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Adult Programs Jan. - MAR. 2015 E x p a n d Yo u r K n o w l e d g e . . . Engage in Conversation... E x p e r i e n ce S o m e t h i n g N e w. . .

January Humanities Programs sponsored by Durham Library Foundation

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m.



 Main Library

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

Salt in the Sugar Bowl begins when Sophia Sawyer walks out on her husband and six children. Subsequent chapters examine the long-range impact Sophia’s abandonment has on the behaviors and beliefs of the adult children she left behind, as they struggle to live, love and trust as if their hearts were whole and unscarred. Epps holds a Master of Arts from New York University’s Creative Writing Program. Her stories have appeared in Essence and Ladies Home Journal. A book signing will follow the reading.

FREYLACH OLD TIME JAMBOREE Saturday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m.

 Main Library

Join authors Dr. Walt Wolfram and Dr. Jeffrey Reaser, professors of English at North Carolina State University, for a talk on their book Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina. Drawing on more than two decades of research and 3,000 recorded interviews, this book introduces readers to the unique regional, social and ethnic dialects of North Carolina, as well as its major languages. Wolfram and Reaser show how languages and dialects help us understand our state’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. A book signing will follow the reading.

 Main Library

Welcome to a Freylach Old Time Jamboree! Freylach Time Klezmer Band has been joined by local Old Time musicians to create a fusion of Klezmer (Eastern European Jewish secular music) and Old Time (North Carolina mountain music). There will be a short talk on the creation of this music, followed by a lively and humorous concert. The band features Riki Friedman on clarinet, Christine Westfall on fiddle and vocals, Mike McQuown on accordion, Hal Schnee on string bass and Lori Baron on drums. Photo credit: Maria Linck.

MEET THE AUTHOR: PAUL AUSTIN Sunday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m.

 Main Library

Paul Austin, the 2009 Durham Reads Together author, returns with his second book, Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed. Austin, an emergency room doctor at Duke Regional, shares his story of fathering a child with Down Syndrome. Kirkus Review reflected, “He began to see his child as a self-aware being who struggled with her limitations rather than a set of chromosomes gone awry…This tender, bright and flawed child showed how being different enhanced her humanity rather than detracted from it. A poignant and candid father’s memoir.” A book signing will follow the reading. This program is cosponsored by Triangle Down Syndrome Network.


 Southwest Regional

Join members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for a discussion of their upcoming production of Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress. The play takes place backstage in 1957 in rehearsals for a groundbreaking racially-integrated production. In this bitingly satiric classic, the leading actress must wrestle with a choice between the role of a lifetime or compromising her values. The Washington Post hails it as “scathingly funny…one of the best plays about racism ever written.”


 Main Library

The word catastrophe signals a bad end to a sad story. Those who suffer catastrophic events may never forget the pain. At the same time, creative responses to disaster have led to renewal and growth. Join Frank Stasio of WUNC Radio’s State of Things as he moderates an interfaith dialogue on “Finding Meaning in Catastrophe,” with Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of the Duke Chapel, and Rabbi Raachel Jurovics of Yavneh, a Jewish Renewal Community in Raleigh. How do we reflect on tragedies like slavery and the Holocaust? The discussion will also focus on both the loss and hope that catastrophes can bring.

MEET THE AUTHOR: THIS RIVER – A READING BY JUDY HOGAN Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.  South Regional Judy Hogan will be reading from her poetry collection, This River. The poems’ heart grew out of her first visit to Kostroma, Russia, as part of a new Sister Cities of Durham exchange with Russian writers. Jaki Shelton Green, 2009 Piedmont Laureate, notes,“These poems are a beautiful terrain forming the powerful backdrop for the magnificence of fragility.”

POP-UP MUSEUM: MY DURHAM BEGINNINGS Saturday, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m.,  Durham History Hub, 500 W. Main St. & Sunday, Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m.,  North Regional What’s your coming-to-Durham story, whether you have been here 2 years or 200 years? Bring a photo, object or story of your family putting down roots in the Bull City. Co-sponsored by the Durham Museum of History. Photos courtesy Durham County Library, North Carolina Collection and the Williford Family.


