Durham Public Library
7 Maple Avenue
Durham, CT 06422

10:00am - 9:00pm * Monday through Thursday
10:00am - 5:00pm * Friday and Saturday

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"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians."--Monty Python

Saturday, August 27, 2016

PATRON PICKS--Thy Children's Children

Patricia's pick is Thy Children's Children, by Diana Ross

About the book:  Thy Children's Children traces five generations of a real New England family through the turbulent decades that saw a handful of American colonies transformed into a young nation on the cusp of the modern industrial era.  The seeds of a grassroots dynasty that flourishes to this day were planted when John and Hope Lyman began life on a small Connecticut farm in 1741.  Here the first five generations of Lyman men and women built and maintained a family homestead, facing challenges large and small, with courage and conviction.
(from Amazon)

Patricia says:  Wonderful history of Middlefield and Durham, written as a historical novel.  Follows the Lyman family's lives.  Engrossing depiction of colonial life on a local level.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Museum Passes Available at the Durham Public Library

Did you know that you can use your library card to check out passes to Connecticut museums and state parks? We have reduced price and free admission passes available. Come check them out!

The Children's Museum & Roaring Brook Nature Center 
Florence Griswold Museum
Maritime Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium 
Mystic Seaport
Connecticut River Museum
Peabody Museum
New England Air Museum
Connecticut State Park Passes
Connecticut's Old State House
New Britain Museum of American Art
Wadsworth Atheneum

Passes are free for two days.  There is a $5.00 per day late fee.  Any adult with a valid Connecticut library card may borrow the passes.  We'll hold the pass for one hour if you call the day you intend to use it, but we do not take reservations.  One pass per family at a time.  Please return the passes inside the library. 

Sponsored by P.A.L.S. (Friends of the Durham Public Library)

Friday, April 1, 2016


The Durham Public Library is Presenting Money Smart Week, April 23-30!  Money Smart Week is a national public awareness campaign designed to help consumers of all ages better manage their personal finances through free financial literacy programming.

We'll be offering Fine Forgiveness for overdue books during Money Smart Week.

March 15 to May 15:  Play Dash for the Stash--Enter for a chance to win a $1,000 IRA!  Must be 18 & over to play.

We are also offering many programs for all ages:

Estate Planning.  Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm.  Learn why Estate Planning is important, hear about common planning strategies, and leave with ideas for an action plan.  Registration required.

Welcome to the Real World Connecticut Simulation.  Wednesday, April 27, 6:30-8:30pm.  Ages 12-18.  Imagine your future life at this fun and interactive program designed especially for teens.  Registration required.  Program is provided by UCONN Extension Family Economics and Resource Management.  The University of Connecticut is an equal opportunity employer and program provider.

Accessories Swap.  Thursday, April 28, 6:30-7:30pm.  Adults Only.  "Why Shop When You Can Swap."  We'll be collecting the following Accessories:  Scarves, Jewelry, Gloves, Hats, Handbags, Belts, Keychains.  You must donate something to attend.  Details at the Durham Public Library.

Free Financial Family Fun Fest.  Saturday, April 30, 11:00am -1:00pm.  Drop in for: Crafts for ages 3-11.  Scavenger Hunt, ages 8 & up:  Complete the hunt and enter your name to win a prize.  Free Financial Information for the Adults:  Fournier Legal Services and Representatives from People's Bank will be here to answer your Financial Questions.  Also, cookies, juice, free balloons for the kids!

Stop by the Durham Public Library to register or call 860-349-9544, ext. 1.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Kassie's pick was Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian.

About the book:  In January 1945, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

Among the group is 18-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats.  There is her lover, Callum Finella, a 20-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labor.  And there is a 26-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred--who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.

As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war.  Their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred.  (from Amazon)

Kassie recommends this book and says that the author, Chris Bohjalian, will be at R.J. Julia in Madison, CT on Monday, January 18th @ 7:00pm.  http://www.rjjulia.com/

Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW FEATURE! You can now pay your library fines online!

You can now pay your library fines online.  The minimum amount you can pay is $1.01.  Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted.

Online Fine Payment Instructions:

1.  Go to www.catalog.lioninc.org.

2.  Click on "Login to My Account."

3.  Type your last name and Patron ID number (on your library card).

4.  On the left side under your personal information, there will be a link that says "$1.15 in unpaid fines and bills." (Or however much you owe.  If you currently owe no fines, this link will not be there at all.  You must have at least $1.01 in fines to pay online.)

5.  Click on that link to access the payment screen.

6.  Click on "Pay Now."

7.  A pop-up window will come up and you can check boxes next to each fine you would like to pay.  After you have done so, click on "continue."

8.  Next, enter your Visa, Discover, or MasterCard number.  Select the type and enter the expiration date.  Click on "continue."

9.  On the final screen, you will need to input your card's security code and your billing information before clicking on "I Authorize This Transaction" to finalize your payment.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Jill's pick was The Liar, by Nora Roberts

About the book: 
Shelby Foxworth lost her husband.  Then she lost her illusions...
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt.  He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs.  The man she loved wasn't just dead.  he never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor.  But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover.  Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows--and threatens Griff, as well.  And an attempted murder is only the beginning... (From Amazon)

Jill says:  Good characters who get the reader involved in the story.  Also, a lot of suspense, so the book was hard to put down.

Monday, May 18, 2015


The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.  Celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.  (from Amazon) 

Noel says:  Strong women, sympathetic characterization of complex and powerful emotions in unspeakable conditions in WWII occupied France.