Plant Identification Walk

Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 AM

In person, meet at Curtis Woodlands. 

Join Aubree Keurajian of Ungardening for a plant identification walk around Curtis Woodlands. You’ll learn all about the local flora and fauna here in Durham!

This hike will take place in the meadow of Curtis Woodlands, the route is just under 0.5 miles, mostly in full sun, but with some areas of shade. Curtis Woodlands is located at the corner of Dunn Hill Road and Salted Lane in Durham. There is a small parking area just beyond the point where Dunn Hill Road turns into Salted Lane, approximately 400 feet beyond Brittnay Drive. There is additional parking along the street. Closed toed shoes, long pants, and bug spray are suggested.

Registration required; click here to register.

Thursday Movie Matinees Are Back!

The Durham Public Library hosts a movie matinee every Thursday at 2:00 pm. This film series is free and open to the public. Please note that for movies rated R, only individuals age 18 & over are permitted to attend. Viewer discretion is advised.

June 30 – The Courier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Merab Ninidze, Rated PG-13, 111 min.

July 7 – House of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Adam Driver, Rated R, 158 min.

July 14 – The Eyes of Tammy Fayestarring Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Rated PG-13, 126 min.

July 21 – Dog, starring Channing Tatum, Rated PG-13, 101 min.

July 28 – West Side Story (2021), starring Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno, Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Rated PG-13, 156 min.

Summer Reading Logs for Adults, Kids, & Teens.

Click any link below to print a Summer Reading Log from home or stop by the library to pick one up in person.

Preschool Summer Reading Board Game for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Summer Reading Log for kids entering grades K through 5 in the Fall of 2022

( Print 2 pages per sheet, double-sided)

Teen BINGO Card for Teens entering grades 6-12 in the Fall of 2022

Adult BINGO Card for everyone else!


To Return, Pick an Option Below;

  • Return it in person at the library
  • Email a scanned copy or photo to: aklaus@durhamlibrary.org
  • Mail a completed log to:

Youth Services Department

Durham Public Library

7 Maple Ave. Durham, CT 06422

All logs must be returned by August 31st.

PALS Book Sale – Saturday May 14

The Book Sale is Back! Saturday, May 14 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.

Please note: we are unable to accept additional donations for the Book Sale. Thank you to everyone who has donated!

Plant Sale/Exchange May 14

PLANT SALE/EXCHANGE RETURNS IN 2022! Start potting up your houseplants, perennials, herbs, annuals and shrubs. The Durham Library Annual Plant Sale and Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 14th. Plants may be dropped off at the library on Friday May 13th or before 9:30 am on the day of the event. The Sale/Exchange starts at 10 am. Plants must be in pots and labeled. Anyone wishing to exchange plants will receive a receipt, which will be credited for purchases at the sale.

To avoid the spread of invasive species and plant diseases, the UConn Extension Service recommends rinsing the roots and repotting plants in clean soil before swapping.

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150.

Contest Dates: April 1 – 30

Over 140 Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.   Take your library card and passport to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children. Each age group will have two winners; one chosen in a random drawing and one “Top Traveler” prize awarded to the patron in each age group who has visited the most libraries. (A tie will be broken by a random drawing.)

Ask for your Passport at the circulation desk today & begin participating on April 1st!  Click Here for a List of Participating Libraries

This is a Connecticut Library Association initiative.

3 Programs to Spruce Up Your Garden

Designing Shady Retreats: Monday, March 28 at 6 PM, via Zoom

In this richly illustrated lecture, we explore a variety of intriguing gardens that will inspire you to create your own shady retreats! Join Joan Butler of Enchanted Gardens to learn design tricks and strategies to light up shady corners, highlight unusual plants that thrive in low-light conditions, and illustrate the creative use of art objects, seating and water features.

Click Here to Register. A Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the program.

Sustainable Gardening: The New Lawn: Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 PM, In person at the Durham Public Library

Join Judy Preston of the Connecticut Sea Grant for a discussion of sustainable gardening practices. She will focus on lawns and talk about providing wildlife (including pollinator) habitats while protecting water quality.

Space is limited and registration is required. Click Here to Register.

A Piet Oudolf Story with Deborah Chud: Thursday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

Piet Oudolf has gained international renown for his imaginative plant­ings and a style that he calls naturalistic planting design. Oudolf gardens feature the plants that he has found to be the most dependable, disease resistant, and easy to maintain.Join Deborah Chud as she shares her experience growing from novice gardener to Piet Oudolf expert!

Click Here to Register. A Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the program.

The Spring Gardening programs are made possible with funding from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.