Library Update – April 14, 2020

I want to extend my thanks for your kindness, patience, and understanding of us closing our doors on March 15. Your outpouring of support and encouragement has meant a lot to staff at each of our libraries. Closing was a difficult decision. As librarians we pride ourselves on being a steady force during times of crisis. Know that we are committed to serving each of you, be it in our brick and mortar locations or virtually.

Interview with Sara Stephens and Karen Wells

This month I had the opportunity to chat with Sara Stephens, Library Development Officer for Durham County Library, and Karen Wells, Executive Director for the Durham Library Foundation. Sara and Karen exemplify the meaning of teamwork. They are each committed to our library system being the crown jewel of downtown, and they collaborate to educate stakeholders of library resources, needs, and impact. Take a moment to become better acquainted with Sara and Karen as they discuss their respective roles.

Guest Post: Parent Day at Orange Correctional Center

This month we have a guest blog post from Melissa Radcliff, Program Director of Our Children’s Place of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. Our Children’s Place is a statewide program, based in the Triangle, that serves as North Carolina’s leading advocate and educational resource focused on children of incarcerated and returning parents. They work to create a community where children of incarcerated and returning parents are recognized and supported rather than shamed and stigmatized, and encouraged to share their stories. Melissa is extremely passionate about her work and this month shares her experience from a Parent Day event held earlier in the year at Orange Correctional Center.