The recent passing of John Lewis has caused me to take a moment and pause to remember his visit to Durham in 2014.
Greetings from Durham County Library! We can probably all agree that 2020 has been a year we are not soon to forget. We have proven to be a resilient community and have demonstrated support for one another amongst all the uncertainty life has brought our way.
“We are strong and resilient; able to conquer the worst of times. Months from now we will talk about lessons learned, kindness shared and how we are emerged better than ever.” ~Tammy Baggett-Best
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.
November is a great time to express thanks for our library system and our many users. Please enjoy this video compliments of SirsiDynix, one of our library vendors. The video captures the value of public libraries.
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.
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.
Having an engaged Library Board is an essential component to any library being successful, and we are fortunate to have just that!
I want to introduce you to the vision of Durham County Library – “Inspiring Lives, Transforming Durham.” It’s a vision that staff can participate in each day and one that we can build on in the years to come.
The final piece of steel structure that was placed is a symbol of what’s to come. It’s equivalent to breaking a glass ceiling of what some see as impossibilities. It’s a step closer to how we can fulfill the library vision of Inspiring Lives, Transforming Durham.