Passport Application Fair

Durham Public Library and the Town of Durham have teamed up to offer a convenient and time-saving opportunity to apply for or renew a passport at the Library. Information and forms are available at the Library, Town Hall, or on the U.S. State Department website so that you can come prepared to have Durham’s Passport Agents help you complete your application or renewal. Once this process is complete, you can expect to receive your new passport in about 4 to 6 weeks. Drop-in.

Connecticut Passport Agency Acceptance Event
Presented by Town of Durham CT Passport Agents & Durham Public Library
Saturday, July 21, 2018
9:00 – 1:00 p.m.

For more information on this event, please call 860-349-3625

For up to date information on passport requirements, passport renewals, current fees or to download an application please visit

 Check List of Items to Bring:

Fill out Form DS-11 Before You Arrive
· Do not sign the application
· Provide a Social Security Number (SSN).

Provide One Proof of US Citizenship Photocopies/notarized copies are not acceptable.
· Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
· U.S. birth certificate meeting State Department requirements
· Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
· Certificate of Naturalization
· Certificate of Citizenship

Present Acceptable Identification (Photo ID)
· In-state, fully-valid driver’s license
· Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
· Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
· Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
· U.S. military ID or military dependent ID

Bring a Photocopy of Identification and US Citizenship Evidence
· Photocopy the front and back of each ID that you present.

Provide a Recent Photo
· Be sure your photo meets all photo requirements
· Have your photo taken on site! Photo services available for $10

Bring Two Checks or Money Orders – No cash or debit cards
· One is payable to the Town of Durham for the $35 Execution Fee – add $10 for photo if applicable
· One is payable to the U.S. Department of State

Applicants Under Age 16
· Both parents must be present to sign application and provide child’s Birth Certificate meeting State Department requirements
· Or one parent appears and signs, and also submits a notarized statement of consent along with a valid ID from other parent

Renewals may be done by mail using Form DS-82 if your recent passport:
· Is submitted with your application
· Is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
· Was issued when you were age 16 or older
· Was issued within the last 15 years
· Was issued in your current name (Or document your name change with original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order) If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must apply in person using Form DS-11

Spanish Conversation Group

Thursday, July 19 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

All levels of Spanish speakers: Expand your speaking skills by practicing the language in a welcoming atmosphere. Facilitated by fluent Spanish speaker and teacher Marilyn Horn. Meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Drop in.

Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

It’s just A Day in the Life at the Durham Public Library! Join Stephen Spignesi, best-selling author of The 100 Best Beatles Songs, for an entertaining illustrated lecture on the 10 best Beatles songs in this fast-paced program.  Hear fascinating details about each song, its significance in the Beatles canon and much more. A brief excerpt of the song is played, and lyrics are discussed in the context of brilliant poetry. A Q&A follows the talk, so come prepared to defend your favorite!

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Check Out Our Museum Passes

  • All museum passes have been donated as gifts to the community by P.A.L.S.
  • Passes may be borrowed by an adult with a valid library card.
  • Some passes permit free admission, while others offer discounted admission.
  • Patrons may borrow one pass per family at a time.
  • Passes are available for check out on a first-come, first-served basis and are checked out for a two-day period.
  • Passes may not be reserved, but may be held for one hour by calling the library.
  • The overdue charge is $5.00 per day.  If a pass is lost, the borrower will be liable for replacing it at full cost.
  • Prices and hours are set by museums and are subject to change. Some museums close for special events. Consulting the museum website or calling museum to confirm hours is recommended.
  • Passes must be returned inside the library.



American Clock and Watch Museum

Bristol, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 3 children.

The Children’s Museum & Roaring Brook Nature Center

West Hartford, CT
One free admission with each paid admission. Maximum 4 free admissions per day.
Planetarium shows have an additional fee.

Connecticut State Parks

Valid for 2 adults and 4 children at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull & Gillette Castle State Parks.
Effective 1/1/18, admission to all other State Parks is free for Conn. residents.

Connecticut Trolley Museum

East Windsor, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children, including unlimited trolley rides. Does not cover admission to seminars, tours, etc.

Florence Griswold Museum

Old Lyme, CT
Discounted admission for adults, seniors, and students; children under 12 years free.

Maritime Aquarium

Norwalk, CT
$2 off Combination Ticket (Aquarium & Daytime IMAX) good for up to 6 people. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, CT
$5.00 off admission for up to 4 people. Good on general admission only.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic, CT
50% off regular admission for 2 adults and 3 children ages 18 years and under

New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain, CT
Free admission for any 4 people, one adult must accompany children under 16 years.

New Haven Museum

New Haven, CT
Free admission for up to four people.

Old State House

Hartford, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children .

Peabody Museum (Yale)

New Haven, CT
$6 off up to 4 admissions, one adult must accompany children under 16 years.

Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children 17 years and under.


Getting Started Showing Dogs

Are you interested in learning more about dog shows and what it takes for a dog to compete? Join Jeanine Dell’Orfano, Durham resident and President of the Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America for a discussion about how to get your dog involved with showing. She will discuss topics such as applying breed standards and sound breeding practices, and preparing a dog for the illustrious Westminster Dog Show. One of the Dell’Orfano’s champion Bergamasco Sheepdogs will attend the lecture to help demonstrate good show dog behavior.

Registration suggested. Click here to register.

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, July 5 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Drop in.

Light refreshments will be served.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge

It’s Easy!

  • Pick up a Summer Reading Challenge bookmark at the circulation desk
  • Read any book on the Great American Read list
  • Write the name of the book on the bookmark
  • Return your bookmark to the summer reading desk
  • Earn a ticket to vote for your favorite charity!

The charity with the most tickets at the end of the summer will receive a $75  donation.

And vote for your favorite on the Great American Read bulletin board(located in the library’s front hallway). All you have to do is put a push pin under your favorite book. When the Read is over in the fall, we’ll count up the votes and announce the Durham winner!

To learn more about the Great American Read,  visit


Introduction to Genealogical Research

Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Diana McCain and Carol Whitmer of Come Home to Connecticut as they present an introduction to genealogical research. Learn how to begin your search for your family history, no matter where your ancestors lived or when they first came to America.

Registration suggested. Register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1