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Library Without Walls Outreach

Durham County Library is thrilled to launch Downtown Library Without Walls, the library’s expanded work to serve the community in downtown Durham while Main Library undergoes a major renovation and transformation. Downtown Library Without Walls is an expansive array of inclusive outreach programs, initiatives and locations.

Downtown Library Without Walls

Digital Access Center, at the Criminal Justice Resource Center

(Opens Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m.)

Computer lab with 12 public computer located inside the Criminal Justice Resource Center at 326 E. Main Street

Hours:
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays, 2 to 6 p.m.
Select Sundays, the bookmobile will be onsite


the MakerLab, at Northgate Mall

(Opens the first weekend in March)

The MakerLab focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs. The MakerLab will host school field trips as well as programs for teens and adults during the week and programs for all ages during weekend hours.

Teens are invited to attend Teen MakerDay: Chainmaille Edition on Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. Erin Hathaway will teach participants how to create chainmaille keychains.

For a full schedule of programs and events at the MakerLab, check out the MakerLab schedule on Durham County Library’s online calendar.


The North Carolina Collection, at Northgate Mall

(Opens Monday, March 6 at 12:30 p.m.)

Various materials in the collection, including maps and microfilm, will be at the Northgate Mall location and some will be stored at Duke University. Contact staff at 919-560-0171 or eshulman@dconc.gov at least 48 hours prior to visiting the new location to give staff time to locate and retrieve the materials you are seeking.

Hours:
Mondays from 12:30 to 9 p.m.
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Durham Housing Authority, Liberty Street

Programming and open space for children and teens

Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays are enrichment programming days, and Thursdays are more academically focused.


Books Among Friends, at Northgate Mall

The Friends of the Durham Library’s new headquarters located inside Northgate Mall beside Sears. They accept book donations on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon beginning March 7. There is an exterior door and doorbell beside Sears if you are bringing a larger donation.

Questions about donations can be directed to fodldonations@gmail.com.

The Grand Opening Book Sale will be Friday, April 28 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tutoring and Homework Help, at The Scrap Exchange

(2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707)

This popular program pairs teen and college student volunteers with kids in grades K through 6 for homework help. Applications are required for both kids and teens interested in participating or volunteering. Students and tutors meet for an hour each week to work on homework and practice reading and math skills.

To apply, contact Molly, Teen Project Assistant, at 919-560-0299 or mshaefer@dconc.gov for an application.


Durham County Library is pleased to offer these expanded outreach efforts to continue serving the community. For more information on the planned transformation of Main Library as well as visual renderings of the new design, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org/transformationmain/.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy.