Help Us Be the Best Library for YOU!

The Durham Public Library is developing a new strategic plan to guide us over the next three to five years. Whether you are an avid library user or haven’t visited in a while, you can help by telling us what you think about library services and community needs.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief, 10-15 minute survey. Your answers will be completely anonymous. 

Click Here to Take the Survey

Want to help even more? Encourage your friends and family to take the survey too!

Support for the strategic planning process is provided to the Durham Public Library from CT Humanities (CTH), through the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

Check out our new lawn games!

Looking for something fun to do in your own backyard this summer? Check out our new lawn games! We have eight new games that you can take home for a week to play in your backyard, in a park, or wherever the fun may take you!

The Lawn Games collection consists of:

  • Bocce
  • Cornhole
  • Croquet
  • Giant Jenga
  • Ladder Golf
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Ring Toss
  • Wooden Dice

To put a hold on one of the games, go to our catalog and search the name of the game you are looking for and “lawn games Durham”, or call or stop by the library!

The lawn games are made possible through the generosity of the Peach Pit Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

Read Like a Roman!

Latin camp for kids entering grades 4-6 in the fall of 2022. Led by Magistra Reddick.

Thursdays 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28

3:30 PM

Decode an ancient language with your friend and learn about the Roman world through games, crafts, and coding.

All materials will be provided—registration is required for the 4-week course. Registration opens on 6/20.

No knowledge of Latin or the Ancient Roman world is required. Classes will be led by Magistra Reddick, a trained, certified, and practicing Latin teacher.

REGISTER HERE

Check out our new Little Free Kindness Library!

Introducing…The Little Free Kindness Library! Full of books for all ages to take and keep and scratch-off cards with little acts of kindness on them, the Little Free Kindness Library will pop up around town all summer long! Each week, look for the Little Free Kindness Library in a new spot.

Made possible through the generosity of the Peach Pit Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

Help us spread some kindness this summer!

Where do you think the Little Free Kindness Library will pop up next??

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.