What happens when U.S. history is viewed through African-American and Latino perspectives? Durham County Library will host Dr. Paul Ortiz as he explores American history, from the abolition of slavery in Mexico through the election of President Barack Obama. This multimedia presentation will draw from oral histories, black newspapers and poetry to create a new perspective on history for the 21st century. The talk will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street.
Filmmaker Nic Beery and jazz musician Noah Powell will screen Beery’s short documentary Noah’s Arc – ReBirth of a Jazz Singer at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The film follows Powell’s journey from heroin addiction and felony conviction, as he overcomes great obstacles to rebuild his life and return to the music he loves. After the screening, Noah Powell’s Trio (Noah Powell, vocals / Alison Weiner, piano / Casey Toll, bass) will perform. A question & answer session will follow the musical performance.
Durham County Library will host a cancer awareness workshop, presented by the Duke Cancer Institute, which focuses on diet as a way to stay healthy. Featured speaker Dr. Stephen Chaney of UNC-Chapel Hill will deliver a talk on nutritional approaches to cancer prevention. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided during the event, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham County Library will host award-winning true crime author Ron Chepesiuk as he discusses his latest investigative book on the legendary Matthews, Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin. The program will take place on Monday, July 1, at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville Street at 7 p.m.
Durham County Library will host Scott Richie, former co-owner of Whiskey and multiple winner of the Independent Weekly’s Best Bartender award, for a program on the cocktails of the Prohibition era. Richie will take participants back to the roaring 20s, the era of Al Capone and speakeasies and discuss drinks like the Mary Pickford, the sidecar and the French 75. During Prohibition, bartenders had to get creative because the alcohol was of varied quality and often in limited quantity. Richie will discuss some of the era’s notable concoctions, as well as modern cocktails that were influenced by them.
In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, Durham County Library will host LaToya Hankins for a reading from her book SBF Seeking. This novel explores what happens when a woman decides to place a personal ad four months before her wedding day. Her small town life in eastern North Carolina has left her unprepared for the personal journey she undertakes as she struggles to come to terms with her sexuality and to find her heart’s path. A book signing will follow the reading, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 24, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
1963 was a pivotal year for the civil rights movement. Durham County Library will host Eddie Davis as he explores the history of Durham in 1963, a year during which many critically important events changed the local civil rights landscape. Davis will moderate a multi-racial panel of citizens who played vital roles in the quest for the integration of some of Durham’s most cherished educational institutions, restaurants and theaters.
Durham County Library will host Dr. Larry Burk as he reads from his book: Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radiologist. The book chronicles his journey from his professional training in conventional radiology to his alternative path into the world of holistic medicine. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on June 18, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham County Library will host a panel discussion on the history of Jews in Durham with historians Leonard Rogoff and Karin Shapiro and with Lynne Grossman and Robert Rosenstein. Both Grossman and Rosenstein’s families have lived in Durham for many generations. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street.
Durham County Library and the Department of Public Health are daring residents to take the ChallengeWave – a four-week, community-wide fitness program that will pit library patrons against each other as they compete to cross the United States in a virtual race from June 15 through July 15.