Cyndi Shirshac Retirement Reception

Saturday, August 25 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join the Durham Public Library staff and Trustees in celebrating the career of Library Director Cyndi Shirshac, who is retiring after 19 years of service to the Durham Public Library.  We hope you will join us to thank her for all she has done for our community.

Refreshments will be served.

Appointments Available at the Library

Are you a great baker, quilter, or pumpkin-grower, but not quite sure about the Fair’s online exhibitor registration process? We can help! We will walk you through the process and send you home with a printed confirmation form.

Call (860) 349-9544, ext. 4 or email Christine at to make an appointment.

Thursday Matinees

The Durham Public Library hosts a movie matinee every Thursday at 1:30pm. This film series is free and open to the public. Please note that for movies rated R, only individuals age 18 & over are permitted to attend. Viewer discretion is advised.

July 19      Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, PG-13

July 26     12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, PG-13

Aug 2         I Can Only Imagine, starring J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, PG

Aug 9        Chappaquiddick, starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, PG-13

Aug 16      Finding Your Feet, starring Timothy Spall, Joanne Lumley, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, PG-13

Aug 23      The Post, starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, PG-13

Aug 30      The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, PG

Sept 6       Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, PG-13

Sept 13     Viceroy’s House, starring Hugh Bonneville Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, NR

Sept 20     Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, R



Looking for a Job?

Free Online Career Assistance

JobNow™ provides library patrons with a host of services to help in every step of the job search process.  Job coaches are available to help patrons with any and all job search-related questions.  In addition to helping beginning job seekers pinpoint their desired career field, coaches can also provide constructive suggestions on resumes, help write a professional cover letter, and give live interview practice and feedback.

The link is available 24/7/365 in the library or from your home — click here or on the JobNow! icon on the left-hand side of the Library website home page.

Looking for a job? Use the Career Resources to begin your job search. Create your resume and get expert feedback. Prepare for your interview.

Not sure how to start your job search? Use eParachute to help you discover the career of your dreams.

Writing your resume? Begin by using one of the templates or the document builder in OptimalResume. Then use our Resume Lab to send it to a job coach and receive feedback and revisions to help strengthen your resume. FREE Online Career Assistance

Prepare for your interview. Read through our tips and connect with a live job coach to get ready for your interview.

Going back to school? Want to brush up on academic skills? Select “Adult Learners” from the menu to access GED prep, US Citizenship Test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources. Maestros en español disponible

Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Have you ever come home from the Farmer’s Market with a pile of beautiful produce and no idea what to make with your bounty? We can help! Registered Dietitian Katie Shepherd will show you how easy and satisfying it is to practice “farm-to-table cooking” in your own home. Using produce from Durham’s own Farmer’s Market, she will demonstrate how to put together a healthy dinner for your family.

For ages 17 and up. Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.

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

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