Monday June 3 at 6:00 p.m.

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 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.

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May 13 – This Other Eden

Join us for a lively discussion of This Other Eden by Paul Harding! Monday May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be available to be checked out at the circulation desk.

Registration required.

About This Other Eden

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Tinkers, a novel inspired by the true story of Malaga Island, an isolated island off the coast of Maine that became one of the first racially integrated towns in the Northeast.

In 1792, formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish wife, Patience, discover an island where they can make a life together. Over a century later, the Honeys’ descendants and a diverse group of neighbors are desperately poor, isolated, and often hungry, but nevertheless protected from the hostility awaiting them on the mainland.

During the tumultuous summer of 1912, Matthew Diamond, a retired, idealistic but prejudiced schoolteacher-turned-missionary, disrupts the community’s fragile balance through his efforts to educate its children. His presence attracts the attention of authorities on the mainland who, under the influence of the eugenics-thinking popular among progressives of the day, decide to forcibly evacuate the island, institutionalize its residents, and develop the island as a vacation destination. Beginning with a hurricane flood reminiscent of the story of Noah’s Ark, the novel ends with yet another Ark.

In prose of breathtaking beauty and power, Paul Harding brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters: Iris and Violet McDermott, sisters raising three orphaned Penobscot children; Theophilus and Candace Larks and their brood of vagabond children; the prophetic Zachary Hand to God Proverbs, a Civil War veteran who lives in a hollow tree; and more. A spellbinding story of resistance and survival, This Other Eden is an enduring testament to the struggle to preserve human dignity in the face of intolerance and injustice.

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card.

Contest Dates: April 1 – 30

Your library card opens the world to you through physical books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs—as well as downloadable or streaming version of the same products.  Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program!

Over one hundred fifty (150) Connecticut library locations 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.

To begin, visit your local participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and possibly give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, show your Passport; the library will stamp your Passport and may give you another small gift. (Please note: not all Connecticut libraries are participating and not all participating locations are giving gifts! Please be kind to library staff.)

If you visit at least five (5) participating libraries and return your Passport to a participating library by May 10, 2024, then you will be entered into a state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $200 Visa gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all returned Passports with at least five separate library stamps, and the one adult and one child who visited the most libraries/received the most stamps.

For more details and a full list of participating libraries, ask your local librarian.

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.

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

Tickets Available at the Door!

Championship Sponsor

Tickets Available at the Door!

Join us March 2 & 3 when the whole Library will be turned into a fun and festive minigolf course for your golfing pleasure. 

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.

Online Advanced Ticket Sales Are Closed — Tickets Available at the Door.

Sunday, March 3 from 10:00 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.

Online Advanced Ticket Sales Are Closed — Tickets Available at the Door.

Eagle Sponsor

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