Even though all of our new books are exciting, below are just some of the books recently added to the Durham Tech library collection. Check them out! More new books are noted in a new books list.


A bit of difference A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta

At thirty-nine, Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London, is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas. She works as a financial reviewer for an international charity. When her job takes her back to Nigeria in time for her father’s five-year memorial service, she finds herself turning her scrutiny inward. In Nigeria, Deola encounters changes in her family, the urban landscape of her home, and new acquaintances who offer unexpected possibilities. Deola’s journey is as much about evading others’ expectations to get to the heart of her frustration as it is about exposing the differences between foreign images of Africa and the realities of contemporary Nigerian life.



diaries of an Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices from Tunis to Damascus by Layla Al-Zubaidi, Matthew Cassel, Naomi Craven Roderick, editors

With unrest in so many areas of the world right now, this may be a timely book for reflection. Focusing on the revolution that swept through the Arab world in spring of 2011, the book brings together testimony from people who were on the ground at the time. These essays and profoundly moving, often harrowing, firsthand accounts span the region from Tunisia to Syria and include contributors ranging from student activists to seasoned journalists—half of whom are women. This unique collection explores just how deeply politics can be held within the personal and highlights the power of writing in a time of revolution.


do it anyway Do It Anyway: The Next Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin

If you care about social change but hate feel-good platitudes, Do It Anyway is the book for you. Courtney Martin’s rich profiles of the new generation of activists dig deep, to ask the questions that really matter: How do you create a meaningful life? Can one person even begin to make a difference in our hugely complex, globalized world?




from moon cakesFrom Moon Cakes to Mao to Modern China: An Introduction to Chinese Civilization by Zhu Fayuan, Wu Qixing, Xia Hanning, Gao Han

To understand China, we need to step into the palace of her culture and explore her rich history. With this in mind, a group of scholars from China and America have put this book together as a kind of primer on all things China, from art and science to religion and society. They have tried to offer here a panoramic view of the totality of Chinese culture, using only the most representative material, to introduce to the West the most typical aspects of Chinese civilization and life.



fukushimaFukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster by David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan, and the Union of Concerned Scientists

In the first definitive account of the Fukushima disaster, two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman, team up with journalist Susan Q. Stranahan, the lead reporter of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the Three Mile Island accident, to tell this harrowing story. Fukushima combines a fast-paced, riveting account of the tsunami and the nuclear emergency it created with an explanation of the science and technology behind the meltdown as it unfolded in real time. Bolstered by photographs, explanatory diagrams, and a comprehensive glossary, the narrative also extends to other severe nuclear accidents to address both the terrifying question of whether it could happen elsewhere and how such a crisis can be averted in the future.


how serious is teen drunkHow Serious Is Teen Drunk and Distracted Driving? (In Controversy series) by Patricia D. Netzley

This series is very good if you’re writing a pros and cons paper or thinking about a debate! This particular book examines the controversy surrounding the issue of dangerous driving, including how cell phones impact teen driving habits and whether teen drivers are more susceptible to distractions than adult drivers.




Much thanks to William Carlos Williams’ poem “This Is Just To Say” for the inspiration.

Please: No food or drink inside the library.

“This Is Just A Reminder”

I have found
the plum
that you left by
the computers.

And which,
you may not remember,
should not be
in the library.

Please: No food
or beverages.  Even when
so sweet
and so delicious.

Whether you’re a new student, returning student, staff or faculty member, the library has resources and services to help your semester be a success, both in person and on our website!

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Come by and see us!  If this is your first time using the library, please remember to bring your updated Durham Tech ID for entry.   

Credo Reference

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.



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





New Documentaries:


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.


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.


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.



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


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


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!



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