Library celebrates their first Read Great Things Challenge

Durham Tech Library celebrated the Read Great Things Challenge 2018 with tea and cookies on Wed. Dec. 12 from 11:00-1:00.  Participants talked about books they read this year, swapped books, and learned about the categories for next year’s Read Great Things Challenge 2019. Participants also picked up their fun tote bags and reading mascot pins.  It’s not too late to pick up your prize if you completed the challenge!  Simply stop by the library or complete your form online.

tote bag prize

Tote bag designed by Meredith Lewis

reading mascot buttons

Reading mascot pins designed by Meredith Lewis

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Downstairs in the library we are featuring a display of books that Library Staff read and enjoyed for this year’s challenge.

Stay tuned for details about the 2019 Read Great Things Challenge.

Happy reading over winter break!

National Poetry Month: April 2013

Collage of letters, envelopes, and pens with the text, "WRITE about your sorrows, your wishes, your passing thoughts, your belief in anything beautiful. Rainer Maria Rilke." Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month April 2013

Check out the library’s downstairs display to find books of poetry, CDs, and DVDs of poets reciting their work.

Here are some new poetry collections available in the library:

The 100 Best African American Poems  PS 591 .N4 A15 2010

Beauty Is a Verb : the new poetry of disability  PS 591 .D57 B43 2011

Head off & Split  by Nikki Finney PS 3556 .I53 H43 2011

Horoscopes for the Dead  by Billy  Collins PS 3553 .O47478 H67 2011

A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World by Adam Clay PS 3603 .L385 H68 2012

Making Poems : forty poems with commentary by the poets PS 617 .M36 2010

This Metal by Joseph Bathanti PS 3602 .A89 T45 2012

Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah by Patricia Smith PS 3569 .M537839 S56 2012

Thrall by Natasha Trethewey PS 3570 .R433 T47 2012

Words of Protest, Words of Freedom : poetry of the American civil rights movement and era  PS 595 .R32 W549 2012

Audiovisual Materials:

Poetry on Record [CDs] : 98 poets read their work, 1888-2006 PN 6101 .P64 2006

Poetry Lounge [DVDs] : spoken word and the art of self-expression PS 617 .P64 2004

Search the online catalog for other poets and poetry.

Here are 30 ways to celebrate poetry month with good ideas and things you can do!

Need an escape? Explore other worlds with fun fiction!

Science fiction collage with the image of a futuristic city and the words, "Explore Other Worlds," "Science Fiction," "Magical Realism," "Horror," "Vampires," "STEAMPUNK," "Fantasy," and "Zombies."

This month the library is featuring a display of genre fiction. The display is downstairs on the lower level.  Enjoy!

Graphic Novels:

Book cover of The Arctic Marauder shows a metal robot in an arctic environmentThe Arctic Marauder


Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe

Graphic Classics: Science Fiction Classics

 Short Stories:

Book cover of At the Mouth of the River of Bees shows a large beeAt the Mouth of the River of Bees

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

Steampunk! : An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

About Sci Fi:Book cover of Steampunk Bible is red with various steampunk images

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

Science Fiction : The Illustrated Encyclopedia

Steampunk Bible

Suggested Authors:      

You can also use the online catalog to search for additional authors.Book cover of Oryx and Crake shows a blueish flower hiding the mouth of a pale woman. Leaves also are around her face.

Margaret Atwood

Julianna Baggott

Ray Bradbury

Orson Scott Card

Justin Cronin

Kij JohnsonBook cover of The Dispossessed shows a landscape of mostly plains and hills to the left. The sky is purple with rose tones towards the horizon.

Robert Jordan

Ursula Le Guin

Anne McCaffrey

Cormac McCarthy

Stephenie Meyer

Salman RushdieBook cover of The Hobbit shows snow-capped mountains, a red sun, and two eagles flying.

J.R.R. Tolkien


March Madness and Women’s History Month in the library

This month the library is featuring several March-themed displays.

Image with the phrases "March madness," "Dunks," "Steals," "Double-double," "Alley-oop," "Assists," and "Fast breaks" around a basketballDo you have the fever?

Check out the library’s collection of basketball books and DVDs.

  • Shooting Stars by LeBron James
  • Tobacco Road : Duke, Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and the history of the most intense backyard rivalries in sports
  • Heart of the Game DVD
  • The Last Shot : city streets, basketball dreams                                                        


Women’s History Month

Four black and white photos of women below the text "Celebrate Women's History Month." The top left photo shows two women carrying a sign that says "Votes for Women".  The top right photo shows women gathered, one with her fist in the air. The bottom left image shows a woman talking at a podium. The bottom right image shows a woman with her head resting on her hand.Test yourself on your knowledge of women’s history with this quiz from the National Women’s History Project.

Explore the library’s collection of biographies of inspirational women in history and other books celebrating women’s achievements.

  • Her story : a timeline of the women who changed America
  • Women’s letters : America from the Revolutionary War to the present
  • A strange stirring : the Feminine mystique and American women at the dawn of the 1960s
  • Gloria Steinem : her passions, politics, and mystique
  • Maya Angelou : a voice to be heard DVD