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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

Summer Reading 9-12 year old Activity Hour! This week: Board and Group Games!
Tues. June 27th 6:30-7:30 pm
Come and play some fun board games and group games upstairs
in the Oyster River Room.  Win some prizes!  We'll also talk about what you are reading.  For ages 9-12 years old.

Simon Brooks, Storyteller, Summer Reading Kick-off program! All ages!
Weds. June 29th at 10:30 am Held upstairs in the Oyster River Room
Get ready to giggle, as we kick-off the 2016 summer reading program with a special performance by award winning storyteller, Simon Brooks! Simon combines his passion for children’s literature and folklore to create fun and engaging programs for all ages!
Funding for the Kids, Books and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne      Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Music on the Lawn! This week: "Truffle!"
Weds. June 29th 6:30-7:30 pm All ages!
Join us for five Wednesday evenings for Music on the Lawn!
This week:  "Acoustic Truffle!"  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic!  Truffle is a very talented local group who will have you moving all night.  This event is held rain or shine (upstairs in the Oyster River Room in case of rain).  All ages!   Don't miss it!

EXERCISE Your Mind! Adult Summer Reading Program
Jun 27-Jul 27 Weekly Puzzles to Solve & Win Prizes
Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, and Healthy Brain!

Weekly Prizes Sponsored by Wildcat Fitness:
Work-Out Bag
Water Bottles
Two Free Weeks w/Classes & HydroMassage (Value $120)
Six Free Months Gym & Classes (Value $240)
  • Thank you Wildcat Fitness! 

Team Art! This week: "Chihuly inspired coffee filter sculpture!"
Weds. June 29th 4:00-5:00 pm All ages!
Join us as we explore 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:  Collaborate to build a Chihuly inspired coffee filter sculpture.

Children's/Young Adult Summer Reading Weekly Trivia Question!
Week of June 27th!
· 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 1 Theme: Fun & Games, Old & New

In the chase game Avoid the Octopus, what does the octopus shout?

What was Play-Doh originally used for before it was sold as a toy?

Touch a Truck! Durham Firemen & Firetruck visit!
Thurs June 30th at 10:30 am All ages!
Come and meet the Durham Firemen and tour the Fire truck!
We will hear a story, meet the Firemen and even go in the Fire truck.
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:" Fun & Games!"
Thurs. June 30th 3:00-4:00 pm
This week:  Fun & Games!  We read stories, do puzzles, play some games and make a fun craft.
Come and learn some new games!  We'll also talk about what you are reading!

Nature Art Nights! This week: '"Rain Garden Walk & Pinecone Owls!"
Thurs. June 30th 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:  Rain Garden Walk & Pinecone Owls!

Boston Bruins Mascot, Blade & Ice Girls Visit!
Tues. July 19th 11:00am-12:00pm All ages! Held upstairs in the Oyster River Room
The Durham Public Library was chosen for an awesome visit from the    Boston Bruins Mascot, Blades the Bear and the Ice Girls!
Join us as we listen to the story of how Blades became a member of the Boston Bruins hockey team. After the story, we will make a  hockey mask craft to take home, play trivia games, win prizes, and participants will have a chance to get their photo taken with
Blades and the Ice Girls!

Summer Reading Family Movie Nights!
Mon. July 11th at 6:00 pm
This week:   The Good Dinosaur!  Come and see this fun movie!  Popcorn is served.  Held upstairs in the Oyster
River Room.  All are welcome!

DPL Board of Trustees Workgroup Session
Wednesday June 22, 7 p.m.

The Durham Public Library Board of Trustees Workgroup will meet in the Heritage Room at 7 p.m. on June 22. The public is welcome. 

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.


Cosmic Kids "Frozen" Yoga! All ages!
Thurs. July 7th at 10:30 am Held upstairs in the Oyster River Room
Channel your inner Elsa as we watch Jaime, the star of Cosmic Kids Yoga, on our big screen. This Cosmic Kids Yoga episode is inspired by the Disney movie Frozen! We will practice our yoga moves and exercise our bodies.
All ages are welcome.  Bring a yoga mat and have your child wear comfortable clothing.

Oyster River Knitters
Tues. July 5, 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

Wildlife Encounters at the Madbury Town Hall with the Durham, Lee and Madbury Libraries!
Thursday July 14th at 10:30 am All ages!
Wildlife Encounters® brings the excitement of natural & instinctive learning to the Oyster River Community through this joint library program sponsored by the Durham, Lee and Madbury libraries.
Come meet the “Faces of Nature” and learn about science and conservation. This is a live animal presentation.

  Event is held at the Madbury Town Hall.  All ages and all are welcome!


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.  


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: 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.
Friends of Durham Public Library
Wed. July 6, 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. 
Book Donation Week
June 27 thru July 2
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.