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.

Mystery Book Discussion

Join this fun, informal discussion group! Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 7:30, we will be discussing The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. All are welcome.

Copies of the book are available at the library.

And pick up a copy of our November discussion book, The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Get the most out of your digital camera!

Six sessions: Saturdays October 6 -November 10 from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Local photographer Ben Sordo lends his expertise to help you get the most out of your camera. Learn the basics of digital photography, more advanced shooting and editing techniques, and artistic and technical approaches that will make you a better photographer. Please bring your camera, laptop (and the cords that connect them!), as well as your camera’s manual. Six sessions: Saturdays October 6 -November 10. Classes build on each other, so please plan to attend all six sessions.

Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register. 

This program is funded by a generous grant from the Cognichaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF).

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.

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