Part-Time Library Shelver

Ideal for high school students! The Durham Public Library seeks a reliable and detail-oriented library shelver to join our team. This is a 7.5 hour per week, minimum wage position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicable library experience

Required Competencies:

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Ability to read, write, and alphabetize
  • Ability to learn the Dewey Decimal system and other library filing systems
  • Familiarity with office computer applications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and patrons.
  • Attention to detail

Essential Functions:

  • Returns items to shelves accurately
  • Assists with maintaining order of collection
  • Assists with creating displays
  • Assists with preparations for library programs
  • Assists with maintaining order and cleanliness of library
  • In addition to essential functions, all employees are expected to carry out other duties as assigned

To apply please send a resume and three references to Christine Michaud, Library Director, at and complete the online Library Shelver Assessment. Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2024.

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.

Hoopla Service Updates

Due to rapidly increasing monthly usage fees, the Durham Public Library has made some difficult decisions regarding the Hoopla service. Due to rapidly increasing monthly usage fees, the Durham Public Library has made some difficult decisions regarding our Hoopla account, resulting in service changes for Hoopla users. Starting May 1st, we are reducing the number of hoopla checkouts you can make each month from six to four and we are instituting a monthly budget cap.

We know that hoopla is a popular service with our patrons, who enjoy the ability to check out ebooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, videos and music albums from the service. We also love offering hoopla to patrons and will continue doing so. Unfortunately, the cost of hoopla and other digital materials continues to rise.

The Library pays for each item downloaded from hoopla, and increased popularity is rapidly driving up the cost. Hoopla costs have increased almost 70% over the last year. To make the service sustainable within the confines of the library’s budget, we’ve had to lower the maximum number of monthly borrows and cap our monthly costs.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause. Please note that there will be no changes to the Libby/Overdrive service, which also offers downloadable ebooks and eAudiobooks.

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.

Going, going, gone!

All of the Library’s eclipse glasses have been claimed. Looking for other options? Make a pinhole viewer:

(If you have registered for the eclipse viewing party on the 8th, glasses are included in those registrations.)

The Eclipse and the Spring Sky

Monday, April 1 at 6:30 PM

Get ready for the upcoming Solar Eclipse and spring stargazing!  Learn how to safely view the upcoming Solar Eclipse and explore the sky this spring observing events and objects from within our atmosphere to beyond our galaxy. Learn what can be seen and how to locate them with your eyes, binoculars, and the library telescope. Open to adults, teens, and upper-elementary children (or younger ones with a passion for astronomy) with their families. Every attendee will receive a pair of eclipse glasses to view the eclipse on April 8th.

Jim Mazur and Laurie Averill are long-term members of the Astronomical Society of New Haven and guide people in observing and understanding astronomical events and objects. Jim is a life-long amateur astronomer.  Laurie also volunteers as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Click here to register

Navigating Hearing Loss

Thursday, March 28 at 6 PM

Join Dr. Jennifer Micacci, Audiologist and owner of Best Life Hearing Center, for a program about navigating hearing loss. Dr. Micacci will discuss when to get your hearing checked (signs of hearing loss), how to know if it’s just wax, and what to do if you are diagnosed with hearing loss (available treatments).

Perfect for those interested in their own possible hearing loss or hearing loss in loved ones.

Click here to register