Humanities Programs sponsored by Durham Library Foundation


Monday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

 Southwest Regional

Join members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for a discussion of their upcoming production of An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller. When a man discovers an environmental threat to his community, he is forced to stand alone, courageously exposing corruption and lies threatening to destroy the town he loves. A dramatic classic from the pen of two great masters.


Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.  South Regional Learn about the vibrant cultures of the Sioux Indian Nations in this documentary, made by Kathy Rigby as a student studying on Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. The film discusses the historical relations between the tribes and the United States from the time of the Indian Wars and Manifest Destiny up to the 1970s. Rigby later worked on American Indian Policy with the Library of Congress, served as Commissioner for Indian Affairs with the State of Maryland, and taught Anthropology at Howard Community College and Goucher College. She will be present for a discussion afterward.


 Main Library

Join local photographer M J Sharp as she reviews her artistic output of nearly 30 years to discover the subtle thread of reckoning with the patriarchy that runs through it all. From early photographs of her father and her niece, which she later realized were “emotional self-portraits,” to coverage of the women’s martial arts movement of the 1980s, to her more recent habit of photographing at night, Sharp will explore how photography softens what would normally be a screed into a more nuanced and layered critique. Sharp is based at Duke University at the Center for Documentary Studies. Photo credit: MJ Sharp.

MEET THE MAESTRO Saturday, Feb. 7, 3 p.m.  Southwest Regional Did you know that Durham has its own symphony orchestra with a world-renowned conductor? Join us for a discussion with Maestro William Henry Curry, Conductor for the Durham Symphony since 2009. Curry has conducted more than 40 orchestras, including appearances with the Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, National, Detroit, Denver, American and San Diego symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In November of 1997 he made his debut in Israel with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem orchestra; he has also conducted orchestras in Bangkok and Taiwan. A performance by members of the orchestra will follow the talk.

HOME MOVIE DAY Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m.

 Main Library

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, and to provide a gathering to discuss best practices for film and digital media preservation. Look through your attics, dig through your closets, call up Grandma and search out your family’s home movies. Bring 8mm, Super8mm, 16mm film, VHS and Video8/Hi8 videotapes. Or just show up and watch the films of others. It’s not just historically significant, it’s fun! Anyone who attends is welcome to bring their own films to screen, and Raleigh’s A/V Geeks Transfer Services will transfer film to digital formats for free on-site. A staffed preservation tips table will be available for advice on how to preserve films, photographs and digitized and born-digital documents. The North Carolina Collection will be accepting materials for the archives. This program is co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham History.

A FAMILY AFFAIR – NORTH CAROLINA MUTUAL AND THE FAMILY BUSINESS Sunday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m.  North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Auditorium, 411 W. Chapel Hill St. Though many historians focus on the Spaulding, Merrick and Moore families, there were several other families with deep roots running through the NC Mutual family tree. These families fulfilled many roles, including data processing, accounting and sales. The conversation will feature representatives from these families along with context provided by John Gartrell, Andre Vann and Kimberly Williams-Moore. This program is cosponsored by the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, and the North Carolina Central University Archives and Special Collections. Photo courtesy Durham County Library, North Carolina Collection, N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company. Office Force. ca. 1910.


 Stanford L. Warren

In this readers theater presentation, author, playwright, producer and director Ira Knight presents a thought provoking and inspiring rendition of his one man play in progress, THE Man’s Guide To Writing Love Letters: Is SEX the Only Thing on a Man’s Mind?

