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Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and assignments. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

This is an excellent resource for finding background information from reference sources.  The topic pages have in-depth articles that give a nice overview and explanation of thousands of topics.

Click here to explore Credo or use the link on our Library Databases page.

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Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the most celebrated and admired poets, novelists, and civil-rights activists in the United States, died last month at her home in Winston Salem.  The library has many of Maya Angelou’s works including her novels, poetry collections, autobiographies, essays, and cookbook.

Check the online catalog for titles.

Here are some tributes to her life and work:

New York Times

CNN

NPR

http://mayaangelou.com/bio/

 

New Documentaries:

Blackfish

The filmmaker began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau.  Her film offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals that humans still don’t fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display.

Blackfish

Dark Girls

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world.

 

Dark Girls

Hungry for Change

This documentary exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don’t want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

Hungry

Also: Muscle Shoals, Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life, Head Games, Marley, Undefeated, The Wall: A World Divided, Too Important to Fail, and more!

New Feature Films:

Fruitvale Station

This drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant, a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year’s Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers.

Fruitvale

 

12 Years A Slave

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery.

12 years

Gravity

A heart-pounding thriller that will draw viewers into the infinite and merciless realm of deep space.

Gravity

Also: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Philomena, Blue Jasmine, American Hustle, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Wolf of Wall Street, and more!

Check the online catalog or our upstairs display to discover new titles.

 

     Borrowing a line frBillom broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, we at the Durham Tech  library wish librarian Bill Frazier all the best as he signs off—as this semester ends, he will be closing the chapter on his time at Durham Tech. 

     Bill has worked as evening reference librarian at the ERC main campus library in the fall and spring semesters for almost ten years now, and we will sorely miss his kindness and good humor, not to mention his attention to detail!   Bill has always been willing  and able to pitch in and help with anything we needed, from taking inventory to making information sheets for students to leading library orientations. 

For this, for everything, Bill, we thank you; the library will not be the same without you. On the plus side, Bill will now have more well-deserved time for his passions, such as music, travel, and most of all, family.   But we hope he never forgets his family at Durham Tech.  Good night and good luck indeed—and come visit often!

 

Final Draft Literary Journal now available for sale in the library

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

http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/quick-guide-library-cats/

http://flavorwire.com/311716/famous-and-fabulous-library-cats/

http://lovemeow.com/2010/01/library-cats-from-all-over-the-world/

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

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/09/russian-library-just-hired-stray-cat-their-assistant-librarian/6941

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

presents

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!
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