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Please join us August 3rd and 4th at Books Among Friends in Northgate Mall for another great Big Book Sale. Thanks to our generous donors, Books Among Friends is chockablock with books. This weekend would be the perfect time to drop by and pick up a pile of beach reads or history books. Interested in sailing or adventure travel? We have two whole shelves of books on those subjects. We have so many paperback novels, we can't fit them all on the shelves so look for the extra rolling carts in the fiction area.   
  • Sears is now closed so enter the mall through the doors near Plato's Closet and turn left at the end of the hallway. Look for our sign if you are unsure.
  • Friends member can enter the sale at 10:00 AM, so make sure your membership is up to date. The sale will be open to the public from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. 
  • Sunday afternoon is a bag sale. A bag of books costs just $10, so feel free to stock up on reading material.
  • For more information, see the graphic below.
This year's Summer Reading season celebrates "A Universe of Stories." The program runs from June 15 through August 3 and features a full schedule of space-themed activities for all ages. Kickoff activities included virtual reality tours of the International Space Station, cosmic art, storytimes by a local scientist, and Star Wars parties. On July 26, Stanford L. Warren Library will host the sixth annual Teen Lock-In, offering writing workshops, art, food, and games. The program concludes on August 3 at 6 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center with a visiting astronaut, a youth orchestra performance, and a screening of the film E.T. Both of these programs are possible through generous support from the Friends of the Durham Library.   
The Summer Reading program rewards participants with valuable reading prizes. The 2019 season has prioritized offering books, school supplies, and local food vouchers. Plus, this is the first year that adults can win coupons to Books Among Friends’ book sales at Northgate Mall. Adults who read 500 minutes as part of Summer Reading win a $3 coupon to Books Among Friends, and adults who read 1000 minutes win a $5 coupon. The Friends are also sponsoring ice cream vouchers to The Parlour in downtown Durham. This is an especially exciting partnership since The Parlour created a summer flavor, the Stardust Sundae, to promote Durham County Library’s Summer Reading program! As the season wraps up, additional support from the Friends will help reward readers of all ages with grand prize raffle drawings and the winners of the 2019 school competition will receive STEAM kits!
The Summer Reading Planning Committee Chair, Scott Frawley, adds, "The 2019 season built up a lot of excitement with the great space theme. 'A Universe of Stories' leaves room for all kinds of fun activities. Ultimately, the goal of every Summer Reading is to combat the 'summer slide' and to bring the community together through literature. It’s great to see that happen through the fun, science fiction motif."
R. Scott Frawley, Children’s Services Manager, North Regional Library
Friends of the Durham Library Board Member Jane Kuhar sports a Summer Reading t-shirt at The Parlour.
Vanessa Mazuz, founder and co-owner of The Parlour, and Scott Frawley, Summer Reading Planning Committee Chair, celebrate the launch of the Stardust Sundae at the Parlour.

2018-2019 Membership Report

July is the start of the new year for Friends of the Durham Library, and at this time we would like to thank all of our 2018-2019 members for their generous contributions that allowed us to continue our support for Durham County Library programs.

We would like to extend special recognition to those members who have given at the Patron Membership levels ($30, $50 or $100), and also to our Lifetime Members. 

Patron Members

Anne Berkley
Barbara Braatz
Gail Bradley
Blanche Bragg
Nicole Brockmueller
Mary Brogden
Nalda Brown
Hillary Bruce
Nancy Cartwritght
Connie Clarke
Roberta Cone
Arlene Corrigan
Ann Craver
Leslie Dillon
Carol Durham
Chester Ford-Ballenger
Dale Gaddis
Gale Glenn
Karl Gottschalk
Molly Hamrick
Erin Handly
Susan N. Havrilesky
Elizabeth Hein
Douglas Henderson-James
Lisa Hendrix
Terry B. & Tracy S. Q. Hill
Angela Jeannet
Elizabeth Lacy
Martha Hankin LeFebvre
Kendy Madden
Jill Madsen
Renee McBride
Dean McCumber
Victoria McMullin
Kammie Michael
Ann Carole Moylan
Melinda Newlin
Kenneth Pennoyer
Alan Portnoy
Jack Preiss
Laura Qualls
Phyllis Randall
Ellen Reckhow
Carmen Ruth
Nancy Schiebel
Beverly Scroggs
Kevin Slack
D. Barbara Smith
Eleanor Smith
David Straley
Carolyn Thomas
Brian Vosburgh
Geoffrey Wainwright
Allen Wold
Kathy Yeager


