Are book clubs cool? Want to join one?

I think the real question is– do we care if book clubs are cool?

No. No, we do not care because we’re beyond doing what other people think is “cool” and are more interested in doing things that bring us joy and help us explore ideas with openness and curiosity.

Plus sometimes there be dragons.

an AI-generated dragon wearing glasses, reading a book, and drinking a mug with steam coming from the top, sitting in a large cozy library
A book club dragon. Credit goes to Kyle Minton and the Midjourney AI image generator.

The Durham Tech Library is gathering data for faculty and staff reading groups. Take our survey and let us know what types of books and reading groups you’d be interested in joining and if you’d be interested in facilitating a session. Keep an eye out for more information about upcoming reading circles, too.

We’re interested in student feedback, too, though we won’t start any student reading groups until Fall 2023, depending on interest and staffing (so plan ahead!). Are you part of a student group that would like to do a book club or reading circle? Let us know!

Tap into your Creativity with Crafternoons!

The Durham Tech Library in collaboration with the Student Enrichment Department is thrilled to announce the return of our Crafternoons for the Fall 2022 semester!

Fall 2022 Crafternoon Schedule (continue reading for additional details)

Take a few minutes to unwind with a creative break and chat with fellow Durham Tech students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty, and staff from all programs and departments are welcome to participate. Materials will be provided.

Keep reading for more details about the upcoming Crafternoon events!

You can also find these listed on the College’s Events calendar by searching keyword: crafternoon.

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New Graduates & Starting Summer Session

ConGRADulations to our 2022 Durham Tech graduates!

Over 350 people earned their degrees, diplomas, and certificates during Durham Tech’s 60th Commencement Ceremony at the Durham Bull’s Athletic Park last Wednesday, May 18.

2021 MacArthur Fellow and 2002 Durham Tech alumnus Ibrahim Cissé delivered the commencement speech (embedded below; link to YouTube video).

Keep reading for some Durham Tech resources from the College to help you make your next moves and to support you if you’re still working towards your goals at Durham Tech!

As always, the Durham Tech Library has many books available for you. Stop in and see us or check out many of our ebook and audiobook resources through Dogwood Digital Library.

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Food Facts for Library Fest!

Join us on Thursday, April 21 from 12:30-2:00 PM in the Wynn Building Multipurpose Room for Taste & See, where you will get to taste delicious food made by Durham Tech’s own Culinary Program, learn fun food history facts, and even check out a cookbook to take home from the Durham Tech Library’s cookbook collection!

Taste & See-- Library Fest: The Food Edition. Food tasting and food history program. April 21, 2022 from noon to 2pm in the Wynn Multipurpose Room (Building 10)

Food while supplies last. This event is a collaboration between Durham County Library’s Library Fest, Durham Tech’s Culinary Program, Durham Tech Library, and the Viva the Arts Committee.

We hope to see you there!

Durham County Public Library’s Library Fest has exciting events planned for adults, teens, and children the week of April 18, about food, agriculture, and culinary history of the South.

Registration is required, but free tickets are available for the keynote events with Vivian Howard, award-winning cookbook author, tv personality, chef and restaurateur, and Michael W. Twitty, culinary historian, and food writer.

Virtual and in-person events throughout the week include programs on local mushroom foraging, community gardens, history of Durham restaurants, science of coffee, soil health, backyard chickens, and much more!

Visit for full schedule and ticket information.  

Check out our New Main Campus Books post from April 13 for info about our Culinary Arts program (including a link to our resource guide) and for some of our newest cookbooks!

Get Crafty with Us! Put Spring 2022 Crafternoons on your calendar!

New semester, new upcoming Crafternoons!

We’re reaching back to some old favorites from Crafternoons past for the Spring 2022 semester, so join us at either the Main Campus or Orange County Campus to create something awesome!

No prior experience or expertise necessary– all supplies and instructions will be provided at the event!

Click through to find out more info about our Spring 2022 Crafternoons in February, March, and April!

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Virtual Student Art Show

Welcome to the Durham Tech Virtual Student Art Show! Presented by Viva the Arts, it showcases over 100 pieces from students in our Fine Arts classes. Navigate through the show below or open it in a new window at this link. We’re thankful to be able to continue to showcase our talented students despite the pandemic. 