SCREAM ECHO: A COLLABORATION AMONG THREE WOMEN Saturday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.  Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. This collaboration echoes the screams of racism through the centuries, carrying the audience from slavery to the present. It is presented in the hope of creating equality. Bobbie O’Connor, social activist and writer, created the text; Tahirah Whittington, cellist and composer, wrote the original music; Kenyada Williams, actress, gives voice to the narration. Join the trio in a discussion led by Mayme Webb-Bledsoe and Barbara Lau following their performance. A reception will be held in the lobby following the discussion. Co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee of The Forest at Duke Retirement Community.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit Humanities programs at Durham County Library are supported by Durham Library Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.* Please consider making a contribution to Durham Library Foundation to help support quality humanities programming at your library. Make your donation today by visiting or calling 919-560-0193. *Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Humanities Programs sponsored by Durham Library Foundation

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON OF 1965 Sunday, Mar. 1, 3 p.m.  North Regional During the era of school segregation, Durham-area high schools produced several powerhouse athletic teams. In March of 1965, all three of Durham’s black high schools won state championships in basketball. Little River High, Merrick-Moore High and Hillside High (and Wake County’s Berry O’Kelly High) competed in the four different divisions of the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of those state-wide titles, local historian and city council member Eddie Davis will moderate a discussion panel of athletes, school officials and sports historians. Photo courtesy Durham County Library, North Carolina Collection.


 Stanford L. Warren

In this interactive film screening and discussion, former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, United Press International reporter and current Duke University visiting scholar Scott Savitt discusses his days covering the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, engaging Chinese activists and exploring how the actions of the Civil Rights Movement, COINTELPRO, Tiananmen Square, Occupy Wall Street, Red Spring and Ferguson, Missouri share certain similarities.


 Main Library

IN THE WINGS: PLAYMAKERS ON 4000 MILES Monday, Mar. 9, 7 p.m.

 Main Library

Join members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for a discussion of their upcoming production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog. An elderly grandmother with a fading memory opens her door – and her life – to her wayward grandson. As an overnight couch-surf turns into an extended stay, 4000 Miles unearths surprising commonality across generations in this emotionally compelling and humor-filled drama. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won an Obie Award for the Best New American Play.

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin for this special program on the life of Mrs. Aurelia Whittington Franklin. A native of Goldsboro, NC, Aurelia Franklin worked alongside her husband at North Carolina College for Negroes as a professional law librarian in the 1940s and was revered for her spirit and warmth throughout her life. A distinguished panel of close friends and family, moderated by her daughter, Mrs. Karen Franklin, will reflect on her professional life, personal relationships and marriage to John Hope for 59 years. This event is co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture and is a part of the John Hope Franklin Centenary Celebration at Duke University. Photo courtesy David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.



Tuesday, Mar. 10, 7 p.m.

 Stanford L. Warren

An entertaining and exhilarating romp through the multiple 21st century identities of an avowed proponent, percolator and practitioner of AfroFuturism, an aesthetic universe defined in brief through the music of Coltrane, Sun Ra, George Clinton, Prince and Janelle Monae; the literary works of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler and Nnedi Okorafor, among others; and the cultural/historical significance of the Dogon and Ivan Van Sertima. Presented by Darrell Stover. Photo credit: Roger May.


Sunday, Mar. 29, 3 p.m.

 Main Library

The North Carolina Collection is not just books. Many local individuals and organizations have donated photos, scrapbooks, funeral programs, high school graduation programs, historical documents and much more. Join us for a reception recognizing recent donors, complete with a slide show showing examples of all the cool things that are available for your research and enjoyment. Learn about some of the “hidden treasures” of the Collection, and meet the people who donated them. Photo courtesy Durham County Library, North Carolina Collection.

Sunday, Mar. 15, 3 p.m.

 Main Library

Join filmmaker Judith Van Wyk for a screening of her film, Musings of an Iraqi Patriot. The film tells the story of Dr. Ahmed Fadaam, an Iraqi sculptor and New York Times reporter who fled Baghdad in 2008 after receiving death threats from Sunni insurgents. The film focuses upon Fadaam’s time in Chapel Hill as a visiting professor, and his fervent quest to convey to Americans the story of his city, his people and his country torn apart by war. A panel discussion with Van Wyk, Fadaam and Dr. Adbul Sattar Jawad of Duke University Islamic Studies Center will follow the screening.



