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Best of Friends Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter

Fall 2013

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Durham County Library Becomes First Library in Space


here’s Outreach, and then there’s outreach. In early 2013 North Regional children’s librarian and resident mad scientist, Casey Nees, proposed a novel idea to spur interest in science for the young and the young-at-heart: DCL should become the first library in space. Though it sounded farfetched, the concept had been tried many times before with successful results – just not by a library. DCL would be the first. The details of the plan were as follows: DCL would reach near space by building a capsule, filling it with library paraphernalia and attaching it to a weather balloon filled with helium. Once released, the balloon and its payload would rise to an altitude of about 70,000 feet – high enough to see space above and the horizon of the Earth below – then the balloon would burst, and the capsule would drift back to Earth by parachute, landing within a few hundred miles of the launch

site. Video and still cameras attached to the capsule would capture the entire journey. The whole project could be executed for a few thousand dollars, but those funds were not in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Once again, the Friends came to the rescue. In the spring, Casey submitted a proposal asking the Friends to sponsor the library’s quest to reach space, and after the president and vice president of the organization saw a sample launch video, the FLIS proposal was the first to be approved. The project was a go! We determined that an idea this big would be perfect to pair with the library’s biggest program of the year: Summer Reading. With the theme “Dig Into…” First Library In Space would encourage children, teens and adults to “Dig Into Space.” Continued on page 2

The Library Family Board of Trustees Bech Tench, Chair Henry Felder, Vice Chair Crystal Dreisbach, Secretary Joe Hewitt Derrick Jordan Paolo Mangiafico Shawn Miller Joyce Sykes Eve Marion, Friends Liaison

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings November 21, 2013, South Regional January 16, 2014, Main Library March 20, 2014, East Regional

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 Kimberly Gilbert Elizabeth Hayes Arlene Lutenegger Eve Marion Carol Owen Rob Rabb Leah Rutchick 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 Elisabeth Townsend Beck Tench Board of Trustees Representative Betty Danielson 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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First Library in Space

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The Summer Reading Midpoint Rally, scheduled for July 10 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, offered the best opportunity for the launch. And with the typical Durham spirit of collaboration, the Bulls were happy to let us send a balloon into space from centerfield before the game. The evening of the launch was blustery, and storms had been threatening all day. Undaunted, Casey and the NC Near Space Research launch crew stepped out onto centerfield, counted down from 10 and released the balloon. FLIS was on its way!

out all of its systems. The capsule has yet to be recovered. So DCL had probably become the first library in space (near space starts at 65,000), but we had no proof – no video, no photos, no recovered exploded weather balloon. We had to try again.

But not so fast.

On July 27, on a perfect, sunny morning, the launch crew assembled in a field outside of North Regional Library. FLIS 2 was launched into an almost cloudless sky, and this time rose swiftly up and out of sight.

Loaded down with stickers and live feed video camera equipment, the weather balloon wafted up and to the left, coming close enough to the stadium lights to elicit a collective gasp from the audience. Then it slowly drifted upward into the clouds and headed toward Chapel Hill, where it likely ran into a major storm system.

GPS tracking showed that our library traveled 98,000 feet into the air before the weather balloon burst. The team recovered the capsule less than 50 miles away from the launch site. Although the video camera stopped working at the highest point of the ascent, the digital cameras captured the entire journey.

FLIS fans tracking the capsule’s progress on the website followed as the balloon rose to a height just over 60,000 feet. Then it stopped sending video or GPS signals altogether. We think it got hit by lightning, which shorted

In the end, Durham County Library succeeded in becoming not just the first, but the second library in space. We’ve posted photos and a very cool video of the launch at

PROJECT TEAM Casey Nees, librarian & project lead NC NEAR SPACE RESEARCH: Rodney Radford, technical lead Mike Freeze Chris Gorski Jeff Highsmith Tanner Lovelace Paul Lowell Michael North Raymond Woodward The Durham Bulls Matthew Huff, video launch soundtrack DJ Alez Android, closing credits soundtrack Matthew Clobridge, video editor

Durham County Library Presents

Blanco in Durham Richard Blanco, the inaugural poet

Sunday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Carolina Theatre


3 0 9 W. M o r g a n S t .

