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. 

Crash Course in Media Literacy

Media literacy is a topic that comes up often these days. But, what does it actually mean? What counts as media? What does it entail? How can we teach students the skills needed to digest media critically?

There is a Crash Course for that!

Click through the embedded video below or find the full playlist here.

Crash Course is a YouTube channel that was started by John Green and his brother Hank Green. (Yes, it’s that John Green.) These educational videos are free to watch, though if you are inspired to donate to their patreon it is appreciated. The videos span topics from history to science to economics. And, now they’ve added media literacy! The host of the media literacy videos is Jay Smooth. He guides viewers through twelve videos on media literacy past, present, and future. If you’re looking for just the skills portion skip to video number eleven, but all of them are worth watching. You can show these videos in class, embed them in your Sakai site, or even just mention them to students who are looking for some clarification when working toward understanding media.

Visit the Durham Tech Library’s Evaluating News Sources libguide for more resources on media and information literacy.

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!

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.

 

 

 

#ReadGreatThings2018: Books to Movies and/or Television

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but 2018 is here and the library is launching a reading challenge!

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To help you discover books for the reading challenge categories, we will be highlighting books from our collection that fit into different categories (and also count towards that last one– librarian recommendations).

Get excited!

Stephen Colbert and Kermit the frog waving their arms around excitedly


This month we’re covering books that will be turned into movies or television shows this year.

These are only a few of all the page-to-screen adaptations happening this year, but you can find more here, here, and here.

#readgreatthings2018 protip: Many of these books can count towards 2 categories.

Remember, if we don’t have a copy of a book you’d like to read, we can get it for you through inter-library loan. Just ask a librarian.

Resources for evaluating news sources and avoiding fake news

Durham Tech Library has created an extensive online guide to help with evaluating and categorizing news sources.  You’ll find links to videos, infographics, articles, books, ebooks, handouts, games and activities, a research study from Stanford, and much more!

http://durhamtech.libguides.com/infolit

Feel free to link this guide to your Sakai course sites and share with students.

We also have some new books in the library for further reading and discussion on this important topic:

Overload

Call Number: PN 4888 .P6 S35 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weaponized Lies

Call Number: BC 177 .L486 2017

debunk it

Call Number: BC 177 .G736 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For fun, play the Factitious game to determine if stories are true or false.  This game was created by American University:  http://factitious.augamestudio.com/#/

Let the library staff know if you have recommendations for additional resources to add to the guide.

 

 

 

Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women in Science

The second Tuesday of October is Ada Lovelace Day and celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the hope of inspiring future generations of young women to study and work in STEM fields.

Image of Ada Lovelace

Image from http://www.rejectedprincesses.com

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer who created the first program for Charles Babbage‘s analytical engine. She is known as the first computer programmer and has a computer programming language from the Department of Defense named after her. (From The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography)

Read more about Ada Lovelace and ways to support women in STEM fields here:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/sifting-the-evidence/2015/oct/13/why-ada-lovelace-day-matters?CMP=share_btn_fb

You can also explore these books in the library’s collection which feature Ada Lovelace and other important women in science, mathematics, and history:

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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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Rejected princesses : tales of history’s boldest heroines, hellions, and heretics by Jason Porath

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby

Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby