New Cookbooks and Culinary Resources

The Library supports the Culinary Arts program and the Durham Tech community with cookbooks, ebooks, databases, and streaming video collections related to cooking, nutrition, food science, and more.

Enjoy cooking and baking with this global collection of new cookbooks! We hope you find some inspiration here with new recipes and ideas.

We also have cookbook ebooks available through the NC LIVE Home Grown eBooks, which includes a Food and Wine collection

The library also provides the Gale Culinary Arts database which features academic journals and magazines on all aspects of cooking and nutrition and includes thousands of searchable recipes and industry information.

Gale OneFile Culinary Arts database search page

You can also explore the Films on Demand Culinary Collection of videos featuring PBS and BBC series like Food-Delicious Science, Food Detectives, The Story of and much more.

AVON, Academic Video Online Cooking Collection has great videos including the Culinary Journeys series featuring twenty one international chefs talking about their unique cuisines.

You can also browse our Culinary Arts Subject Guide for links to even more library resources.

What We’re Reading: Waste by Catherine Coleman Flowers

waste: one woman's fight against america's dirty secret by catherine coleman flowers
Available at the Main and Orange County Campus (RA 567.5 .U6 F56 2020) and as an ebook through Dogwood Digital Library

In a place that was once the center of the voting rights movement, another struggle faces Lowndes County, Alabama–basic sanitation. Catherine Coleman Flowers examines the class, racial, and geographic conditions that lead to many people not having an affordable way of disposing of sewage. –paraphrased from publisher’s summary

Title: Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret 

Author: Catherine Coleman Flowers 

Genre: Memoir; Nonfiction

Read Great Things 2023 Categories: A book about an experience different than your own; A book recommended by a Durham Tech Library staff member or on the blog

This book was read by Julie Humphrey, Durham Tech Library Director.

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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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Reproductive Rights Reading List

Nearly fifty years ago, in 1973, the Supreme Court legalized the right to abortion access through Roe v. Wade. This past June, the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling.

To learn more about this very current event, the Durham Tech Library has developed an informational reading list on the history of abortion in America, the Roe v. Wade ruling, and resources about women’s health and health care, abortion, and reproductive rights.

Click through to explore our resources and learn more for yourself.

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Recommended Professional Reading for Faculty and Staff

The Library has added many new materials for faculty and staff on equity, pedagogy, student engagement, online teaching and learning, student services, and more!

New Directions for Community Colleges journal

The Library also subscribes to the journal New Directions for Community Colleges in print and with online access (log in using your Durham Tech username and password).

This journals offers practical recommendations on current trends in the field of community college education and includes contributions from leaders and researchers through evidence-based and research-oriented accounts that shape policy and practice.

The current issue is focused on expanding community college opportunities through access, transfer, and completion. Other issues highlight Latinx students, work-based learning, and teaching and learning in the 21st Century Community College.

Keep reading to check out our professional reading recommendations.

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Exciting Library News: Durham Tech Library selected for Traveling Archivist Program (TAP)

The Main Campus Library Archives Room--boxes and notebooks on shelves
Library Archive Room

The N.C. State Historical Records Advisory Board has selected Durham Technical Community College Library as a 2022 participant in the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP).

A team of archivists from the State Archives and partner institutions will serve six organizations this year with virtual consultations, on-site training, and supplies to improve preservation and access for document, photograph, and/ or film collections.

TAP’s purpose is to help repositories improve preservation and access for archival collections. Library Director Julie Humphrey, Reference Librarian Alexandra Deyneka, and Library Technician Lorell Butler will serve as partners in this project.

The Traveling Archivist Program is supported with federal funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The Durham Technical Community College Archive documents and preserves the history of the college, its leaders, employees, students, and its role within the local community. The college was founded in 1961 as the Durham Industrial Education Center. As our college celebrates its 60th anniversary, we understand our vital role in the city of Durham’s history. The Library’s Archive collects and houses college publications, administrative files, yearbooks, course catalogs, accreditation documents, photographs, newspaper articles, bulletins, newsletters, media, meeting minutes, marketing materials, ephemeral items, and related materials.

Check out some of the archival materials below that were displayed in our recent 60th Anniversary front window display.

Full window display for the College's 60th Anniversary featuring materials from the Archives.
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New Poetry for National Poetry Month, April 2022

This poster was designed by eleventh grader Lara L. from Saunders Trades and Technical High School in Yonkers, New York, who was the winner of the 2022 National Poetry Month Poster Contest, and features a line by 2021 Presidential Inaugural Poet and 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

This poster was designed by eleventh grader Lara L. from Saunders Trades and Technical High School in Yonkers, New York, who was the winner of the 2022 National Poetry Month Poster Contest, and features a line by 2021 Presidential Inaugural Poet and 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

To celebrate Poetry Month, the Durham Tech Library and Student Engagement Departments are thrilled to announce the return of the Poetry Fox!

poetry fox at typewriter in main campus library

Join us Tuesday, April 26 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. outside of the Main Campus Library (ERC, Building 5) to get a custom poem written on the spot by The Poetry Fox! (If the weather gets weird, this event will move into the Main Campus Library in the downstairs collaborative study area.)

One word for a custom poem on his typewriter!

This event is for students, faculty, and staff.

Main Campus Library has many new poetry anthologies, poet biographies and memoirs, and books about poetry for you to enjoy. Keep reading for a selection of some of our new titles.

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What We’re Watching: Summer of Soul

Title: Summer of Soul (…or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Genre: Documentary film, available on Hulu

This movie was reviewed by Julie Humphrey, Durham Tech Library Director.

Why did you choose to watch this film?

I’ve missed live music and concerts so much during the pandemic. I relished the chance to watch some amazing live performances from incredible African American musicians from the 1960’s.

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Books on the screen!

So many great books are hitting the screen this fall, either as TV shows or movies.  Many are already out or available on streaming platforms. 

Here are a few book adaptations that we’re looking forward to watching or are currently enjoying.

If you would like to read one of these but it’s not available at our libraries, you may request it through Interlibrary loan. Happy reading and watching!