Join us for a night of poetry with Richard Blanco, the youngest, first Latino and first openly gay poet to serve as the presidential inaugural poet. He is the author of three prize winning books, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead and Looking for the Gulf Motel. Free and open to the public.

a l i ng i c e Spdrais t n n Fu Eve

Meet the Poet Reception Sunday, Oct. 13, 6 - 7 p.m. Carolina Theatre $50 per person

Proceeds benefit Durham Library Foundation’s Campaign for the Library. To purchase tickets, visit or call 919-560-0193.

Presented by

Sponsored by

Partners Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity Duke University

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Main Library Is Shaping Up, Looking Fresh


f you have been to the Main Library lately, you may have noticed some appearance changes. No, we’re not talking about the latest hairstyles or summer reading T-shirts. The Main Library received a noticeable appearance upgrade thanks to a grant from the Durham Library Foundation. Projects included: • Shelf endcap painting • Microfiche cabinet painting • Replacement of AV materials shelving • Comfortable seating areas • New reading tables and chairs • Improved display shelving • Specialty paint If you haven’t been to Main recently, come and see how your Durham Library Foundation is really making a difference in our facilities. Main Library is looking good and looking forward to great things in the future!

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: 4 Best of Friends Fall 2013

New DCL Website: Built With the Customer in Mind


ive years is an eternity in the technology world. In 2008, when the old Durham County Library website launched, the iPhone was in its infancy, most people thought tweets were what birds did and tablets were made of paper. Jump ahead to 2013, when people carry phones in their pockets that are more powerful than the largest computers of even 10 years ago. The 2008 version of the DCL website served us well for five years, but it was time for a change to keep up with all that new, improved technology. The web redesign process started in the fall of 2012 as we surveyed Durham County Library patrons via a form on the website and through in-person usability studies to see what they wanted in their library website. Some of the things they told us were: • Patrons’ number one reason for coming to the website is to search for items, so a search field should be prominently displayed on the home page • Another big reason for patrons visiting the site is to check library hours • They don’t want to be overwhelmed with too much clutter and buttons on the home page • Scrolling long web pages to find content is a pain • The website should be usable on a mobile phone

In addition to addressing the issues above, the look of the site was updated to reflect modern design standards and Durham County’s new logo and colors. On Wednesday, July 3, the new and improved Durham County Library website was rolled out to the public. Our hope is that as patrons grow familiar with the new site, they will find that it is much easier to get the information they want and be on their way. Websites are not meant to be launched and forgotten. The beauty of the web is that things can constantly be changed to better serve patrons’ needs. As we get feedback from the public and staff, we’ll continue to make tweaks here and there as needed.

If you have any questions about the new site, please feel free to email webmaster, Matt Clobridge, at Website facts at launch: • Total pages: 365 (not including North Carolina Collection exhibits) • Total links: 3,638 • Size: 812 MB • Attached images & PDFs: 294 (not including NCC exhibits) • Total files: 12,927

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New Adventures in Fundraising: Friends Engage in Trial Run of Online Book Sales


n any given Tuesday, passersby at Main Library may witness a flurry of activity in the garage by members of Friends of the Durham Library (FODL). This particular diehard corps of volunteer book sorters seriously prepares for library book sale events – constantly processing donations of gently used books and other items, and discarding those in less than worthy condition. For a few weeks during the summer, however, a not-so-obvious and quiet experiment was underway. Deliberately, small numbers of special books were sold in a new way by the Friends. They’d ventured into a test of sorts to expand their book sales – listing items for purchase online – and they are not alone. More and more, Friends groups across the country are exploring the concept of online book sales. According to United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, this manner of selling books and other items is the latest way to virtually reach new customers to increase revenues at a time when sales of printed materials around the world have sharply declined. Researchers from Nielsen BookScan recently announced that sales of books in the US were down 9.3% in 2012. Fortunately, the Friends’ book sales have not experienced such negative impacts. The establishment of mini year-round book sales a few years ago (at Main, the American Tobacco Campus, the Stanford L. Warren branch and the library’s regionals) has helped to increase revenues. While the Durham community has overwhelmingly supported these mini-sales through both donations and purchases, the ever-popular larger spring and fall book sales continue to expand and attract visitors far and wide, even from out-of-state.

