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Durham County Library’s Southwest Regional Library to Undergo Sidewalk Repairs

Durham, NC – Beginning Friday, February 23, Durham County Library’s Southwest Regional Library, located at 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707, will undergo sidewalk repairs. These repairs are expected to last a week, during which time the library will remain open during its regular business hours.

Patrons wishing to visit Southwest Regional during this brief period of routine maintenance will be able to utilize the front parking lot and entrance, as always. Access from the back parking lot will be granted to library visitors through a marked staff entrance at the rear of the building.

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents Reader’s Party

Program: Reader’s Party
Date: Sunday, March 4
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents Reader’s Party on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701. This event is free and open to the public.

Come out and be heard! Celebrate reading! Think you or someone you know is a good reader? Audible? Distinct? Expressive? Entertaining? Celebrate your reading skills with poetry, prose, monologues, shorts stories and original works. Come early to sign up to read at the open mic. It’s a party! Refreshments provided. Presented by the Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble for adults and children.

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

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents Mobile Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Program: Mobile Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 3:30 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 Mobile Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707. This event is free and open to the public.

PlayMakers has cut the Bard’s most magical comedy to a fun and frenzied 80 minutes, so you can have your Shakespeare to go! Come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Southwest Regional. Free and open to the public.

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

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library

Knock Knock Who’s There

Without noticing, I’ve slowly become a fan of “First Contact” science fiction, especially those where the humans are completely out of their depth in trying to understand the aliens they’ve encountered. Here’s a few of my favorites to date:

Solaris by Stanisław Lem
This classic Polish science fiction novel sees a future Earth obsessed with a distant planet, Solaris, only to give up scientific study after several decades without meaningful progress. Kris Kelvin, one of the last devotees of the Solarist field, arrives on the science station to find the place in disarray and its inhabitants haunted by unexplainable presences. In a way, Solaris is what you get when you make a haunted house less frightening but more unknowable, with implications for all of humanity. In space, no one can hear you consider the limits of human understanding!

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatskii
Another Soviet sci-fi, Roadside Picnic tells the story of a few brave/foolhardy souls who make their way into The Zone, one of a handful of locations around the word that have become the site of inexplicable phenomena and mysterious objects. Alien involvement is suspected, but no one is quite sure why the contact has taken this strange form. What is certain is that it’s changed the lives of the scientists, scavengers and others who spend their time hopping the Zone’s borders for better or worse. The form of the novel is a little odd, but the ideas it addresses make that oddness worth it.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
A team of four government scientists breaches the outskirts of “Area X”, a massive territory along the coast that’s been affected by some unknown presence. Technology is unreliable, animals aren’t quite right, and allies can’t be trusted, a fact heightened by the strange first-hand account we’re given. As of this writing, an upcoming film adaptation of Annihilation is getting a lot of buzz, both good and bad, but as visually impressive as the trailers look, nothing will compare to the mystery and monsters conjured by your mind.

I know there’s more out there, and I can’t wait to encounter them!

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library’s Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center Temporarily Closed for Maintenance

Durham, NC – During January’s snow event, Durham County Library unfortunately experienced what many others have in similar circumstances: some water pipes burst at the Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center, causing damage to the building and items inside it. At this time, the Durham County General Services and Engineering departments are working hard to determine next steps so that the repair process can begin.

The library apologizes for any inconvenience this temporary closing may cause. While the timeline for repair and reopening is uncertain at this time, the library wishes to inform its patrons and the Durham community as a whole that it does intend to get the Bragtown location back up and running again. In the meantime, Durham County Library is looking into ways that it can provide outreach services to the Bragtown community while the building is closed, including the services of the library’s Bookmobile.

Please note that while the Bragtown location is closed, its book drop will remain open; materials borrowed from Durham County Library may be returned to this book drop at any time, as the book drop will continue to be cleared by library staff on a daily basis. Updates related to the Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center, including dates and times for Bookmobile stops at that location, can be found online at https://durhamcountylibrary.org/location/bragtown/.

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents Singing Through History: American Folk Music Programs with Adam Miller

Program: Singing Through History: American Folk Music Programs with Adam Miller

Dates: Saturday, February 24 – 2:00 p.m.
            North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd., Durham, NC 27712

            Tuesday, February 27 – 6:00 p.m.
            South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC 27713

Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents Singing Through History: American Folk Music Programs with Adam Miller on Saturday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 27. These events are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, February 24, come to North Regional Library to hear Adam Miller perform the Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer. Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) wrote over 1,000 American songs in his lifetime – and he didn’t use an original melody for a single one of them! This sing-along program tells the true story of the man who wrote, “This Land is Your Land,” one of the best known English-language folksongs on the planet.

Then, on Tuesday, February 27, visit South Regional Library to hear Mr. Miller perform The Real McCoy: The Irish Roots of Traditional American Folksongs. This entertaining sing-along program traces the evolution of traditional Irish ballads and melodies that have become firmly entrenched in American folk music.

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

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents Third Annual Teen Literature Festival

Program: Third Annual Teen Literature Festival
Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Jordan High School, 6806 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC 27707
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents the Third Annual Teen Literature Festival at 12:30 p.m. at Jordan High School, 6806 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC 27707. This event is free and open to the public.

Celebrate Durham County Library’s Third Annual Teen Literature Festival! Meet Young Adult authors, participate in writing workshops, eat snacks, and get your books signed! Guest authors will include Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Allegedly; JJ Johnson, author of Believarexic; and Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe. This event is for tweens, teens, and YA readers of all ages.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-8598 or visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents The History of Vintage Baseball Cards and Sports Memorabilia

Program: The History of Vintage Baseball Cards and Sports Memorabilia
Date: Sunday, February 11
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd., Durham, NC 27712
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents The History of Vintage Baseball Cards and Sports Memorabilia on Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m. at North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd., Durham, NC 27712. This event is free and open to the public.

Join expert Michael Osacky who shares why baseball cards were first created and autograph authentication is so important. Through quick lessons, attendees will also learn to self-appraise their own sports collectibles. Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to get a free verbal appraisal of their vintage collectibles.

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

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents Home Movie Day

Program: Home Movie Day
Date: Saturday, February 10
Time: 2 – 5:00 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 Home Movie Day on Saturday, February 10 at 2 – 5:00 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707. This event is free and open to the public.

Home Movie Day is an international celebration of amateur films, designed to provide a showcase for home movies, student films and other forms of amateur media while also providing a gathering to discuss best practices for film and digital media preservation. Look through your attic, dig through your closets, call up Grandma and search out your family’s home movies. Bring 8mm, Super8mm, 16mm film, VHS, and Video8/Hi8 video tape (sorry, no slides) to see your movie projected, or just show up and watch the films of others. It’s not just historically significant, it’s fun! Raleigh’s A/V Geeks Transfer Services will transfer attendees’ film to digital formats for free at the program.

Please note that A/V Geeks will be able to digitize approximately 5 minutes of footage on site.

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

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

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

Source: Durham County Library
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