Best of Friends - Summer 2012

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  • Best FriendsofFriends of the Durham Library Newsletter

    Summer 2012

    The 2012 spring book sale marked another successful event for the Friends of the Durham Library. Annually, bargain-seeking customers far and wide flock to the library during the three-day affair, and this year was no exception. New Friends, long-time members and those renewing memberships braved long lines extending around the library for priority entrance during the Friends members only kickoff Friday afternoon. By the end of the weekend, happy customers purchased more than $22,000 in books, DVDs and CDs.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Friends and the library, from volunteers to each customer. These contributions make so many library projects possible. If you missed the book sale, dont despair: opportunities to support the library and Friends this year are plentiful. Satellite sales are ongoing at every library location and on the American Tobacco Campus, and preparations for the next book sale, to be held Friday, October 12Sunday, October 14 are well under way. So, save this date. Well see you soon!

    Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m.

    Main Library Auditorium 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham NC 27701

    All members of the Friends of the Durham Library are invited to attend.

    Annual Meeting Agenda

    Election of Friends Board Officers for the 2012-2013 fiscal year

    Approval of the 2012-2013 Budget

    Reception for Friends Scholarship Recipients

    RSVP and questions: Dionne Greenlee919-560-0190,

    Friends of the Durham Library 2012 Annual Meeting

  • 2 Best of Friends Summer 2012

    P lease join us in welcoming Terry B. Hill as the new deputy director of the library.Terry is a native of Taylorsville, NC. He earned his Masters in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and most recently worked as the assistant to the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University.

    Terry has a diverse background. He began his work with libraries as an undergraduate at Appalachian State and Duke University. He gained collection development experience as a librarian at Hope Valley Elementary School, and as a subscription agent for the international book vendor Harrassowitz. Terry also taught at both UNC and NCCUs library schools, and he is passionate about mentoring people entering the library profession.

    As an active member of the community, Terry tutors at the Durham Literacy Center and serves as a guardian ad litem. Terry and his wife, Tracy, live in Durham, along with their

    miniature schnauzer Cornel. He began as deputy director at Durham County Library on April 30.

    The greatest honor of my career is the opportunity to work with the staff of Durham County Library, and to serve the residents of Durham County, Terry said. My vision for the library is for it to become an even more integral part of what makes Durham the great community it is known to be.

    The second annual Durham County Library Peeps Show is in the history books, and it was bigger and better than last year. To highlight library services and collections, staff members throughout the system created 13 dioramas featuring Peeps, the marshmallow, spring candy bunnies and chicks. This year some younger customers got in on the act as well. Though they could not compete, children at McDougald Terrace and East Regional made their own peep-o-ramas.

    More than 200 peep fans visited the library to vote on their favorite display, and more than 550 votes were cast by liking peep-o-rama photos on Facebook.

    In the end, the top three vote getters were:

    207 votes: East Regional Teens East Geekster Peeps

    165 votes: Marketing and Development Food Truck Rodeo Peeps Edition

    111 votes: Main Library Adult Services Peeple Magazine

    Congratulations to all the participants for proving that Durham County Library peeps are the coolest on the planet. Winners will receive prizes at the spring Staff Development Day, May 16.

    Introducing New Deputy Director: Terry Hill

    Peeps Show 2012 Even Bigger

    Terry B. Hill, Deputy Director

    1st Place Winner 2nd Place Winner 3rd Place Winner

  • Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter 3

    Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center hosted an open house on March 9 celebrating its 50th anniversary. County commissioners, former staff and members of the community visited during a full day of programs that included a comedian for adults, Skill Toys for teens and a Rags to Riches performance for children. Earlier in the month, County Commissioners approved a resolution congratulating Bragtown on turning one half century old.

    In 1961, residents of the Bragtown neighborhood raised funds for a new library and deeded the land at Ruth Street and Dearborn Drive to the Durham Colored Library. The Bragtown Branch Library was dedicated and began serving the community on March 11, 1962. In April of 1966, the Durham Colored Library merged with the Durham City-County Public Library, and Bragtown became part of the new Durham County Library system.

