Summer School Reading: Textbooks On Reserve in the Library

Waiting for your books to arrive or need to save some cash this summer?

The library has many textbooks on reserve for you to borrow in-library for 2 hours at a time.  Give us a call or stop by to see if we have something that can help you out for the summer semester!

Remember that we offer our regular library services over the summer as well, including research and citation help, inter-library loan, book check-out, a computer lab, and upstairs printing for $.05 a page.

Read Local Book Festival – This Weekend!

Whether you’re taking summer classes or celebrating the first week of summer vacation, take a few moments (heck, maybe even give it a few hours!) this weekend to check out the Read Local Book Festival in downtown Durham from Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17.  

Read Local Book Festival logoThe festival will feature authors and publishers local to Durham (meaning: Durham County and the nearest surrounding counties, including Orange, Wake, Chatham, Person, and Granville).

Check out the list of participants— you may see a familiar Durham Tech face!

Events vary from writing workshops to cookbook “rodeo”s to an exhibitor fair to reading performances.  Look at the schedule of events to find something that fits you!


Listen Up! : Free Audiobooks for your enjoyment

Like YA and/or classic literature? Like audiobooks?  Like free things?

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Every summer, AudioFile’s Sync summer “reading” program provides free weekly downloads of two audiobooks: one contemporary YA book and one work of classic literature that relates to the same theme.

The new season of free downloads starts on Thursday, May 7 with  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.  Check out the entire list of offerings (14 weeks worth!) on their website!

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute

Tonight is the night of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. It is an exclusive and expensive ($25,000 a ticket!) fundraiser for the museum.

We may not be able to attend what has become one of New York City’s biggest parties of the year, but we can view the Costume Institute’s collection online. That’s almost the same, right?

Just click here to view clothing from the collection. From gowns to hats to aprons, you can find clothing and jewelry in all kinds of styles from many different time periods. For instance:

Evening Dress from 1842.

Evening Dress from 1842

Crocheted Baby Bootees from the 1870s

Crocheted Baby Bootees from the 1870s

16th Century Spanish Helmet

16th Century Spanish Helmet

Many of the items you can view online are not on display in the museum. That’s a kind of exclusivity you can enjoy from your couch at home.


New Books for May

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