What We’re Reading: The Lying Game

The Lying Game book coverTitle: The Lying Game

Read by: Mary Kennery

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: thriller/suspense/female friendships

Why did you choose to read this book?  I love mysteries.  I have read the other books by Ruth Ware – In a Dark, Dark Wood (a favorite!) and The Woman in Cabin 10.  I was waiting to read her latest one.

What did you like about it?  How the plot begins:  a text of three words: I need you.  Then three texts in reply:  I’m coming.  I’m coming. I’m coming.  Fatima, Thea, Isa and Kate were best friends in boarding school in England.  They were inseparable and known for their little game – the Lying Game.  The rules were simple:  1. Tell a lie.  2. Stick to your story.  3. Don’t get caught.  4. Never lie to each other.  5.  Know when to stop lying.  Oh the consequences that would have seventeen years later!

Did it remind you of any other book, or a movie?  Other mystery authors and the foreboding elements of Ruth Ware’s other books.

Was there anything noteworthy about the book? The scenery I imagined – Salten, the English coastal village; the remote tidal marsh, the Reach; the crumbling, sinking Tide Mill with its rickety planks and flooded bridge; and narrator Isa’s sweet infant, Freya, in her pram.

What feeling did the book leave you with?  Whom do you hurt?  Be careful if you lie. Lies always catch up to you.  Once you begin, can you ever stop?

Whom would you recommend the book to? A mystery lover, a Ruth Ware fan

What would you pair this book with?  A pub brew, battered haddock, a portion of chips with salt and vinegar and a side portion of mushy peas.  Plus a flashlight for the darkness.

The library has In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware in our collection and we plan to order The Lying Game soon. This book can also be requested through Interlibrary loan.

Crafternoon: Make your own academic planner or notebook

Durham Tech Library and Student Government Association are excited to host fun craft events for students!  This will be an ongoing event series in Fall and Spring semesters. We will host this first event at both Orange County Campus and Main Campus Library.

crafternoon imagePROJECT: Make & decorate your own academic planner or notebook

LOCATION: Orange County Campus, room 104

PRESENTER: Meredith Lewis, OCC Librarian

WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 11:30-1:00 pm


PROJECT: Make & decorate your own academic planner or notebook

LOCATION: Main Campus Library; room 5-105A (Group study area)

PRESENTER: Meredith Lewis, OCC Librarian

WHEN: Friday, August 25, 1:00-3:00 pm

We hope to see you there!  All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend our workshops.

What We Read Wednesdays: The Durham Tech Faculty & Staff Summer Edition

In a repeating series highlighting current and recent reads around Durham Tech, here’s Durham Tech’s awesome faculty and staff’s favorite reads of summer 2017:

As always, if you’re interested in a title, check out the master list of the books below and their availability to see if you can find it at Durham Tech or if you’ll need to request it through interlibrary loan (find this request under eforms). Need help doing either of these things or don’t yet have a library card? Ask in the library.

Here’s the list of Durham Tech’s favorite summer reads (and their availability) in pdf format: Durham Tech’s Summer 2017 Best Books

Is your department, club, campus, committee, or subgroup interested in participating in a What We’re Reading blog post? The goal of the What We’re Reading posts is to highlight books, professional literature, blogs, or any other things you might be currently reading or have recently finished. Contact OCC librarian Meredith Lewis for more information.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Mon. August 21

The Library and Durham Tech’s Student Government Association are excited to host a Solar Eclipse viewing party on the Main campus plaza next Monday, Aug. 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm.

solar eclipse images

The total solar eclipse of November 14, 2012, as seen in the South Pacific. Photo by Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

For the first time in nearly 40 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the continental United States, which makes this a special and rare phenomenon for us to witness.  A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the face of the sun as seen from earth.  It’s extremely important to view the eclipse safely.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through solar filters, such as eclipse glasses.  Eclipse glasses will be provided at our event as well as refreshments. Glasses will also be available at the Orange County Campus.  Please join us for this fun celestial celebration!  Also visit our display in the library window for books and materials related to astronomy and space.

Durham Tech Solar Eclipse Event Poster

To learn more about the eclipse visit these sites:


American Astronomical Society

The “All-American” Eclipse guide for libraries:

Sky and Telescope magazine


New Semester, New Books

Take one of these books home to enjoy. Or cry over. Or marvel at. Or learn from. Or all of the above.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, Durham Tech!

As we begin the Fall 2017 semester, a few friendly library reminders:

Your student ID is your pass into the library. Current students need to have a up-to-date student ID. There will be a grace period the first week of classes, but after that, each student only gets 2 passes a semester (alternate photo ID required). Get or update your student ID at the Security Desk on any Durham Tech Campus –it should say Fall 2017.

Textbooks are available for in-library use. Behind the circulation desk, we have textbooks on reserve for many classes for anyone to use. These textbooks can’t leave the library and are loaned out on a first come, first served basis. If you’re looking at a way to cut costs or aren’t sure if you need to buy a book for a class, you’re welcome to use ours. You can check them out with your updated student ID/library card for two hours at a time.

Books and DVDs are here for you to borrow. We have all kinds of fiction and non-fiction books and DVDs (and even a small collection of CDs) that you can check out to take home. Books check out for three weeks; movies check out for one week. You can also renew items one time each. Don’t have what you’re looking for? We can get most books or articles for you from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

Librarians are here to help. The library has physical books as well as online databases full of books and articles,and librarians ready to teach you how to use them. We can also help you learn your way around the computers, printers, scanners, copiers, and around your course resources, like Sakai and your Connectmail. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Have a great semester and don’t forget to stop by and see us!