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.

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

Shibori Tie Dye

Shibori Tie Dye (Weds., 8/22, 2 – 3 PM)

Make tie dye in a Japanese technique called shibori.  T-shirts, clothes, and tote bags will be provided but feel free to bring your own!

Please wear old clothing in case of stains.

For teens entering into grades 6 and up.  Space is limited to 12.  Please register.

Sing along to the songs of the ’60s!

Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow presents a tribute to songwriters of the ‘60s that includes the work of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Richard and Mimi Fariña, Pete Seeger and John Hartford. She will also perform some of her original compositions and discuss the songwriting process.  The program offers a unique perspective on a significant period in our country’s musical history. Come prepared to sing along to the songs of the ’60s!

Registration suggested but not required. Click here to register.

Teens Books & Buzz

Teens Books & Buzz (Tues., 8/21,  7 – 8 PM)

Come in to discuss any teen or high school Nutmeg Nominee (current or past).  Take a trivia game on young adult literature and win prizes!

For teens entering into grades 6 and up.  Drop-in, no registration required.

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.

Check Out Our Museum Passes

  • All museum passes have been donated as gifts to the community by P.A.L.S.
  • Passes may be borrowed by an adult with a valid library card.
  • Some passes permit free admission, while others offer discounted admission.
  • Patrons may borrow one pass per family at a time.
  • Passes are available for check out on a first-come, first-served basis and are checked out for a two-day period.
  • Passes may not be reserved, but may be held for one hour by calling the library.
  • The overdue charge is $5.00 per day.  If a pass is lost, the borrower will be liable for replacing it at full cost.
  • Prices and hours are set by museums and are subject to change. Some museums close for special events. Consulting the museum website or calling museum to confirm hours is recommended.
  • Passes must be returned inside the library.



American Clock and Watch Museum

Bristol, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 3 children.

The Children’s Museum & Roaring Brook Nature Center

West Hartford, CT
One free admission with each paid admission. Maximum 4 free admissions per day.
Planetarium shows have an additional fee.

Connecticut State Parks

Valid for 2 adults and 4 children at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull & Gillette Castle State Parks.
Effective 1/1/18, admission to all other State Parks is free for Conn. residents.

Connecticut Trolley Museum

East Windsor, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children, including unlimited trolley rides. Does not cover admission to seminars, tours, etc.

Florence Griswold Museum

Old Lyme, CT
Discounted admission for adults, seniors, and students; children under 12 years free.

Maritime Aquarium

Norwalk, CT
$2 off Combination Ticket (Aquarium & Daytime IMAX) good for up to 6 people. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, CT
$5.00 off admission for up to 4 people. Good on general admission only.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic, CT
50% off regular admission for 2 adults and 3 children ages 18 years and under

New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain, CT
Free admission for any 4 people, one adult must accompany children under 16 years.

New Haven Museum

New Haven, CT
Free admission for up to four people.

Old State House

Hartford, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children .

Peabody Museum (Yale)

New Haven, CT
$6 off up to 4 admissions, one adult must accompany children under 16 years.

Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children 17 years and under.


Adult Summer Reading Challenge

It’s Easy!

  • Pick up a Summer Reading Challenge bookmark at the circulation desk
  • Read any book on the Great American Read list
  • Write the name of the book on the bookmark
  • Return your bookmark to the summer reading desk
  • Earn a ticket to vote for your favorite charity!

The charity with the most tickets at the end of the summer will receive a $75  donation.

And vote for your favorite on the Great American Read bulletin board(located in the library’s front hallway). All you have to do is put a push pin under your favorite book. When the Read is over in the fall, we’ll count up the votes and announce the Durham winner!

To learn more about the Great American Read,  visit


Thursday Matinees

The Durham Public Library hosts a movie matinee every Thursday at 1:30pm. This film series is free and open to the public. Please note that for movies rated R, only individuals age 18 & over are permitted to attend. Viewer discretion is advised.

July 19      Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, PG-13

July 26     12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, PG-13

Aug 2         I Can Only Imagine, starring J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, PG

Aug 9        Chappaquiddick, starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, PG-13

Aug 16      Finding Your Feet, starring Timothy Spall, Joanne Lumley, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, PG-13

Aug 23      The Post, starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, PG-13

Aug 30      The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, PG

Sept 6       Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, PG-13

Sept 13     Viceroy’s House, starring Hugh Bonneville Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, NR

Sept 20     Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, R



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