Luke Cage in the Library

It’s been about a month since season 1 of Luke Cage was released on Netflix. So, obviously, everyone has finished it by now, right? Yes? No? Either way this post is spoiler free, unless you consider literature references spoilers.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage makes a ton of literary references. It names titles and authors that have made their mark on African American culture, as well as simply nodding to some bestsellers and other well known works. Luke Cage is a well-read man, as are the villains in the show. It’s wonderful to see so many books and authors acknowledged on television for the effect they had on people and culture.

A Luke Cage Syllabus was created by Tara Betts over on If you get the chance to look at it, I highly recommend it. It’s well done and the length of the list is impressive. It also includes notes on when the book was referenced in the show and recommendations for further reading.

Here are a few of the titles from the #LukeCageSyllabus #Season1 that we have at the Durham Tech Library. This isn’t a comprehensive list of the books and authors we have from the list, and if you’d like to read something we don’t have we can get it for you through Interlibrary Loan.

Acres of Skin by Allen M. Hornblum

Acres of Skin by Allen M. Hornblum


Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Heat's On by Chester Himes

The Heat’s On by Chester Himes

Your voice, your vote

As Early Voting begins today in North Carolina, the library has a display of resources about voting rights and history to remind us of the importance of casting our ballots.  There are also excellent ebooks in ebrary and streaming video in Films on Demand.  Visit the NC Voter Guide to locate early voting places, your polling location, and more.

Your voice, your vote


Here are some of the library’s books, ebooks, and DVDs about voting rights and history.

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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Good Morning, Durham Tech!

Surely, I’m not the only one dreaming about a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth…) cup of coffee this morning. Maybe you woke up with energy and pep, good for you! This post is for everyone else who is fantasizing about that smooth, bold, dark ambrosia and who would like to learn more about it while doing so.

Here are three books about coffee available through ebrary. Click on the covers below to read them online, download them to your device, or just stare at the covers for a while imagining you can smell those freshly roasted beans. I won’t judge.

A latte in a white coffee cup.

What Every Child Needs to Know About Coffee by R. Bradley Snyder and Marc Engelsgjerd

Caffeine comprehension level: Only one cup of coffee needed to read and understand this book.

World map in coffee beans.

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our World by Mark Pendergrast

Caffeine comprehension level: 2-3 cups of coffee needed to read and understand this book.

Latte in front of coffee beans.

Coffee: Emerging Health Effects and Disease Prevention by Yi-Fang Chu (Ed.)

Caffeine comprehension level: 4+ cups of coffee to read and understand this book.

Don’t worry tea lovers! I haven’t forgotten you fundamentally flawed people who prefer tea over coffee in the morning. Here is a book to satisfy your early morning caffeine cravings.

Steaming tea pot.

Tea Classified: A Tealover’s Companion by Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson

Caffeine comprehension level: As many cups of tea as it takes for you to understand that coffee is better this book.

Films on Demand New Titles: U.S. Elections, Chernobyl and Other Topics

Through NC LIVE the Durham Tech library offers Films on Demand, which is a collection of almost 30,000 award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.

This collection of video resources is updated regularly. September brought 164 new titles, many of which cover U.S. elections. Other topics in the September additions include energy and the environment, terrorism, human rights, medicine, space exploration and numerous other topics. Continue Reading →

New Books for October!

It’s October!

Fall has officially arrived so feel free to curl up with a blanket, a pumpkin spice latte, and one of these books. Sounds like a perfect afternoon to us.