Arts and Humanities

Launched and sustained through Durham Library Foundation funds, Humanities programming brings nationally recognized authors, speakers, and world-class scholars to thousands of library patrons. Award-winning events hosted at multiple branch locations feature a range of topics including music, art, local history, religion, literature and culture.

Upcoming events

Creating Hope in 2021 - A Dialogue with DJ Savarese

Friday, April 09, 2021 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Virtual Events

Hope is not easy. Hope is hard. But what if we imagine living life as a perpetual meditation on Hope? In this webinar, DJ Savarese, the subject, narrative commentator and co-producer of the Peabody award-winning documentary DEEJ: Inclusion Shouldn't Be a Lottery, makes visible what helps him create hopeful possibilities in a world that is thankfully always coming-into-being. All are welcome. Please join us for the screening of the film [72 min] followed by a community conversation.Deej

Ages: Intergenerational

Registration required

Previous events

Bharatanatyam Dancing for All - Arts Access: Story & Dance

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 • 11:30am - 12:30pm

Virtual Events

To be human means to be able to express oneself. This is a key aspect of Bharatanatyam, a recast version of a 2000-year-old dance tradition of South India. Ramya S. Kapadia is a Durham-based Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, instructor, and a Carnatic vocalist. Through Ramya’s performance, we will learn to observe the expression of human emotion and nature. Join us for this engaging program.

Ages: Intergenerational

Kofi is Too Smart! - An Original Tale by Anna Cromwell

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 • 10:30am - 11:00am

Virtual Events

Join us for this fun and exciting tale, as a little boy on his weekly trip to the library is confronted by several hilarious obstacles, determined to keep him from his desired destination, but Kofi is way too smart!  His many trips to the library have provided him with the know-how to overcome every dilemma and to defeat each foe.  Don’t miss this tale of adventure which shines light on the many character-building attributes reading can foster. Puppetry and a related craft (available for pick-up, at your local library)  are used to bring this virtual performance to a satisfying end.

Tune in every Wednesday at 10:30am for new family activities, crafts, stories, & more! Weekly videos will appear on the library's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/durhamcountylibrary/videos

Ages: Toddler, Pre-School, Kindergarten, Elementary School

Dance Off Kids! - (for 3--5 year olds, all ages welcome)

Thursday, April 08, 2021 • 10:30am - 11:30am

Virtual Events

It’s time to boogie at the library! Join us for a half hour of fun creative movement, where we will be singing, dancing, and using our imaginations! This program is designed for children 3--5 years old (older ages are also welcome).  Registration is required so sign up today!

Ages: Pre-School

Storytime with Stormie Daie!

Friday, April 09, 2021 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Virtual Events

Stormie Daie will share stories and laughs with kids of all ages during this fun hourlong storytime!

Ages: Intergenerational, Elementary School

Creating Hope in 2021 - A Dialogue with DJ Savarese

Friday, April 09, 2021 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Virtual Events

Hope is not easy. Hope is hard. But what if we imagine living life as a perpetual meditation on Hope? In this webinar, DJ Savarese, the subject, narrative commentator and co-producer of the Peabody award-winning documentary DEEJ: Inclusion Shouldn't Be a Lottery, makes visible what helps him create hopeful possibilities in a world that is thankfully always coming-into-being. All are welcome. Please join us for the screening of the film [72 min] followed by a community conversation.Deej

Ages: Intergenerational