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.
Go For Launch! is a program that’s literally out of this world. The winning team, Orion, will have their experiment launched into space to the International Space Center from Cape Canaveral in Florida later this year.
Libraries Rock! That’s the theme for Durham County Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Initiative. Our summer reading kickoff was held on June 9 at Northgate Mall and was well attended by the community, with people of all ages participating in a day of fun and promotion of reading during the summer months.
In all of the heat and rain that we may experience this month, I hope we all find time to celebrate our mothers and our graduates. I consider my mom as a best friend and truly value the many life lessons that she has instilled in me.
Program attendance often averages upward of 60 people and feels like a wonderful family gathering as most of those in attendance are longtime residents of Durham County. Don’t worry, newcomers are encouraged to attend and greeted with great Southern hospitality.
Here at Durham County Library we often speak of the library family. This month I want to highlight the Friends of the Durham Library and their generous giving to staff and the community.