Reader’s Theater: Ben Butler

Monday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Readers Theater returns to the Durham Public Library to perform BEN BUTLER by Richard Strand.
A combination of comedy, biography, and historical drama, Ben Butler takes a thought-provoking look at a key decision in the Civil War and explores the timeless questions surrounding social conscience, individual responsibility, and the politics of race in America. 
The performance is free and open to the community. Registration suggested. Please register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.
Sponsored by PALS: Friends of Durham Public Library


Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.

An Education Program by the Alzheimer’s Association. For centuries we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration suggested. Register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.

Book Lover’s Circle

On Wednesday, June 6, we will discuss Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami. 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.

And pick up a copy of our July discussion book, We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Week of May 21 – 26

The PALS Annual Book Sale will continue through the week of May 21-26 during regular library hours.

All funds raised from the PALS book sale go to support materials and programs at the Durham Public Library.

Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial Day Author Talk: Local author Marc Youngquist will discuss his book, The 143rd in Iraq: Boots on the Ground Training Iraqi Police in Spite of It All, a historical account of a Connecticut National Guard Military Police Company’s attempt to recruit, train, and prepare an Iraqi Police Force in 2003-2004.

Copies of the book will be available for sale. Profits from the book will be donated to FIDELCO Guide Dog Foundation.

This program is free and open to the public. Please register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.

Plant Sale/Exchange May 19

ANNUAL PLANT SALE/EXCHANGE: Start potting up your houseplants, perennials, herbs, annuals and shrubs. The Durham Library Annual Plant Sale and Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 19th. Plants may be dropped off at the library on Friday May 18th or before 9:30 am on the day of the event. The Sale/Exchange starts at 10 am. Plants must be in pots and labeled. Anyone wishing to exchange plants will receive a receipt, which will be credited for purchases at the sale.

Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.


Certified Holistic Health Coach Jennifer Fowler will discuss sugar, it’s health risks, and potential substitutes and teach you how to kick the sugar habit without feeling deprived.

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

Tax Free in Retirement

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Michael Alimo, of USA Financial & Tax Services, to learn about strategies that can help you get closer to a tax-free retirement.
Some of the topics he will discuss:  How to prevent my taxable IRA from growing and why? Should I take required minimum distributions early or later?  Am I paying too much in taxes now,is there a way to reduce them?
Registration requested. Register online or by calling (860) 349-9544, ext. 1.

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:

May 2: The Nix – Nathan Hill
Jun. 6: Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami

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

Upcoming Reads:

Apr. 17 – The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie King
May 15 – The Life We Bury by Allen Askens

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

Upcoming Reads:

Apr. 23 – Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

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