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Best of Friends Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter Winter 2014

Eno River Fest attendees try out the Comics Contraption.

Drawing Durham: Checking In with the Durham Comics Project


he year-long Durham Comics Project (DCP) kicked off in April 2013 during the Comics Fest. Founder Amy Godfrey, Children’s Librarian and co-creator of Comics Fest, sought to capture the essence of Durham as a community by teaching people how to tell their stories through pictures. Since then, DCP has both hosted and attended a variety of events, from monthly Drink & Draws to workshops, attracting participants ranging in age from 8 to 70. “People don’t need to be technically trained artists to tell stories through comics,” said Godfrey. “Moreover, being a technically trained artist doesn’t mean someone will be good at it. The essence of a good comic is a good story, and we believe everyone has a good story in them.”

The DCP has been busy since last spring’s debut. The first Drink & Draw began in April and continues to meet every third Wednesday of the month at either Full-Steam Brewery or Cocoa Cinnamon. Godfrey encourages people who may be looking for something more laid back and less structured to begin with these monthly events, which have become extremely popular. DCP has also produced several Comics Workshops at various the library locations, aimed at providing novices with the tools to begin creating comics. In addition to the events and workshops, Godfrey created a web site,, to provide further opportunities to encourage residents to submit a comic. Participants can be any age and do not have to participate in other DCP events; all that Godfrey requests is that the short comic runs between one and six pages and is a true story from life events. The collection of these completed non fiction comics has been one of the most challenging aspects Continued on page 4

A New Kind of Check-Out: Introducing the Digging Durham Seed Library

The Library Family Board of Trustees Beck Tench, Chair Henry Felder, Vice Chair Crystal Dreisbach, Secretary Sandra Chambers Joe Hewitt Tamara Heyward Derrick Jordan Shawn Miller Joyce Sykes Eve Marion, Friends Liaison Wendy Jacobs, BOCC Liaison

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings March 20, 2014, East Regional May 15, 2014, North Regional July 17 2014, Stanford L. Warren

Friends of the Durham Library Martha Scotford, President Jaime Danehey, Vice President Shayne Goodrum, Treasurer Janet W. Hessling, Secretary Betty Danielson Mary Jane (MJ) Digby Elizabeth Hayes Pam Jaskot Arlene Lutenegger Eve Marion Carol Owen Rob Rabb Leah Rutchick Lauren Spohrer Alan B. Teasley André Vann Carol Ann Walters Elsa Woods Angela Zoltners

Durham Library Foundation Phil Hutchings, President Steve Pike, Vice President Bonnie Cox, Treasurer Bessie Carrington, Secretary De (Diane Elizabeth) Cutshaw Dannette Daniels Frances Dyer Pierce Freelon Andrew Hutchings Tom Keller Anne Lloyd Bob Otterbourg Frances Rollin Elizabeth Townsend Anne Wright Beck Tench Board of Trustees Representative Betty Daniels Friends Representative Tammy Baggett, Library Director Best of Friends is published in support of Durham County Library, with primary expenses for printing and distribution paid by the Friends of the Durham Library. The newsletter is produced by the library’s Marketing & Development Division.

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n April 23, 2014, Durham County Library will open the Digging Durham Seed Library at three locations. Library patrons will be able to “check out” seeds and then “return” harvested seeds once the growing season is complete. The library will also offer workshops to introduce patrons to the process of seed saving. Seed libraries have been opening across the country to save and share plant seeds. Many of these libraries have been established within public libraries with the support of local like-minded organizations. Durham County Library will be one of the first institutions in North Carolina to open a public seed library. The new venture speaks to Durham County Library’s goals of encouraging discovery and connecting the community. By providing both a repository for seeds and training for patrons, the seed library will help to improve local sustainable food sources, enhance food security, develop local biodiversity and boost Durham’s foodie culture. The seed library holds great promise for the library with its potential for increasing patron visits,

encouraging greater use of materials and introducing library services to new patrons. Why save seeds? By sharing seeds in our community, Digging Durham Seed Library will develop seed stock that is well-suited to our climate, mitigate our dependence on agribusiness and help citizens save money. By learning to save seeds, the community becomes more self-reliant, an ideal that fits in well with Durham’s DYI culture. The library is now collecting seeds from local gardeners, farms and community organizations. While any donation is appreciated, the library is especially focused on flower and vegetable open pollinated seeds well-suited for Durham’s climate. When donating seeds, patrons are encouraged to share the history of the seeds, including how they are linked to the donor’s family, house or farm and the plants they produced. This program is co-sponsored by S.E.E.D.S., Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program and Durham Library Foundation. For more information, or to find out how to donate seeds, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or

