Read Local Book Festival – This Weekend!

Whether you’re taking summer classes or celebrating the first week of summer vacation, take a few moments (heck, maybe even give it a few hours!) this weekend to check out the Read Local Book Festival in downtown Durham from Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17.  

Read Local Book Festival logoThe festival will feature authors and publishers local to Durham (meaning: Durham County and the nearest surrounding counties, including Orange, Wake, Chatham, Person, and Granville).

Check out the list of participants— you may see a familiar Durham Tech face!

Events vary from writing workshops to cookbook “rodeo”s to an exhibitor fair to reading performances.  Look at the schedule of events to find something that fits you!


Celebrating the Bull City

Evening photo overlooking the Durham downtown area.

photo from Design Sponge

Explore Durham’s history and culture with these resources:

Photo shows the front entrance to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

photo from

27 Views of Durham : the Bull City in prose & poetry

Durham County : a history of Durham County, North Carolina

Durham Technical Community College : celebrating 50 years, 1961-2011

A Palette, Not a Portrait : stories from the life of Nathan Garrett

Upbuilding Black Durham : gender, class, and Black community development in the Jim Crow South

Durham Tales : the Morris Street maple, the plastic cow, the Durham Day that was & more

Durham, a Self-Portrait [DVD]

Our Separate Ways : women and the Black Freedom Movement in Durham, North Carolina

Favored by Fortune : George W. Watts & the Hills of Durham

Durham’s Hayti

Mary : an autobiography

Use the online catalog to find call numbers and more information about these materials.

For more information:

Read a list of 300 things that make Durham Great from the Durham Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Visit Open Durham a highly interlinked archive/inventory of information about people, places, and history in Durham, NC with excellent photos.

Photo of a historical sign with information about Black Wall Street

photo from flickr

Check out the Museum of Durham History and visit the Durham History Hub in downtown Durham.

Learn about Durham’s “Black Wall Street” from LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education