One Book One Durham

Do You Love Where You Live?

This Fall, the Durham Public Library invites the Durham community to explore the question of what makes a community strong by reading our One Book One Durham selection This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick and participating in some or all of the associated events.

How to Participate:

Get the Book: Check out or reserve a copy of This is Where You Belong at the Durham Public Library, download an ebook or audiobook, or pick up a free copy at a local store.

Read: From September to November, join your friends, relatives, neighbors, and community members in reading the same book — TOGETHER!

Discuss: Join one of our discussion groups or form your own group at home to discuss This is Where You Belong.

Attend: Attend one of the many scheduled programs and get motivated to find your love for Durham.

Scheduled Events


Community Art Project throughout October at the Durham Public Library (Chapter Ten – Create Something). All community members are encouraged to stop by the Library and contribute to our community art project.

Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 pm: Community Potluck: (Chapter 4 “Say ‘Hi’ to Your Neighbors). Bring a dish to share and meet some of your neighbors. We will share stories, food, and fellowship. PALS will supply plates, napkins, utensils, bottled water, and a place card. YOU bring the food! (1 dish per family.) The first letter of your last name determines the type of dish: A-G Side Dish; H-P Main Dish, Q-Z Dessert. Register here.

*A craft will be provided for all children as part of our Cider & Crafts series. Register Here for Cider & Crafts.  

Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 am: Nature Walk with Lucy Meigs meets at Mica Ledges Preserve (Chapter 6: Commune with Nature). Register Here.

Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Discussion of This is Where You Belong, facilitated by Christine Michaud. Drop in.

Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm. Handbell Concert with the Shoreline Ringers (Chapter Five “Do Something Fun). The repertoire performed by this inspirational group is secular and popular in nature, and includes varying techniques and rhythms that promise pleasure and fun for all. Register Here.

Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 am: Discussion of This is Where You Belong, facilitated by Kim McNally. Drop in.


“Love Letter to Durham” throughout November at the Durham Public Library (Chapter Eleven – Stay Loyal). All community members are encouraged to stop by the Library and write what they love about Durham. Contributions will be collected and preserved in the Library’s Local History Collection.

Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 am: Folded Paper Ornaments with Bernadette Baisel. (Chapter Ten – Create Something). These paper poinsettias can be used as ornaments of home decor. Register here.

Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm : Get to Know Your Local Politicians & Organizations. (Chapter Seven – Volunteer & Chapter Nine – Get More Political). Would you like to get more involved with community organizations? Do you have a question about something in our community but don’t know who to ask? Come to our Get to Know You event! Based on “speed dating,” community members can sign up for ten-minute slots with local officials or organizations. Registration will open Oct. 1.

Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 pm: Readers Theater (Chapter Five “Do Something Fun). Support local theater! Registration open Oct. 1

Saturday, Nov. 30 10-3 pm: Small Business Saturday. (Chapter Three – Buy Local). After supporting our local businesses, bring your purchases to the Library to be wrapped. Children will enjoy the hunting for books at local businesses while their parents shop with the town-wide scavenger hunt. Drop in.

One Book One Durham is funded by PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library, and supported by Everybody Outside, the Durham Historical Society, and the Durham Economic Development Commission.