What We’re Reading: Hillbilly Elegy

Title: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Author: J.D. Vance

cover of book Hillbilly Elegy

Genre: memoir

Why did you choose to read this book?

I am a member of a two-person book club and the other member suggested this book.

What did you like about it?

It was a quick read. J.D. Vance details his upbringing in the Rust Belt as the descendant of Appalachian migrants to Ohio. He details the culture and communities of Scots-Irish people in West Virginia and Middletown, Ohio.

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Crafternoon Workshops scheduled for Fall Semester

The Library and Student Government Association are excited to host craft workshops again this fall semester.  Workshops are held in the Library’s Group Study Area room 5-105A on the lower level of Main Campus Library unless otherwise noted and are open to all students, faculty, and staff.  All materials and supplies are provided. Join us for creative fun and to try something new!

Photos from spring semester Crafternoon workshops:

Main Campus Schedule
Make and decorate your own academic planner or notebook
Thurs. 8/29 2:00-4:00 Main Campus Library room 5-105A
Candle Making
Thurs. 9/19 2:00-4:00 Main Campus Library room 5-105A
Pumpkin painting
Thurs. 10/31 2:00-4:00 Wynn Multipurpose room 10-103
Native American crafts
Tues. 11/19 2:00-4:00 Main Campus Library room 5-105A

Orange County Campus Schedule
Make and decorate your own academic planner or notebook
Tues. 8/27 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby
Candle Making
Wed. 9/20 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby
Pumpkin painting
10/29 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby
Native American crafts
Wed. 11/20 11:00-1:00 OCC Lobby

N.E.W. at the O.C.C.

Don’t forget about our branch campus library offerings, including these freshly added books! Ask a librarian for help (or use the catalog to put a hold on a copy of a book) if you’d like to pick up the book at a different campus library. 

Popular Fiction, Available Now!

Are you number 217* on the public library’s hold list for popular fiction, such as Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Available now at the Main Campus Library with the Recently Returned books display (right inside the door)

Don’t forget to check the Durham Tech Library collection for both your fiction and non-fiction needs, including [as of 5:24 p.m., Monday, August 12] Where the Crawdads Sing.

We can’t compete head-to-head with the awesome fiction selection at your local public library, but don’t count us out.

*217 is the actual number of holds on Where the Crawdads Sing at the Durham County Public Library.

In Memoriam: Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

On Monday, August 5, 2019, author, editor, and teacher Toni Morrison passed away. 

Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison. Author, editor, teacher. 

Morrison was nearly 40 when her first book, The Bluest Eye, was published. She went on to become the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature for her “novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, giv[ing] life to an essential aspect of American reality.” She earned the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award for her novel Beloved and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Song of Solomon. In 2012,  she was presented with Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Morrison’s writing brought consciousness of the Black experience in America with novels that were both popular and critically acclaimed– in addition to her literary accolades, she was an Oprah Book Club pick four times. As an editor, she helped develop and edit works by Angela Davis, Muhammad Ali, Toni Cade Bambara, Huey Newton, Henry Dumas, and Gayl Jones. 

If you’re interested in reading more of Toni Morrison or experiencing her for the first time, the library has many of her works in our Main and Orange County Campus collections