Calling all Percy Jackson fans! The first full-length novel in over ten years to be told from Percy’s point of view, and the first since 2005 to feature the classic trio, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, will be released on September 26, 2023. Come to the release party to celebrate nearly 20 years of the Half-Bloods world. There will be refreshments, games, crafts, and we will watch the trailer for the new Disney+ series to release in 2024, then discuss it with fans and friends alike. Compete for a chance to win a copy of Chalice of the Gods. Grades 3 and up are welcome. Registration is encouraged, but not required.
Visit the library between 2-5 pm on Wednesday, August 16th for a popsicle. P.A.L.S ( the friends of the Durham Public Library) will be handing out popsicles to all comers. Come by and thank them for funding such an AMAZING summer. Don’t forget to turn in your summer reading logs and collect any prizes or beads.
All ages with an adult. No registration is required. Popsicles are limited, first come, first serve.
Join us this summer for a fun and exciting reading program. Starting on June 20th, head to the library to pick up a summer reading log. If you’ll be entering 6th grade in the fall of 2023, please skip to the Teen Program. If you’re not yet in Kindergarten ask for a board game. Adults, don’t leave empty-handed, make sure to take an Adult BINGO board.
Birth -Pre K – Board Game
Starting Tuesday, June 20th parents and children ( ages 0-4, not entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023) can visit the Summer Reading Desk and pick up a Pre-K Summer Reading Challenge. If their child is entering kindergarten this fall start them with the K-5 program, Read & Bead.
Kids in grades K- 5 ( as of Fall 2023) will be doing Read & Bead.
To register, simply visit the library’s Summer Reading Desk and grab a Summer Read & Bead Activity Log along with your Read & Bead chain and your first brag tag. If you can’t make it to the library right away, you can print your log at home and backdate any activities with your caregiver’s approval.
Read or complete any other activities listed in your log each day
Color in the day to mark your progress
There’s no timing or counting necessary, just have fun and enjoy the program
Bring your log to the Summer Reading Desk and collect the beads you’ve earned
Trade in your beads for more exciting shapes and colors
Remember, you must bring your log with you to the library to collect your beads. If you’re exchanging beads to level up, please bring them with you as well.
To finish the program, simply turn in your log by September 1st and receive a small surprise. And don’t forget, all beads earned are yours to keep.
Teens ( Grades 6 -12 in the Fall of 2023)
Teens entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2023 are invited to stop by the summer reading desk and grab a Teen BINGO card. When they’ve completed a row they can turn the board in as an entry for several possible prize baskets.
Teens can complete as many BINGO cards as they like until 8/13.
Starting July 7, there will be a drawing every two weeks for the summer reading prize. There will be a total of 4 drawings. If a name is not selected, it will be kept in the drawing for the subsequent rounds.
The four drawing dates are as follows: July 7, July 21, August 4, and August 18.
Looking for a new book suggestion? We can help you! Use one of the forms to let us know what you like (and what you don’t) and we’ll send you some titles and authors to try. This service is available for all ages:
Wednesday, April 7 at 6 PM. Visit the 1930s home of Adolpho and Rosaria Baldizzi, immigrants from Sicily who lived at 97 Orchard Street in New York City! Via Zoom, take a tour of one of the Tenement Museum’s landmarks led by staff of the museum! We’ll explore their daily lives and experiences as immigrants living through the Great Depression. How did they manage economic struggles? What supports did they have from community and government programs, and what lessons can we draw from their story for our lives today?