Fall 2023

If you have any questions or comments please reach out to Alex Klaus at aklaus@durhamlibrary.org or call us at 860-349-9544

Letters are Character: A learn to Read Program for ages 4-7

Embrace the excitement by enrolling in our Letters Are Characters Learn-to-Read Initiative!

Mastering the art of reading stands as one of the most crucial skills to impart to our children. Letters Are Characters represents a pioneering, play-centered program meticulously crafted to prepare every learner for the adventure of reading. Complemented by an essential reading curriculum for parents and caregivers, this initiative offers weekly email guidance to facilitate your young reader’s journey toward not just learning to read but relishing the process!

Letters Are Characters – Teaching all kids to read (membershiptoolkit.com)

  • A Letters are Characters Multisensory workbook
  •  A brand new bag of fun Crayon Rocks (specially designed to teach the tripod grip). https://www.crayonrocks.com/
  • Letter Dough Powder that will make Letter Dough!
  • Letters are Characters Hardcover Book (must be returned, the rest of the kit is yours to keep)

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!

Upon registration, starting 12/15, visit the Library to collect your Letters Are Characters hardcover book and kit, vital tools that will accompany you throughout the program.

Mondays 9:30 am

Join Miss Kristen for a special storytime, on Mondays at 9:30, for children under 2 and their caregivers. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Siblings welcome.

Questions? Email Miss Kristen for more info- 


Nutmeg Nights: A Book Club for Grades 3-6

Mondays: 10/02, 11/06, 1/08, 2/05, 3/04, 4/01 at 6:15pm

Join Miss Alex one Monday a month starting 10/02 at 6:15 pm for Nutmeg Nights! In this club, we will read a selection of the 2024 Intermediate Nutmeg book Nominees. Club members will then have a group discussion and do a fun activity, craft, or game relating to the book we’ve just read.

Our first book will be Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse  Stop by the front desk to pick up your copy starting 9/11. Register online by using the library’s calendar. 

10/2 – Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse

11/6 – The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

1/8 – Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom by Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr

2/5 – Raising Lumie by Joan Bauer

3/4  – Leonard (My Life as aCat) by Carlie Sorosiak

4/1 – Get a Grip Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit 

Cocoa & Crafts


6:30 PM

Meets: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.

Kids in grades 3 and up can join Miss Alex on Mondays at 6:30 PM in the month of December ( and one Monday in November) for cocoa, crafts, and chit-chat. Registration is required, you are registering for all sessions. Register online using the library’s calendar or call the library at 860-349-9544.

LEGO Robotics Grades1-2 

Wednesdays 4:00 pm for Grades 1-2

Wednesdays 5:30 pm for Grades 3-5


Wednesdays in December ( and one in November)  kids in Grades 1-2 and 3-5 can build and program a simple robot using LEGO Spike Essential Robotics kits. Registration required. Registration opens 2 weeks before each session unless otherwise noted. Register online using the library’s calendar. Limit 10 per session.

11/29 Grades 1-2 Class

(registration opens 11/15)

12/6 Grades 1-2 Class

(registration opens 11/22)

12/13 Grades 1-2 Class

(registration opens 11/29)

12/20 Grades 1-2 Class

(registration opens 12/06)

11/29 Grades 3-5 Class

(registration opens 11/15)

12/06 Grades 3-5 Class

(registration opens 11/22)

12/13 Grades 3-5 Class

(registration opens 11/29)

12/20 Grades 3-5 Class

(registration opens 12/06)

Brag Tag Contest

Help the Durham Public Library design 2024’s Read & Bead brag tags. The theme?….just beach! We need designs by kids, teens & adults.  We will choose 3 designs to award to next summer’s readers.

Who- Artistic patrons of the Durham Public Library.

What- Brag tag designs. 


Is there a word limit? No. However the fewer words, the larger we can make your design.

How big can my design be? Please no larger than 8.5 x 11 paper if submitting a paper design. If submitting digital art Choose a jpg, png, gif, ai, or pdf file. Maximum upload size: 25MB.

Can I make my tags double-sided? Yes, we prefer double-sided designs.

Can I make digital art? Yes, If submitting digital art Choose a jpg, png, gif, ai, or pdf file. Maximum upload size: 25MB.

Can I make a paper drawing? Yes, Please no larger than 8.5 x 11 paper

Please submit all designs by Saturday, February 3rd by giving them to the front desk, mailing them to Durham Public Library, attn Youth Service Dept. 7 Maple Ave. Durham,  CT 06457, or emailing aklaus@durham library.org.

Transparent Language- with KidSpeak

We are excited to announce that we now offer Transparent Language Online free to all Durham Public Library card holders. Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 110+ languages, plus English (ESL) materials for native speakers of 30+ languages, the program has something for everyone. This resource is funded by PALS: The Friends of the Durham Public Library.

Click Here to Get Started

Be sure to look for Kidspeak. With KidSpeak young learners explore a new language with their cartoon “friend” and his or her pet. They’ll broaden their horizons as they work their way through fun and engaging activities with KidSpeak. This feature is available for Chinese, German, French, Spanish and Italian.