Durham Reads Together (DRT) is an exciting time for our community and this year is no exception. Typically held biennially DRT is designed to have the community focused on one book that resonates on a broad subject. This year the committee selected the U.S. Constitution. You may be thinking — the U.S. Constitution doesn’t sound very exciting. In all honesty I had the same initial reaction.
It dawned on me though, that this is the perfect time and the perfect community to discuss this important document that is the framework of U.S. Law. We as a nation have faced many chaotic times over the last several months, some of which have impacted us directly in Durham. A major role of libraries is to serve as a community center; a hub for information, a gathering place of sorts to discuss topics of interest or even controversy. The U.S. Constitution allows us to reflect on its meaning and apply to relevant issues of 2017. It’s an opportunity to create synergy for all ages and races that leads to discussions of how we embrace our differences.
Encouraging discovery, connecting the community and leading in literacy is the mission of Durham County Library. Engaging in conversations around the U.S. Constitution touches on each element of our mission. I’m confident that a community reading together is more likely to work together for the good of all people. It’s my hope that each person in Durham will not only read the U.S. Constitution but will attend the various programs and learn how we can grow collectively. I’m proud of Durham County Library and proud to see how this effort can move the needle on innovation, relevant change and healthy dialogue in Durham. Happy reading to each of you and as quoted in the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, remember “LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. People from all walks of life come together at libraries to discuss issues of common concern. Libraries provide programs, collections, and meeting spaces to help us share and learn from our differences.” We are here to serve our community and to make a difference in any way we can.
I challenge you, visit your public library today, get a copy of the U.S. Constitution — read and discuss! Find a way you can make a positive difference in Durham and move forward with that change knowing that you play an important role in the mission of Durham County Library – to encourage discovery, connect the community and lead in literacy. Onward to each of you!
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