Events

Participate in book discussions happening throughout the DCo Library system. Check your library location for details.

All events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events

Family Storytime: Race & Redemption - Racial Justice Storytime

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 • 10:30am - 11:00am

North Regional Library (North - Tutoring/Study Room #1)

Please join us for a fun, kid-friendly storytime on the topic of friendship across different cultures and races.  This program is designed to spark conversations about race with children and to encourage caregivers to continue the conversation at home.  It is part of the Durham Reads Together series of events designed to strengthen the community through a bi-annual celebration of reading. By reading the same book, and attending programs around the theme, the community is inspired to discuss important issues including race, family, identity, religion, faith, education, art, culture, and music.  The book selected this year is titled The Best of Enemies by Davidson.  It emphasizes the importance of listening and making connections with people who aren't like yourself in order to better understand and bring peace to our community.

Ages: Toddler, Pre-School, Baby

The Daytime Bookclub

Wednesday, October 09, 2019 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

East Regional Library (East - Tutoring/Study Room #1)

This Month: Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson. October 9, 11:00 am Meeting Room East Regional Library. (919) 560-0208

The Daytime Bookclub is a lighthearted gathering of book lovers who prefer to meet during the light of day. Like it or hate it, we talk it over and share our views and opinions. You are welcome to join us! We gather at East Regional Library on the second Wednesday of the month, 11:00 until 12:30.Reading copies usually available at East Regional Library. See Mark Donnelly (919) 560-0208.

Ages: Adult

Durham and the Integration of the Triangle's Universities - Eddie Davis (Durham150)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join Eddie Davis, Public Historian for Durham's Sesquicentennial, for a presentation on how Durham residents influenced the integration of NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke Universities. Mr. Davis will lead discussion on the efforts of: Thomas Hocutt and Pauli Murray in the 1930s; the McKissick v. Carmichael case that led to the integration of the UNC Law School in 1950; and the Hillside High School students who were among the inaugural undergraduate classes that included African Americans at UNC in 1955, NC State in 1956, and Duke in 1963.

Ages: Adult

A Conversation with Osha Gray Davidson - Durham Reads Together 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Hayti Heritage Center - Great Hall

804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701

The author of Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South returns to Durham to speak about his deeply researched Durham story. Mr. Davidson is a prolific author who remains connected to the Durham community and the issues this important work documents. Join us for a vital conversation.

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Ages: Adult

Teen Poetry Workshop

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Children's Programming Room)

Join Mariah M. from Blackspace Poetry, for a writing workshop where participants will focus on how to construct a poem, and how to fine-tune freewrites. How do we make sense of what's in our mind? Do all poems have to rhyme? Open to teens ages 13 and up. 

Ages: Teen, Middle School, High School

Registration required

Teen Poetry Workshop - Durham Reads Together Teen Event

Monday, October 21, 2019 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

East Regional Library (East - Children's Programming Room)

Join Mariah M w/Blackspace Poetry for a writing workshop. Focus will be: how to construct a poem & fine-tune freewrites. Bring your freewrites, thoughts scribbled or rant to the workshop. Ages 13+.

Ages: Teen

Documentary film screening "An Unlikely Friendship" - Durham Reads Together 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Durham Tech - ERC (Building 5) Auditorium

1637 East Lawson Street Durham, NC 27703

ERC (Building 5)

An Unlikely Friendship chronicles a surprising friendship that emerged between an embittered Ku Klux Klan leader and an outspoken black activist. Told in their own words, this rich and compelling story is as sincere as the protagonists themselves. In the early 1970s, Ann Atwater, a poor welfare mother, and C.P. Ellis, the Exalted Grand Cyclops of the Durham (North Carolina) Ku Klux Klan, were on opposing sides of the debate over public school integration. Initially, their relationship was fraught with distrust and hatred. Yet in working together and understanding one another, they formed a deep and loving friendship that continues to this day.

Filmmaker Dr‎. ‎Diane ‎Bloom will facilitate a discussion after the film‎. ‎This event is part of Durham Reads Together‎, ‎a community reads project in support of the book Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson.

https://www.durhamtech.edu/events/documentary-film-screening-unlikely-friendship

Ages: Adult

Teen Poetry Workshop - with Blackspace Poetry

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

North Regional Library (North - Children's Programming Room)

Join Mariah M, from Blackspace Poetry, for a writing workshop where attendees will focus on how to construct a poem, and how to fine-tune freewrites. How do we make sense of what's in our mind? Do all poems have to rhyme? Bring your freewrites, those thoughts scribbled in the margins of your notebook, the rant you decided to write down and bring them to workshop. Writers are not expected but encouraged to share what's brought to and what written during workshop. Open to ages 13 and up!

Ages: Teen

The Daytime Bookclub

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

East Regional Library (East - Meeting Room - Right Side)

This Month: Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson. October 9, 11:00 am Meeting Room East Regional Library. (919) 560-0208

The Daytime Bookclub is a lighthearted gathering of book lovers who prefer to meet during the light of day. Like it or hate it, we talk it over and share our views and opinions. You are welcome to join us! We gather at East Regional Library on the second Wednesday of the month, 11:00 until 12:30.Reading copies usually available at East Regional Library. See Mark Donnelly (919) 560-0208.

Ages: Adult

The Daytime Bookclub

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

East Regional Library (East - Meeting Room - Right Side)

This Month: Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson. October 9, 11:00 am Meeting Room East Regional Library. (919) 560-0208

The Daytime Bookclub is a lighthearted gathering of book lovers who prefer to meet during the light of day. Like it or hate it, we talk it over and share our views and opinions. You are welcome to join us! We gather at East Regional Library on the second Wednesday of the month, 11:00 until 12:30.Reading copies usually available at East Regional Library. See Mark Donnelly (919) 560-0208.

Ages: Adult


Previous events

A Philosophy of Activism: How Imperfect Allies Help You - Become a More Effective Citizen Activist

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Those who want to win more need to adopt better practices through self-evaluation. The protagonists in Best of Enemies found success partly by dropping old ways of thinking. Learn ways to turbo-charge your abilities and boost your winning streak from Frank Hyman. Frank authored the third living wage ordinance in the country as a Durham City Council member, learned organizing in Chicago from some of the same people who taught Barack Obama and writes political essays that have run in dozens of newspapers across the country. 

Ages: Adult