Crafternoon Workshops scheduled for Fall Semester

The Library and Student Government Association are excited to host craft workshops again this fall semester.  Workshops are held in the Library’s Group Study Area room 5-105A on the lower level of Main Campus Library unless otherwise noted and are open to all students, faculty, and staff.  All materials and supplies are provided. Join us for creative fun and to try something new!

Photos from spring semester Crafternoon workshops:

Main Campus Schedule
Make and decorate your own academic planner or notebook
Thurs. 8/29 2:00-4:00 Main Campus Library room 5-105A
Candle Making
Thurs. 9/19 2:00-4:00 Main Campus Library room 5-105A
Pumpkin painting
Thurs. 10/31 2:00-4:00 Wynn Multipurpose room 10-103
Native American crafts
Tues. 11/19 2:00-4:00 Main Campus Library room 5-105A

Orange County Campus Schedule
Make and decorate your own academic planner or notebook
Tues. 8/27 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby
Candle Making
Wed. 9/20 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby
Pumpkin painting
10/29 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby
Native American crafts
Wed. 11/20 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby

Library hosts fourth annual Student Art Exhibition

The library is excited to host our fourth annual Student Art Exhibition which features wonderful art works by our talented Associate in Fine Arts students. Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and drawings are presented. The art will be on display through May 2nd. Enjoy photos of some of the art works in the exhibition below.  An opening reception with refreshments will be held on Wed. Apr. 24 from 4:00-6:00 pm in Library Room 212 to celebrate the artists. 

Dance as Cultural Reflection and Influence

If you’ve walked by the entrance to the library this week you may have seen our new dance themed window display. Books about dance or that feature dance, both non-fiction and fiction, academic texts to children’s books. Complete with dance shoes and a poster advertising the upcoming Dancing the African Diaspora event with Dr. DeFrantz.

Dr. Thomas DeFrantz is a professor at Duke University teaching African American Studies, Dance, and Women’s Studies. He’ll be coming to share his knowledge as both a scholar and performer with all of us. See the full event description below!

Dancing the African Diaspora Event at 2 PM on April 9th in the multipurpose room.

Dancing the African Diaspora: Black American Social Dances

Black music and dance provide the creative engine for a global system of expressive culture. For example, we find hip hop, voguing, jazz dance, and swing dance practiced all over the planet by eager groups of social dancers, many of whom have little daily connection to African American people.

This talk explores the terms of encounter that have created the spaces of Black Social Dance. Moving outward from a consideration of African American-derived systems of embodied knowledge, the talk constructs historical and theoretical models to allow for a deeper understanding of how Black social dances come to be, what they do in the world, and how they hold enormous and continuous currency of motion as an urgent site of embodied expression that speaks to an increasingly diverse global populace.

Come join in! Exploring historical modes of Black Social Dance, we will dance together as well!

This event is sponsored by Viva the Arts.

Constitution Day and Durham Reads Together

The Library and Student Government Association are pleased to host a Constitution Day event on Monday as part of Durham Reads Together.

Durham Reads Together logoEvent Details:
Mon. Sept. 18, 2017  10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Constitution Day Read-in with students, faculty, administration, and staff.

US Constitution book coverPick up a free copy of the US Constitution, register to vote, color at the craft table, win cupcakes at our trivia contest, and learn about the Constitution on the Main Campus plaza.  Our rain location is the ERC Auditorium in Building 5.

Durham Reads Together is a biennial celebration of reading. The Durham community reads the same book, attends programs around its theme, and discusses important issues together.

For more information, videos of community members talking about the US Constitution, and a list of all Durham Reads Together community events, visit:

Also of note, is an exciting free event with Sarah Vowell, the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture: Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00 pm Carolina Theatre, Durham.  The library has copies of some of Sarah’s Vowell’s books available for checkout.


Lafayette book coverWordy shipmates book cover








Visit our display window outside the library for books, DVDs, and other materials related to the Constitution.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Mon. August 21

The Library and Durham Tech’s Student Government Association are excited to host a Solar Eclipse viewing party on the Main campus plaza next Monday, Aug. 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm.

solar eclipse images

The total solar eclipse of November 14, 2012, as seen in the South Pacific. Photo by Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

For the first time in nearly 40 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the continental United States, which makes this a special and rare phenomenon for us to witness.  A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the face of the sun as seen from earth.  It’s extremely important to view the eclipse safely.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through solar filters, such as eclipse glasses.  Eclipse glasses will be provided at our event as well as refreshments. Glasses will also be available at the Orange County Campus.  Please join us for this fun celestial celebration!  Also visit our display in the library window for books and materials related to astronomy and space.

Durham Tech Solar Eclipse Event Poster

To learn more about the eclipse visit these sites:


American Astronomical Society

The “All-American” Eclipse guide for libraries:

Sky and Telescope magazine


Popular Author to Speak at Durham Tech!

Meet the Author!

November 15th, 9:30 AM 

TLC Room, Phillips Building

Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

The Durham Tech Library is thrilled to announce that Jason Porath, author of the newly published Rejected Princesses book (which is based on his incredibly popular blog), will be speaking at our campus. He will talk about his blog, his book, and be answering questions from the audience.

The event will be in the TLC room, building 3, at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, November 15th.

Click the book cover above to visit his website, and then get excited. Really excited.

Reasons to attend this event:

  • Jason Porath will be there.
  • Cool librarians will be there.
  • You will learn about awesome women through history.
  • You’ll have something to talk about at your next dinner party.
  • The book cover is a really nice shade of purple which bodes well.
  • You can buy copy of Rejected Princesses and get it signed.
  • That’s enough reasons, I think you should be convinced.


Durham Tech Student Art Exhibition in the Library

The Library is excited to host a student art exhibition featuring art works from Durham Tech’s Drawing, Painting, 2-D and 3-D Design classes.  The official opening and reception for students and their families is Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 – 1:00.  Works will remain on display until May 6th. We are so proud of our Durham Tech art students!  To view the exhibition poster, visit: Student Art Exhibition April 2016

Drawing by Kevin Garcia

Drawing by Kevin Garcia


Planar Portrait by Mary Pham

Planar Portrait by Mary Pham






February Book Club Meeting

The next Library Book Club selection is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates which appeared on many best books lists of 2015. We will meet on Thurs. Feb. 4th at 1:00 pm in the ERC Schwartz room.

book coverHere’s a book description from the Goodreads website:

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son,

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Please join us for a discussion of this thought-provoking book.

You can also listen to this interview with the author on National Public Radio.


Student Library Workshop Schedule for Fall semester

Calling all Students!
Make plans to attend one of our Library Workshops this semester! 
Click here for the printable schedule:
Flyer Library Workshops Fall 15 revised

Photo of students using computers in the library

WHY? Learn important skills for success at Durham Tech and beyond!

WHERE? ERC Main Campus Library Computer Lab room 520 (and Orange County Campus when noted below)

WHO? Workshops are open to all Durham Tech students and no preregistration is required

Library 101: Learn How to Use the Library
Learn to locate books, DVDS, articles, and other resources and services to help you take advantage of all that the library offers to students.

Thurs. Sept. 3 12:00-1:00 pm

Wed. Sept. 9 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Avoiding Plagiarism & Citing Sources Correctly
Learn to determine why, when, and how to cite sources and learn proper citation guidelines for MLA and APA formats.  Practice creating citations and ask questions. 

Tues. Sept. 15 11:00 am- 12:00

Mon. Sept. 28 3:00 -4:00 pm

Wed. Sept. 30  2:00 – 3:00 pm (Orange County Campus)

Tues. Oct. 6 12:00-1:00 pm

Thurs. Oct. 8 9:00-10:00 am (Orange County Campus)

Thurs. Nov. 5 1:00-2:00 pm

Database Searching Tips and Tricks  (Note: New Date!)
Learn how maximize your database searching and efficiently locate great articles for your papers and class assignments. 

Wed. Nov. 4 6:00-7:00 pm

A certificate of participation will be given to all attendees. We hope to see you at our workshops!