Hooray for Storytime!: Explore the Children’s Book Collection and Online Resources for Kids

The Main Campus Library has a colorful and engaging selection of children’s picture books available. Borrow some to read with the special little ones in your life.

We have a large, diverse collection of children’s picture books to support our Early Childhood Education Program, student parents, and employees. We have Caldecott Award winners and many other great titles to browse.

Main Campus Children's Collection

The picture books are located on the lower level in the large open group study room, 5-105A.

Keep reading to see some of our newest books in the Children’s Book Collection and for information on several digital collections for kids available through the Durham Tech Library’s online resources.

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Grow Your Career (Or Your Home!) With These New Construction & Trades Books

Durham Tech’s Building, Engineering, and Skilled Trades classes offer a variety of hands-on, skill-building courses that include carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, and more. These classes can result in rewarding and lucrative careers. For example, in May 2021, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated an electrician’s median wage as $22.75 an hour vs. $18.45 for all occupations. That’s shocking!

Students can get a jump start on a career and education in Construction & Trades using library resources, including new books on updated electrical standards, plumbing, or home renovation. We also offer an online research guide for Construction and Industrial Trades that contains additional resources.

If you are unable to visit or are short on time, you are in luck as we also offer a whole host of videos on various trades. For example, Durham Tech students can access videos on plumbing, carpentry, and electrician work through Films-on-Demand.

Keep reading to see our full selection of new construction and trades books!

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New Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. Collection Books

Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. at the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. at the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.

2022 marks the 15th year of the Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. Collection at Durham Tech Library’s Main Campus. After retiring, Dr. Phail Wynn Jr., president of Durham Tech from 1980 to 2007, made a great investment in Durham Tech Libraries to create a new, special collection: The Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. Collection.

The Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. Collection touches upon social responsibility and civic engagement, including topics such as ecology and environmental studies, fighting poverty, cultural awareness, appreciating diversity, global citizenship, teaching tolerance, and promoting world peace.

We continue the development of this very special collection with brand new materials every year.

Today, we highlight a few new beautiful additions to the collection, including the gorgeously illustrated The Atlas of a Changing Climate and new resources on personal sustainability in titles like Can I Recycle This? and Simply Sustainable.

Generous users can always contribute to the legacy of Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. by donating to the Dr. Wynn Jr. Memorial Funds, which includes The Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. Library Endowment, or by coming into the library and checking out a new book from the collection!

a large satellite image of the united states, a map of hurricane sandy is visible as it runs into the east coast
A vibrant, illustrated page detailing the breadth of Hurricane Sandy from the book The Atlas of a Changing Climate, now available in the Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. collection

Keep reading to see our full selection of new Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. Collection titles!

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New Books at Main Campus: Read about Recipes, Engaging Students, & More!

Library staff were so pleased to see Altarius Moody in The New York Times boosting Durham Tech’s Culinary Arts Program. To celebrate Durham Tech’s appearance in national culinary news, this week we’ve highlighted a few of our excellent new recipe books available for checkout.

(Psst, did you know we have a terrific research guide for Culinary Arts if you need to brush up on some cooking techniques? It has videos, the history of specific ingredients, and other culinary resources!)

Don’t forget to check out the article either through the NYT website or for free through our database access of NYT articles!

Altarius Moody, center, who runs the culinary arts program at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina, said the aim is to meet students where they are, even if they have families and full-time jobs.
Altarius Moody, as photographed in the New York Times by Veasey Conway.

After you’ve read about Durham Tech’s culinary accomplishments, swing by the library to check out exciting titles like Leah Thomas’ The Intersectional Environmentalist, or try a new recipe from the New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian cookbook.

Keep reading to see our selection of new books.

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New Books: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month was enshrined in law as an annual, month-long celebration on March 12, 1987, noting that “despite these contributions [by women], the role of American women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued in the body of American history.”

Who reading this can say they’ve done their studies and can score an A+ on NCpedia’s Quiz of North Carolina Women’s History? I like to brush up on my knowledge with their excellent Women’s History materials.

This year, however, Durham Tech got an up-and-close brush with Women’s History. The first woman Vice President, Kamala Harris, visited the school’s apprenticeship program and gave Durham Tech the opportunity to showcase its economic opportunities for students.

We see you asking, and the answer is yes: Durham Tech Library does have a copy of the Vice President’s memoir and her children’s book available for checking out!

Vice President Kamala visited Durham Tech’s Apprenticeship Program

Continue this celebratory spirit with the library’s resources from the comfort of your own home. Students and staff can start with Film-On-Demand’s “Women In Science Series” to keep in theme with the Vice President’s visit. For those seeking women’s history non-fiction ebooks, our Digital Dogwood Library offers a massive list of options.

Keep reading to see a gallery of new physical books available at the library to continue celebrating Women’s History Month! This week we’re highlighting the history of immigrant women and food, a vivid collection of interviews with women over 50, and so much more:

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What We’re Reading (& New in the OCC Library): From Here to Eternity

from here to eternity by caitlin doughty book cover

Available at the OCC Library on the New Book Shelf

Title: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Genre: Nonfiction — Essay & Travelogue

Why did you choose to read this book?

I saw it as a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards best nonfiction book of 2017 and it seemed interesting– I read both Mary Roach’s Spook and Stiff a few years ago and found the topic of how we as a culture think about death and the afterlife really interesting then, too. This book talks more about cultural practices and beliefs about death and bodies and is a light and engaging read (for real!).

Was there anything noteworthy about the book?

They highlighted a natural burial ground in North Carolina! I thought that was pretty cool.

Who would you recommend the book to?

Anyone interested in learning more about the topic of burial itself, but in a “morbid lite” kind of way. Also anyone interested in diverse cultural practices and beliefs– the book looks at countries from around the world (hence the travelogue part of the genre description).


Additional books mentioned in this post (because yay! books!)–

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach is available at the Main Campus Library in the downstairs stacks (call number BL 535 .R63 2006).

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach is available at the Orange County Campus Library on the New Books shelf (call number R 853 .H8 R635 2004).

New DVDs and Books

New DVDs

We have some great new DVDs in our collection! These and others can be checked out for one week at a time.

 

New Books

These items can be checked out for three weeks at a time.

 

New Books!

Take a look! We have added a lot of new fiction, literature, and poetry as well as non-fiction titles on many other topics. We invite you to browse these titles and check them out! To check for item availability and call number location, use the Durham Tech library catalog.

New Reference Books!

These items can be used in the library but not taken out.

New Circulating Books!

These items can be checked out for three weeks at a time.