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Durham County Library Becomes First Library in Space at Summer Reading Rally at DBAP

Program: Durham County Library Becomes First Library in Space at Summer Reading Midpoint Rally
Day/Date: Wednesday, July 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701
Cost: A limited number of free game tickets are available, courtesy of Durham Library Foundation

DURHAM — On July 10, near the halfway mark of Durham County Library’s Summer Reading program, the library will celebrate with a midpoint rally at Durham Bulls Athletic Park where the Bulls will take on the Charlotte Knights.

At 6:30 p.m., about half an hour before game time, DCL will become the first library in space by launching a capsule filled with stickers into the atmosphere. Lifted by a helium-filled balloon, the capsule will take off from centerfield, and multiple cameras will take photos as it races upward. When the capsule reaches a height of about 70,000 feet, the balloon will expand to more than 50 times its original size, then burst, sending the capsule floating back to earth by parachute. The library will pass out the stickers that have traveled into space to children throughout the summer. The First Library in Space is sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Library.

“The capsule’s GPS coordinates will be available in real time at,” said Casey Nees, children’s librarian at North Regional Library. Nees came up with the idea of DCL being the first library in space after watching a video of a similar launch by a middle school student.” We were hoping to do a live video feed from the capsule. Staying in antenna range is proving to be a challenge, but we may yet be able to figure out a solution.”

Also prior to the game, at 6:50 p.m., the Bulls will recognize five exceptional summer readers with an on-field ceremony. Durham Library Foundation has provided the library with 500 free tickets to the game for children, teens and their families.

The library’s Summer Reading program continues through August 10. Each location will celebrate with a finale. McDougald Terrace and Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center will host their finales on Friday, August 9. The Main Library, East Regional, North Regional, South Regional, Southwest Regional and Stanford L. Warren libraries will host their finales on Saturday, August 10.

More information about Summer Reading is available at For more information about the First Library in Space program, visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier or 919-560-0151


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