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

Celebrate Poetry Month with Durham Tech

April is National Poetry Month, which celebrates and encourages people to read and rediscover poets and poetry in their literary lives. 

National Poetry Month, April 2019. "And then our singing
Brought on a different manner of weather
We took new stock of one another
We wept to be reminded of such color."  from "An Old Story" by Tracy K. Smith.

How can you participate at Durham Tech? Good news! We’ve got a few easy suggestions! 

Want some more poetry in your life? Check out local public libraries and independent bookstores for more events. 

Celebrate reading all the great things in 2018!

Durham Tech Library's Read Great Things 2018 Challenge Celebration! You're invited! Who: Anyone (faculty, staff, student, alumni) who participated in or completed the Read Great Things 2018 Challenge What: A celebration featuring tea, cookies, prizes for participation/completion, and a book swap When: Wed., Dec. 12 from 11a.m.—1p.m. Where: ERC 5-212 (upstairs faculty lounge) Stop by to pick up your participation prizes, have some tea and cookies, and (if you want) participate in a book swap. Completers should fill out the Read Great Things Completion form to reserve a tote bag prize. All participants are eligible for a reading mascot button.

Need some more details? Here you go!

  • Looking for the completion form so you can get yourself a tote bag? Here’s where you can find the Read Great Things 2018 Challenge Completion form.
  • Need more information about the Read Great Things 2018 Challenge? Here’s where you can find the Durham Tech Library blog post about the Read Great Things 2018 Challenge.
  • Looking for information about the Read Great Things 2019 Challenge? You can find out more at the celebration or posted on this blog in January. Subscribe to this blog to keep up-to-date.
  • What’s this about a book swap? In order to participate in the book swap, you should bring at least one used book that you no longer want and will trade it for a book someone else is ready to rehome. Feel free to drop off book swap books–in good used condition without significant stains, smells, or damage–before the event at either the Main Campus or Orange County Campus Library. Any books that are not swapped will be donated to the Durham Tech Little Free Libraries.

Contact Meredith Lewis (lewisma @ durhamtech . edu) if you have questions.

Read Great Things Challenge 2018 — Check-in & Celebration Information

Durham Tech Library Read Great Things Challenge 2018

We’re 11.5/12ths of the way through 2018, and the end of the year and the end of the Durham Tech Library’s Read Great Things Challenge 2018 is coming up fast.

To give us an idea of how many prizes (!!!) and participation items we need, if you’re participating or have been trying to participate, please fill out our survey if you haven’t already: Read Great Things Challenge 2018 Check-In Survey

All participants (whether you finish or not) are welcome to stop by the Main Campus Library on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 11:00 to 1:00 to have some cookies and tea, pick up a tote bag (priority goes to current faculty, staff, and students who submit their challenge completion form) and other swag (any participants are eligible), and participate in a used book swap (bring one, trade for another one). Anyone wanting to donate a book for the book swap ahead of time, drop it by any Durham Tech library location– those not claimed in the swap will be put in one of our Little Free Libraries.

If you want more information about the Read Great Things Challenge, check out our library blog entry about it: Read Great Things Challenge 2018 Information

We’ll be doing this again in 2019, so hold onto your reading glasses and prep your TBR piles! Look out for upcoming TLC events and check-ins throughout the year.

Happy reading! Direct any questions to Meredith Lewis, Orange County Campus Librarian (lewisma @ durham tech . edu)

Celebrate Banned Books Week Sept. 23-29

Banned Books Week is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the importance of open access to information for all. Banned Books Week brings awareness to issues of censorship in libraries and schools. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles reports from libraries, schools, and the media of attempts to ban books in communities across the country.

Banned Book Week gif

Image from American Library Association

To see a list of the most frequently challenged and banned books, visit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks

Stop by our banned books display on the lower level of the library and pick up a bookmark or coloring sheet at the library’s desk to celebrate your freedom to read.Durham Tech Library's Banned Books displayDurham Tech Library's Banned Books display

 

Join us for Crafternoon workshops this Fall semester

The Library and Student Government Association are hosting craft workshops this fall semester.  Workshops are held in the Library’s Group Study Area room 105A on the lower level of Main Campus Library unless otherwise noted.  All materials and supplies are provided.