DCL Staff Receive Accolades and Recognition


ongratulations to Tammy Baggett for winning the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic Minority Concerns (REMCo) Roadbuilders’ Award for Public Librarianship. The REMCo Award recognizes ethnic minority librarians in library education, academic, public, Tammy Baggett school and special libraries, who have served as pioneers in librarianship and who represent a positive role model in the field. The award also recognizes ethnic minority librarians who exemplify courage, integrity and perseverance, and who have contributed to the field of librarianship. Baggett received the award at NCLA 2013. Lynn Richardson, North Carolina Collection Librarian, was inducted into the Historical Society of North Carolina. Formed in 1945, the Society is made up of scholars of North Carolina history primarily from colleges, universities,

libraries and archives throughout the state. Participation is by invitation only and limited to no more than 75 active members.

Lynn Richardson

Joanne Abel

Finally, Joanne Abel was the winner of the 2013 Trustees’ Award. The library Board of Trustees presented Joanne with the award for notable accomplishments during her 20+ years at Durham County Library, including helping to create the Restricted Juvenile Card and Institutional Card for daycares and other facilities, and spearheading the major project of sorting the fiction collection at the Main Library into genres.

Durham County Library Hosts Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries’ Statewide Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon


urham County Library hosted the Friends of the North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) Statewide Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Oct. 26 at the Main Library. This year’s event was themed “Partnering Keynote speaker Molly Westmoreland talks for Strength,” a timely with FONCPL Director Joe Sullivan. sentiment as public libraries struggle to maintain existing funding streams. FONCPL was established to foster collaborative efforts that empower Friends organizations as they address important issues affecting North Carolina’s public libraries.

Keynote speaker Molly Westmoreland, a consultant from the State Library of NC, delivered a stirring rally to lobby for NC legislative support. Attendees were encouraged to prepare campaigns that motivated constituencies to visit state legislators and advocate for library funding. Funding at the state level for NC libraries has increased very little over the last several years, and Westmoreland shared that public libraries could face further drastic budget cuts. The message resonated loudly: “The public library is the core service in your community,” and public libraries truly exist as lifelines to job seekers. To appeal to legislators, Friends members were encouraged to gather success stories that depict critical workforce development services offered through public libraries during this time of high unemployment. Most importantly, FONCPL representatives asked all Friends groups to continue to provide the much needed financial resources that reinforce these lobbying efforts.

Over 90 members from Friends organizations across the state attended, taking advantage of the chance to tour the Main Library and visit the RDU region. Friends members from Durham County Library served as conference staff and tour guides, provided breakfast fare and refreshments, and shared information about current library services, collections and publications. Martha Scotford, president of the Friends of the Durham Library, and Library Director Tammy Baggett welcomed these visitors.

In closing, the Frances B. Reid Outstanding Friends Group Awards and the Frannie Ashburn Volunteer of the Year Awards were presented. Karen Moll, acting FONCPL President and one of the Annual Meeting’s organizers, expressed her congratulations to the winners and her gratitude to all. She shared that FONCPL was really excited to have come to Durham. The event “turned out to be one of the best annual meetings ever,” she said.

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DCP (continued from cover) so far for the project. While DCP has collected more than 50 comics, not all are nonfiction and so will not be included in the final count. Many people have started a comic, and Godfrey hopes that they will complete them prior to the project’s end. DCP has also traveled to festivals around the community, beginning with the Eno River Fest in July 2013. The fest provided an opportunity to unveil the Comics Contraption (see cover photo), a device specially planned for festivals and events around Durham. The contraption allows space for two empty squares with the idea that each person who visits draws the next panel in the story, resulting in a comic that has been created by hundreds of different people. On its debut endeavor, the Comics Contraption enticed 316 people to draw 121 panels, with many panels coming from group efforts. Each comic from the contraption’s outings is digitized and featured on the web site. Godfrey plans to celebrate the end of the project during the fourth annual Comics Fest, tentatively scheduled for either late October or early November. The ultimate goal is to publish an anthology of the collected comics. Even once the year-long project is officially over, Godfrey doesn’t believe it will disappear. Both the Drink & Draw evenings and the Comics Contraption have been so popular that

