BluesGrass Concert

True to their name, BluesGrass is a blues and bluegrass duo featuring local musicians Jon Swift and Mark White! Both Mark (acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Jon (upright bass, vocals) are accomplished singers, and their voices blend in close harmony along with strong and evocative instrumental accompaniment. They draw upon both contemporary and traditional sources for a well-rounded acoustic music experience.

Registration suggested. Click here to register.

Connecticut Paranormal Research Society

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Have you ever felt like you’ve been sharing space with a ghost?  Or perhaps you’re curious about the phenomena?  Come and learn about the Connecticut Paranormal Research Society (CPRS).  Learn what they experience on a typical paranormal investigation, see photographic, video and audio evidence and ask questions or share your own paranormal experiences after the lecture.

Registration suggested but not required. Click here to register.

Readers Theater: 4,000 Miles

Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Readers Theater returns to the Durham Public Library to perform 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog.
After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. 4,000 MILES received the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play, was first play to receive a performance at Lincoln Center in their New Works Program begun in 2012, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize,  and more recently was performed by Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires in 2017.
 The performance is free and open to the community. Registration suggested. Click here to register.

Spanish Conversation Group

NEW DAY: Monday, October 15 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 Monday of the month. Drop in.

Light refreshments will be served.

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:

Nov. 7: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Dec. 5: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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

Upcoming Reads:

Oct. 16: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Nov. 21: The Dry by Jane Harper

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

Upcoming Reads:

Nov. 19: Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas J. Preston

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

Retirement: Trusts and Long-Term Care Planning

Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Liberty Bank Presents: Retirement — Trusts and Long-Term Care Planning.

Learn more about trusts and long-term care options! An attorney and an insurance expert from Liberty Bank in Durham will provide an overview of long-term care, discuss the long term care climate and provide information on some different long term care products available in the market now

This session is free and open to the public. Registration requested. Click here to register.

Bobcats in Connecticut

Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Benjunas from the Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment (DEEP) for an educational talk highlighting Connecticut’s only wild cat species and the state’s growing bobcat population. For ages 12 and up.

Register Online or by calling 860-349-9544, ext. 1

Escape Room: “The Attic”

Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Bring some friends and see if you can escape “The Attic.” Find the clues and solve the puzzles to complete your mission and find the route to escape! Ages 18 and up. Space is limited; registration required. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Michaud Appointed Library Director

The Durham Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Michaud as Library Director, effective immediately. Christine replaces Director Cyndi Shirshac, who retired at the end of August after 19 years at the Durham Public Library. Christine has been a Durham resident for the past 20 years and has worked at the Library since 2012, most recently as the Assistant Director. Please stop in to say “hello”!