 Main Library

Join Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, for a discussion and slide lecture on Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne. This exhibition includes both iconic and lesser-known works from some of the most significant and compelling artists of the last 50 years, tracing a number of intertwined narratives in the history of recent art including Pop and Conceptual Art, Minimalism and more. Kehinde Wiley, St. John the Baptist II, 2006. Oil on canvas. Promised Gift of Blake Byrne, T’57, to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Sunday, Mar. 22, 3 p.m.

 Main Library

In celebration of Durham’s Creek Week, join New York Times best selling author Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols for a reading from his book, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Blue Mind connects neuroscience and psychology, nature and conservation, art and science, poetry and practice in profoundly important new ways. A book signing will follow the reading. This event is cosponsored by Durham’s Creek Week Partners and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

 Main Library 300 N. Roxboro St., 919-560-0100  Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center 3200 Dearborn Dr., 919-560-0210  East Regional 211 Lick Creek Ln., 919-560-0203  North Regional 221 Milton Rd., 919-560-0231

The printing and/or mailing of this publication is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation.

 South Regional 4505 S. Alston Ave., 919-560-7409  Southwest Regional 3605 Shannon Rd., 919-560-8590  Stanford L. Warren Branch 1201 Fayetteville St., 919-560-0270


Book Clubs

Adult Programs J a n u a r y - M a r c h

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 East Regional

 South Regional

Tuesdays, Jan. 13; Feb. 10; Mar. 10, 7 p.m. Come and join a mature but lively discussion about the chosen book of the month. New members welcomed.


 Main Library

Saturdays, Jan. 24; Feb. 21; Mar. 14, 2 p.m. Are you a fan of comic books or graphic novels? Join us at the Graphic Book Club, and meet your fellow enthusiasts. If you can, bring a graphic work you’ve read recently, or just be ready to talk about what you like in a comic or graphic title. Check the library’s online event calendar for springboard questions and reading topics, or join us online at

Sundays, Jan. 18; Feb. 15; Mar. 15, 3 p.m. Come try out the teas and recipes that Laura Childs describes in her Teashop Mysteries series as you discuss each month’s title. January’s title is Dragonwell Dead, February’s title is The Silver Needle Murder and March’s is Oolong Dead. Registration is required.


 Southwest Regional

Thursdays, Jan. 8; Feb. 5; Mar. 5, 7 p.m. Love to read romance? Come talk about your favorite books with Jennifer Lohmann, Romance Writers of America 2010 Librarian of the Year. For a list of our upcoming books, check out



 North Regional

 Southwest Regional

Mondays, Jan. 12; Feb. 9; Mar. 9, 7 p.m. Love a good mystery? Join the Mystery Book Club! We will be discussing The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith in January, Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley in February and The Last Policeman by Ben Winter in March.


 North Regional

Tuesdays, Jan. 27; Feb. 24; Mar. 24, 10 a.m. Join us for fun and lively discussions. We will be discussing A Hustler’s Wife by Nikki Turner in January, Hornet Flight by Ken Follett in February and Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen in March.


 North Regional

Tuesdays, Jan. 27; Feb. 24; Mar. 24, 6:30 p.m. Join us to discuss books written by women. We will be talking about The Devil’s Sanctuary by Marie Hermanson in January, A Midwinter’s Tail by Sofie Kelly in February and Crowning Glory by Pat Simmons in March.


 South Regional

Thursdays, Jan. 15; Feb. 19; Mar. 19, 7 p.m. Join us for lively discussions on fiction and nonfiction books written by African Americans. We will be reading Anybody’s Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young in January, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander in February and God Don’t Like Ugly by Mary Monroe in March. Registration is required.

