You may have heard of Dewey the cat from the book Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron.  This book chronicles Dewey’s story of living in a public library in Spencer, Iowa.  Other libraries around the world also have cats.  To see great photos and read other stories take a look at these fun links:

Spencer Public Library's Dewey the cat

Spencer Public Library’s Dewey the cat




Kuzma who wears a  bowtie and lives in a Russian library is especially cute.  He was just promoted to assistant librarian!


The Dr. Charles Sanders President’s Lecture Series at Durham Tech


Mary Roach

Sunday, April 13th  7:00 p.m. Carolina Theatre, Downtown Durham

Read more about the author and her fascinating books on her website.  Members of our library staff have read and enjoyed her books immensely and look forward to seeing her.
The subjects of her highly entertaining and well researched books include:  space exploration, the afterlife, sex research, human cadavers, and the digestive system!

 library love

Try picking a book based on it’s description!  Below are a few descriptions of some of the library’s new books. The descriptions are written a little like dating profiles (though you may never want to date these individuals!) with just a bit of information.  See if any of these books interest you.  The titles and call numbers are at the bottom of the entry, if you’re interested in reading them!

  1. I’m a poet at heart. Bilingual and bicultural, I straddle the world of modern America and the nostalgia for Cuba, passed down to me by my exile parents. I am spirited, young, and have excellent rhythm.
  2. The last of my kind, I am beautiful and powerful. I can really get inside your head. I try to use my powers for good and keep to myself, but drama keeps finding me. I am continually pulled into adventure.
  3. I am really interested in female drama, especially the relationships between mothers and daughters. I have a lot of secrets and heartache, but I can be very tender at times, especially in trying to protect others.
  4. I may be young, but I’ve been through a lot. My family and I have been attacked, and we fought back. I have done bad things, but I feel justified, and besides, you can’t take back the past. You’ve got to be strong to face the future, and I’ve got to help fight for the kind of future I want to live in.
  5. When I took power, people were hopeful about me and the promise that I had. I’ve been a real disappointment, though, and brought pain and violence to many. I keep causing problems for those around me. Read more to find out what went wrong and what the future might hold.

The descriptions above are for the following books:

1) City of a Hundred Fires by Richard Blanco. Call number PS 3552 .L36533 C58 1998.

2) Fire by Kristin Cashore. Call number PZ 7 .C26823 Fi 2011.

3) A Grown-up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson. Call number PS 3610 .A3525 G76 2012.

4) Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Call number PZ 7 .R7375 Ins 2012.

5) Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad by David Lesch. Call number DS 98.6 .L475 2013.

Black History Month


The library has lots of inspiring biographies of African Americans.  Check out our display on the lower level to learn some of these stories:

African American entrepreneurs

African American women scientists and inventors

American tapestry : the story of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of Michelle Obama

The autobiography of Medgar Evers

Hand in hand: Ten Black men who changed America

Ida: A sword among lions,  Ida B. Wells and the campaign against lynching

The life of Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a woman?” (DVD and book)

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass

The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

You can also explore the online catalog for additional resources. 


The Debate Team and Vive/Viva the Arts are showing six screenings of the documentary film “American Promise” about America’s struggle with issues of race, class, and opportunity.  If you can’t make it to a screening on campus, the film is for streaming here for free until March 6th.  The library will also have copies available for checkout after the screenings as well. 

The library also has resources related to education and the achievement gap on display this month:

The black-white achievement gap : why closing it is the greatest civil rights issue of our time

Changing school culture for black males

Reducing the Black male dropout rate

Unfinished business : closing the racial achievement gap in our schools

Young, gifted, and Black : promoting high achievement among African-American students







Please join members of the library staff and the college for Durham Tech’s Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event on Mon. Jan. 20th from 9:00 – 6:30 at the Wynn Bldg room 1103.  Click here for more information and to sign up for a volunteer shift.  This important service project is a great way to start off the year!


The library has lots of resources on Dr. King’s life and work, as well as materials on poverty, social justice, activism, and service.

Titles for inspiration and information:

The 100 greatest Americans of the 20th century: a social justice hall of fame
E 747 .D74 2012

Citizen King (DVD) E 185.97 .K5 C58 2004

Citizen you: doing your part to change the world HN 18.3 .T57 2010 (upstairs, Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. collection)

Encyclopedia of activism and social justice  REF HM 671 .E53 2007

Everyone helps, everyone wins: how absolutely anyone can pitch in, help out, give back, and make the world a better place
HN 49 .V64 L48 2010 (upstairs, Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. collection)

Gettin’ my word out: voices of urban youth activists HN 19 .A76 2007 (upstairs, Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. collection)

Gospel of freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s letter from Birmingham Jail and the struggle that changed a nation F 334 .B69 N446 2013

The great divergence: America’s growing inequality crisis and what we can do about it  HC 110 .I5 N63 2012 (upstairs, Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. collection)

I see the promised land: a life of Martin Luther King, Jr  PS 3556 .L598 I8 2010

The King years: historic moments in the civil rights movement
E 185.61 .B7913 2013

Martin Luther King: “I have a dream.” (DVD) E 185.97 .K5 M295 2005

Poor kids: an intimate portrait of America’s economic crisis (DVD)
HV 741 .P66 2013

Social justice HM 671 .S623 2010 (upstairs, Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. collection)

Social welfare: fighting poverty and homelessness HV 1553 .S62 2011

Search the online catalog for additional materials.




staff faves

Here are some library staff picks from 2013 which are currently on display on the lower level of the library:

Fiction Books

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar

Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Minaret by Leila Aboulela

Mitford series by Jan Karon

Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaimon

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Truth About Forevers by Sarah Dessen

Nonfiction Books

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel

Lean in : Women, work, and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

A psychopath test : A journey through the madness industry by Jon Ronson

Quiet : The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain

Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed



Exit Through the Giftshop

The Last Mountain

Moonrise Kingdom

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Project Nim

Temple Grandin

Where the Wild Things Are

Curl up with a good book or movie over winter break!


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