Lifetime Members 

Bob Colver
Mary Ann Nilsson
Paul Austin
Placide Barada
David Beischer
Cynthia Bell
Kenneth Berger
Sandy Berman
Jim Box
Janice Buck
Dottie Burns
Betsy Ross Cameron
Paul Carrington
Katherine Clarke-Keffer
Wesley Cook
Norris Cotton
Bonnie Cox
Audrey Cumberland
Cynthia Duval
Robert Elias
Martin Foil
Jennifer Freeman
Barker French
Sara Gibson
Jane Goodridge
Christopher Gould
Roslyn Grace
John Grant
Stacy Hagerty
Vicki Hertz
Peter Hessling
Joe Hewitt
Philip Hutchings III
Thomas Keller
Toni Keplinger
Carol Kurtz
Ray Larson
Julia Linehan
Edith McMillan
Frank McNally
Michael McQuown
Julie Mercer
Lang Moore
Robin Morey
David Moser
Cynthia Moylan
A. Wendell Musser
Robert Nebes
Vicki Nebes
Charles Nickelson
Grace Nordhoff
Marge Nordstrom
Julie Omohundro
Peter Palma
Glenn Parks
David Peterson
Henry Petroski
Harry Phillips
Paula Poundstone
Lucia Powe
John Prosseda
Robert Rabb
W. Kenan Rand
Ann Rebeck
Sylvianne Roberge
Ron Roddy
Susan Rodger
Frances Rollins
Patricia Roos
Judith Ruderman
Linda Scherich
Jacquelyn Schobring
Martha Scotford
Judith Shepard
Robert Simchock
Diane Smith
Daniel Sorin
Sally M. Spears
Benjamin Speller
Lauren Spohrer
Aviva Starr
Patricia Stubbing
Tweedy Tattersall
Stan Taylor
Gene Thompson
William Towne
Lawrence Trost
Mike Turner
Carol Ann Walters
Mary Albert Ward
Ann Wilder
Elsa Woods
Angela Zoltners
If you would like to sign up for a membership, you can now do so easily through our online membership portal:
To check the status of your membership, please visit and choose the link to "View or Update Your Profile" on the "Become a Member" tab.
Another Great Program Funded
by the Friends of the Durham Library
Durham Comics Fest came back for its ninth year this July, and the results were spectacular! Headlining guests included Jen Wang, whose Prince and the Dressmaker is an Eisner award nominee, and Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden, Eisner winners for their groundbreaking How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels. Both presentations had a full house of audiences that were impressively diverse along age, race, and gender lines, an aspect of the program we were particularly happy to see. Our local artist alley featured 11 talented cartoonists, hopefully giving us a preview of what’s in store for the TCCN Comics Anthology this fall, plus a special pop-up Friends of the Durham Library sale table that brought in almost $200 during the event!
Other highlights across the Durham Comics Fest suite of programs included a lively Q&A with filmmaker Frederick Luis Aldama after a screening (made possible by the Durham Library Foundation) of his Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics and well-attended Triangle Comics Creator Network hangout that featured excellent information on tabling at comics festivals and conventions by Small Press Expo board member Megan Raley. We’re so happy that so many people, and so many people from such diverse backgrounds, enjoyed all the pieces of our event, and we’re already making plans for next year’s 10thAnniversary Fest. Thank you, Friends!

Patrick Holt, Adult Services Librarian, Southwest Regional Library
Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik running the Comics Workshop: Next-Level Nancy. Photo by Patrick Holt.

Jen Wang, author of The Prince and the Dressmaker and Koko Be Good presents to kids, teens, and grown-ups, too, at Durham Comics Fest. Photo by William Hanley.
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