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Register now for Music and Arts Superheroes Camp

Durham County Library will host the Music and Art Superheroes Summer Camp from 2-3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 6-17 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Campers will have the opportunity to explore art and music with instructors from N.C. Central University. The first week will focus on creating art, while the second week will explore musical instruments. Each week will culminate with a superhero experience for the whole family. The camp will end with a special performance by local jazz musician Stanley Baird from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, July 17 on the Main Library lawn.

The camp is recommended for grades 3-6. It is free, but you have to register at durhamcountylibrary.org, or by calling Joel White at 919-560-0114.

Learn how to write fan fiction

Durham County Library will host a Superhero Fan Fiction Writing Workshop for Teens at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 22, at the North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road.

Author Samantha Bryant will lead the workshop. Teens are invited to write fan fiction about Batman, Superman, Wolverine or any other favorite superhero.

Bryant is an author and middle school Spanish teacher. She maintains a blog, Balancing Act, at samanthadunawaybryant.blogspot.com.

For more information, contact Christine Grant at 919-560-0238 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Thompson to read from ‘Border Odyssey’

Durham County Library will host Dr. Charles D. Thompson for a reading and discussion of his book “Border Odyssey: Travels Along the US/Mexico Divide” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

In “Border Odyssey,” Thompson chronicles a journey along the entire U.S.-Mexican border. He uses the experience to explore five centuries of cultural history (indigenous, French, Spanish, Mexican, African-American, colonist and U.S.), wars and legislation. Among the things he discovers are a golf course, a Civil War battlefield, the southernmost plantation in the United States, a hand-drawn ferry, a road-runner tracked desert, a breathtaking national park, barbed wire, bridges, artwork, icons and many elderly, impoverished, ex-U.S. farmworkers.

A former farmer, Thompson is director of Undergraduate Studies at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he is also Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Faculty Director of the B.N. Duke Scholarship Program. He is a filmmaker, photographer, oral historian and writer whose current and former projects address topics that include immigration, farmworkers, the U.S./Mexico border, farm foreclosures and food access. His books and films include Brother Towns, a documentary set in Guatemala and Florida; The Guestworker, an award-winning portrait of a 66-year-old migrant worker; The Old German Baptist Brethren, a book about faith, farming and change in the Virginia Blue Ridge; Spirits of Just Men, a story of moonshine in 1930s America; and The Human Cost of Food, an exploration of farmworkers’ lives, labor and advocacy.

This program is co-sponsored by Durham Library Foundation, Student Action with Farmworkers, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Regulator Bookshop.