Social Security and You

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

Presented by Jeff Henault, Finacial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

Financial advisor Jeff Henault will 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!

Write Your Memoirs or Family History: January 6, 13, 20, & 27

Free Memoir Writing Workshop with Debra Robbins

Are you beset by images of your past, childhood friends, old neighborhoods, long-forgotten incidents?  When the past haunts the present it is nudging us to do something, to capture moments in time that need rescuing, that need to be put down in words.  Perhaps it is time to write your memoir?

If that seems too great a task to attempt alone, then come join our Memoir Writing Workshop!  This four-part series is designed to teach both those who are new to the art of writing and those who wish to gain further experience. Working with a congenial group of fellow writers, and receiving useful feedback from peers and the instructor, participants will learn how to take even the most ordinary life and transform it into a compelling narrative that is cohesive, polished and engrossing; one worthy of publishing or saving for the family archives.

The workshop meets four afternoons: January 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the Durham Public Library.  Debra Robbins, professional writer and professor, will lead the workshops.  Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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

Book Lover’s Circle

On Wednesday, December 6, we will discuss The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. The discussion will be held at 7:30  in the Activity Room of the Library. All are welcome.

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


Come Write In!

November is National Novel Writing Month.

Participating in NaNoWriMo? Looking for a place to write? Bring your preferred writing tools to the Durham Public Library and work on your novel surrounded by other local writers (and snacks).

Monday November 6 and Monday November 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Drop in. No registration required.

For more information on National Novel Writing Month visit

November 6 – 18

Support the Durham Food Pantry while paying off your library fines! Bring a non-perishable food item or items to the library between November 6 and 18 and the library will waive any outstanding fines. Food items cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged items.

  • All proceeds benefit the Durham Food Pantry.
  • Items must be unopened and unexpired to qualify. No glass containers, please.
  • You can donate even if you don’t have fines! Just drop off your contribution at the Circulation desk.