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Friends of the Durham Library

A nonprofit that helps fund programs, services, and materials at Durham County Library.

You can help by becoming a member.
Amy Kostrewa


Jane Kuhar

Vice President

Susan Skinner


Felicia Leggett


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Year In Review

By Elizabeth Hein, 2018-2020 President of the Friends of the Durham Library

The Friends of the Durham Library support the library in three ways: staff proposals, ongoing programs, and staff scholarships. In 2019, the Friends funded $10,500 in special staff projects that helped drive innovation and excellence across the library system. Those initiatives included: Joel White’s Books in Barbershops & Salons, which provided books to read while waiting for barber or salon services, and Leander Croker’s Reaching Students Where They Are, which brought seven additional programs to the MakerLab. Every year we support ongoing library programs, such as Durham Comics Fest, Summer Reading, and Durham Reads Together. We were also happy to give Graceon “Gracey” Gordon our annual Friends Academic Scholarship to complete her Master’s degree in Library Science.

In 2019, the Friends spent $40,537.61 on programming and staff development.

None of this work would have been possible without the help of the generous Friends who keep us rolling. We appreciate everyone who became a member of the Friends, donated books, bought books at our regional book sales, and came to our big book sales at Books Among Friends in Northgate Mall.

Sponsored Programs

Learn more about some of the projects the Friends of the Durham Library funded in 2019.


BookPage is a monthly readers’ advisory magazine which is distributed to patrons in library locations and by outreach …more

Books in Barbershops & Salons

In celebration of National Book Month, Durham County Library launched a literacy campaign, Books in Barbershops …more

Durham Comics Fest

For several years, Durham Comics Fest has included spinoff programming for active and aspiring professionals in comics …more

Durham Reads Together

The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South was our choice for programming and reading with the …more

Durham Reads Together:
Collection Development

With generous funding of $3,300 from the Friends of the Durham Library …more

Reaching Students Where They Are

From June to October of 2019, Friends funding allowed the MakerLab to expand programming and bring exciting …more

Summer Reading 2019

The 2019 Summer Reading season celebrated “A Universe of Stories” and featured library programs, artwork, and reading prizes …more


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Durham, NC 27702