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Stanford L. Warren Branch

1201 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707 (map)

Phone: 919-560-0270

Manager: Myrtle Darden

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library is served by DATA bus routes 5 and 8.

Hours
Mon. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tue. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sensory Story time

Monday, December 18, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:30am

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Ages: Teen, High School, Adult

Art Club (canceled)

Monday, December 18, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Participate in DIY crafts, and express yourself through art.

Ages: Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, Teen, Middle School

Holiday Gingerbread House Competition

Monday, December 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Side 1)

Bring your holiday cheer and creativity to create a gingerbread house that will compete with your peers for bragging rights for the year.

Ages: Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, Teen, High School

Registration required

Holiday Card & Craft Fun

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Side 2)

Join us in the creation of your very own holiday greeting cards for the family. We will create holiday crafts, and garland just in time for the winter celebration.

Ages: Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, Elementary School

Cold Science

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Side 1)

Come join us for shivery science activities to stir your senses! Every Tuesday we will make something new and exciting to share.

Ages: Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, Elementary School

Registration required

Singin'-n-Swingin' Stories HOLIDAY EDITION

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Side 2)

Join in the FUN in Singin' and Swingin' Stories! Through Music and Movement, we sing, dance and have a blast reading fun interactive stories. Get ready to get up and move!

Ages: Pre-School, Kindergarten

Preschool Story and Craft time-HOLIDAY EDITION

Thursday, December 21, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join in the fun of learning, enjoying stories, hand rhymes, crafts and educational music for preschoolers. Registration for large groups required (over 10 people).

Ages: Pre-School, Kindergarten

Registration required

Holiday Gingerbread House Competition (rescheduled)

Thursday, December 21, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

New date: Monday, December 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Bring your holiday cheer and creativity to create a gingerbread house that will compete with your peers for bragging rights for the year.

Ages: Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, Teen, High School

Registration required

CLOSED - For the Holiday

Friday, December 22, 2017 • 12:00am - 11:59pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

We will be closed for the Winter Holiday December 22nd-26th.

Ages: Intergenerational

CLOSED - For the Holiday

Saturday, December 23, 2017 • 12:00am - 11:59pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

We will be closed for the Winter Holiday December 22nd-26th.

Ages: Intergenerational

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Stanford L. Warren Library became the new home of the historic Durham Colored Library on January 17, 1940. Only the second black library in the state, the Durham Colored Library opened to the public August 14, 1916. Its roots were in a library organized in 1913 by Dr. Aaron Moore in the basement of the old White Rock Baptist Church. Stanford L. Warren Library has been an important community resource and a gathering place for civic and service organizations throughout its history, especially during the civil rights era. The black and white library systems merged in 1966. The branch retains the name of its benefactor, Dr. Stanford L. Warren, who gave $4,000 during the Great Depression to secure the site for the new building. The annex was added in 1949-1950; renovations occurred in 1968, 1984-1985 and 2004-2006.

To learn more about Stanford L. Warren Library’s history, visit The History of the Stanford L. Warren Library online exhibit.

Facility:

  • 10,244 square feet, 2 story building
  • public meeting room (seats 75)
  • Tutoring room
  • Two study rooms

Collection:

  • The Selena Warren Wheeler Collection is an extensive compilation of African-American literature, culture and history that is regarded as one of the best collections in the South. Once known as the Negro Collection, it was renamed in 1990 to honor Ms. Wheeler, daughter of Dr. Stanford L. Warren and acting director/director of the Durham Colored Library/Stanford L. Warren Library from 1932 until 1945.

Services and Features:

  • Adult and children’s programs
  • Community bulletin board
  • Friends of Stanford L. Warren Branch Library group
  • Photocopier for public use
  • Public access computers, with Internet access: 12 (8 for adults, 4 for children)
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Self checkout/RFID technology

Thank you for choosing the library as a place to study, meet, work and play. Your patronage has made the library one of the most popular gathering spaces in the county. We invite all members of the community to enjoy the resources available at Durham County Library.

You can reserve Stanford L. Warren Branch’s Meeting Room (capacity 75) one of three Study Rooms (two room with capacity of 2 and one with capacity of 6) via our online room reservation system by clicking the button below. You will be taken to the Meeting Room Policy page. You must read and acknowledge these terms before proceeding with your reservation.

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