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Durham County Library Presents a History of Prohibition Cocktails

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.

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Durham County Library Hosts Meet the Author: LaToya Hankins

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.

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Durham County Library Hosts Civil Rights in Durham, 1963: Stories and Pop-Up Museum

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.

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Durham County Library Hosts Meet the Author: Dr. Larry Burk

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.

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Durham County Library Hosts Panel Discussion on Jews and Durham in Transition & Jewish Life “Pop-Up Museum”

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.

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Durham County Library Hosts Meet the Author: Georgann Eubanks

Local author Georgann Eubanks will read from Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guide Book, the concluding volume of the Literary Trails of North Carolina trilogy, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.

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Durham County Library Celebrates Durham Central Park

What is the history of Durham Central Park? Durham County Library will host landscape architect Dan Jewell as he moderates a panel that includes Durham Central Park co-founders Allen Wilcox and Curtis Eshelman, and Durham Central Park vice president Lee Ann Tilley, for a look back at how a barren patch of land in downtown Durham became the heart of the city. The discussion will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street.

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Durham County Library Hosts Author Ashley Bryan for a Celebration of Spirituals

Durham County Library will host noted author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, the 100 Men in Black Chorus and Rev. Dr. Luke Powery for an evening event celebrating spirituals in lecture, pictures and song.

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Durham County Library Hosts Discussion on Sacred Rest

Program: Sacred Rest: A Time Sensitive Matter Date: Thursday, May 30 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Cost: Free and open to the public About: In today’s culture, many people think of rest as a reward, but in many religious and spiritual traditions, rest and the notion of Sabbath have deep […]

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Durham County Library Hosts Discussion of Nasher Exhibit Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Trevor Schoonmaker, the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, and Juline Chevalier, Curator of Education at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, will present a discussion and slide lecture on the current exhibit “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street.

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