Summer Programs 2022

Summer Reading Starts on Monday, June 20th. Go HERE to print your Summer Reading Log or pick one up at the library.

Most program registration opens two weeks before each meeting or pick-up date, but please check the registration date for each program. The grade eligibility is based on the grade the child will be entering as of Fall 2022.

If you have any questions or comments please reach out to Alex Klaus, or give us a call at 860-349-9544

Drop-in Patriotic Craft

Thursday 6/30

9:30 AM -7:00 PM

Children of all ages with an adult are encouraged to stop in to make a fun decoration for the 4th of July! No registration is required, just drop in any time between 9:30 AM and 7:00 PM. Supplies limited, first come first serve.

Camping Scavenger Hunt  


9 AM-Close 

Find all the Camping images hidden in the Children’s Department during the month of July. Turn in your completed sheet for a small surprise at the checkout desk. Play as many times as you’d like all month long. Open to all ages with an adult. 

Science Adventures K-2 & 3-5

Mondays 7/11, 7/18, 7/25

Grades K-2 at 5 PM

Grades 3-5 at 6:30 PM

Join Miss Alex Monday evenings for some STE(A)M adventures. Kids entering grades K-2 meet at 5 pm and Kids entering grades 3-5 meet at 6:30 pm. Registration is required for each meeting. Registration opens two weeks before each meeting ( the 7/18 meetings open on 7/5).

Family Yoga

Tuesdays 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26

9:30 AM

Join us for Family Yoga with classes led by Jeannine Marron of Peaceful Chaos Yoga. Family Yoga is an engaging way to spend time as a family, outdoors and away from devices. Strengthen the bond between you and the child you care for, between your family and nature, and between your body and mind. Participate in partner poses, practice individually, and build strength and resilience, all while having fun. All ages welcome. Please register for each class, Registration begins June 7th.

Jeannine is an accessible yoga instructor, certified in teaching adults, children, and many special populations. Her classes focus on helping people understand anyone can do yoga, regardless of mobility, flexibility, age, or body type. She owns Peaceful Chaos Yoga in Cromwell, where she offers classes for all abilities, all levels, and all ages.  Jeannine Marron, E-RYT200, RCYT-95, YACEP.

Toddler Art

Saturdays 7/23, 8/13 

10:30 AM

Join Miss Alex to make some process art.

Ages 2 and up only, please. Registration required. Registration opens 2 weeks before each class.

REGISTER HERE: 7/23: Chalk it Up registration opens on 7/9.

REGISTER HERE: 8/13: Trigger Spray Bottle Art registration opens on 7/30.

Retro Camp Crafts

Wednesdays 7/27, 8/3, 8/17

5 PM

Teen (Gr 6-12) Missed out on sleepaway camp this summer? Teens entering grades 6-12  are welcome to join Miss Kristen in making some summer camp classics. Crafts include hemp bracelets, reverse tie-dye, and more. Registration is required.

Register HERE: Hemp Wish Bracelets beginning 7/13

Register HERE: Boondoggle Keychain beginning 7/20

Register HERE: Reverse Tie Dye beginning 8/3

Backyard Adventurers

Thursdays 7/28, 8/11

10 AM

Backyard Adventurers is back, and IN PERSON! Join us on the library lawn for nature-themed crafts, activities, and stories. For preschoolers and their adult. Registration opens 2 weeks before each class and is required. This program is outside, please dress accordingly. Register below.

Register for the July Session HERE: July 28th Backyard Adventurers beginning July 14th.

Register for the August Session HERE: August 11th Backyard Adventurers beginning July 28th

Lemonade & Crafts

Tuesdays 7/12, 7/26, 8/16


Lemonade & Crafts is back, and in-person! Join us for some camp-themed crafts, and of course lemonade!

Registration is required for each meeting.

For kids entering grades 3-5.


Register HERE: 7/12 Lemonade & Crafts beginning 6/28

Register HERE: 7/26 Lemonade & Crafts beginning 7/12

Register HERE: 8/16 Lemonade & Crafts beginning 8/2

Teen Cuisine: Mug Treats

Wednesdays 6/29, 7/20, 8/10

5 PM

Come make (and eat!) a different mug treat each month! Mug and all ingredients will be provided. Registration is required for each session. For teens entering grades 6-12. Limit 14.

