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Durham County Library Announces Durham Reads Together 2017: The U.S. Constitution

Program: Durham Reads Together 2017: The U.S. Constitution
Date: Sunday, Sept. 17 – Tuesday, Oct. 31
Time & Location: Varies by event
Web Address: DurhamReadsTogether.org
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library is pleased to announce that the selection for Durham Reads Together 2017 is the U.S. Constitution. The mission of Durham Reads Together is 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. Diverse program offerings are available for teens, tweens, kids, and adults. Programs are free, open to the public, and scheduled from September 17 to October 31.

For a complete list of programs check out DurhamReadsTogether.org, where you can also see interviews with community members reflecting on the impact and importance of the U.S. Constitution.

Highlights of Durham Reads Together 2017 include:

  • FREE COPIES OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
    Sept. 17 – Oct. 31
    Pick up a free copy of the U.S. Constitution at your library starting on Constitution Day, September 17, while supplies last.
  • Headliner Event: AN EVENING WITH SARAH VOWELL, AMERICAN HISTORIAN
    Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at Carolina Theatre of Durham
    Hear Sarah Vowell, New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. Vowell’s presentation will be in interview format with humorist, cartoonist, and artisanal pencil sharpener, David Rees.
  • NC’S CONNECTION TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
    Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Durham Arts Council
    American historian, writer, and educator Scott Washington presents on North Carolina’s role in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
  • HAMILTUNES SING ALONG! (Teens)
    Friday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. at North Regional Library
    Grab your friends and warm up your vocal chords! We’ll spend the evening singing along with our favorite Broadway musical soundtrack.
  • THE CONSTITUTION AND GUNS
    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center
    Duke Law Students argue both sides of a recent 2nd Amendment case about assault weapons.
  • FILM SCREENING: 13th (Teens)
    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library
    Join us in viewing and discussing Ava DuVernay’s Netflix-produced documentary 13th, which shows the direct connection between slavery and mass incarceration.

Durham Reads Together 2017 – The U.S. Constitution is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation, the Friends of the Durham Library, and Durham County Library. For the complete list of event programs, visit DurhamReadsTogether.org.

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or sbonestell@dconc.gov

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