If you’re interested in purchasing a piece of art contact Tim Postell ( 

Questions, comments, or concerns can be sent to Courtney Bippley ( 

Durham Tech’s First Virtual Open House

Have you signed up for Durham Tech’s First Virtual Open House? 

2021 Virtual Open House. Durham Tech logo and Do great things tagline

The 3-hour event will take place on Wednesday, June 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and will provide information on College Admission, Financial Aid, Career Services, Student Support Services, and various other areas of the college. Following the Open House, the College will have virtual booths open for additional questions and information for specific Durham Tech departments.

As a part of the Student Support Services department, the Library has created a short (very short!) video highlighting our main services and friendly (masked) faces. Click through to check it out! 

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Durham Tech Food Pantry– Donate on behalf of your colleagues, friends, or just because

Give the gift of giving! Show your colleagues you care by donating on their behalf to the Campus Harvest Food Pantry. A $25 gift provides 5 students with a large grocery bag of food and a bag of fresh produce. A $50 gift provides a 6-serving frozen family meal to 6 students. A $100 gift provides a large bag of groceries, fresh produce, a frozen family meal. and personal and household hygiene items for up to 7 students. A $250 gift provides a large bag of groceries, fresh produce, a frozen family meal, personal and household hygiene items, kid-friendly snacks, and diapers to 15 students.

The Durham Tech Campus Harvest Food Pantry has launched the Give the Gift of Giving campaign. Durham Tech employees, show your co-workers that you are thinking of them this holiday season by making an online gift to the food pantry on their behalf.

To participate in the Gift of Giving campaign, complete the Foundation’s Online Giving Form and put your colleague’s name in the Tribute Information box. In the Additional Information comment box, indicate if you would prefer that your colleague receive a festive mailed letter or email to inform them that you have contributed to the food pantry on their behalf.

Want to donate on behalf of someone who is not a Durham Tech employee?
Complete the Foundation’s Online Giving Form and put your someone’s name in the Tribute Information box. In the Additional Information comment box, indicate if you would prefer that they receive a festive mailed letter or email to inform them that you have contributed to the food pantry on their behalf. Make sure to include their mailing or email address in the Additional Information box. 

Just want to donate to our awesome and hard-working Campus Harvest Food Pantry? Complete the Foundation’s Online Giving Form and select the Food Pantry as your designation. 

Check out our Food Pantry donation video to learn how the pantry has been safely serving students with expanded services and its impact on students’ lives.

Durham Tech Virtual Crafternoon: Paper Stars!

It’s time for another virtual Crafternoon! Crafternoons are a partnership between the Durham Tech Student Government Association and the Library. 

Video with step-by-step images on how to create paper star wreaths.
How to make paper stars in 11 seconds. 

Today, I’ll walk through how to make paper stars, which–depending on the size of paper you use– can be used as a decorative wreath or just decoration. Heck, if you want to make a lot of them, you can even make a paper star garland! 

Do you want six pages of scrapbook paper to make your own paper star wreath? We have some scrapbook paper kits available for current students to pick up at the Main Campus Library. Request your paper through our Wufoo form– current students only, please

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It’s Election Day!

Happy Election Day 2020! 

Today is the last day to cast your vote! Join your Durham Tech community and cast your vote if you’re eligible and haven’t already! 

Durham Tech Early Voting pictures and Selfies, including some pens, thumbs up, and celebratory shoes. We voted!

In order to vote today, you’ll need to go to your assigned polling place and can vote until 7:30 p.m.– if you’re in line at 7:30 p.m., no matter how long the line may be, you can cast your ballot. Learn more from the NC State Board of Elections about what to expect when voting on Election Day, including links to download a sample ballot.

No ID is required. 

As a voter, you have rights! Here’s a concise list from Democracy NC about your Voter’s Bill of Rights. (Also available in Spanish.) Remember that voter intimidation is against both state and federal law. Report any instances of voter intimidation to the election official at your polling place 

If you’d like to drop off your Vote-by-Mail/Absentee Ballot in person, you can do so on Election Day at your county’s Board of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. All ballots sent through the mail must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 12

Unfortunately, if you have not registered to vote, you can no longer do so, but if you have registered and your name is not found at your polling place, you have the right to complete a provisional ballot

Out Loud in the Library: A Durham Tech Library Podcast

The second episode of the Durham Tech Library podcast, Out Loud in the Library is out today! Check out Episode 2: Action Plan with Angela Davis about Durham Tech’s Action Plan for Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity.