George Washington: Live!

Thursday, February 15 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us to celebrate Presidents’ Day and hear from Washington himself! John Koopman, a veteran George Washington re-enactor, will speak on the campaigns of 1776. Dressed in a historical general’s costume, Koopman takes on the role of Washington and will interact with the crowd as our first president! REGISTER HERE

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MINIGOLF ADVENTURE RETURNS MARCH 2 & 3 TO BENEFIT THE DURHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Tickets On Sale February 5

Saturday, March 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Adult Evening

Tickets are $25 per person. Ticket includes beer or wine, refreshments, and of course minigolf! Grab your friends and come down for an evening of fun. No one under 21 will be admitted. Refreshments provided by Pedals Smoothie and Juice Bar, Lino’s Market, Haveli India, Hard Hat Tavern, and Carmine’s Pizza. Note: There are no tee times; drop in any time between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Library, in-person at the door, or online. (Note: there are no physical tickets; just give your name at the door.)

Click here to purchase Saturday evening tickets – $25 per person.

Sunday, March 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Family Day

Tickets are $5 per person for ages 5 and up or a max of $20 for a family. Children 4 and under are free. Ticket includes minigolf, snacks, and crafts. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Note: There are no tee times; drop in any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Library, in-person at the door, or online. (Note: there are no physical tickets; just give your name at the door.)

Click here to purchase individual Sunday tickets – $5 per person

Click here to purchase a Sunday family ticket – $20 per family

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1st Hole Sponsor

Birdie Sponsors

Par Sponsors

Refreshment Sponsors

Interested in promoting your business at this event? Become a sponsor! Please click here or email cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org for more information.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

In order to expand Internet access to Durham residents, the Library has established a Wi-Fi hotspot lending program. The hotspots are provided by T-Mobile and funded by a gift from Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and PALS: The Friends of the Durham Public Library.

No internet at home? Borrow ours for: school projects and papers, job searching online, and connecting your tablet or laptop.

On a long car trip? Have the kids in the backseat streaming movies, music or other online content.

On Vacation? Road trip, camping, or grandmas house with no internet? Bring it with you!

Loans and Holds

Hotspots are available to Durham Public Library card holders ages 18 and up with fines of less than $10.00. Patrons must present their valid Durham Public Library card at the time of checkout.

Checkouts are limited to one hotspot per household at any given time. Hotspots may be checked out for one week and cannot be renewed.

Hotspots may be reserved by placing a hold online or by calling the library. Devices will be held for two days. If the device is not picked up by the end of the second day, the hold will be cancelled and the device will move to the next person in line.

At the time of checkout, patrons must sign a Hotspot Use Agreement, acknowledging the Library’s Hotspot Use Policy.

The Library reserves the right to refuse lending to patrons who abuse equipment or who repeatedly return Hotspots late.

Hotspots must be picked up and returned at the Durham Public Library circulation desk. Hotspots must never be returned to another library or placed in the book drops.

Hotspot Use

Patrons are responsible for the proper care and use of the Wi-Fi hotspot. We recommend that patrons have a basic working knowledge of the device on checkout. If you encounter any technical problems, contact Library Director Christine Michaud at cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org or 860-349-9544, ext. 5.

The Library is not responsible for any liability, damages, or expense resulting from use or misuse of the hotspot and its connection to other electronic devices, or data loss resulting from use of the Hotspot. Any use of the device for illegal purposes, unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material in any format, or transmission of threatening, harassing, defamatory or obscene materials is strictly prohibited.

Wi-Fi service will be turned off if the hotspot is more than two days overdue, rendering the device unusable.

Loss or Damage

Overdue fines of $5 per day, to a maximum of $20, will be charged for late hotspots.

Hotspots that are two weeks or more overdue are considered lost. Patrons will be charged a $100.00 replacement fee if the hotspot is lost or damaged.

Patrons will be charged a replacement fee not to exceed $20 if a charging block or case is lost or damaged.

PALS Book Sale – Saturday, Nov. 18

The Book Sale is Back! Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Durham Public Library. All proceeds benefit PALS: The Friends of the Durham Public Library.

We’ll be accepting donations for the sale at the library from October 16 until November 6. Please note that we will  not accept books that:

  • Have mold, water damage, or damaged covers
  • Are marked up by previous owners
  • Have torn or missing pages
  • Are older than 1991 (not including rare or first edition classics)
  • Business, computer, economics, health, social sciences or travel books older than 2006

Your Support Makes a Difference!

PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library

Annual Appeal

The Public Library is a center of community life in Durham and we are constantly working to make sure that there are programs and services for everyone to use and enjoy. Approximately 90% of library programs are funded by PALS thanks to your donations.

Please Make a Tax Deductible Donation to PALS Today and Help the Library Continue to Thrive!

Yes! I would like to make a tax-deductible gift to PALS. Select one of the donation amounts below to make a secure online donation through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account).

$50 Donation      $100 Donation      $250 Donation      $500 Donation      Other Donation

If you prefer to donate by check or money order, please forward your contribution of any amount to:  PALS, P.O. Box 271, Durham, CT 06422


Thank you for your support!

Adult Book Boxes

Launching in July! Register now!

Get a subscription-style book box each month! 

Due to the popularity of our Teen Book Boxes, we are excited to now offer Book Boxes for Adults. Each subscription-style box will be tailored to your personal preferences and will contain 1-3 books, bookmarks, and other fun bookish items!

The first round of book boxes will go out the first week of July. Register by June 24th to receive a box!

Click here to fill out the registration form

Behind the Scenes at the CT Historical Society

Saturday, March 25 at 10 AM

Join the Durham Public Library for a field trip to the CT Historical Society! We will meet at the CT Historical Society and enjoy a free Behind the Scenes tour of the Connecticut Historical Society!

Limit 12 participants. 

Register online for directions and more details. Please register each person individually so we can ensure a spot for them on the tour.

Click here to register.