Yet, FODL continues to consider new strategies. Online venues such as Abebooks, eBay and commonly list items placed for sale by libraries and their affiliates. Online shoppers are “out of reach” during traditional book sales, and libraries are beginning to utilize online venues to list special items, such as rare and old books, to attract new buyers. FODL member Carol Ann Walters, who annually co-chairs the book sales, shared the rationale for the trial. “This was an opportunity to experience the online sales ‘bonanza.’ While selling online can take a great bit of time and energy, the overall fiscal benefits may prove to be worth it.” In a couple of months, Walters was able to generate over $1,500 by selling a small number of books online, a feat that caught her by surprise. Within 24 hours of listing her first book, it sold for over $75. “I certainly wasn’t expecting that!” she recounts. According to Walters, that text would have sold for a fraction of its virtual price at one of the library’s regular book sales. There are many issues to consider, however. Potential costs for supplies, labor and other expenses generally associated with running a business are to be evaluated, and the Friends plan to continue to research online sales in order to discover best practices and make strategic plans for the future. In order to explore all of the pros and cons, the Friends’ board has convened a task force to investigate the issue further. “It’s an exciting time for the Friends to consider online sales,” said Walters. “We’re definitely interested in exploring all of our options to increase our ability to raise funds for the library.”

Spotlight on Leadership: Scotford Assumes Role as New Friend’s President


he Friends of the Durham Library has elected Martha Scotford as its new president to lead the organization over the next year. Scotford is no stranger to the Friends. Prior to holding the office of president, she assumed many roles over several years, actively serving on board committees while annually volunteering for book sales. Scotford, who succeeds Elsa Woods, also served as vice-president last year. Growing up in New York City and raised in the Bronx, Westchester and Hanover, NH, Scotford attended Oberlin College in Ohio, majoring in Art History, and later earned a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale. In 1981, following a

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practice as a book designer in Boston at Houghton Mifflin, she relocated with her family to Durham. As president, Scotford is excited to share her vision for an expanded Friends organization as it faces a period of growth Photo courtesy of Jeremy M. Lange filled new members and initiatives. When asked what she plans to focus upon during her term, she said she wishes “to help the Friends Board find new ways to support the library and to offer new opportunities to volunteers.”

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Campaign for the Library Approaches $800k! Durham Library Foundation’s “Campaign for the Library” has reached two milestones over the past few months. First, the Campaign entered the “public” phase in April 2013. Prior to that, Campaign cabinet volunteers and Durham Library Foundation board members garnered over 200 gifts from major donors and Tammy Baggett, Mary Linda Andrews corporations totaling over $750K…half of the $1.5 of GSK and Phil Hutchings million goal. Major gifts came from The Friends of the Durham Library, SunTrust, Wells Fargo, GlaxoSmithKline and the C.M. Herndon Foundation. BP/Family Fare established a new endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Robert S. and Mrs. Ann Timmins supplied a generous lead gift. For what will the $1.5million be used? Glad you asked. • A new bookmobile for outreach services (the beloved Blue Bird is dead). • A much-needed mini-makeover for Main Library (which has been finished – the full renovation is coming in 2015). • Expanding the wonderful Humanities programming…can it get any better? Yes! • Upgrading the NC Collection, the resource for historical records of the city and county of Durham. Recently, a photo was used on a nationally televised show. Photo credit was given to…Durham County Library. The image was from the digitized NC Collection available on the DCL website…so cool!



Currently, the Campaign is just shy of $800K, and the Foundation is seeking public support to close the gap and reach the $1.5 million goal. There are several exciting promotions that will be offered to pique your interest, so stay tuned! The Campaign slogan is “It takes people of all stripes to make a great library so Earn Your Stripes and donate today.” Donating is easy…pickup a brochure at your library, mail in a check or give to library staff…donate online at…text STRIPES to 20222 or scan the QR code at the circulation desk of your library. It is easy and we know you love your library!

