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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.

Preschool Story and Craft time

Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 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.

Ages: Pre-School, Kindergarten

Registration required

Bristlebot Challenge

Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Teens you will have the opportunity to assemble your own BristleBot and then race them with fellow peers.

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

Sensory Story time

Monday, February 26, 2018 • 10:30am - 11:30am

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

Ages: Teen, High School, Adult

Art Club

Monday, February 26, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Participate in DIY crafts, and express yourself through art.

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

Chair Yoga

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 10:00am - 11:00am

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

Yoga Fun! Join us for a gentle stretching class. Open to everyone but geared for seniors.

Ages: Adult

Young Scholars Brotherhood (#YSB) - Race, Power & Identity from Ali to Kaepernick

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm

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

Come and hang out with Duke Professor Dr. Martin P. Smith as we study race, power and identity while also exploring college preparation, public speaking, creative writing and career exploration.

Ages: Middle School, High School

Cold Science

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 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

Early Release Extravaganza - Activities and programs for all ages

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 • 12:00am - 11:59pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Calling all school agers... Join us for Early Release Days at Stanford L. Warren! We will have fun and exciting activities, programming and more!

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

Singin'-n-swingin' stories

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 • 10:30am - 11:15am

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

Ages: Pre-School, Kindergarten, Elementary School

Garden Club

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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

Need something to do after school? Join our Garden Club with fun hands on learning about how plants grow, what makes a garden healthy, planting of seeds and other fun activities.If you love working with your hands, this club is for you!

Ages: Middle School, Kindergarten, Elementary School

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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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