What We’re Reading: Lincoln in the Bardo (Coming Soon!)

lincoln in the bardo by george saunders

(Coming soon to the Durham Tech Main Campus and OCC Libraries)

This book was read by Meredith Lewis, [mostly] the Orange County Campus Librarian.

Title of book: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author: George Saunders
Genre: Literary Fiction
#ReadGreatThings2018 Categor(ies): A fictionalized account of a real person’s life & A book that contains a supernatural creature, occurrence, or event

Why did you choose to read this book?

The press surrounding this book was weird– I kept hearing about a huge number of people involved in the audiobook and wasn’t quite sure why that was a thing. (The book is made up of various accounts of different events, both real and supernatural, so each narrator gets a new voice– if you were wondering.) Aside from that, I like supernatural stories and the premise– Willie Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s young son dies and is stuck between moving on to the world of the dead and staying behind on earth in the bardo (to greatly oversimplify: an in-between state in Tibetan Buddhism)– was really interesting.

What did you like about it?

Lincoln in the Bardo was unlike anything I’ve read before– the way the actual history backdrop of the story unfolded and how it was written was really interesting. It was kind of like reading a play, where it takes you a second to get used to the style and then you forget it’s there.  

Did it remind you of any other book, or a movie?

When I was younger, I read Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters and loved how weird and wonderful it was. One part of the storyline reminded me strongly of that book. 

Was there anything noteworthy about the book?

I mean, it an award and stuff (if you’re into that). 

Who would you recommend the book to?

People who like supernatural fiction and historical fiction and are looking for a well-written blend of both. It really was a great book about love and loss and regret and bravery and so much more. 

Did you enjoy the Black Panther movie? Want to read the comic books?

The library has the first three graphic novels in the recent Black Panther series and we have just ordered the fourth.  If you liked the movie and want to learn more of the back story, borrow these today!  You’ll find them on our new bookshelf.

Black Panther Book 2

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2

Black Panther Book 1

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1

Black Panther Book 3

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3

#ReadGreatThings2018: Fictionalized Accounts of Real People’s Lives

Need some more suggestions to work your way through the Durham Tech Library’s Read Great Things Challenge? This month, in addition to our previous post about memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies, we’re highlighting fictionalized stories about real people.

Any of these books will count for this category in the challenge, but you are more than welcome to find your own book as well. Many of the books below can be found in our libraries, along with so many more!


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.

Films on Demand logo

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: Memoirs, Biographies, & Autobiographies

Hello, Durham Tech,

Here is our monthly list of book ideas for the Durham Tech Library’s Read Great Things Challenge! This month we are highlighting memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, and fictionalized stories about real people (look for this post soon!).

Any of these books will count for this category in the challenge, but you are more than welcome to find your own book as well. All of the books below can be found in our library, along with so many more!


If you haven’t started reading for the challenge yet, that’s okay! You can win with just five books if you choose wisely. You’ve got this!

Join us for Crafternoon!

The Library and Student Government Association are hosting craft workshops this spring semester. We made felted wool creations last week.

Participants in the wool felting workshopphoto from workshop

photo from workshop









All workshops are from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Library’s Group Study Area room 105A on the lower level. We hope you’ll mark your calendars to join us for all of the events.  All materials and supplies are provided. Next week we’ll make paper beads and valentine cards.



Here is a poster for our spring events on Main Campus:

Workshops at Orange County Campus will be held in the lobby on the following dates and times:

Valentines & Paper Beads

Feb. 14, 2:00-3:30 pm

Rock Painting

Mar. 21, 1:00-3:00 pm

Recycled Soda Can Flowers

April, date to be announced


New art books available in the library

The library recently added nearly twenty new contemporary art books to our collection thanks to the Art Resources Transfer program sponsored by The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.). The D.U.C. distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide.  By enriching library collections with art resources, the program fosters arts education, literacy, and access to contemporary art. We are excited to offer these books to support the college’s Associate in Fine Arts program.  Book content includes art exhibition catalogs, essays, photography, sculpture, painting, portraiture, mixed media, and more.

Here is the complete list of art books received with descriptions: Art Books donated by the DUC Jan 2018

Some of these books are featured on a display downstairs on the lower level of Main Library.

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