Category Archives: Events

9th Wonder: How To Get Nominated for a Grammy

01/18/2018 to 01/18/2018 – Patrick Douthit, a.k.a 9th Wonder, will discuss the work behind his two recent Grammy nominations. The producer received recognition for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s most recent release, which is up for Album of the Year, and his contributions to Rapsody’s “Laila’s Wisdom,” which is up for Best Rap Album.

Douthit is a lecturing fellow in Duke’s African and African-American Studies Department.

The talk is part of a reception and launch for “SexyNotSilent,” a visual arts exhibit by Edith Grey (Natasha Powell Walker) in the Jameson Art Gallery in the Friedl Building on East Campus.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Friedl Atrium. Refreshments will be served.

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About Tammy Baggett

Originally from Clinton, NC, Tammy has served as your Director of Durham County Library for the past seven years. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Parenza, who is also from Clinton, NC. Together they enjoy spending time with their families and friends, as well as their two horses.

Tammy received a B.A. in Speech Communications/Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University where she received her Masters of Library Science. She has worked at William Madison Randall Library at UNC-Wilmington, New Hanover County Public Library, Forsyth County Public Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, as well as, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Tammy provides motivational speeches to groups concerning career growth, team building and goal setting and is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Durham. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Black Caucasus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). She is immediate past President of the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA). Tammy also serves on a number of boards in her community and is a member of the County Manager’s Executive Leadership Team. She is in her fifth year as a monthly presenter for the Durham County Leadership Academy.

She is passionate about delivering quality library services in Durham County where her team places a high emphasis on improving literacy in Durham and offering programs that enhance digital inclusion as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M). Tammy believes that leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. It’s her goal to give back to the profession by mentoring others. She is dedicated to helping youth capture a love of reading at an early age. It’s her philosophy that we should all work together to make the world a better place; and what better way to start than the power of reading for pleasure and knowledge.

Source: Durham County Library

Sausagefest at The Rickhouse

01/14/2018 to 01/14/2018 –

Durham’s first Sausagefest invites meat-lovers to taste and stock your
fridge with locally crafted sausages from your favorite restaurants and
butcher shops!

VIP tickets include early entry from Noon – 1pm
with passed appetizers, T-shirt and an exclusive sausage making demo.
General Admission entry from 1 – 4pm

Sausages of all kinds will
be available for take home from FIRST HAND FOODS, LEFT BANK BUTCHERY and
more! Restaurants providing bites to include GOCCOLINA, DASHI, THE ROOT

The event benefits Durham’s transition age youth, via non-profit organization LIFE Skills Foundation. They are improving lives of young adults who have aged out of the foster care system or are at risk of homelessness and exploitation. LIFE Skills provides them with housing, independent living skills classes, counseling and wraparound supports to help them thrive as independent adults. LIFE Skills is starting a young adult resource center called The HUB where youth can meet immediate needs like showers, clothing, food and safety as well as connect with mental health services and work on securing permanent employment and housing. There is nothing like The HUB in Durham, and through Sausagefest, we can help LIFE Skills fund this space.  

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Picture of the Week: Benelux Coffee

Benelux Coffee – Cameron Village

Benelux Coffee is a nice local coffee shop located in the Cameron Village area of Raleigh along Oberlin Road. It’s a spacious cafe with lots of seating making it perfect for meeting friends or just lounging around nursing a hot mug of coffee on a quiet morning in the Oak City. They roast their own coffee beans and offer a full menu of coffee, espresso, and cold brew drinks. They also have baked goods and Belgian Waffles. One thing I really like about this shop is they offer one free refill on their drip coffee. Next time you are over in Cameron Village check them out!

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Pork, Pickles, & Peanuts: Tastes of NC

07/14/2018 to 07/14/2018 –

Celebrate North Carolina food culture and history. This extremely tasty event includes a BBQ and Pie contest. Guests can taste the BBQ and pick a People’s Choice winner of their own.
In the morning, join junior interpreters for special demonstrations in the Historic Area. The Duke’s historic house will be open to walk through with costumed interpreters and historic music.

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ADF’s Movies by Movers Winter Screening

01/28/2018 to 01/28/2018 –

This event will feature four films that celebrate the conversation between the body and the camera:
1. Early Mourning, directed by Ben Hartley
2. Behind the Wall, directed by Bat-Sheva Guez
3. Walking the Green Sound: a Dance Film for the Trees, directed by Yulia Arakelyan, Erik Ferguson, and Grant Miller
4. Apostasy, directed by H. Paul Moon

Free and open to the public!  

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Durham County Library Presents News Voices Workshop on How to Access Local Media

Program: News Voices Workshop on How to Access Local Media
Date: Tuesday, January 23
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents News Voices Workshop on How to Access Local Media on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707. This event is free and open to the public.

Join News Voices: North Carolina Director Fiona Morgan for an in-depth look at local media, how it works, and how everyone can have a voice in local news. This presentation and interactive workshop will show community members how they can contribute to local journalism and advocate for media that better serves their needs.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

Friends of the Durham Library Announces 2018 Book Sale Schedule

Durham, NC – Friends of the Durham Library, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the goals of the Durham County Library system, is pleased to announce its 2018 book sale schedule. The new schedule is comprised of 8 total book sales, all of which will be held at Books Among Friends, the Friends’ new book sale location inside Northgate. As you exit Sears into the mall, Books Among Friends is immediately on your right.

Books Among Friends is open for big sales only, so mark your calendar and be sure to check out the store during a sale. Members only sales are open to Friends members only, and memberships will be for sale at the door. Regular sales and bag sales are open to the public. The Friends encourage everyone to stop by a sale, find a good book, and help spread the word about Books Among Friends.

Saturday, February 3 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
   Sunday, March 18 · $10 Bag Sale: 1 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 28 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 9 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
   Sunday, June 10 · $10 Bag Sale: 1 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 4 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 15 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
   Sunday, September 16 · $10 Bag Sale: 1 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 27 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 · Members Only: 10 a.m. – 12 noon · Regular Sale: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
   Sunday, December 2 · $10 Bag Sale: 1 – 4 p.m.

Book donations are accepted at Books Among Friends on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Drive up to the exterior of the mall between Sears and Catherine’s. If there are very large donations, please call 919-560-7159 or email [email protected] for additional instructions.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

7 Steps to a Successful Career

01/23/2018 to 01/23/2018 – Changing careers can be scary, and choosing a career is not easy. This event can help you figure out what you want to do, which career paths may make sense, and you may get the tools you need to make the career change you’ve been waiting for.
A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today. Let 2018 be the year of your new career and a new you!

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