Funded Programs

Durham Library Foundation provides fiscal services for the Durham County Library by receiving and distributing special initiative gifts and grants (such as Go for Launch), and by allowing a pool of funds to be available for unexpected opportunities. In addition to the Annual Campaign and distribution of endowment funds, Durham Library Foundation undertakes special campaigns for capital and programming needs.

In 2018-2019, combined funds from the DLF Annual Campaign and endowment allocations enabled the Foundation to award $184,700 to the Durham County Public Library for: Humanities ($49,500), Summer Reading ($25,000), Collections ($30,000), Library Youth Partners ($20,200), Unrestricted Grant ($35,000) and Go for Launch ($25,000).

Humanities Programming

Launched and sustained through Durham Library Foundation funds, Humanities programming brings nationally recognized authors, speakers, and world-class scholars to thousands of library patrons. Award-winning events hosted at multiple branch locations feature a range of topics including music, art, local history, religion, literature and culture.

The North Carolina Collection

The North Carolina Collection is a primary resource for historical records of the city and county of Durham, providing a wealth of materials to assist with researching North Carolina-related topics as well as several online exhibits. Funds from the Foundation help grow and support the collection and address ongoing fiscal challenges of storage and cataloging.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading, the most popular Durham County Library program, touches thousands of children each summer. For two months, children log their daily reading and become eligible for rewards, while also enjoying special events and fun celebrations. Summer Reading is designed to reduce the impact of the “summer slide” and to ensure school readiness for the next academic year.

Library Youth Partners

Library Youth Partners is an innovative, on-going training program for teens in grades 9 – 12. Program participants, who serve as positive role models for younger students, learn leadership and employment skills while providing story time reading for children in Durham County.



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