Durham opens new South Regional Library

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Durham County cut the ribbon Wed., July 28, to a brand new South Regional Library on S. Alston Ave. The library stands on the historic Old Lowe’s Grove School site, a local landmark for regional education. Celebratory activities included ventriloquists, boxing demonstrations, yoga, Only Burger and ice cream trucks, and historians documenting citizen stories with Durham Co. ties.

The day kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Durham County Commissioners gave a few words of commemoration, from 10-10:30am,outside the front of the building. The Bull City Cowboys made a guest appearance to celebrate the opening of the new facility just prior to the cutting of the ribbon. Afterward, the fun moved indoors where visitors had a chance to check out the new library and sample some of the programming that will be available. DJ Piddypat was on mix patrol, spinning up a stew of African, Latin, and Brazilian beats to get the crowd energized. The crowd–which on average trended young–seemed plenty energized, between sugar-filled refreshments, exciting educational games, and even bouncy neon lily pads to sit and read on.

Meanwhile, back in the private study rooms, local historians sat listening to people share personal memories of the Lowe’s Grove site. Visitors were able to bring up to two photos related to the history of the area, to be scanned into the Durham County Library historic archive. Then, in what was called “Five Minute Memories”, the library recorded local residents giving oral histories of Parkwood, Lowe’s Grove, or RTP. The oral histories will also be cataloged into the archive.