2014 End-of-Year Recap

This has been quite a year for Durham County Library, thanks to the generous support of Durham Library Foundation supporters.

Our First Library In Space project won the Top Innovators award by the national Urban Library Council and also won top honors from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association. This science-based program was part of Summer Reading, the library’s most popular event, which is funded in large part by donations to the Foundation.

Launched in April, our Digging Durham Seed Library has been a huge success as well! Patrons “borrowed” thousands of packets of seeds to grow gardens filled with fruits and vegetables.

Durham Reads Together (one book, one month, one community) focused on March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis. It brought Durham together to march, to learn, to sing and to reflect as a community on the Civil Rights Movement. More than 1,900 people attended a variety of programs throughout the month.

These special events are highlights, but the library provides vibrant, engaging programs and services to the Durham community each day. More than 160,000 residents have Durham County Library cards. Last year 1.6 million people visited the library and checked out 3.1 million books, audiobooks, free downloadable ebooks and other materials.

Each year adults attend thought provoking humanities and adult programming featuring national and local scholars and authors; teens experience new technology, most recently in the library’s MakerSpace, complete with a 3D printer; children hone their literacy skills during Summer Reading and the ever popular storytimes; and the entire community benefits from the strong commitment of the North Carolina Collection to acquire, save and share Durham history.

While public tax dollars provide for staff and buildings, many of these programs and services would not be possible without extra support from Durham Library Foundation. The Annual Fund and the Campaign for the Library, nearing $1 million, help to provide the “margin of excellence” that makes Durham County Library so vital to the Durham community.

Your year-end gift will make the difference. Please give generously today.

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