By Mia Cooper
Durham County Library currently offers its Library Take-Out! program at each of its locations, including the newly renovated Main Library. Library Take-Out! allows patrons to go online and hold anything from books to DVDs and CDs, which they are then able to pick up by reservation at any DCL location. Certain DCL locations may also offer free goodies to visitors, such as kid-friendly activity sheets and take-and-make projects, when they pick up their reserved items. Folks can return items 24/7 using the automated book return on the outside of the Main Library building facing Liberty Street. Outdoor book drops are open 24/7 for returns at other DCL locations, too.
Many of DCL’s programs and events are now held virtually, including prerecorded videos uploaded on its YouTube page, such as Toddler Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays and Adult Thursdays. DCL also offers a variety of live virtual events via Zoom each month, like Creative Writing/Poetry for Adults, Durham Voices, and Listen and Draw with Molly and Monica. Some of DCL’s virtual programs and events are held in Spanish, too. Weekly schedules are posted every Sunday on its Facebook page. The libraries also provide remote learning resources to help kids and families, ranging from homework help and tutoring services to video classes and research databases, as well as access to free digital content available to stream and/or download – everything from movies to music. Even though the libraries are not not open to the public, Durham County residents can still sign up for a library card online to access virtual resources and more. Durham County Libraries will remain closed to the public for in-person activities and continue to operate within state, local and Durham County guidelines.
To learn more and to view DCL’s monthly event calendars, visit durhamcountylibrary.org.