The first comic submitted to the DCP, sent in by former Southwest Regional employee Heather Riegg.

she would like to see them continue to function on a somewhat lighter schedule. When asked about her favorite experience of the project thus far, Godfrey noted, “I don’t have one favorite experience. The whole thing has been great. I love comics; I love teaching people to make comics; I love community art. It’s been a lot of fun, and community response has been great. I am really thankful to the Friends of the Durham Library for giving me the opportunity to do this project.” DCP will be accepting submissions until May 31, 2014. To find out more information about the project or how to submit a comic, visit the DCP blog at

The Friends Spend More than $25,000 Funding Fall Staff Proposals


ongratulations to library staff whose project proposals were funded by the Friends of the Durham Library! During the Fall 2013 round, $26,377.90 was allotted towards the following initiatives: Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures – Gender diversification (John Davis, Main): Purchase miniature figures that represent diverse, pre-generated characters for Main’s Dungeons & Dragons series. Headphones and USB Fundraiser for Friends of the Durham Library (Kathy Makens, South Regional): Supply jump drives and ear buds available for purchase at a nominal cost.

Teen Scene Chromebook Labs (Christine Grant, North Regional and Jennifer Brannen, South Regional): Purchase Chromebooks for teen programming, especially tech programs. Revamped Shelving for Holds (Lynne Barnette, Southwest Regional): Purchase new shelves to create a more efficient holds system at Southwest Regional. Self-Publishing Boot Camp (Carter B. Cue, Stanford L. Warren): Host a program on self-publishing in either print or digital ebook formats.

Ten Folding Tables (Jerry Mack & Michael Henderson, Main): Purchase new tables for Main’s auditorium.

Photo-Genic (Placedia Nance, Main): Purchase special photography kits, and provide programming that includes lectures, walking trips and demonstrations by partners from the Art Institute of Durham.

Fall into Romance 2014 (Jennifer Lohmann, Southwest Regional): Support the 2014 weekend-long fan festival for romance readers and authors.

Urban Fiction Book Kits for an Urban Fiction Book Club (T. Che Anderson, Main): Purchase kits for an urban fiction book club at Main.

Shelfwiz Shelftalkers (Jennifer Lohmann, Southwest Regional): Purchase acrylic shelftalkers to help patrons find reading materials.

Puppet Stage and Audio Center with USB Drive and Pre-recorded Puppet Shows (Laurel Jones, Main): Purchase kits to expand Main’s use of puppetry, with both prerecorded and staff created shows.

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Updates on Projects Funded by the Friends of the Durham Library

The new and improved Baby Corner at South Regional Library.

Youth Pen Creative Verses in YouTh Ink Spoken Word Workshops


ith financial support from the Friends, library staff from Stanford L. Warren were able to have a positive impact on many neighborhood children through a year-long creative outreach initiative at McDougald Terrace. Featuring a series of spoken word workshops entitled “YouTh Ink,” Teen Librarian Heather Cunningham partnered with artists from the Sacrificial Poets – an award-winning poetry organization serving youth throughout the Triangle – to engage kids and teens as emerging poets. Each week, excited youth evolved into creative spoken word artists, expressing their own feelings through written verse. While some were already familiar with spoken word poetry, most of the children viewed project activities as new artistic and cultural experiences. Each child was challenged to pen, and at times perform, original prose. In small groups facilitated by the Sacrificial Poets, youth were creatively guided as they composed, receiving assistance with their spelling and grammar skills as they worked. These writing experiences provided positive outlets for the youth to express intensely personal emotions, as they opened up about their community, lives and innermost thoughts. They also developed a sense of pride by writing, revising, performing and publishing their own works. As a special treat, the Sacrificial Poets also offered mini performances that everyone enjoyed. The youth ultimately crafted poems that were published in multiple formats. Each child received a copy of a final performance program, and their poems were also published in a work entitled the McDougald Book. Participants received a certificate, a writing journal and a “swag bag” from the Sacrificial Poets. The participants will also receive a copy of their recorded poems on CD, now in production, as a permanent gift to remind them of their talents that they may share with others for years to come.

