Summer Reading 2018

Starting June 1st, register for our Wandoo Summer Reading Program, read, participate in challenges and attend library programs to collect prizes and tickets towards a charitable donation!

Go HERE to find out about our Summer Programs and events for children and families.

Prizes must be claimed before Saturday, September 1st.

To Register:
1. Follow these links:     Grades K-5 go HERE    Grades 6-12 go HERE   

(If your child is younger stop by the Summer Reading Desk to pick up a game board for your baby or toddler!)

2. Fill out the required information.

To Log Reading Time:
1. Sign in to your account.

2. Either on your homepage or the “Books” tab, type in the title of the book you read, and the amount of time in minutes you spent reading. Click “Submit Log.” If you finished the book, be sure to check that box as well.

To Complete Optional Challenges ( for even more tickets!)

1. Sign in to your account.
2. Find the “challenges” tab, and click on a challenge and follow the competition requirements. Remember these are OPTIONAL.

To Get Prizes and  Tickets:
1. Once you’ve logged either, 100, 200, 400, 800 or 1000 minutes of reading and/or completed a challenge/ or book (adults only)  a message will appear indicating you’ve earned a prize or ticket.
2. Head to the Summer Reading Desk to claim your reward!

Prizes Grades K-5

Read 100 minutes and earn a coupon pack to use at local businesses all summer long and one ticket. Claim soon, these coupons expire!

Read 400 minutes and earn an inflatable guitar (while supplies last) and 4 tickets.

Read 800 minutes and select a book to keep and  8 tickets.

Read 1000 minutes and be entered into a drawing for a Tablet and 10 tickets.

Ticket earned will be counted towards a charitable donation. The charity with the most tickets will receive a $75 donation.  

Participate in additional challenges all summer long to earn extra tickets for your favorite charity


if you have any questions or need assistance with any part of this you stop by the Library’s Summer Reading Desk or contact Head of Youth Services Alexandra Klaus at or Youth Services Assistant, Gina Monti, at

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150.

Contest Dates: April 2 – 30

Over one hundred Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.   Take your library card and passport to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children.

Ask for your Passport at the circulation desk today & begin participating on April 2nd!  Click Here for a List of Participating Libraries

This is a Connecticut Library Association initiative.

PJ Storytime

1/18/18 7PM

Join Miss Alex for an evening of bedtime stories & songs!
Come dressed in your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal friend!
Registration encouraged, but not Required. Register online.
This event is for children of all ages with an adult.  Registration opens 1/2/18


Meets 1/18/18

It’s Back! Drop-in Mystery Craft

It’s back! Drop-in Mystery Crafts!

December 26th-January 5th

Visit the library to make a self-guided mystery craft!

This event is open to children of all ages with an adult.

No registration required just drop-in.

Supplies limited.

Meets in the Children’s Department.

Make a Mitten

12/1-12/30 10:30AM to Close
Design a mitten at the library. Then drop it off so we can hang it up and decorate
the library for the winter. All supplies provided. Supplies limited.

Twinkle Toes Toddler Dance Class

Babies and toddlers on the move! The Durham Public Library is proud to present Merly De La Hoz-Cookson’s Twinkle Toes Toddler Dance Program.
This exciting program is designed to offer children 1.5 – 5 years old an opportunity to explore dance in its most primitive form.

Siblings welcome.

Meets Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
12/5 & 12/19. Attend one or both sessions!
Registration Required. Registration opens 11/14. Register below.


Merly De La Hoz-Cookson is a Dance Instructor and Choreographer born in Colombia.  She is dedicated to promoting her cultural heritage all over the world through the art of dance.

Slime Saturdays

Slime Saturdays

Make a new type of slime each month.
Registration required for each session.
Ages 3 and up with an adult. Limit 15.

Meets : 9/9, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16 AT 2PM

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

10/16 – 11/4

Visit the Children’s Department to see if you can find all the Halloween pictures
hidden around the kids’ area!
Then take your completed scavenger hunt sheet to the checkout desk for a prize!

Play as many times as you’d want all month long!