Kid Tag Sale

Saturday 7/27/24. Rain Date 8/3/24. Set up 9 AM-10 AM * Sale 10 AM-12 PM

A sale where only kids can sell, but anyone can buy! We are looking for sellers ages 5-18 (12 & under with a parent). Registration for sellers opens on June 12th at 3pm

Please bring the following if you plan to sell:

kid’s items ONLY

  • a blanket and/or table
  • items marked with prices
  • 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.

Summer Reading – For All Ages!


To register, pick up your game board at the Durham Public Library’s Summer Reading Desk or print below

To play, complete all the fun summer reading activities on it.

To get a prize, Return your game board to the library for your prize. Prizes must be claimed on or before August 31st.


To register, simply visit the library’s Summer Reading Desk and grab a Summer Read & Bead Activity Log along with your Read & Bead chain and your first brag tag. If you can’t make it to the library right away, you can print your log at home and backdate any activities with your caregiver’s approval.

Here’s how to play:

  • Read or complete any other activities listed in your log each day
  • Color in the day to mark your progress
  • There’s no timing or counting necessary, just have fun and enjoy the program
  • Bring your log to the Summer Reading Desk and collect the beads you’ve earned
  • Trade in your beads for more exciting shapes and colors

Remember, you must bring your log with you to the library to collect your beads. If you’re exchanging beads to level up, please bring them with you as well.

To finish the program, simply turn in your log by August 31st and receive a small surprise. And don’t forget, all beads earned are yours to keep.


Starting June 12th, stop by and grab your Teen BINGO Card.

Complete any of the activities on the board. 

Cross off what you’ve done.  Aim for three in a row. 

Return your card for a small prize and a chance at a special raffle prize. All cards must be returned by 8/17.

Finished a card? Play as many times as you’d like until 8/10.


Pick up a Summer Reading BINGO Card and complete 5 activities in a row. Turn your card in for a chance at a bi-weekly raffle prize.

Play as many times as you’d like until 8/17.

Letters Are Characters

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Introducing Letters Are Characters

This program and coinciding text is an innovative play-based program designed to get every type of learner ready to read, all while having fun!

We will have a group kick-off Thursday June 20th with the creator, Dr Caroline Ugurlu at 6 pm.

Join us for a fun event and to collect your free kit.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, two-thirds of fourth graders are not meeting fluency benchmarks. However, engaged parents and caregivers can be the game-changers. Engage with your child by using Letters Are Characters.

This captivating book brings the alphabet to life, tailored for both parents and children. By transforming letters into characters, young learners engage in what comes most naturally—playing, laughing, and exploring the characters and their stories. Simultaneously, they unravel the phonemic code—the crucial first step towards reading.

Too frequently, bright and capable children experience a dip in self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning because they lag in acquiring early reading skills.

In “Letters Are Characters,” Dr. Wilcox Ugurlu combines her unique perspective as a scientist, educator, and parent to fashion a playful, compassionate, and well-informed program. It equips parents to assist their children in developing critical reading readiness skills. —Paul B. Yellin, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine, Director, The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education.

Participants will receive a comprehensive “Letters Are Characters” kit, including:

  • A fresh set of scented crayons and a “Letters are Colors” coloring book
  • The “Letters are Characters” Book (to be returned to Durham Public Library upon completion)
  • Letter Dough Powder with a storage bag for the created dough

Additionally, every parent will receive a weekly instructional letter and video, alongside unparalleled access to the creator of “Letters Are Characters,” Dr. Caroline Ugurlu, available via email or phone. Amazing, right?

If you’re unable to enroll in the live class , you can explore segments of this course through the “Letters Are Characters” textbook, accessible at the library.

We will have a group kick-off Thursday June 20th with the creator, Dr Caroline Ugurlu at 6 pm. Join us for a fun event and to collect your free kit.

Why the Emphasis on Literacy Acquisition?