Baby Corner South Regional Library has a new reading and play area that is eliciting squeals from babies and parents alike. Previously, South’s collection of children’s board books were located near the library’s DVD section near the stacks. While it was common to see toddlers and their families in this section, the space was not truly conducive to toddler antics – the babies played as much with the DVDs as with their board books, making for a truly jumbled and highly trafficked area. After staff at South relocated the board books several times, they developed the idea of a special space designated just for families and their tots in a tucked away corner of the library. Made possible with a $950 grant from the Friends, staff purchassed special bookshelves and a colorful rug, along with wooden letters soon mounted to the wall to spell out “Baby Corner.” Whether it’s DVDs or board books one now seeks at South, patrons are delighted with this new zone for youngsters and parents. In Tune with Books, Blues and Karaoke Since last summer, Main Library has opened its doors to welcome music and poetry lovers alike – after hours! A Friends’ grant supported the innovative series, Books, Blues and Karaoke. With the purchase of a drum set, bass amp, mics and guitar amp, the program provides participants with the opportunity to share their musical talents on a Wednesday each month. Visitors are also invited on stage during these sessions of blues rhythms for open mic sets of spoken word poetry. Much to everyone’s surprise, the karaoke sets have become the most popular, and the program is beginning to attract even professional musicians who wish to take to the stage. One such guest, a veteran musician who played with many major musical acts in California in the 70s-80s (a Durham County employee), has been lulled out of retirement to regularly play the drums. These musical note-filled evenings have drawn many from the downtown arts district and neighboring communities to visit Main, potentially attracting new library patrons to enjoy all that Durham County Library has to offer. Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter 5

First Library in Space 1 Recovered!


n the last issue of Best of Friends, we wrote about our attempts to become the First Library in Space.

Our first capsule, launched on July 10 at a Durham Bulls game, went up to about 70,000 feet and lost all contact with the earth. We think it got caught in the storms that had been brewing all day. We launched a second capsule on July 27 into a cloudless sky, and were rewarded with dizzying video of the Durham countryside and breathtaking photos of the space horizon. Still, we wondered if our first capsule would ever be found. Well, it was. On December 3, the tech lead for the project, Rodney Radford, received a cryptic phone call. “I found your package; call me back,” said a voice he didn’t recognize. At first, Rodney thought it was a prank call or perhaps a telemarketer, but he decided to call back anyway, and we were lucky he did.

The call came from Carl and Kimberly Boyce, who it turned out had stumbled across the first payload while checking on a downed tree on their property near the Uwharrie National Forest. The Boyces, who both have aeronautical backgrounds, were intrigued by the computerized payload that had obviously parachuted to earth, and were very willing to meet with us to return the capsule so that they could find out just what it was. Rodney and Children’s Librarian Casey Nees drove to Troy, NC to retrieve the payload and meet the Boyces, who had numerous questions – especially after they saw the First Library in Space website. The equipment was a little worse for wear after being out in the elements for almost six months, but some of the images and video have been recovered. DCL can now truly say we were the first – and second – library in space. Visit to see the photos.

Left and top: The FLIS capsule soars into space; Bottom: The capsule launches from the American Tobacco Campus.

HOW TO DONATE BOOKS: The Friends of the Durham Library welcomes donations of books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs, except for: encyclopedias, magazines, cassettes and condensed books. You may take your donation to any Durham County Library location during regular hours. Please bring large donations (more than one bag) to the Main Library garage on Tuesday morning between 9 and noon, when the Friends of the Durham Library are present and can help unload. For more info, visit: 6 Best of Friends Winter 2014

S av e t h e Dat e!

A Celebration of Storytelling March 21, Main Library

Storytelling 101: Telling Your Story! 2 - 4 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Let’s bring your story to life with energy, rhythm, rap and rhyme. Presented by Emmy Award-winning storyteller Willa Brigham. For school age children and families. Registration is required.

Durham County Storytelling Festival 6:30 - 9 p.m. Join us for a night full of laughter, excitement and the rich oral tradition of storytelling. Featured storytellers for the night include Ron Jones, Willa Brigham and Alan Hoal. Open to children and families of all ages! Check out the website for additional events at

Calling All Volunteers

Children’s Books Needed

Volunteering during the book sale is a terrific way to get involved with the Friends and the community. If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers for the spring book sale, send an email to Dionne Greenlee at

If you have been to a book sale at the library, you know that children’s books are among the first to sell out. We are asking for special donations of this genre to meet the needs of our youngest readers during the upcoming spring sale. Please visit for details about book donations.

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Spring Book Sale Spring into savings on over 50,000 items! Gently Used Books DVDs Audio Books Children’s Books Gift Books Collectible Books

Friday, April 11, 4 - 7 p.m.

