Otaku Club (June)

Tuesday, June 5 from 7 – 8 PM

Make friends and watch some anime with us in Otaku Club!  Snacks and refreshments are provided.

For teens in grades 6 and up.  No registration required.  

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.

Check Out New Catalog Features

On Monday, May 14, our new public access catalog will be up and running.

Check Out New Searching and Browsing Features

Search bar and browse categories conveniently located at the top of the catalog page.
Search for a specific title or browse specific collections, such as newly acquired
materials for adults, children, and teens, or New York Times bestsellers.


Record Grouping (Our Favorite New Feature!)

Search for your title, author, or keyword, and you’ll see all the formats we have for a
work (book, large print, ebook, etc.)  listed in one place.

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

Manage Your Account

Click on “My Account” to see checked out items, holds, or fines. Or activate the “Reading
History” feature to track what you have read.

Find New Favorites

Like a particular title? Scroll down to the “More Like This” feature to find new titles
and authors you may like.

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

Have questions? Please ask any staff member for assistance.

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.

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

Manage Your Library Account with Your Phone

Text Us!

Receive text messages when:

  • Items you requested are ready for pickup
  • Items you borrowed are almost due
  • Items you borrowed are overdue

Text the library to:

  • Renew your items
  • Get list of items currently checked out

Sign up for free! (Standard texting rates apply)

Text the word SIGNUP to 860-345-1307. You will receive a reply asking for your library card number. Text your library card number (under the barcode). You will receive a confirmation text. Service works with all smart phones — some older phones may be incompatible with the service.

Text Commands to: 860-345-1307

ADDCARD – Add new card(s) (i.e. spouse, children) to the same phone
ALL – Request to renew all eligible items, including overdue items
DROPCARD – Remove cards from phone
IOWEU – Request amount of current fines owed
MYBOOKS – Request a list of all current checkouts
MYCARDS – View registered card number(s) and expiration date(s) of the account(s)
OA – Request to renew all overdue items
QUIT – Discontinue the text messaging service
RA – Request to renew all eligible items (not overdue items)
RL – Request for list of eligible items (not overdue items) to choose to renew

A full list of commands and instructions is available at:  https://is.gd/SBhelp or see any staff member for assistance.