This week: Flowers and Mother's Day!
Tues. May 3rd and Thurs. May 5th at 10:30 am. NOSTORYTIMES APRIL 26 AND 28.
Join us for stories, songs, feltboard ,
fingerplays and a fun craft!  This week is
all about "Flowers and Mother's Day"!

Raccoon Readers, 2nd-4th Grade Book Group
Tuesday, May 3rd 6:00-7:00 pm
Raccoon Readers, 2nd-4th grade book group!
This month's book is Malcolm at Midnight
by W. H. Beck.
  We talk about the book,
do some puzzles, play some games and
make a craft.  Books are available at the

Baby Lap-sit (ages 2 & under with care-giver)!
Weds. May 4th at 10:30 am !

Join us for Baby Lap-sit.
Mother Goose is on the Loose! 
We will hear stories, do fingerplays, songs, music and movement.
There is a chance to socialize at the end. All are welcome!

Friends of Durham Public Library
Wed. May 4, 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. 
Alzheimer's Cafe
Fri. May 6, 10:30 am-12 noon

An informal gathering for dementia patients still residing in their own homes and their caregivers. Socialize and relax with new friends who share similar circumstances. Contact Nicole Moore/DPL 868-6699 nmoore@ci.durham.nh.us 

Homeschooler's Activity Hour! All ages. This week: Mexico and Mother's Day!
Friday, May 6th at 10:30 am NO HOMESCHOOLER'S GROUP FRI. APRIL 29TH
This week:  Mexico & Mother's Day!  We read
stories, play games, do puzzles and make a fun craft.
This group is geared to home-schooler's but all are welcome!

S.T.E.A.M. Saturdays! Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! All ages program!
Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 am This week: Tin Foil Boats/Volume & Weight!
Join us for S.T.E.A.M. Saturdays!
This new all ages program will cover
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!
Come learn and have fun too.
This week:  "Tin Foil Boats, Volume & Weight"!
All are welcome!

Baby-sitting Course with McGregor EMS
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00am - 2:00 pm
This course is designed to certify kids ages 11 & up who are looking to,
or already babysit.  All students will receive a Babysitting,
CPR and First Aid certification.  The Community Babysitting Classes
cost is $35 and payment is due upon registration. 
To register, visit www.cprsafe.org or call 603-862-3674.

Pajama Storytime! This month: Puppies!
Weds. May 11th, 6:00 pm
Join Oyster River Parents and Pre-schoolers and
the Durham Library for our monthly PJ storytime.
Come wearing your pajamas!  This month we are all about puppies! We will hear stories, have a snack, have a special animal guest and make a pup-tastic craft.  Snack provided by ORPP.    All are welcome!

Lego Club (for k-4th grade)!
Thurs. May 12th, 3:30-4:30 pm NO LEGO CLUB THURS. APRIL 28TH OR THURS. MAY 5TH

Like to build with Legos?
Join the Lego Club for k-4th graders
We work on weekly challenges
and free builds.  All are welcome!

New Exhibit at the DPL Gallery!
April 2016
In 2011, children recently immigrated to Manchester NH joined students from Moharimet Elementary for a project to document their own or their ancestor’s immigration experiences by working together to create story portfolios. Guided by Beth Olshansky and Susan O’Byrne, the children produced remarkable storybooks.
Come to see the project results during April. 

Acoustic Open Mic
Wed. .May 11, 6:30-8 pm
Come to the DPL Cafe and listen or perform.
Peg Chaffee & Cheryl Sager of "Nice and Naughty" fame are the hootmeisters.
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: July 4, 2015 through July 4, 2016
$300 Cash Prize for the Winner!

Need a camera to participate in the photo contest? Check one out at the circulation desk.  Photography contest is 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 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.