HOW TO Do a Little Bit of Everything

Quick note:

The Durham Tech Main Campus Library will close from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 for a College-wide staff training. Printing and chat will be unavailable during this time (since your Durham Tech librarians staff chat during the day.)

We will be open from 8:00-8:50 a.m. and then again from 12:30 -5:30 p.m. after the training has finished.

It’s summer term and summer time (kind of?), and whether you’re taking classes, teaching, working, or just taking a little break, the extended daylight hours have always seemed like a good time to try something new.

how to books for adventure, self-improvement, and beyond!

With that in mind, the Library has a variety of how-tos to activate your curiosity and build your skills, whether mending, reading ancient languages, building up your personal boundaries and emotional intelligence, getting a better night’s sleep, becoming an expert in microwave cookery, embarking on small gardening, and many more!

Keep reading to check out what we have available in print and digitally through Dogwood Digital Library (add us on your Libby app!).

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What You Could Be Watching, Listening to, and Reading for AAPI Heritage Month

Reminder: Durham Tech will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Have a nice long weekend and remember to incorporate some *real* self-care into your daily practices.

NPR Podcast- California Love: Season 2, KPOP Dreaming

The previous link is to an article and an episode of NPR’s Code Switch that talks about self-care with psychiatrist Pooja Lakshmin, who just published a new book . Also in honor of AAPI Heritage Month and related via the NPR podcast/audio breadcrumb trail, check out the KPOP Dreaming podcast, about growing up Korean-American during the 90s, music, family history, and identity. Oh, and loving KPOP.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Established in 1977 to elevate, highlight, and celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, May was chosen to commemorate the first documented Japanese immigrant from 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869, which used many Chinese laborers. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

pbs asian americans documentary series (2020)

PBS has an excellent video playlist of their various documentaries for AAPI Heritage Month available for free. Films on Demand has the entire Asian Americans (2020) series in their AAPI playlist (off-campus, log in using your Durham Tech username and password).

Interested in reading some excellent books in all sorts of genres by Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans?

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Dogwood Digital Collection, May 2023

Keep reading to see some of our selection available or check out our physical displays of memoirs, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and cookbooks at the Orange County Campus, downstairs at the Main Campus, or ebooks and audiobooks online through Dogwood Digital Library (add us to your Libby app and sign in using your Durham Tech username and password).

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Read Across Durham Tech!

Tuesday through Saturday of next week (March 7-11) are Durham Tech’s Inclement Weather Make-Up Days (aka “Not Spring Break”), and since we haven’t had inclement weather, there will be a break in classes.

March is National Reading Month and this year, Thursday, March 2 (today!) has been designated Read Across America Day.

We get that sometimes when you’re in school or teaching that it can be hard to budget time, energy, and attention for reading if it’s not your go-to, but we believe that everyone who wants to be a reader can be.

Awkward Yeti comic "Heart Tries Reading". Heart and Brain are anthropomorphic organs having a conversation. Brain is reading a book and says, "Heart, come read with me." Heart responds, "Oh fine, I'll look at your boring books." When Heart looks at the book, he sees various exciting scenes: A knight, a pirate ship, and an undersea-scape. Heart appears from behind the book and says, "THAT'S reading?!" and Brain responds, "Yep. Sorry to bore you."

To challenge yourself and join our quiet society of readers at Durham Tech, check out the Read Great Things Challenge, the Library’s annual category-based challenge, now in its 6th year. You can “win” with 5 strategically-chosen books.

In honor of Read Across America Day and National Reading Month, there are a few things that the Durham Tech Library would like to remind you about reading and your reading self–

  • Like other skills we learn, you can become a better reader through practice.
  • Like other habits we develop, you can work reading into your daily schedule by adding it with intention.
  • Do you like podcasts? Try audiobooks!
  • And on that note: Audiobooks and graphic novels are books and “count” as reading, too!
  • Not every book is for every person and that’s okay. Don’t yuck someone else’s favorites.
  • No read shaming! You’re allowed to dislike things without making others feel bad about liking them (and vise versa).
  • Being a slow reader is not a sign of moral failure or a lack of intelligence. Being a fast reader doesn’t mean you’re a better person in some existential way, either.
  • And an occasionally controversial take: If you’re reading something for fun and you’re just really, really not feeling it, you can put it down. [We mostly just have to push through and finish assigned reading. Such is life and college.]

Keep reading to learn more about the in-person AND online reading collections available through your Durham Tech Libraries.

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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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What We’re Listening To: Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

atlas of the heart: mapping meaningful connection and the language of human experience by brené brown, read by the author
Available as an audiobook through Dogwood Digital Library

Emotional intelligence is HARD, but being able to identify where your emotions are coming from and actually having the language to identify those emotions (and the differences between them) can help.

This book was read via audiobook by Meredith Lewis, the (mostly) Orange County Campus Librarian.

Title: Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

Author and Narrator: Brené Brown

Genre: Psychology, Social Science, Self-Help/Awareness/Mindfulness

Read Great Things 2022 Categories: A happy or hopeful book; Blast from the past: A book that will help you with your self-care (2021), A social science book (2019)

Why did you choose to read this book?

Quite simply, I needed an audiobook to listen to while I was doing some work with my hands.

I’m not always great with audiobooks; I get confused listening to high fantasy without being able to see some of the words, and with other genres, I tend to just zone out depending on the narrator. I’ve used familiar audiobooks to fall asleep so often that sometimes they just make me sleepy.

I picked this book up (digitally) because I know a lot about Brené Brown but hadn’t actually read anything by her before. I only read about one self-help-y book a year (strangely, around this same time each year– last time it was Wintering by Katherine May, also partially by audiobook). I’ll be honest: I didn’t expect to listen to more than an hour or so–it was just meant to be noise company–but Brown’s engaging narration style (it’s like a very long podcast) and the actual content of the book kept me interested. I’m very interested in emotion science and emotional intelligence since it has so much to do with how we navigate the world and how we react to conflicts or stress.

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E-Books and Audiobooks for Black History Month

Having a hard time choosing what books to read during Black History Month? We’ve got your back!

Black History Month books. Featuring Will, A Promised Land, The 1619 Project, and Caste.

We created a Black History Month collection in our Dogwood Digital Library for you to browse through. We have new and popular titles like Will by Will Smith, The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, and The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. Use your Durham Tech username and password to log in and check out books!

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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!