Thursdays, Jan. 15; Feb. 12; Mar. 12, 7 p.m. The Sub-Genre-O-Rama Book Club will tackle books that fit niche readerships, books that cross genre lines in interesting or unexpected ways, and books that are just plain weird. January: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (myths-and-legends fantasy/historical fiction); February: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (haunted house horror/furniture catalog, and I’m not even kidding), March: Kindred by Octavia Butler (fictional slave narrative framed by sf/fantasy time travel). Visit us online at sub-genre-o-rama or call 919-560-8590 for more information.


 Southwest Regional

Tuesdays, Jan. 20; Feb. 17; Mar. 17, 2:15 p.m. The African Writers Book Club focuses exclusively on books written by Africans. Call 919-560-8590 for more information.


 Stanford L. Warren

Thursdays, Jan. 8; Feb. 5; Mar. 5, 6 p.m. The Empowering You Book Club, facilitated by certified life coach Natasha Godwin, seeks to empower and inspire you to pursue your purpose and live your dreams! Each month, club members will read and discuss books written by some of the most renowned thought leaders of personal success and selfimprovement. The Empowering You Book Club understands that the most important person in the world is You!


Bragtown Friday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m.

Calling all senior citizens! Come out and receive expert advice on managing your healthcare costs.

NEIGHBOR-TO-NEIGHBOR Friday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. Meet and chat with neighbors. Learn about social networking sites, health and nutrition, great craft making, popular books and the neighborhood. February’s activity celebrates the Chinese New Year. Please call for more information.

THE MYTH OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING Friday, Mar. 13, 12 noon Join housing professionals, advocates and activists in a discussion on affordable housing based on the film, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS IN THE LIBRARY Main Library Saturdays, Jan. 10; Feb. 7; Mar. 7, 2 p.m.

R e g i s t e r o r f i n d m o r e p r o g r a m s o n l i n e a t d u r h a m c o u n t y l i b r a r y. o r g .


Delve deep into dark dungeons and face challenges to make the bravest hero quake with fear... all without leaving the library. Sign up on the library’s online event calendar to reserve your spot at the table, or just show up to watch. Space reserved for new players! Walk-ins welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m. Have questions about Social Security Disability? Come to this presentation by Attorney Juan Flores, who worked for over a decade as an attorney advisor with the Social Security Administration.


Mondays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13, 5:30 p.m. File state and federal tax returns with the aid of VITA.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, Feb. & Mar. (No program Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 28) 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. Volunteers provide free assistance in filing federal and state income tax forms. Please bring photo ID, social security card(s) for all filers and dependents, and all tax documents such as W-2s and 1099s.


BALLROOM DANCING AT THE LIBRARY Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Come learn Beginning Shag with instructor Michael Harris. Registration required.


East NEW YEAR CLEAN SWEEP DETOX Regional Monday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m. Detox will be explained along with its purpose and benefits. Different types of detox regimens will also be covered. A detox should not be undertaken without first consulting one’s personal physician. Resources will be provided. Free health histories/inventories will be offered.

KICK THE SUGAR HABIT Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. Understand what sugar does to your body and why it is hard to quit. Learn strategies for reducing or eliminating sugar from your diet.

WHAT’S UP WITH GMO’S? Monday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) will be defined and foods categorized as GMO’s will be listed. The circumstances which prompted the development of GMO’s and the effect had on personal health will be discussed. Resources will be provided. Free health histories/inventories will be offered.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Join us for a fun evening, and learn how to Foxtrot and Tango ballroom dance.

BLACK CINEMA FILMS Tuesdays, Feb. 10, 24, 3 p.m. Come and celebrate Black History Month by viewing films either directed or produced by African Americans. Specific titles to be announced.

CRAFT MONTH Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Mar. 3: Jewelry repair Mar. 17: Cupcake decorating Mar. 24: Sewing 101 Mar. 31: Surprise craft March is craft month. Come and join us, and create fun crafting projects.

