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April 3, 2021  

Library Fest: Volkan Alkanoglu

April 3, 2021

Special Library Fest Episode! An interview with artist Volkan Alkanoglu who designed the Purple S.T.E.A.M. sculpture outside the Main Library in Downtown Durham. He is an accomplished artist who put a lot of thought and work into the sculpture for our community. Listen to learn about the process of creation, his history with libraries, and how he thinks about sustainability in design. 

Learn more about Volkan Alkanoglu at his website, and register for his Library Fest event!

Volkan was reading Grace and Gravity: Architectures of the Figure by Lars Spuybroek.

See all Library Fest events at the Library Fest website!

Durham County Library, in partnership with Durham Library Foundation, is hosting the inaugural Library Fest Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 10, 2021. Library Fest is a community celebration during National Library Week that showcases the library system’s exceptional services. With speaker events featuring The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett, Transcendent Kingdom author Yaa Gyasi, “Purple STEAM” artist Volkan Alkanoglu, and YouTuber Daniel Davis (aka Tinkernut), to name a few, Library Fest will be a diverse representation of the many ways the library can be a part of our lives.


While Library Fest will feature a community reading program with opportunities for readers to engage with authors and illustrators, there’s more to it than just books! Some of the many services we will be highlighting include our new Business Services department, our makerspaces, our support for the arts and humanities, our North Carolina Collection, our new gaming and media center, our outreach to the Hispanic community, and much more. To learn more about the programs offered and registration, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org/LibraryFest.


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Music for this podcast was made by Robert Isaacs.