    Today, Bragtown Library continues to serve its community with storytimes in English, Spanish and French for children and toddlers, tutoring for school-aged children, and neighbor-to-neighbor programs that engage adults and seniors. Last year, Bragtown Library had more than 6,800 visits; it hosted 128 programs, which were attended by approximately 2,000 children, teens and adults; and it provided access to technology as visitors logged 1,190 computer sessions. All of this in a 1,000 sq. ft. facility, open 20 hours a week.

    Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center Celebrates 50 Years of Service to the Community

    1) Every birthday celebration needs a cake. 2) Current and past staff of Bragtown Library: Donald Bradsher, Anita Hasty-Speed, Mary Ann Brown, Nancy Scott, Lisa McAllister, Karlene Fyffe and Denise Williams. 3) County Commissioner Chair, Michael Page, addresses the crowd. 4-7) Commissioner Vice Chair Ellen Reckhow, and Commissioners Brenda Howerton, Joe Bowser and Pam Karriker speak about Bragtown Library. Every commissioner attended the celebration.



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  • 4 Best of Friends Summer 2012

    Funded by a grant of nearly $10,000 to Durham Library Foundation, Durham County Library

    hosted Bull City Soul Revival, an exploration of the rich history of the soul and R&B music tradition in Durham.

    This four-part series of educational, interactive events was held throughout the month of April and showcased Durhams African-American musicians from the 1960s and 1970s. The series included lectures hosted by Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts, Smithsonian

    Institution National Museum of African American History and

    Culture; Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke

    University; local historian, Dr. Bruce Bridges; and Jason Perlmutter, discographer, researcher and founder of Carolina Soul.

    A highlight of the series was a finale concert featuring musicians of today and yesterday, including Johnny White & the Elite Band, Lady Jaisun of the Risse Band, The Beast, Apple Juice Kid and The Black Experience. These musicians honored the past, and represented the future of Durhams soul renaissance. Another highlight was the well received Bull City Soul Revival exhibit, Soul Souvenirs, which will run through May 30, 2012 at Hayti Heritage Center. Viewed by hundreds of soul music fans already, the exhibition includes posters, albums, ticket stubs and other memorabilia from the golden age of soul, funk and R&B in Durham.

    Coordinated by Stanford L. Warren librarian, Carter Cue, the project was made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This project is also made possible by funding from Durham Library Foundation.

    Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Durham County Library has launched free science programs for children ages 3 to 14. Science Madness is offered at North, Southwest and East Regional Libraries, and at the Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center. Library Youth Partners, high school students trained to deliver storytimes and activities to preK and elementary school children, also take the program into the schools and community centers of Durham.

    Science Madness, handson science activities at the library, encourages children to have fun while exploring nature, numbers, chemistry and physics, and boosting their reading and writing skills. One highlight of the program is the Science of Hovercraft series, where children build their own hovercraft with CDs and balloons and ride in an individualsized hovercraft to experience near frictionless motion.

    Handson science activities have been tailored to each age group. For children ages 3-7, the library offers Pre-school Science

    Explorers. Each science activity, such as the Wonders of Water and Counting, is supported with a storytime related to the topic. For older children, the library offers Science Madness. Elementary school students (ages 8-11 years) and middle school students (ages 1214 years) explore five science concepts, (levers and pulleys, electricity, weather, hovercraft and human biology) in two separate clubs, with instruction, science activities and reading lists designed for each age group.

    North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Ribbon of Hope grants support activities that advance education, science and health in local communities across the state of North Carolina. For more information about Science Madness, contact project coordinator, North Regional Childrens Unit Manager, Casey Nees at 919-560-0232.

    GlaxoSmithKline Funds Science Madness

    Top: Johnny White and the Elite Band perform at the finale. Above: Visitors enjoy the Soul Souvenirs exhibit at Hayti Heritage Center.