By the age of six, a child’s familiarity with letter sounds stands as the most critical predictor of future reading ability. “Letters are Characters” primes kids for reading dynamically and enjoyably, ensuring they embark on the right path. Moreover, it empowers parents through awareness and understanding of the science of reading and the brain.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that over two-thirds of American children lack proficiency in reading by the fourth grade. Together, we can alter this course.

Reading to our children yields manifold benefits:

  • Enhanced performance in school
  • Heightened empathy
  • Increased happiness
  • Strengthened bonds with caregivers
  • Enhanced imagination, creativity, and language skills
  • Improved cognitive abilities, critical thinking, and problem-solving
  • A framework to discuss challenging topics
  • A greater likelihood of reading for pleasure

You are your child’s foremost and most influential educator. Ensuring children read well, frequently, and profoundly stands as one of the finest gifts you can bestow upon them. If a child encounters difficulties in learning to read, do not delay intervention. The most valuable gifts you can offer children are time and attention.

Funded by a generous donation from Jayne Bentzen.

New Kids Database: Educate Station

Full Curriculum For Grades K-5 .

Explore this resource here:

Weekly / Monthly Learning Plans & Worksheets in;

Great for homeschooling families, extra practice for kids and parents , and substitute teacher lesson plans.

Free access to lesson plans and printable worksheets inside the library ( no card or account needed) and with your Durham library card from home.

Eclipse Party

Monday, April 8th at 1:30pm

Join us at the library for a celestial celebration the whole family will enjoy! Solar Eclipse Viewing: Safely observe the celestial spectacle through specially provided viewing glasses.

Educational Activities: Engage in hands-on, interactive activities that explore the science behind solar eclipses, perfect for curious minds of all ages.

Crafts: Let your artistic side shine as we offer eclipse-themed arts and crafts, ensuring everyone can express their excitement in a fun and imaginative way.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere: Enjoy the event in a relaxed and welcoming environment, fostering a sense of community as we marvel at the wonders of the universe together.


Wednesday 2/14 & Saturday 2/17

Come one, come all, and let’s make this Valentine’s season extra special with ValenSlime at the library! Register now to secure your spot for this slimy adventure.

Space is limited, so registration is required. All materials will be provided. 

Wednesday, February 14th

Pre-K Slime Session:

For kids with an adult, all ages but not yet in kindergarten

Time: 10:30 am

Description: Explore the joy of creating slime together. It’s taste-safe, though we won’t be eating it!

Registrations open at 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 31, 2024


Kids Slime Session (Grades K-2):

Kids with an adult in grades K-2.

Time: 4:00 pm

Description: Dive into the world of colorful and squishy slime-making. Fun for kids and adults alike!

Registrations open at 4:00 PM Wednesday, January 31, 2024


Older Kids Slime Session (Grades 3-5):

Kids in Grades 3-5 

Time: 5:30 pm

Description: Get ready for a slime-tastic experience designed for older kids. Let your creativity run wild!

Registrations open at 5:30 PM Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Saturday, February 17th

Pre-K Slime Session:

For kids with an adult, all ages but not yet in kindergarten

Time: 10:30 am

Description: An encore session for our youngest slime enthusiasts. It’s taste-safe, but not for eating!

Registrations open at 10:30 AM Saturday, February 3, 2024


Kids Slime Session (Grades K-2):

Time: 2:00 pm

Description: Join us for a slime-filled afternoon! Perfect for kids in grades K-2.

Registrations open at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 3, 2024

Older Kids Slime Session (Grades 3-5):

Time: 3:30 pm

Description: Dive back into the slime action. Older kids, get ready for another round of creative, gooey fun!

Registrations open at 3:30 PM Saturday, February 3, 2024

George Washington: Live!

Thursday, February 15 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us to celebrate Presidents’ Day and hear from Washington himself! John Koopman, a veteran George Washington re-enactor, will speak on the campaigns of 1776. Dressed in a historical general’s costume, Koopman takes on the role of Washington and will interact with the crowd as our first president! REGISTER HERE