Library celebrates their first Read Great Things Challenge

Durham Tech Library celebrated the Read Great Things Challenge 2018 with tea and cookies on Wed. Dec. 12 from 11:00-1:00.  Participants talked about books they read this year, swapped books, and learned about the categories for next year’s Read Great Things Challenge 2019. Participants also picked up their fun tote bags and reading mascot pins.  It’s not too late to pick up your prize if you completed the challenge!  Simply stop by the library or complete your form online.

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Tote bag designed by Meredith Lewis

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Reading mascot pins designed by Meredith Lewis

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Downstairs in the library we are featuring a display of books that Library Staff read and enjoyed for this year’s challenge.

Stay tuned for details about the 2019 Read Great Things Challenge.

Happy reading over winter break!

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.

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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

 

Celebrate Pride Month @ Your Library

Durham Tech Library is celebrating the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community this month.  We have a display of books on the lower level of the library.

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Image from www.dclibrary.org

Explore the library’s guide to LGBTQ resources for books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming video, and recommended websites: http://durhamtech.libguides.com/LGBTQ

Pick up a bookmark at the reference desk to join the celebration!

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

 

 

 

 

Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

The library has many new books by diverse poets.  You can find these on a table at the back of the library on the upper level and on a display rack on the lower level.  To learn more about National Poetry month events and to sign up to receive poems in your email inbox, visit the Academy of American Poets.

Reading a book of poetry or a book written in verse qualifies for Durham Tech’s Reading Challenge:

#ReadGreatThings2018

 

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Streaming Video from Films on Demand

Watch the film above, from Ken Burns’s powerful documentary on the women’s suffrage movement, which presents the early years of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and their alliance in the struggle for women’s rights.

Visit Films on Demand or click the titles below for more films and clips to celebrate Women’s History Month.  Films or shorter film segments can be easily embedded into Sakai course sites. Visit our display window outside of the library and our display rack downstairs for lots of books and DVD resources available for checkout.

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story Series

This four-part series traverses countries and continents to uncover key stories of the strong and revolutionary women that have made and changed the course of human history from 10,000 BC to the present day. The series geographical reach is just as ambitious, covering everywhere from ancient Greece to medieval France; from first-century Vietnam to modern America.

Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots 

This is the true story of pioneering women, who for a brief moment in the darkest days of WWII, shattered the glass ceiling to become the first women to pilot American military aircraft. Survivors relive their personal experiences and the challenges they faced while ferrying aircraft, flying as test pilots and towing targets for live anti-aircraft practice. They also bring to light their sixty-six year long struggle for recognition and veterans rights.

Changing the Face of Medicine: Profiles of Achievement

A collection of stories and perspectives shared by thirteen veteran women physicians, surgeons, and specialists. The program conveys each doctor’s deep sense of passion and commitment to patient care, innovation, and research; it also illuminates the challenges these trailblazers had to confront in order to earn degrees and practice medicine.

 

Celebrate Black History Month with Streaming Video from Films on Demand

Watch the film above, an interview with inspirational Congressman John Lewis, or those below and visit Films on Demand for more films and clips to celebrate and honor Black History Month.  Films or shorter film segments can be easily embedded into Sakai course sites. Visit our display window outside of the library for lots of books and DVD resources available for checkout.

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Famous Americans: Famous African-Americans

Features Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and  many other African-Americans who fought for American independence, the abolition of slavery, civil rights, and had a great impact on society.

4 Little Girls

Spike Lee’s documentary about a racially motivated bombing that may have been caused by — and most definitely helped define — the emerging civil-rights movement championed by Dr. Martin Luther King and others. 4 Little Girls is at once a moving human account by family members and friends of the four girls who perished in the September 15, 1963 bombing, as well as an important historical account of the forces that shaped race relations in Birmingham and the nation in the 1960s.

This program reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War– and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups, and depicting the drama of King’s movement in varied, evolving phases. The work of Malcolm X, the rise of the Black Power movement, and the future of America’s ongoing equality battles are also examined.

This five-part series features an all-star cast who read from a collection of letters, diaries, speeches, and military records that document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-Americans across four centuries of warfare.

 

 

 

Day of the Dead Display

If you have walked by the Main Campus Library recently you may have seen our new display in our front window. Courtesy of Cambiando Caminos the display is for Diá de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Red skeleton demon holding a flower in his mouth.

Observed from October 31st to November 2nd, this holiday is often affiliated with Halloween in the United States. However, this is a distinct and different holiday with its own history and traditions. Learn more below, or if you are off campus click here.

Make sure to stop by and see the lovely display!

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

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:

https://durhamreadstogether.org/

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.

 

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