Teen Advisory Group (Dec. 17)

Meets monthly. Brainstrom with us at TAG! We’re a dedicated and passionate group of teens who want to improve the Durham Public Library’s young adult programs and services! New members are always welcome!

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

Your Support Makes a Difference!

PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library

Annual Appeal

Your donation will support programs for young people almost every day of the week, from infant storytimes to robotics programs for teens. Your gift will facilitate lifelong learning through educational and cultural programs and by providing free or reduced price museum admissions. And you will help extend computer resources to all citizens by helping to keep library technology up to date.

Please Make a Tax Deductible Donation to PALS Today and Help the Library Continue to Thrive!

Yes! I would like to make a tax-deductible gift to PALS. Select one of the donation amounts below to make a secure online donation through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account).

$50 Donation      $100 Donation      $250 Donation      $500 Donation      Other Donation

If you prefer to donate by check or money order, please forward your contribution of any amount to:  PALS, P.O. Box 271, Durham, CT 06422

Thank you for your support!

Let’s Make Touchscreen Gloves

Drop in any time between 2:30 to 4:30 PM on Thursday, Dec. 14 to make or modify your own gloves to work with touchscreen phones! Gloves will be provided if you want to work with a new pair.

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

Write Your Memoirs or Family History: January 6, 13, 20, & 27

Free Memoir Writing Workshop with Debra Robbins

Are you beset by images of your past, childhood friends, old neighborhoods, long-forgotten incidents?  When the past haunts the present it is nudging us to do something, to capture moments in time that need rescuing, that need to be put down in words.  Perhaps it is time to write your memoir?

If that seems too great a task to attempt alone, then come join our Memoir Writing Workshop!  This four-part series is designed to teach both those who are new to the art of writing and those who wish to gain further experience. Working with a congenial group of fellow writers, and receiving useful feedback from peers and the instructor, participants will learn how to take even the most ordinary life and transform it into a compelling narrative that is cohesive, polished and engrossing; one worthy of publishing or saving for the family archives.

The workshop meets four afternoons: January 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the Durham Public Library.  Debra Robbins, professional writer and professor, will lead the workshops.  Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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

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.


Notary Services Now Available!

The Library has a Notary Public available to notarize your documents.
Appointments are required for all notary services. Please call 860-349-9544, ext. 3 or email gmonti@durhamlibrary.org for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Please note:

  • Documents must be signed in the presence of the Notary. Do not sign them beforehand.
  • Two forms of I.D. are required – an up-to-date driver’s license or government issued photo I.D., plus one other form of identification showing your name. Social Security cards and birth certificates are not acceptable forms of ID.
  • If the document to be notarized requires witnesses, the witness(es) must also present two forms of ID.
  • The library CAN notarize and give certificates for witness of signature, jurats, affidavits, acknowledgements, and attested copies.
  • The library CANNOT notarize wills, trusts, powers of attorney, or marriage licences.
  • The library’s notary service is free.

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.


Nov. 30      Swing Shift, starring Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, 113 min, PG

Dec. 7         The Glass Castle, starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, 127 min,  PG13

Dec. 14       Christmas in Connecticut, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, 101 min, G

Dec. 21       The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, 136 min, PG13

Dec. 28       Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, 135 min, PG13

Jan. 4         Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, 97 min, PG-13

Jan. 11       Dunkirk,   starring Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, 105 min, PG-13

Jan. 18       Victoria & Abdul, starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, 112 min, PG-13

Jan. 25       American Made, starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, 115 min, R

Feb. 1         No Movie— A Taste of Durham

Feb. 8         Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, 116 min, R

Feb. 15       All Saints, starring John Corbett, Barry Corbin, 108 min, PG

Feb. 22       Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, 118 min, PG-13