Peach Pit Foundation Funds Improvements for Children’s and Technology Services

The Durham Public Library is pleased to announce that they have received an extremely generous donation of $10,000 from the Peach Pit Foundation. This money has been used for updates to the Children’s Room and to the public access computers.

Krayon iPad Kiosk

Improvements to the Children’s Room include a new train table, child-sized chairs, and a kiosk with two iPads loaded with educational software and games for children ages 2 and up. Children’s librarian Alex Klaus states, “We are proud to offer a Krayon Kiosk featuring several iPads with developmentally relevant games and educational software that makes learning key concepts to be fun and interactive! This kiosk allows us to select educational apps targeted specifically to our unique community needs. The children are exposed to current technology which lets them self-select their own activities based on interest while preventing them from accessing inappropriate materials. This system helps in fostering school readiness and preparing children of all ages for future STEM based learning.”

The grant also enabled the Library to make improvement in adult services. “The new public access computers and software have been a huge upgrade,” says Assistant Director Christine Michaud, “and we were finally able to replace the last computers running Microsoft XP!.” The grant enabled the Library to purchase four new desktop computers and to install Windows 2016 on all ten public access computers. This gives patrons access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.  More information on Library services and a current schedule of programs can be found on the Library website:

The Peach Pit Foundation is a private grant-making organization whose mission is to “plant seeds of opportunity” in the local community. It was founded in 2005 and is located in Durham, Connecticut.




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 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.

Passport Application Fair

Durham Public Library and the United States Postal Service® have teamed up to offer a convenient and time-saving opportunity to apply for or renew a passport at the Library. Pick up the appropriate forms at the Library, your nearest Post Office, or on the U.S. State Department website before the event so that you can come prepared to have the USPS® 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.

Click here for more information on required documentation and fees.

Digitize Your Old Photos & Slides

Do you have boxes of old photographs lying around? Have you ever wanted to preserve them for the future or share them online? The library can help. We have a Canoscan 9000F Marc II flatbed scanner available for public use. The following materials can be scanned and converted to .jpg images.

  • Photo prints (including Polaroids)
  • 35mm and 110 photo negatives
  • 35mm, 110, 126 and 127 slides

The scanner is available by appointment only. There is no fee to use the equipment, but you must bring a USB flash drive (thumb drive) to save your photos to. If you do not have a thumb drive you may purchase one at the library. We estimate that between 100 and 200 images can be scanned in a one hour appointment, so bring your best shots.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call Christine at 860-349-9544 ext. 4.

Meet New Youth Services Librarian Gina Monti


Gina Monti has joined the staff of the Durham Public Library as Assistant Youth Services Librarian. Gina earned her Master of Library Science degree in 2014 and most recently worked at the Case Memorial Public Library in Orange as a Children’s Services Assistant. She is a native of Durham and a graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School.

We are very excited to have Gina join our staff. Please stop by to say hello!