Robert S. Timmins Since 2007, Bob Timmins has been an invaluable Durham Library Foundation board member. In spring 2013, Bob announced that he was retiring from the board. He has Tammy Baggett, Ann Timmins, Ann Craver left an indelible mark and Bob Timmins on the board, Durham County Library and this community. One of Bob’s favorite measures of determining DLF’s funding viability for proposed projects was to submit it to the “but for” test – whether or not a project could happen without DLF support. In light of Bob’s illustrious board tenure, here are several “but fors” related to Bob. “But for” Bob (and his lovely wife, Ann), the Timmins Endowment for Summer Reading would not have been established. This endowment has and will continue to provide thousands of Durham children the life changing opportunity to maintain or increase their literacy skills during the summer months. “But for” Bob, the Campaign for the Library would not have garnered its first major gift in 2011.

• Beefing up the general collection with more of everything… books, ebooks, DVDs…all the things you love and expect to find at your library.

“But for” Bob, the Robert and Ann Timmins Study Room would have gone unnamed. This room is in constant daily use by students and learners of all ages seeking a quiet respite in which to broaden their horizons.

• Installing an automated delivery system in most library locations (just like the one at Southwest Regional). What does that mean for you? Instant and accurate check-in of library materials; then you’re free to check out more right away.

Bob, but for your generous support and sage counsel, Durham Library Foundation would not have been able to provide “the margin of excellence” for Durham County Library.

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Thank you! Elisabeth Wiener Joining Durham Library Foundation board in 2010, Elisabeth Wiener served three years, stepping down in spring 2013. During her tenure, Elisabeth was a fundraising champion, chairing the Development Committee this past Elisabeth Wiener and Ann Craver at kickoff. year. Her marketing background, coupled with a can-do attitude, made her an integral part of the Campaign for the Library. Elisabeth also graciously opened her home for a Durham Reads Together event, hosting Margaret Maron for a lovely brunch. Involvement with Durham Library Foundation and Durham County Library did not stop with Elisabeth (and husband, John’s) financial support. Grace Wiener, their daughter, worked as an intern last summer and did a wonderful job. She takes after her mother! TY, E!

Hats Off for a Job Well Done, Ann! For nine years, Ann Craver has faithfully served Durham Library Foundation as a board member, vice-president and president. This past spring, Ann completed her third 3-year term and stepped down as board president. She has made a measurable and positive difference for the Foundation, Durham County Library and Durham County. Her wise counsel, foresight and ability to grasp the “big picture” while paying attention to detail have helped to steer the Foundation through uncertain financial times and several library directors. She has been the epitome of the adage “To lead is to serve.” Her skills were on full display as she led the board through the creation of its first Strategic Plan and then embarked on implementing it. Ann never lost sight of the Foundation’s mission: To raise funds to provide the margin of excellence for Durham County Library. The first DLF board, led by Judge Willis Whichard, started with just enough funds for the nonprofit status application filing fee and quickly began to raise monies for the library. When Ann ended her term in spring 2013, the Foundation had assets approaching $3 million. This bodes well for the library’s future, and the residents of Durham County are the beneficiaries.

Welcome Phil

Phil Hutchings

As the third board president of Durham Library Foundation, Philip Hutchings, III. is excited about expanding the “margin of excellence” that Durham Library Foundation provides to Durham County Library. Phil joined the board in 2009 and served as Chair of the Finance Comittee before becoming board president July 1, 2013.

Phil is a 1973 graduate of the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Phil also serves on the Board of Directors for First Citizens Bank of Durham and The Forest at Duke. Phil is the past President of the Durham Rotary Club, and he has served as an elder at his church. Phil has been in public practice for 38 years in Durham, NC. Since 1985, the firm has focused on tax compliance work and tax planning, preparing individual, corporate, partnership, pension, fiduciary, non-profit and estate and gift tax returns. In addition, the firm provides accounting services including compilation and review financial statements and a wide variety of other accounting services including payroll preparation and monthly write up for clients. Phil is married to Laurie Jahnke. They have two sons, David and Michael and three daughters, Jen, Jessica and Kate. His two granddaughters, Rose and Annabelle, are already avid Storytime attendees at Southwest Regional Library, located across the street from Phil’s Shannon Road office. Phil loves to travel, with Topsail Beach being a favorite spot. Reading is also one of Phil’s favorite pastimes. He is especially fond of the crime/mystery/suspense genres, favoring authors Clive Cussler, Tim Dorsey, Randy White and W.E.B. Griffin. One of his most favorite characters is “Jack Reacher” created by Lee Childs. Hutchings and Hutchings has been an annual sponsor of the Humanities Society’s holiday reception at Hill House. This year, Phil will team with Steve Pike, vice president of Durham Library Foundation, to sponsor the 2013 Humanities Society event on December 10.

Job well done, Ann!

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Humanities Programs at Durham County Library

Adult & Humanities

Brought to you with support from Durham Library Foundation. All programs are free and open to the public.

Oct. - Dec 2013

Film Showing: Slavery by Another Name


Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.  Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Slavery By Another Name chronicles the horrifying story of the form of involuntary servitude that emerged after Reconstruction in the South and lasted for over 80 years. Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University, will introduce the film and lead the discussion. This program is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It is co-sponsored by the Program in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

E x p a n d Yo u r K n o w l e d g e . . . 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. . .

Pride and Prejudice in the Movies: The Kiera Knightley Version

Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m.  Southwest Regional Library Help us celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice by watching one of the many adaptions of the book. We’re concluding the series with the most recent version starring Kiera Knightley.

International Quilts with Willa Brigham Saturday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.  Main Library Quilts reflect America’s heritage and diverse cultural traditions. To foster exploration of other unique global quilting traditions, Sister Cities of Durham recently commissioned quilts from each of its Sister City partners in Tanzania, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and China. Willa Brigham, an Emmy award-winning storyteller and member of the African American Quilt Circle of Durham, will host our tour of the globe in six Sister City quilts. This program is co-sponsored by Sister Cities of Durham.

Film Screening: American Teacher Sunday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m.  Rogers-Herr Middle School, 911 W. Cornwallis Rd.

Join us for a screening of American Teacher. Narrated by Matt Damon, this film highlights the sacrifices made by four teachers working in disparate urban and rural areas with interviews of policy experts and startling facts. Co-sponsored by Crayons2Calculators.

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In the Wings: PlayMakers on Metamorphoses/The Tempest

Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.  Southwest Regional Library Join members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for a discussion of their upcoming productions of Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman and The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Metamorphoses is based on Ovid’s narrative poem re-imagined pool-side by the PlayMakers.

Film Screening: The Cardboard Bernini

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.  Main Library Join North Carolina filmmaker Olympia Stone for a screening of her film, The Cardboard Bernini. The film follows Jimmy Grashow over six years as he builds a monumental, intricately detailed cardboard version of the Trevi fountain. His goal is to show the work and then let the elements destroy it, confronting his ambivalence about the making and meaning of art and life.

A Little Freedom: Slave Runaways in North Carolina, 1775-1840

Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.  Main Library Dr. Freddie Parker, former chair of the History Department at North Carolina Central University, will present a talk based on his research on runaway slaves in North Carolina. He is the author of the books Running for Freedom: Slave Runaways in NC, 1775-1840 and Stealing a Little Freedom: Advertisements for Slave Runaways in NC, 1791-1840.

Chinese Opera with Lydia Hodgson

Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m.  Main Library Kunqu Opera is the foremost Chinese operatic performing art for the past 600 years, originating in Kunshan – Durham’s Sister City. This art form is considered a perfect combination of poetry, music, dance and drama, and UNESCO proclaimed it a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Lydia Hodgson will discuss the music and costumes, and will present an excerpt from “The Peony Pavilion.” This program is co-sponsored by the Zhuzhou Committee of Sister Cities of Durham.

Dr. Elliot Engel’s “The Inimitable Winston Churchill” Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m.  Main Library Using anecdotes, analysis and large doses of humor, Dr. Elliot Engel will explore one of the twentieth-century’s greatest heroes. Engel provides delightful yet virtually unknown biographical information, which reveals an inspiring public and private figure – and a touchingly human individual.

