Tax Free in Retirement

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Michael Alimo, of USA Financial & Tax Services, to learn about strategies that can help you get closer to a tax-free retirement.
Some of the topics he will discuss:  How to prevent my taxable IRA from growing and why? Should I take required minimum distributions early or later?  Am I paying too much in taxes now,is there a way to reduce them?
Registration requested. Register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.

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:

May 2: The Nix – Nathan Hill
Jun. 6: Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami

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

Upcoming Reads:

Apr. 17 – The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie King
May 15 – The Life We Bury by Allen Askens

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

Upcoming Reads:

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.

French Conversation Group

Calling all French speakers! Expand your speaking skills by practicing the language in a welcoming atmosphere. Open to all levels of speakers. Facilitated by native French speaker Simone Howe. Meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month.

Next meeting Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Drop in.

Light refreshments will be served.

Reader’s Theater: Doubt

Monday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Readers Theater returns to the Durham Public Library to perform DOUBT: A PARABLE by John Patrick Shanley.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Doubt is a timely story about suspicion and the “fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty” that serious accusations can raise. 
The performance is free and open to the community. Please register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.
Sponsored by PALS: Friends of Durham Public Library


Author Talk: Seeing the Past

Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. Local author James Powers will discuss his book, Seeing the Past: Stories on the Path of a Yankee Millwright, a historical account of Milo Todd, 19th century millwright from Northford, Connecticut, and his era.

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration requested but not required: please register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.

Lincoln in the Bardo – Pick Up a Copy Today

Hedda Kopf, former associate professor of literature at Quinnipiac University and engaging leader of book discussions, will return to the Durham Public Library for an evening of stimulating conversation, thanks to the support of the Public Association of Library Supporters (PALS).

On Wednesday, April 4, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Professor Kopf will discuss George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo.

Hedda Kopf has always been one of the library’s most popular guest speakers as she engages the imagination of her audience and shares her captivating interpretation of the material. The program is free and all are invited to attend.

Copies of the book are available at the check-out desk.

With Author and Poet Leslie Bulion

Saturday, March 17 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. How does your idea become a book?
Using her learning experiences from 20 years of writing for young readers, Leslie will share tips and best practices to up your writing process to the level of today’s thriving children’s writing market, including getting started, the writing process, and opportunities for learning and growing as a writer. Leslie will also cover the wide variety of genres in children’s writing, using examples of exciting, recently published children’s books.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register Online or call (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.

Leslie Bulion is the author of 11 award-winning children’s books (and several more at press) including picture books, middle-grade novels (THE UNIVERSE OF FAIR, set at a fictional version of our​ Durham Fair) and science poetry collections. Her newest funny science poetry collection, LEAF LITTER CRITTERS launches at the Durham Library on March 14 at 7pm!