Register HERE: June Session beginning 6/15

Register HERE: July Session beginning 7/6

Register HERE: August Session beginning 7/27

Move & Groove Storytime

Thursdays 6/30, 7/14, 8/4 

10:00 AM

Join us for a musical storytime that will get your preschooler moving and grooving!

For preschoolers ages 2-4 with their adults. Registration is required as space is limited, and opens 2 weeks before each class

Register HERE: July Session beginning 6/30

Register HERE: August Session beginning 7/21

Colonial Kitchen

Fridays 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/12.

3 PM

Kids entering grades 3-6 in the fall of 2022 can learn about kitchens and cooking in colonial times by making several simple popular recipes from around 1774. All supplies will be provided.

Registration is required for the 4 session class. Limit 10. Register starting 6/17.

Funded by a donation from the Foster Family for programs about colonial & revolutionary times.

REGISTER HERE for the Colonial Kitchen Series.

LEGO Robotics

Wednesdays 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

3 PM

Kids entering grades 1-5 can build and program a simple robot using LEGO WeDo Robotics kits. Registration is required for each meeting. Registration opens 2 weeks before each meeting Register online using the library’s calendar. Limit 8 for each class.

Read Like A Roman 

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

3:30 PM

Latin camp for kids entering grades 4-6 in the Fall of 2022

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 for Read Like a Roman 4-week course

Kids Tag Sale

Saturday 7/9 at 10 AM. Rain Date 7/16

Set up 9 AM-10 AM Sale 10 AM-12 PM

A sale where only kids can sell, but anyone can buy! We are looking for sellers ages 5-18 (12 & under with a parent).

Registration is required for sellers. Registration opens on June 7th.

REGISTER HERE to be a seller at the tag sale.

Please bring the following if you plan to sell:

kid’s items ONLY

  • a blanket and/or table
  • items marked with prices
  • a parent if you are under 13 years of age

Please take home any unsold items and move your cars to the side after unloading.

Teen Punch Needle Workshop

Wednesday July 13


Feeling crafty? On Wednesday, July 13th at 5pm, Miss Kristen will run a punch needle workshop for teens entering grades 6-12.

All materials will be provided.

Registration is required beginning Wednesday June 29.

Register HERE: Punch Needle Workshop

Scary Story Workshop

Tuesday 7/19


Sharpen your writing skills and be entertained by accomplished storyteller Jennifer Munro. Jennifer will enthrall us with a scary story presentation, and teach us how to write some of our own to share around an actual campfire! Stay after the workshop for s’mores and an opportunity to share stories (scary or otherwise) with the group. This program is outside around a campfire (weather permitting), please dress accordingly. In the case of poor weather this workshop will take place inside.

For teens entering grades 6-12, registration is required. Register HERE: Scary Story Workshop beginning 7/5

Woodland Creature Scavenger Hunt


9 AM-Close 

Find all the woodland creatures hidden in the Children’s Department during the month of June. Turn in your completed sheet for a small surprise at the checkout desk. Play as many times as you’d like all month long. Open to all ages with an adult. 

C.A.M.P. (crafts all month please)


9:30 AM to Close

Come participate in drop-in crafts for all ages during the month of August at the Durham Public Library. No need to register, just stop by. All supplies provided. Supplies limited.

  1. DIY Binoculars (8/1-8/6)
  2. Hand campfires (8/8-8/13)
  3. Popsicle stick tents (8/15-8/20)
  4. Pompom caterpillars (8/22-8/27)

Henna For Teens

Tuesday 8/9 


Teens entering grades 6 & up are invited to a Henna demonstration at the library! Join us for a presentation detailing the history, origins and traditions of henna. Then, each participant gets a professionally applied henna design!

Jamilah Henna Creations uses her homemade henna dye using naturally derived henna powder, lemon juice, cajeput and lavender oil- never artificial dyes or chemicals. Registration is required, and begins 2 weeks prior to the event.

Register HERE: Henna for Teens beginning 7/26.

Summer Reading Finale: Make Your Own Ice Cream 

Thursday 8/18 

4 PM & 6 PM

Come make (& eat) your own homemade ice cream. All ages are welcome, with an adult.

Registration required. Registration opens 8/4.

Farmers Market Storytime

All ages on the Town Green.

Thursdays at 5 PM.

5/12, 5/19, 5/26,  6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30,  7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28,  8/4, 8/11, 8/25, 8/29,