Friends members only – join at the door!

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2 - 5 p.m. $7 Bag Sale.

Debit & Credit Cards Welcome.

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Friends’ Scholarship Program Expands Education Opportunities for Staff Durham County Library employees have a unique opportunity to apply for academic scholarships annually sponsored by the Friends. Up to six scholarships in amounts of up to $2,500 are awarded Friends president, Martha Scotford, presents to support library a check to Jessica Bingham. staff earning degrees or advanced certifications. Previously, library staff needed to pursue studies in the library sciences, business or public administration, computer science or a college transfer program at a community or four-year college in order to be eligible to receive an award. However, in 2013, these parameters changed. Many library staff were interested in seeking certificates and other continuing education opportunities to enhance their professional development that also addressed specific library needs, such as Spanish language training. Given these

considerations, the Friends’ Scholarship Committee, chaired by Friends Board Member Alan Teasley, explored this issue and presented the Friends’ Board with a new scholarship opportunity for library staff. The committee recommended that staff be allowed to pursue some continuing education certificates, particularly those awarding academic credit, and the Friends Board supported this recommendation. As a direct result, Jessica Bingham, a childrens/teen librarian at Main, has become the first scholarship recipient to enroll in a Spanish Certificate program. Bingham now takes Spanish courses through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a goal of developing regular in-house bilingual programs at Main. Three additional DCL staff also received scholarships to pursue their studies. Christopher Johnson of South Regional is pursuing his Master of Library Science at NCCU; Sandra L. Smith of Main is completing a Library Information and Technology Associates degree at Central Carolina Community College; and Carol Aiken of East Regional is completing a degree in Business Administration at Central Carolina Community College and Vance Granville Community College.

Library Honors Local History Room Donors On Sunday, November 19, Durham County Library hosted a recognition ceremony and reception celebrating individuals and organizations that have donated materials to the North Carolina Collection in the past five years. Sponsored by Durham Library Foundation, the event welcomed more than 75 donors and their family members to the library. Books are a library staple, but there is much more to Durham history than what is found in books. The North Carolina Collection seeks out and makes available photos, papers of individuals and organizations, high school newspapers and yearbooks, architectural drawings, maps and other materials that, in most cases, no other institution in the world has. The North Carolina Collection holds more than 100 small manuscripts collections specifically related to Durham history and culture.

Lynn Richardson welcomes donors to the recognition ceremony.

Donors recognized at the reception included Irwin Holmes, Hillside High graduate and first black athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference; Doris Stanley, of the Sprinkle-Stanley architectural firm; Jean Bradley Anderson, author of the

definitive history of Durham County; Howard Clement, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance executive and longtime city councilman; the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association; and Durham Public Schools. Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter 9

Adult & Humanities


Oct. - Dec 2013

Humanities Programs at Durham County Library Brought to you with support from Durham Library Foundation. All programs are free and open to the public. In Hopes of Freedom

Sunday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m. E x p a n d Yo u r K n o w l e d g e . . .  Main Library E n g a g e i n C o n v e r s a t i o n . . . E x p e r i e n ce S o m e t h i n g N e w. . . Can you name three AfricanAmerican heroes of the American Revolutionary War? Come see the exhibit “In Hopes of Freedom: A Tribute to the African-American Heroes of the American Revolution,” and learn about those who served in the Continental Army, Navy and local militia. Artist Michelle Nichole will also exhibit her paintings on Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

Art with the Experts: Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.  Main Library Join Juline Chevalier, Curator of Education at the Nasher Museum of Art, and Richard Powell, the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, for a discussion and slide lecture on their current exhibit. This will be the first sustained examination of Motley’s remarkable paintings depicting modern African-American life in Chicago, portraits and archetypes, Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico.

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Herald-Sun Sunday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m.  Main Library Join Steve Schewel, founder and former publisher of the Independent Weekly, for a conversation with Bob Ashley, editor of the Herald-Sun, on the Herald-Sun’s 125th birthday. Founded in 1889 as the Durham Sun, the paper has evolved over time. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham History.

Meet the Author: Leonard Pitts

Saturday, Mar. 1, 3 p.m.  Main Library Join Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts for a reading from his novel Freeman. The novel follows the story of Sam, a freedman who leaves Philadelphia to find the wife and child he left behind 15 years before in Mississippi when he fled to freedom. He travels south in the turbulent time between the end of the War and the beginning of Reconstruction. Freeman won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s 2013 Award for Fiction. A book signing will follow the reading.

