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.


A Writing Workshop with Alice Mattison

Saturday, November 4 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join acclaimed novelist and writing teacher Alice Mattison to explore the question, “What Does Your Novel Want?”

Whether your incomplete novel has already been through several drafts or consists primarily of notes and a partial scene or two, it may benefit from an afternoon’s conversation with other writers. First we’ll discuss what any piece of fiction wants if it’s to turn into a complete book that we’ll recognize as a novel. After that, we’ll spend our time talking in some detail about the novels each participant is writing, putting our heads together in an effort to help the writer proceed and help each of us learn from one another.

Please come prepared to tell us briefly what you know (so far) about your book: What is the story about? How much time will pass in the lives of your characters from the beginning to the end? As the book proceeds, what will the reader be curious about?

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

Alice Mattison’s book about writing, The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale, was published in 2016 and is now available in paperback. Her seventh novel, Conscience, will be out next year. She teaches in the MFA program at Bennington College.

Inter-Library Loan Restrictions Lifted

LION Consortium Launches Supplemental Book Delivery

Durham Public Library is pleased to report that book delivery services between LION Consortium members have been restored. Over the last two years, the Connecticut State Library has cut back significantly on the DeliverIt CT service which delivers library materials between Connecticut libraries. This has resulted in restrictions on patron holds and lengthy delays in getting materials. Due to budget constraints at the State Library, it appears that the state DeliverIt system will not be able to handle the necessary volume in the future. In order to restore delivery services to member libraries, the Board of Trustees of Libraries Online, Inc., (LION) has contracted with Riverbend Express of Portland, CT, to provide supplemental delivery services.

This service launched on September 18 and has cleared the backlog of items waiting for delivery. Effective immediately, all restrictions on holds on items owned by LION libraries have been lifted. There are no restrictions on the number of holds. There are no restrictions on holds of new items, DVDs, and other media. You can expect delivery of items that are currently checked in at another library in about a week. Items from non-LION libraries will continue to be distributed by deliverIT CT and delivery may take longer.

If you have any questions about holds, returns, or inter-library loans, please contact Christine Michaud at (860) 349-9544, ext. 4.

Libraries Online, Inc. (LION) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed by its members in 1982. Our 28 libraries share an Integrated Library System and other services from the Middletown office.  Public and academic member libraries in south-central Connecticut use the system to service their 234,000 patrons with 830,000 shared unique titles linked to over two and one half million items in their local collections.  LION is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a designated representative from each member library.


Print from Anywhere!

Print from home or from any location from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
  • From your personal device, email the document, picture, or email that you want to print to “”
  • Once the email is received, the service will email a release code back to you.
  • Come to the Library and go to the printer/copier.
  • Tap the Home icon on the copier.
  • Tap the “ICE” icon.
  • Tap the “Print Cloud – Print” icon .
  • Enter your release code.
  • Adjust settings (number of copies, single or double sided, etc.) and tap “Print”.

Printing and copies are $0.15 per page for black and white and $0.25 per page for color.

Documents may be sent to the printer from your device from any location, including your home. The document will not print until you come to the library and enter the release code.

Trace Your Revolutionary Roots – Two Programs

Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. — Learn How to Trace Your Revolutionary Roots

Interested in tracing your Revolutionary roots? The resources of the of the Daughters of the American Revolution, presented by the Wadsworth Chapter DAR can help you trace your family from the present back to America’s founding. Learn how to access and use the collections of the society, including online family trees, genealogy and history books, original records, and more. Please bring a laptop to follow along or use one of the library’s computers.

Click here to register.

Saturday, October 14 from noon to 3:00 p.m. — Genealogy Help Sessions

Do you want to trace your family back to America’s founding, have you considered joining the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution, or are you ready to apply for one of the Revolutionary War lineage societies?  Join the Wadsworth Chapter DAR for one-on-one genealogy help. You’ll have the chance to talk about your tree, review your DAR/SAR membership possibilities or begin an application. Please bring any work you’ve already completed. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Click here to register.