Spring will be a busy time at the Durham Public Library as workshops and activities for different ages fill the month of April.
Marilyn Monroe, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, and Katherine Hepburn will be at the library with the beginning in April of “Classic Movie Matinees.” The library has scheduled a run of some of the all time greatest movies in Holllywood history to screen every Thursday, starting on April 10 with “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
Library Director Trish Connolly, who selected the movies, based the program on similar series she ran at the Avon library. Connolly told the Town Times that the Avon program was “a runaway hit.”
“That’s going to be really fun,” said Connolly. “It’ll be great in the summer with the air conditioning.”
The line up of classic movies covers westerns (“High Noon,” April 17 and “A Fistful of Dollars,” June 12), dramas (like “The Apartment,” May 1 or “12 Angry Men,” May 8), and one musical (“Singing in the Rain,” May 22). What some consider the greatest movie of all time, “Casablanca,” will be shown on May 15. All movies will be projected for a big-screen experience. The movies start at 1:30 with light refreshments.
The library has also scheduled daily family activites for vacation week, April 14-18. On Monday, April 14, the library will show another movie that some consider the greatest of all time, “Frozen,” at 2:30. There will be a “Bedtime Story Time” on Monday, April 14 followed by a “Princess and Pirates Party” the next day. Later during vacation week, they library will hold classes on making music, rainbow loom jewelry, and electric circuits.
April kicked off with “Every Child Ready to Read” workshops on April 3 and April 5 at 2 p.m. The workshops “demonstrate how parents can use five familiar and easy-to-use practices to develop language and other early literacy skills in children from birth to age five,” according to a library press release.
The “Every Child Ready to Read” workshops were the result of a grant awarded to the Durham Public Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will also fund “literacy kits” to help parents develop literacy skills in young children. “These kits will contain books, music CDs, manipulative toys, and an idea packet of pre-reading activities that parents and children can do together,” according to the press release.
Children’s Librarian Christine Michaud can help patrons with the “Every Child Ready to Read” activities.
A workshop for adults 18 and over on ZentangleT will be held on May 8 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. “The ZentangleT method is an easy-to-learn and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns,” wrote library director Trish Connolly in an e-mail. “It increases focus and creativity while providing artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of well-being. Absolutely no art talent or experience is necessary.”
The workshop is open to the first 12 registrants. There is a $5 materials fee for the program.
The library also began a series of “First Friday Luncheons for Seniors” on April 4. Seniors who registered in advance could enjoy company and Perk on Main soup and salad at the library. The program will continue on the First Friday of each month with funding provided by the Durham Senior Citizens Board.
“It’s an opportunity for the seniors to reintroduce themselves to the library,” said Connolly. “We’re trying to open our doors to the seniors.”
Some of the events require registration. Information on library activities is available at the library or on the library’s website, www.durhamlibrary.org.