Mario Movie

Saturday, April 13th at 2 pm

During April vacation we’re bringing the magic of the Mushroom Kingdom to the big screen with a special showing of the 2023 Super Mario movie. This event is perfect for kids of all ages and their families. We’ll have some tasty popcorn available and some Mario-themed crafts. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Mario character! Whether you’re a Mario, Luigi, or Princess Peach, we’d love to see your creativity. Registration is encouraged NOT required.

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card.

Contest Dates: April 1 – 30

Your library card opens the world to you through physical books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs—as well as downloadable or streaming version of the same products.  Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program!

Over one hundred fifty (150) Connecticut library locations are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. Each library has its own architecture, vibe, and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.

To begin, visit your local participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and possibly give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, show your Passport; the library will stamp your Passport and may give you another small gift. (Please note: not all Connecticut libraries are participating and not all participating locations are giving gifts! Please be kind to library staff.)

If you visit at least five (5) participating libraries and return your Passport to a participating library by May 10, 2024, then you will be entered into a state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $200 Visa gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all returned Passports with at least five separate library stamps, and the one adult and one child who visited the most libraries/received the most stamps.

For more details and a full list of participating libraries, ask your local librarian.

Ask for your Passport at the circulation desk today & begin participating on April 1st!  Click Here for a List of Participating Libraries

This is a Connecticut Library Association initiative.

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.

ValenSlime!

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

FULL- WAITING LIST ONLY

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

FULL- WAITING LIST ONLY

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

FULL- WAITING LIST ONLY

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

Tickets Available at the Door!

Championship Sponsor

Tickets Available at the Door!

Join us March 2 & 3 when the whole Library will be turned into a fun and festive minigolf course for your golfing pleasure. 

Saturday, March 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Adult Evening

Tickets are $25 per person. Ticket includes beer or wine, refreshments, and of course minigolf! Grab your friends and come down for an evening of fun. No one under 21 will be admitted. Refreshments provided by Pedals Smoothie and Juice Bar, Lino’s Market, Haveli India, Hard Hat Tavern, and Carmine’s Pizza. Note: There are no tee times; drop in any time between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Online Advanced Ticket Sales Are Closed — Tickets Available at the Door.

Sunday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Family Day

Tickets are $5 per person for ages 5 and up or a max of $20 for a family. Children 4 and under are free. Ticket includes minigolf, snacks, and crafts. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Note: There are no tee times; drop in any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Online Advanced Ticket Sales Are Closed — Tickets Available at the Door.

Eagle Sponsor

1st Hole Sponsor

Birdie Sponsors

Par Sponsors

Refreshment Sponsors

Interested in promoting your business at this event? Become a sponsor! Please click here or email cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org for more information.

Art with Ms Dwyer

Saturday, December 9th at 10:30am

Drop in for an hour of sketching forest animals with Ms Dwyer.

Ms Dwyer is a former RSD13 Art educator with 36 years of teaching experience.

Together we will use line, shape, and form to draw a variety of indigenous animals including foxes, owls, squirrels, and more. All ages are welcome and parents of young artists are encouraged to participate.

Registration is encouraged but not required.

Introducing 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!

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.

Throughout our eight-week in-house program, each participant 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 or if no sessions are currently running, you can explore segments of this course through the “Letters Are Characters” textbook, accessible at the library.

We will have a group kick-off Friday 12/15 with the creator, Dr Caroline Ugurlu at 3:30 pm. Join us for a fun event and to collect your free kit.

THIS PROGRAM WILL ALSO FEATURE OPTIONAL IN-PERSON MEETINGS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
TO BE ANNOUNCED AT A later DATE

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.