Gift Wrapping at the Library!

Buy local. We’ll wrap your gifts! In support of our local businesses, Durham Public Library will offer free gift wrapping on Small Business Saturday. Just bring in proof of purchase from a Durham merchant and we’ll wrap your gift.

Saturday November 24, 2018

10am – 3pm

All supplies provided by PALS.

Durham Results – Great American Read

We had 495 votes in Durham for the Great American Read. Durham’s favorite book? The Harry Potter series!

Full Durham Results (For national results, click here.)

  1. Harry Potter (Series)
  2. Charlotte’s Web
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. The Little Prince
  6. Outsiders
  7. Chronicles of Narnia
  8. Gone with the Wind
  9. The Help
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird
  11. Outlander (Series)
  12. Hatchet (series)
  13. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy
  15. Anne of Green Gables
  16. Little Women
  17. The Da Vinci Code
  18. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  19. Book Thief
  20. Lord of the Rings
  21. Pillars of the Earth
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale
  23. Atlas Shrugged
  24. Grapes of Wrath
  25. Alice in Wonderland
  26. Great Gatsby
  27. Jurassic Park
  28. Siddhartha
  29. Stand
  30. The Giver
  31. The Hunt for Red October
  32. The Lovely Bones
  33. The Notebook
  34. Call of the Wild
  35. Catch 22
  36. Dune
  37. Ready Player One
  38. The Shack
  39. Where the Red Fern Grows
  40. A Confederacy of Dunces
  41. And Then There Were None
  42. Catcher in the Rye
  43. Ghost
  44. Gone Girl
  45. Jane Eyre
  46. Moby Dick
  47. Rebecca
  48. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  49. The Martian
  50. The Sirens of Titan
  51. The Wheel of Time (series)
  52. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  53. Things Fall Apart
  54. Watchers
  55. 1984
  56. Alex Cross Mysteries (series)
  57. Americanah
  58. Don Quixote
  59. Foundation (series)
  60. Game of Thrones (series)
  61. Gilead
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha
  63. Swan Song
  64. Tales of the City (series)
  65. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  66. The Count of Monte Cristo
  67. The Joy Luck Club
  68. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  69. The Pilgrim’s Progress
  70. The Twilight Saga (series)
  71. War and Peace
  72. A Separate Peace
  73. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  74. Beloved
  75. Color Purple
  76. Crime and Punishment
  77. Fifty Shades of Grey
  78. Flowers in the Attic
  79. Frankenstein
  80. Great Expectations
  81. Heart of Darkness
  82. Invisible Man
  83. Looking for Alaska
  84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  85. The Alchemist
  86. The Clan of the Cave Bear
  87. The Coldest Winter Ever
  88. The Godfather
  89. The Intuitionist
  90. The Sun Also Rises
  91. Wuthering Heights
  92. Another Country
  93. Bless Me, Ultima
  94. Doña Bárbára
  95. Gulliver’s Travels
  96. Left Behind (series)
  97. Lonesome Dove
  98. Mind Invaders
  99. This Present Darkness
  100. White Teeth

Michaud Appointed Library Director

The Durham Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Michaud as Library Director, effective immediately. Christine replaces Director Cyndi Shirshac, who retired at the end of August after 19 years at the Durham Public Library. Christine has been a Durham resident for the past 20 years and has worked at the Library since 2012, most recently as the Assistant Director. Please stop in to say “hello”!

Passport Application Fair

Durham Public Library and the Town of Durham have teamed up to offer a convenient and time-saving opportunity to apply for or renew a passport at the Library. Information and forms are available at the Library, Town Hall, or on the U.S. State Department website so that you can come prepared to have Durham’s Passport Agents help you complete your application or renewal. Once this process is complete, you can expect to receive your new passport in about 4 to 6 weeks. Drop-in.

Connecticut Passport Agency Acceptance Event
Presented by Town of Durham CT Passport Agents & Durham Public Library
Saturday, July 21, 2018
9:00 – 1:00 p.m.

For more information on this event, please call 860-349-3625

For up to date information on passport requirements, passport renewals, current fees or to download an application please visit

 Check List of Items to Bring:

Fill out Form DS-11 Before You Arrive
· Do not sign the application
· Provide a Social Security Number (SSN).

Provide One Proof of US Citizenship Photocopies/notarized copies are not acceptable.
· Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
· U.S. birth certificate meeting State Department requirements
· Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
· Certificate of Naturalization
· Certificate of Citizenship

Present Acceptable Identification (Photo ID)
· In-state, fully-valid driver’s license
· Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
· Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
· Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
· U.S. military ID or military dependent ID

Bring a Photocopy of Identification and US Citizenship Evidence
· Photocopy the front and back of each ID that you present.

Provide a Recent Photo
· Be sure your photo meets all photo requirements
· Have your photo taken on site! Photo services available for $10

Bring Two Checks or Money Orders – No cash or debit cards
· One is payable to the Town of Durham for the $35 Execution Fee – add $10 for photo if applicable
· One is payable to the U.S. Department of State

Applicants Under Age 16
· Both parents must be present to sign application and provide child’s Birth Certificate meeting State Department requirements
· Or one parent appears and signs, and also submits a notarized statement of consent along with a valid ID from other parent

Renewals may be done by mail using Form DS-82 if your recent passport:
· Is submitted with your application
· Is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
· Was issued when you were age 16 or older
· Was issued within the last 15 years
· Was issued in your current name (Or document your name change with original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order) If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must apply in person using Form DS-11

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.


Kids Tag Sale


Kids Tag Sale

Saturday 7/14 at 10 AM. Rain Date 7/21

Set up 9AM-10AM

Sale 10AM-12PM

A sale where only kids can sell, but anyone can buy! Ages 5-18 (12 & under with a parent).

Registration opens June 18th. To register stop by the front desk, call the Library to register at 860-349-9544, or Go HERE to sign up online.

Please bring the following if you plan to sell:

  • kid’s items ONLY
  • a blanket and/or table
  • items marked with prices
  • Extra cash to make change
  • a parent if you are under 13 years of age
  • Please take home any unsold items and move your cars to the side after unloading.