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Durham County Awarded National Association of Counties 2017 Achievement Award for Collaboration Between Durham County Library and the Durham Police Department

Durham, NC – Durham County Library is pleased to announce that the National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Durham County a 2017 Achievement Award for Round Table Talk: Open Conversations About Uncomfortable Topics, a joint venture between Durham County Library and the Durham Police Department.

Round Table Talk: Open Conversations About Uncomfortable Topics provided a safe and inclusive environment for teens to discuss topics such as race and privilege. Designed and carried out by a brother-sister team—Main Library’s Interim Manager and Teen Librarian, Faith Burns, and Officer Jacob Burns from the Durham Police Department—sessions focused on identity, equity, and privilege. The final sessions focused on the relationship between law enforcement and people of color. In the weeks leading up to the sessions, Officer Burns came to the library to hang out with and get to know the teens, many of whom identified as people of color. Officer Burns and teens talked about the relationship between police and people of color. The teens were open about their distrust of police and the officer was responsive to their concerns. The conversations were raw and honest, and explored strategies for working together to build community.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. NACo President Bryan Desloge said, “Counties overcome complex challenges, provide essential services and constantly do more with less. We applaud these Achievement Award-winning counties for outstanding efforts to improve residents’ quality of life.”

Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. Learn more at

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

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