Images from previous Crafternoon workshops:

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Schedule for Main Campus
Mon. 8/27 1:00-3:00   Academic planners/notebooks
Tues. 9/18 1:00-3:00  Mixed media collage
Wed. 10/24  11:00-3:00 Pumpkin painting (note location: Fall Fest, Main Campus Plaza)
Thurs. 11/1  1:00-3:00 Day of the Dead masks (note location: Wynn Multipurpose Room)
Tues. 11/27 1:00-3:00 Tote bag painting

Schedule for Orange County Campus
Wed. Aug. 29 11:30 – 1:30  Academic planners/notebooks
Thurs. Sept. 20 11:30-1:30  Mixed media collage
Tues. Oct. 23 11:30-1:30 Pumpking painting during Fall Fest
Wed. Oct. 31 TBD  Day of the Dead masks
Thurs. Nov. 29 11:30-1:30  Tote bag painting

Library hosts third annual Student Art Exhibition

The library is thrilled to be hosting our third annual Student Art Exhibition.  Come see the amazing art by our extremely talented Associate in Fine Arts students.  Drawings, paintings, watercolors, and sculpture are all featured.  The art will be on display through May 4th. Enjoy photos of some of the art works in the exhibition here.

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For more information, view the poster:

Student Art Exhibition Poster Spring 18

 

 

 

 

Join us for Crafternoon!

The Library and Student Government Association are hosting craft workshops this spring semester. We made felted wool creations last week.

Participants in the wool felting workshopphoto from workshop

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All workshops are from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Library’s Group Study Area room 105A on the lower level. We hope you’ll mark your calendars to join us for all of the events.  All materials and supplies are provided. Next week we’ll make paper beads and valentine cards.

 

 

Here is a poster for our spring events on Main Campus:

Workshops at Orange County Campus will be held in the lobby on the following dates and times:

Valentines & Paper Beads

Feb. 14, 2:00-3:30 pm

Rock Painting

Mar. 21, 1:00-3:00 pm

Recycled Soda Can Flowers

April, date to be announced

 

#ReadGreatThings2018

Looking for a way to challenge your reading self in 2018?

Have we got a plan for you!

Durham Tech Library's Read Great Things 2018 Challenge

What is the Read Great Things Challenge?

The Read Great Things Challenge is a reading challenge sponsored by the Durham Tech Library throughout 2018 that encourages folks to diversify or increase their reading goals by completing books that fit into at least 10 of the following 12 categories:

  • A book being turned into a movie or tv show in 2018
  • A biography, autobiography, memoir, or a fictionalized account of a real person’s life
  • A book about or that features sports
  • A book of poetry or a book written in verse
  • A book you previously started or were assigned and never finished
  • A book that takes place in a country or place you’d like to visit
  • A book you chose for the cover
  • A book that takes place during or is about a historical event 50 years or more in the past [1968 or before]
  • A popular science book [nonfiction books that talk about scientific topics from a non-textbook point-of-view]
  • A book with a supernatural creature, occurrence, or event
  • A book about cooking or food
  • A book suggested by a Durham Tech librarian either in-person or on the Durham Tech Library Blog

We’ll be highlighting a different category on this blog each month.  Your can always ask a librarian for recommendations if you can’t think of a book to read for a certain category (which conveniently fills that final awesome category).

How do I participate in the Read Great Things Challenge?

It’s pretty simple –just start reading! You don’t have to sign up and you can start at any point in the year. You’ll need to choose books that fit into at least 10 of the 12 categories by the end of Fall Semester (December 2018) to complete the challenge.

There’s also a joinable Sakai site (listed under Membership on your Sakai home page once you sign in) that we’ll be using if you want to discuss books you’re reading and recommend some of your own great reads. Email Meredith Lewis (OCC Librarian) or the library for more information. 

What kind of book counts as a “great thing”?

All books count–hardcover, paperback, ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, comic books, library books, books you own, books you’ve borrowed… If it fits into one (or two) of the categories and you’ve read it/want to read it, that counts. As long as it’s read in 2018, you’re good to go. 

Can I count a book for multiple categories?

One book can count for up to two categories.

How do I win the challenge? (What do I win?)

To win and complete the challenge, you should finish books in 2018 that fit into at least 10 of the 12 listed categories. In late November or early December, we’ll have bookish prizes available for those who bring their completed book list to the library or fill out the completion form.

You’ll also get a personal sense of satisfaction and bragging rights. (And who doesn’t love those?)

Do the books have to be from the Durham Tech Library?

Nope, but we’re glad to point you in the direction of one already in our collection. We have some great books just waiting to make it on your list.

Download a pdf of the checklist and challenge guidelines here: Read Great Things Challenge 2018

Celebrate Banned Books Week Sept. 24-30

Banned Books Week is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the importance of open access to information for all. Banned Books Week brings awareness to issues of censorship in libraries and schools.

Banned Books Week poster

Image from ALA: American Library Association

According to the American Library Association, “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.”

To see a list of the most frequently challenged, books visit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks

Visit our banned books display on the lower level of the library and pick up a bookmark at the library’s desk to celebrate the power of words and the freedom to read.

banned books display