Reception to Celebrate North Carolina Collection Donors

Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m.  Main Library The North Carolina Collection seeks out and makes available materials that no other institution in the world has. Join Lynn Richardson, Collection Librarian, for a reception recognizing donors from the past five years. From the scrapbooks of Irwin Holmes, first black athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, to the papers of Becky Heron, long-time county commissioner, learn about some of the “hidden treasures” of the Collection, and meet the people who donated them.

Art with the Experts: Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space

Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.  Southwest Regional Library Join Juline Chevalier, Curator of Education at the Nasher Museum, and Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History at Duke University, for a discussion and slide lecture on the Nasher’s current exhibition. IMAGE: Nalini Malani and Iftikhar Dadi, Bloodlines, 1997 (refabricated 2011) by workshop of Abdul Khaliq, Saddar, Karachi. Sequins on thread on cloth. Two sections: 65 x 73.6 inches (165 x 187 cm) and 49 x 62.6 inches (124.5 x 159 cm). Courtesy of the artists and Green Cardamom, London. Photo by David O. Brown, Johnson Museum of Art.

Arusha, Tanzania Photography Project

Saturday, Nov. 16 , 3 p.m.  Main Library View photographs taken by students in Arusha through a collaborative project with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. These works are part of Literacy Through Photography, an innovative arts and education program that challenges children to photograph scenes from their daily lives and to use the images as a stimulus for verbal and written expression. Light Tanzanian refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Arusha Committee of Sister Cities of Durham. “To Hear,” made for science class by 3rd grade students at Arusha school. From the Literacy Through Photography Project in Arusha, Tanzania. Used by permission of the Center for Documentary Studies.

Bullish on Durham: The Rhine Research Center Monday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

Bullish on Durham Since the 1930s, Durham has been involved in academic research into the field of parapsychology. This research continues today at the Rhine Research Center. Join John Kruth, the Center’s director; Dr. Sally Rhine Feather, executive director emeritus; Mara Bishop, an intuitive consultant; and author Dr. Larry Burk for a panel discussion of the history and current work of the center.

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Farm Fresh and Fatal with Judy Hogan

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.  Southwest Regional Library Local author Judy Hogan will read from her second Penny Weaver mystery, Farm Fresh and Fatal. Hogan’s first mystery, Killer Frost, set in a historically black university, made her a finalist in the St. Martin’s Malice Domestic Mystery contest.

Meet the Author: Dr. Richard Benson

Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m.  Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Join Dr. Richard Benson III for a reading from his new book, Fighting for Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960-1973. Benson focuses on the student movement and the shift in black power that developed as a result, both nationwide and in Durham. One of these displays of radicalism was Malcolm X Liberation University, which was located in Durham. A book signing will follow the reading. This program is co-sponsored by SJHF, Inc./Hayti Heritage Center. Photo: Bill Boyarsky, Courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library

Color, Light and Moment: A Creative Eye on Bald Head Island, NC

Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.  Southwest Regional Library Join fine art photographer Marjorie Brown Pierson as she shares secrets of capturing the extraordinary landscapes of coastal North Carolina. She will also sign copies of her book, Struck by Nature: Photographs of Bald Head Island.

Meet the Author: Carol Peppe Hewitt

Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.  Main Library DCL Join Carol Peppe Hewitt, Foodie Series author and co-founder of Slow Money NC, for a reading and discussion of her new book Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money. Hewitt will share real life stories of slow money pioneers and the local food entrepreneurs – sustainable farmers, bakers, restaurateurs and more – they have chosen to support. Enjoy local food samples from Durham farmers and food entrepreneurs who have benefited from these efforts and who will also join in the afternoon’s discussion. A book signing will follow the reading.

Freylach Time! In Concert

Sunday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.  Main Library Join Freylach Time! for a high-energy concert of klezmer music to brighten the dark December days. Riki Friedman will give a short talk on the history of klezmer music before the concert. The band features Friedman on clarinet, Mike McQuown on accordion, Hal Schnee on string bass and vocals by Karen Kumin.

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