Black Art and Artists

February is African American History Month, a time to focus with intention on Black Americans and their history, highlighting their contributions that have frequently been unspoken or underscored by others who dominated the historical narrative.

Homecoming by Ernie Barnes, a painting of NCCU's band marching at the intersection at Roxboro Road & Pettigrew Streets in Durham
Homecoming by Durham-born-and-raised artist Ernie Barnes

This week we’re focusing on Black artists and some of the resources available to you through the Durham Tech Library’s collections to highlight their history and accomplishments. Keep reading for books, streaming video, and some options to go see Black art up close (and for free).

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Hooray for Storytime!: Explore the Children’s Book Collection and Online Resources for Kids

The Main Campus Library has a colorful and engaging selection of children’s picture books available. Borrow some to read with the special little ones in your life.

We have a large, diverse collection of children’s picture books to support our Early Childhood Education Program, student parents, and employees. We have Caldecott Award winners and many other great titles to browse.

Main Campus Children's Collection

The picture books are located on the lower level in the large open group study room, 5-105A.

Keep reading to see some of our newest books in the Children’s Book Collection and for information on several digital collections for kids available through the Durham Tech Library’s online resources.

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Crafternoon: Creating Community and Cool Things Together

Have you heard about Crafternoons?

All materials will be provided and all current students, faculty, and staff are invited to come hang out, create, and chat with each other (or not, if quiet crafting is your thing). You’ll need to sign in, so make sure you have your Durham Tech ID or know your Durham Tech ID number.

Spring 2023 Crafternoons. Main Campus events are Wednesday from 1-3 pm. Orange County Campus (OCC) events are Tuesdays 11am-1pm.

Crafternoons are hands-on workshops sponsored by the Durham Tech Library and the Student Enrichment Department.

Keep reading for a little more information about each event and don’t forget to put them on your calendar!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. & the On-Going Legacy of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Durham Tech will be closed on Monday, January 16 for to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and achievements as an influential American civil rights leader.

Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at an anti-war demonstration, New York City, 1967 / World Journal Tribune photo by Don Rice.

“Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals. Without this hard work, time becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always right to do right.

“Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” Oberlin College Commencement, June 1965

Many choose to use this as a day of service to their communities– when we support our communities, we lift everyone up. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the on-going legacy the 1960s Civil Rights Movement has had on our country and on current social justice and civil rights movements.

Keep reading for some books to explore contemporary reads and media inspired by and reflecting on the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s life and legacy.

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Reading Greatly in 2023: The Durham Tech Library Reading Challenge

A little unfinished business first–

Need to fill out your 2022 challenge form? Here it is! Since we’re a little late releasing the new list this year (and everyone deserves a little grace sometimes when we’re able), you’ve got until Friday, January 13, 2023 to complete and submit the 2022 Reading Challenge form.

If you’ve already filled it out, no need to do it a second time.

Want to revisit old challenges? Check out our new Read Great Things Challenge LibGuide website for the ghosts of reading challenges past.

Durham Tech Library Read Great Things Challenge 2023

What is the Read Great Things Challenge?

The Read Great Things Challenge is a personal reading challenge sponsored by the Durham Tech Library that encourages folks to diversify and/or increase their reading goals by completing books throughout 2023 that fit into at least 10 of the following 12 categories:

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Read Great Things Challenge 2022: Ends December 31st! Read and win a prize!

Durham Tech Library Read Great Things Challenge 2022
Did you know you can submit your Read Great Things Challenge form online?

As temperatures drop and the leaves fall, the Durham Tech community has a very important event on the horizon. No, not the end of the fall semester, but the conclusion of the Read Great Things Challenge 2022 on December 31st!

For the last five years, Durham Tech Library has held a fun, no-pressure initiative to keep students, staff, and community members reading throughout the calendar year. Plus, there are prizes to be awarded sometime in January 2023 for those who successfully submit their challenge form!

All types of books count toward the 12 categories, and you only need to fill in 10 of the 12 to qualify for a prize! One book can count for up to two categories, so there is still plenty of time to listen to a short audiobook, enjoy a graphic novel, or even grab one of our vintage paperbacks available in the main campus library. You can read more about the categories on our online guide, where we also have the form that you can submit from the cozy comfort of your home.

What are Read Great Things Challenge Categories?

You can find all of the 2022 categories in the online guide here. One of the categories is “Pick your favorite category from one of our past reading challenges.” The past reading challenges are located on that same guide, just navigate to the previous years using the menu on the left side of the screen.

“But I don’t have TIME to read books before December 31st!”

You would be surprised! Again, a book can qualify for two categories and any type of book is valid! You could even unwind with a few online comic books through Dogwood Digital Library, which would work as “An Artsy Book.”

“I am always driving and never have the time to sit with a book!”

Audiobooks are books! From the convenience of your smartphone and the Libby app (iOS, GooglePlay) you can download audiobooks from the Dogwood Digital Library and play them through your phone. It might not make the traffic disappear, but it is more fun than listening to ads on the radio.
Please note: We encourage you to load up on audiobooks and hit play before you drive. Do not operate your smartphone while driving.

Remember, the deadline is a submission by December 31st. Feel free to fill out the digital form linked at the top of this post during winter break. The library will reach out in January 2023 to those who successfully completed the challenge.

Users should also feel free to deliver paper challenge sheets to the library desk when we are open, but please be mindful of our holiday hours as the library will be closed for winter break after December 16th.

New Resource: Universal Class

New Resource! Universal Class

Durham Tech Libraries is happy to announce a new database with exciting professional development opportunities: Universal Class, a learning platform that hosts full-length courses and offers accredited continuing education certificates upon successful completion.

Durham Tech students may have heard of other online continuing education platforms such as Khan Academy or Goodwill’s GCFLearnFree. The course topic variety and assessment structure offered by Universal Class makes it an excellent alternative to those platforms. Class topics range from personal finance lessons to soap making, making it an exciting addition to the professional and educational skills gained in Durham Tech programs.

Durham Tech students and faculty will need a Durham Tech library card number in order to access this database. This can be obtained with a Durham Tech ID card at our Main Campus Library or Orange County Campus Library locations.

Continue reading this blog post for an in-depth look at utilizing Universal Class to reach and expand your lifelong educational goals.

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Grow Your Career (Or Your Home!) With These New Construction & Trades Books

Durham Tech’s Building, Engineering, and Skilled Trades classes offer a variety of hands-on, skill-building courses that include carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, and more. These classes can result in rewarding and lucrative careers. For example, in May 2021, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated an electrician’s median wage as $22.75 an hour vs. $18.45 for all occupations. That’s shocking!

Students can get a jump start on a career and education in Construction & Trades using library resources, including new books on updated electrical standards, plumbing, or home renovation. We also offer an online research guide for Construction and Industrial Trades that contains additional resources.

If you are unable to visit or are short on time, you are in luck as we also offer a whole host of videos on various trades. For example, Durham Tech students can access videos on plumbing, carpentry, and electrician work through Films-on-Demand.

Keep reading to see our full selection of new construction and trades books!

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