Don’t Be the Victim of Identity Theft!

Durham Public Library welcomes Mike Savenelli on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. for a seminar focusing on how to prevent being a victim of ID fraud and scams and what to do if it does happen.

Mr. Savenelli, from Savenelli Consulting Services, LLC, has been in the credit industry for 48 years and has an extensive professional background in personal security and credit reporting. His presentation will cover online safety, phishing, credit card fraud, and the latest scams being perpetuated online and in your neighborhood.

This program is free and open to the public.

Please register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.

This program is sponsored by PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library

Purchase Tickets at the Library or Online

Tickets are now on sale for the 22nd Annual Taste of Durham, hosted by PALS to benefit the Durham Public Library. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd from 6:30-9 pm.

Tickets are $37 per person and all attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Buy Now via PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account.) or purchase tickets in person at the Durham Public Library. Free parking and free shuttle from Strong School parking lot.

The Annual Taste of Durham event is the single biggest fundraiser for the Durham Public Library, planned and executed by faithful members of PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library . Every year on the first Saturday evening in February, hundreds of folks in the Durham community brave the chilly weather to gather with friends and sample food & drink from more than 20 area restaurants, caterers, and other businesses. Visit for a current list of participating vendors.

Interested in helping with this event? Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift. Please note that volunteers must purchase tickets to attend the event.

Book Groups for Every Reader!

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? Join one of our book groups for a lively discussion! The Durham Public Library hosts several book groups that discuss general fiction, mysteries, and nonfiction books. Drop in when you can or come every month, it is up to you!

Book Lovers’ Circle:  Meets at the library the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.

Upcoming Reads:

Feb. 7: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Mar. 7: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Apr. 4: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Mystery Book Discussion:  Meets at the library the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.

Upcoming Reads:

Jan. 16 – The Cutting Season – Attica Locke
Feb. 20 – Dead Anyway – Chris Knopf
Mar. 20 – The Boy in the Suitcase – Lene Kaaberbol

Nonfiction Book Discussion: Meets quarterly on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm.

Upcoming Reads:

Jan. 22 – Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
Apr. 23 – Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

Discussion books are available at the circulation desk approximately one month before the book discussion date.

Social Security and You

Thursday, January 11 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an informative seminar with a financial adviser during which we’ll discuss who is eligible for Social Security benefits, what factors you should consider before starting your benefits, when is the most appropriate time to start taking benefits and ways in which you can potentially maximize your benefits.

Click here to register.

Your Support Makes a Difference!

PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library

Annual Appeal

Your donation will support programs for young people almost every day of the week, from infant storytimes to robotics programs for teens. Your gift will facilitate lifelong learning through educational and cultural programs and by providing free or reduced price museum admissions. And you will help extend computer resources to all citizens by helping to keep library technology up to date.

Please Make a Tax Deductible Donation to PALS Today and Help the Library Continue to Thrive!

Yes! I would like to make a tax-deductible gift to PALS. Select one of the donation amounts below to make a secure online donation through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account).

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If you prefer to donate by check or money order, please forward your contribution of any amount to:  PALS, P.O. Box 271, Durham, CT 06422

Thank you for your support!