    The Beast

  • HOW TO DONATE BOOKS: The Friends of the Durham Library welcomes donations of gently used books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs, except for: encyclopedias, magazines, cassettes and condensed books. You may take your donation to any Durham County Library location during regular hours. Please bring large donations (more than one bag) to the Main Library garage on Tuesday morning between 9 and noon, when the Friends of the Durham Library are present and can help unload. For more info, visit:

    Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter 5

    A s summer fast approaches, Durham County Library patrons and staff will soon benefit from new products, services and programs made possible through funding provided by the Friends. Monies raised, primarily through the Friends membership drives and book sales, are allocated yearly during two funding cycles to financially support projects not included in the systems budget. In December, after careful consideration of many proposals submitted by library staff, the Friends board approved funding in the amount of $49,594.79 for 12 proposals.

    Approximately $26,000 was approved to purchase new equipment, including portable sound systems for system-wide use, Blu-ray players and a programming laptop for Stanford L. Warren. Main will also acquire a new computer lab with SMART Board technology, and teen patrons will enjoy a new computing area at Main in an area designated especially for them.

    Other projects funded will enhance programmatic support. New podium lecterns for South and Main will be unveiled, and the library system will launch a collection of video language ESL DVDs to meet the demands of the librarys growing community of English language learners. Stellar program initiatives the 2012 Comics Fest and the Festival of Romance at Southwest received funding, and Norths CD collection will now be housed in a new shelving system. Teens at Stanford L. Warren will reap the benefits of comfortable new furniture, and patrons of all ages will enjoy the new costume of DCL mascot, Booker the Fox.

    All of these projects were approved during the fall funding cycle, and theres certainly more to come as proposals for the spring 2012 funding cycle are currently under deliberation. None of these projects would be possible if not for the contributions and support from Friends like you. The impact of these funded initiatives promises to be wide reaching, helping greater numbers of patrons experience the benefits of the library. Your contributions as members, volunteers and patrons are invaluable, and for this we say Thank you!

    The Friends New LogoThe Friends unveiled a new logo this spring. Created by Hitoko Ueyama-Burke in the librarys Marketing and Development Division, the logo incorporates the familiar look and color of the previous icon, but it updates the script font of the capital F and incorporates a striking floral accent. The logo represents the tradition and history of the Friends, and the organizations relevance and forward-thinking nature.

    Friends Fund Library Staff Proposals

    Volunteer Cashiers Needed!

    Volunteering for a 2-hour shift as a book sale cashier is a terrific way to get

    involved with the Friends and the

    community. If you would like to be

    added to our list of volunteer cashiers for the Fall book

    sale, send an email to Gerry Larson (gerryglarson@

    The Beast

    Patrons attend a class in the newly refurbished computer lab at the Main Library.

  • 6 Best of Friends Summer 2012

    The Library FamilyBoard of TrusteesAllan Lang, Chair Henry Felder, Vice ChairBeck Tench, SecretaryCrystal Dreisbach Joe HewittDerrick JordanPaolo MangiaficoShawn MillerJoyce SykesRob Rabb, Friends Liaison

    Upcoming Board of Trustee MeetingsJuly 19, 2012, Stanford L. Warren September 20, 2012, Southwest Regional November 15, 2012, South Regional

    Friends of the Durham LibraryAnn Wilder, PresidentElsa Woods, Vice PresidentBetty Danielson, TreasurerAviva Shira Starr, SecretaryJaime DaneheyKimberly GilbertElizabeth HayesVictoria HertzJanet W. HesslingEve MarionRob RabbAnn RebeckMartha ScotfordAlan TeasleyAndre VannAngela Zoltners

    Durham Library FoundationAnn Craver, PresidentSteve Pike, Vice PresidentEllen Cox, TreasurerBessie Carrington, SecretaryPlacide BaradaDannette DanielsFrances DyerPierce FreelonPhil HutchingsTom KellerLois OliverBob OtterbourgBob TimminsElizabeth TownsendElisabeth WienerJoyce Sykes, Board of Trustees RepresentativeAnn Rebeck, Friends of the Library Representative

    Tammy Baggett, Library Direc...