Durham’s Mamie Dowd Walker

Monday, Mar. 10, 7 p.m.  Main Library Join local historian Milo Pyne for a talk on his grandmother, Mamie Dowd Walker, the first woman judge in North Carolina. In 1934, Walker was appointed the judge of the juvenile court for Durham city and county, where she served until her retirement in 1949. The program she developed for the prevention and treatment of delinquency became a model for many similar programs across the nation. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham History.

Meet the Photographer: José Galvez

Sunday, Mar. 30, 3 p.m.  Main Library In celebration of Farmworkers Awareness Week, join award-winning photographer José Galvez for a presentation honoring farm workers. From Cesar Chavez, to the woman picking strawberries, to the tobacco worker on the side of the highway, Galvez captures their daily life with respect and pride. Galvez’s work will be on exhibit at the library from March 24-April 26. This program is co-sponsored by Student Action With Farmworkers.

Film Screening: Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty

Tuesday, Apr. 1, 7 p.m.  Main Library Join filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer for a showing of his award-winning film Bending Sticks, which documents the career of internationally-acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty. The film follows Dougherty for a year and offers an intimate portrait of the artist, who has created more than 200 majestic sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. A DVD signing will follow the showing. This program is co-sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund.

Freedom Means Everybody

Thursday, Apr. 17, 6 p.m.  Richard White Auditorium, Duke University East Campus Join Dr. Mab Segrest for a lecture on freedom as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Sally Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. Segrest, former Durham resident and co-founder of North Carolinians Against Racist Violence, is the author of Memoir of a Race Traitor and other books. Co-sponsored by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University and Duke Program in Women’s Studies.

For more information, call 560-0268 or visit 10 Best of Friends Winter 2014



The Campaign Surpasses $900K!



Humanities Society Holiday Celebration

Thank you to all who have “earned their stripes” by supporting The Campaign for the Library and helped Durham Library Foundation reach a new milestone. Your support of the Campaign is already making a difference in Durham County Library and in the lives of library patrons. This is how Campaign funds are helping the library: l l




New furniture, fixtures and signage at Main; $100,000 for the General Collection, adding new titles in various formats; $100,000 to support the North Carolina Collection, collecting and digitizing papers of local residents; An Automated Delivery System at Southwest Regional, making returning books and updating patron records a snap; Enhancing the Humanities Program budget…more great programs on the horizon!

For the third year, Hill House provided a beautiful and festive backdrop to Humanities Society members. This year, Hutchings and Hutchings was joined by Investors Trust as sponsors for this well attended event. Humanities Society members enjoyed a sneak preview of the current Humanities Programs brochure by Joanne Abel. Remarkably, the Humanities Society has swelled to 1500+ members!

If you have not “earned your stripes,” please take a moment to do so today.

Top: Humanities Society members enjoy the food at the Hill House; Bottom: A trio provides soothing music for the evening’s reception.

Spotlight on the Pillars of the Foundation

The Annual Fund

In November, Durham Library Foundation honored individuals and corporations that have established Named Endowments to provide funding for many areas of the library. Donors and guests were treated to special presentations as staff members shared how each endowment makes a difference in the lives of library patrons. Many of the Top from left: Anna Cromwell, presentations moved guests Tammy Baggett, Elaine Rothbauer-GSK, to tears, as staff members Martha Scotford, Ryan Eves, Phil Hutchings, Ann and Bob Timmins; relayed how significant these endowments are to Durham Bottom from left: Tammy Baggett, Jenny Semans Koortbojian, County Library and the Phil Hutchings, Frances Rollins, community we serve. The Joanne Abel, Lee Barnes, Jr. and sons. “pillars” reflected on how rewarding and fulfilling it is to know how much good is being done because of their efforts.

It is never too late (or too early) to donate to the Annual Fund. How is it different from the Campaign for the Library? The Campaign is “icing on the cake.” The Annual Fund IS the cake! The Annual Fund supports the general operations of Durham Library Foundation on an annual basis. Without the Annual Fund, the Foundation could not provide adequately for Humanities programming or Summer Reading; there would be less support for the North Carolina Collection and no Foundation funding for children’s and teen’s programs. Please make a new 2014 gift to the Annual Fund today!

Earn Your Stripes by donating $10 today to Durham Library Foundation. Text STRIPES to 20222 or scan the QR code. A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions.

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