SEED SAVING WORKSHOP Tuesday, Mar. 10, 6:30 p.m. Come learn how to save seeds! At this workshop learn about the seed libraries and how to harvest and preserve seeds from your own garden. Seed packets will be available for checkout.

EATING FOR ENERGY Monday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. We use sugar, caffeine and sports drinks to increase our energy when we are in a slump. There is another way – introducing foods and habits that help you maintain high energy during the day.

BALLROOM DANCING AT EAST REGIONAL Tuesdays, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 7 p.m. Come and be introduced to various styles of ballroom dancing. Demonstrations by instructor Michael Harris.

GUN SAFETY Monday, Mar. 23, 6 p.m. Joanie Ross, Health Education Specialist for Durham County Department of Public Health, will discuss how to keep your children safe from firearms and to “Just Ask” about firearms where your children play.

North CHESS CLUB Regional Saturdays, Jan. 3 – Mar. 28, 2 p.m.

Come learn, and test your skills against other players. All ages and skill levels welcome. The North Durham Library Chess Club is an affiliate of the United States Chess Federation.

EBOOKS, E-AUDIOBOOKS AND MORE Monday, Jan. 5, 12:30 p.m. Did you get a new e-reader or tablet over the holidays? Bring it in, and learn how to access Durham County Library’s digital collections.

KNITTING CLUB Thursdays, Jan. 8 – Mar. 26, 6:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Join the knitting club! Bring a pair of size 8 bamboo needles and a skein of light-colored worsted weight yarn.

South Regional


Sunday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m. Yes, there really are fewer butterflies, and they need help! Find out how to create a monarch waystation for the monarch butterfly and habitat for other butterflies – the “flying flowers” of your yard!

YOGA Mondays, Jan. 5, 12, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. Improve your physical health, learn to breathe deeply and increase your energy level! No prior experience is necessary. Please bring own mat if you have one. A limited number are available from the teacher. Registration is required.

PEACE, JUSTICE & SUSTAINABILITY Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3, 7 p.m. Curious about how peace, justice and sustainability are interwoven in today’s society? Looking for engaging discussions of things that matter? Want to know how a systems approach can circumvent political polarization? In this eight-week course, PJ&S participants read and discuss 15-20 pages of articles each week. The book from the Northwest Earth Institute ( can be checked out for the full eight weeks. The course is co-sponsored by South Durham Green Neighbors. Registration is required.

SEED GROWING WORKSHOP Sunday, Mar. 29, 3 p.m. Enjoy fresh veggies? Learn how to start your garden from seeds! Find out how to maximize your success. Registration is required.

Southwest KNITTING AND OTHER NEEDLE ARTS Regional Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Join our needle arts group. Bring your cross-stitch, knitting, crochet or embroidery, meet your neighbors and show off your craft.

QUILTING BEE Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Join members of the Durham Orange Quilters Guild for social quilting, support and fun. The bee is open to anyone interested, but you will need to bring your own sewing machine or handwork and supplies. If you are a beginner, the bee is a great place to quilt surrounded by other lovers of the craft, and if you are an experienced quilter, you may learn some new tricks and make some new friends.

SENIOR GAME DAY Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; Mar. 4, 18, 1 p.m. Calling all seniors! Up for a little friendly competition? Come to Senior Game Day to play some old favorites with fellow game-lovers, and maybe try something new as well! Visit us online at or call 919-560-8590 for more information.

DURHAM COUPON SWAP Thursdays, Jan. 15; Feb. 19; Mar. 19, 7 p.m. Join in the fun of collective couponing, and learn from fellow couponers ways to save even more money on your grocery bill.

MAKE IT MIGHTY UGLY Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Vanquish your creative demons by making ugly crafts on purpose! That’s the idea behind Kim Werker’s book, Make it Mighty Ugly. We’ll spend a couple of minutes talking about our creative demons and what makes a craft ugly, and then use the rest of the time to make ugly crafts. Learn more about the Mighty Ugly movement at



Sunday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m. Like to eat? Save the pollinators! Pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat. Both honey bees and native pollinators are at risk. Learn the simple steps we can take to help these useful creatures. Registration is required.

