Padawan Training

Saturday, December 17th at 10:30AM

Train like the Jedi in a galaxy far far away (but actually at the Durham Public Library).

Padawans ages 6- 10 can join the Jedi masters of the Kessel Temple to learn the mysteries of the force. Be ready to defend yourselves from the Sith. Costumes with a good range of motion and visibility are encouraged, and training lightsabers are provided ( but not to keep)!

Registration is required, but space is limited. Registration opens on 12/3/22. 

Register HERE

Winter Reading Challenge.

Can you complete 5 tasks in 5 weeks?

Pick up or print out a copy of the Durham Public Library’s Winter Reading log.

Fill in a section of your lightsaber for each task you complete (Tasks are listed on the back of your log)

Return your completed log by Monday, January 9th for a chance to win a Star Wars-themed prize and other surprises.

This program is open to kids & teens of all ages.

Below is the Kids’ copy for print:

Below is the Teen copy for print:

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150.

Contest Dates: April 1 – 30

Over 140 Connecticut libraries 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.   Take your library card and passport to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children. Each age group will have two winners; one chosen in a random drawing and one “Top Traveler” prize awarded to the patron in each age group who has visited the most libraries. (A tie will be broken by a random drawing.)

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.

Museum Magic: Meet the Baldizzi Family

Wednesday, April 7 at 6 PM. Visit the 1930s home of Adolpho and Rosaria Baldizzi, immigrants from Sicily who lived at 97 Orchard Street in New York City! Via Zoom, take a tour of one of the Tenement Museum’s landmarks led by staff of the museum! We’ll explore their daily lives and experiences as immigrants living through the Great Depression. How did they manage economic struggles? What supports did they have from community and government programs, and what lessons can we draw from their story for our lives today? 

Registration required. Zoom information will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Click here to register.

Questions? Email Miss Lauren at

This program is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and the Peach Pit Foundation.

Special Event! Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.

Join us for a Virtual Harbor Seal Encounter via Zoom with the New England Aquarium! Engage with a marine mammal trainer as they conduct a training session with an Atlantic Harbor Seal, located right out front of the Aquarium! Learn about how they train, why they train, and what you can do to protect the ocean environment for these amazing animals! 

Geared towards children and families of all ages.

Registration required. As registration is limited, we request that if you register you plan to attend. Register HERE.

Zoom link will be emailed out in advance of the program to registered participants.

This program is taking place as part of our Virtual Take Your Child To The Library Day 2021 celebration!