Adult Programs


CT Paid Leave Information Session
Monday, June 3 at 6 PM

CT Paid Leave is a state program that provides eligible Connecticut workers the opportunity to take time to attend to personal and family health needs without worrying about lost income.
Join the Durham Public Library and the CT Paid Leave Authority for an information session about the program, including coverage, eligibility, and how to apply for benefits. Staff from the Authority will be on site to answer specific questions from attendees.

Registration required; click here to register

Sea Shell Decoupage
Tuesday, June 4 at 6 PM

Kick off summer with a sea shell craft!
Create lovely decorated sea shells with patterned tissue papers, mod podge, and metallic gold paint.
Makes for wonderful table decor, a jewelry holder, or a special gift for a friend!

Registration required; limit 10 participants.
Click here to register

Climate Future Film Festival **POSTPONED**
This program has been postponed until a later date, hopefully in August or September.

Ten award-winning short films from four continents in two hours explore the artistic and human response to climate change.
Come and watch all or some of the films!

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Music on the Sea with Mystic Seaport
Monday, July 1 at 6:30 PM

Join us for an evening of sea chanties led by Mystic Seaport’s chief chanteyman!

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Sea Glass Jewelry
Monday, July 22 at 6 PM

Join us to make wire-wrapped sea glass jewelry with Laurie from Creative Girl Studios!
Limit 10 participants; registration required.

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The Sporting Events That Changed America and the World
Wednesday, July 24 at 6 PM

Celebrate the 2024 Summer Olympics and join us for a program featuring exciting videos of sporting events from the past 100 years!
Author and sports enthusiast Martin Gitlin will talk about Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, the Battle of the Sexes, the Miracle on Ice and much more.
There will be lots of fun trivia questions during the program as well! A fun evening for any sports fan!

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Stargazing at the Library
Thursday, August 8 from 8 PM – 9:30 PM

Join us for some summer stargazing! We will use and learn about our telescope as well as what we can see in the night sky with our naked eye!

Rain/Cloud Date: Thursday, August 22

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Cookbook Club
Meets monthly on the 3rd or 4th Friday of the month at noon. This is a combination of a book club and a potluck lunch. Each month, we will choose a cookbook which each of the participants will select a recipe and prepare it for the group to taste and discuss. Click here for a list of upcoming dates. Registration required.

Durham Public Library Book Club
Meets at the library once a month on Mondays at 6:30 pm.
Click here for a list of upcoming discussions.

Drop-In Mah Jong
Meets every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, join us to play Mahjong on Tuesday afternoons! If you have a set, please bring it. Drop in; no registration required.

French Conversation Group
Meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, via Zoom. Expand your speaking skills by practicing the language in a welcoming atmosphere. Open to all levels of speakers. Email Lauren at for registration information.

Spanish Conversation Group
Meets biweekly on Fridays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, via Zoom. Expand your speaking skills by practicing the language in a welcoming atmosphere. Open to all levels of speakers. Email Lauren at for registration information.

Our special programs and events are sponsored by PALS: The Friends of the Durham Public Library.