Wednesdays, Mar. 18, 25; Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 1:30 p.m. Curious about how peace, justice and sustainability are interwoven in today’s society? Looking for engaging discussion of things that matter? Each week PJ&S participants read and discuss 15-20 pages of articles. The book from the Northwest Earth Institute ( can be checked out for the full eight weeks. The course is co-sponsored by South Durham Green Neighbors. Registration is required.

SOUL LINE DANCING Tuesdays, Feb. 24; Mar. 3, 17, 24, 31; Apr. 7, 14, 7 p.m. Get fit, have fun and learn classic dance moves – without a partner! Soul Line Dancing is done to classic Soul/R & B, Hip Hop and Zydeco music that will make you the life of the party!!

Computer Classes

Registration is required for all computer classes unless otherwise indicated. Register at COMPUTER BASICS Computer Basics

 Bragtown

Fridays, Jan. 16; Mar. 20 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26

 North Regional

Mondays, Jan. 12; Mar. 2 10 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 6:30 - 8 p.m.

 Southwest Regional  Stanford L. Warren

Saturday, Jan. 10

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Monday, Feb. 2

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

File Organization in Windows

 Southwest Regional

Saturday, Jan. 17

10 a.m. - 12 noon

 Bragtown

Thursday, Jan. 22 Friday, Mar. 6

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 Southwest Regional

Saturday, Jan. 24

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Internet Basics

Email Basics

 Southwest Regional

Saturday, Jan. 31

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Basic PowerPoint

 North Regional  Southwest Regional

Thursdays, Feb. 5; Mar. 5 6:30 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 7

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Wednesday, Feb. 11

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Advanced PowerPoint

Computer Classes

 South Regional


Call 919-560-7410 for details.

 North Regional

Microsoft Office Computer Classes

 South Regional


Call 919-560-7410 for details.

Microsoft Word Basics

 Bragtown

Friday, Jan. 23 Thursday, Mar. 19

11 a.m. - 12 noon

JOB READINESS Online Job Searching/Resume Writing

 North Regional

Mondays, Jan. 5; Feb. 2; 9:30 - 11 a.m. Mar. 30 Wednesday, Mar. 4

 Southwest Regional

 Southwest Regional

Saturday, Feb. 7


10 a.m. - 12 noon

Saturday, Feb. 14

10 a.m. - 12 noon

 North Regional

Monday, Jan. 5

 North Regional

Tuesdays, Jan. 6; Mar. 3 6:30 - 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 10 - 11:30 a.m.

 Bragtown  Southwest Regional

 Southwest Regional

Saturday, Feb. 21

Game Night for Adults

10 a.m. - 12 noon

 South Regional

Doing More with Microsoft Excel Saturday, Feb. 28

Monday, Feb. 16

Fridays, Jan. 30; Feb. 20 10 a.m. - 12 noon Saturday, Mar. 28

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Call 919-560-7410 for details.

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Introduction to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

 Stanford L. Warren

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Social Networking Basics

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

 Southwest Regional

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Ebooks, E-audiobooks and More

Doing More with Microsoft Word

 Southwest Regional

Saturday, Mar. 21

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS Book-a-Librarian at Bragtown Family Literacy Center Call 919-560-0210. Limit of two appointments per person per month.

P.O. Box 3809 Durham, NC 27702

About the photographer: Ross Wade is a Durham native and uses his iPhone and Instagram to document the changing landscape of the Bull City. Wade's work can be viewed on his Instagram profile: bullcityboyyo

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Adult Programs: January - March 2015  

Durham County Library Adult & Humanities Programming for January - March 2015.

Adult Programs: January - March 2015  

Durham County Library Adult & Humanities Programming for January - March 2015.