Summer Reading at Coastal!

May is Get Caught Reading Month, but it also brings an end to another successful  semester at Coastal! As we all know, final exam time can be one of the most stressful times of the year, so why don’t you relax and get a jump-start on your summer reading? If you are looking for something to start with, come check out our New Arrivals section in the fiction section as well as our displays, which are curated by Mary Gail Howland, one of our talented librarians. Here are some suggestions, all of which happen to be 2016 National Book Award winners and finalists:


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is the 2016 winner of the National Book Award in fiction.

From Publishers Weekly: “Each thing had a value… In America the quirk was that people were things.” So observes Ajarry, taken from Africa as a girl in the mid-18th century to be sold and resold and sold again. She finally arrives at the vicious Georgia plantation where she dies at the book’s outset. After a lifetime in brutal, humiliating transit, Ajarry was determined to stay put in Georgia, and so is her granddaughter, Cora. That changes when Cora is raped and beaten by the plantation’s owner, and she resolves to escape. In powerful, precise prose, at once spellbinding and ferocious, the book follows Cora’s incredible journey north, step by step. In Whitehead’s rendering, the Underground Railroad of the early 19th century is a literal subterranean tunnel with tracks, trains, and conductors, ferrying runaways into darkness and, occasionally, into light. Interspersed throughout the central narrative of Cora’s flight are short chapters expanding on some of the lives of those she encounters. These include brief portraits of the slave catcher who hunts her, a doctor who examines her in South Carolina, and her mother, whose escape from the plantation when Cora was a girl has both haunted and galvanized her. Throughout the book, Cora faces unthinkable horrors, and her survival depends entirely on her resilience. The story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric. Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen.”

Click here to read more about this book from Publishers Weekly



News of the World by Paulette Jiles was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in fiction.

From Publishers Weekly: Jiles delivers a taut, evocative story of post–Civil War Texas in this riveting drama of a redeemed captive of the Kiowa tribe. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower, earns his living traveling around, reading news stories to gatherings of townspeople. While reading in Wichita Falls one evening in the winter of 1870, he sees an old acquaintance. Britt Johnson, the main character in Jiles’s The Color of Lightning, has just come through Indian Country with his crew. The men are returning a 10-year-old girl to her aunt and uncle in Castroville after she spent four years with the Kiowa. A free black man, Britt is reluctant to have a white child in his custody. He persuades the Captain to escort young Johanna on the remainder of the three-week journey. The Captain, who has grown daughters of his own, at first feels sorry for the girl. Johanna considers herself Kiowa; she chafes at wearing shoes and a dress, struggles to pronounce American words. Challenges and dangers confront the two during their journey, and they become attached. Jiles unfolds the stories of the Captain and Johanna, past and present, with the smooth assuredness of a burnished fireside tale, demonstrating that she is a master of the western.

Click here to read more about this book from Publishers Weekly:


Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in fiction.

From Publishers Weekly: In her first adult novel in 20 years, acclaimed children’s and YA author Woodson (winner of the National Book Award for her last book, Brown Girl Dreaming) combines grit and beauty in a series of stunning vignettes, painting a vivid mural of what it was like to grow up African-American in Brooklyn during the 1970s. When August, an anthropologist who has studied the funeral traditions of different cultures, revisits her old neighborhood after her father’s death, her reunion with a brother and a chance encounter with an old friend bring back a flood of childhood memories. Flashbacks depict the isolation she felt moving from rural Tennessee to New York and show how her later years were influenced by the black power movement, nearby street violence, her father’s religious conversion, and her mother’s haunting absence. August’s memories of her Brooklyn companions—a tightly knit group of neighborhood girls—are memorable and profound. There’s dancer Angela, who keeps her home life a carefully guarded secret; beautiful Gigi, who loses her innocence too young; and Sylvia, “diamonded over, brilliant,” whose strict father wants her to study law. With dreams as varied as their conflicts, the young women confront dangers lurking on the streets, discover first love, and pave paths that will eventually lead them in different directions. Woodson draws on all the senses to trace the milestones in a woman’s life and how her early experiences shaped her identity.

Click here to read more about this book from Publishers Weekly





Poetry Month in the LRC


April is National Poetry Month, and the Coastal community is celebrating with a variety of exciting events!

LRC Film Series

The LRC is continuing its film series with the showing of the movie Dead Poets Society on Wednesday, April 26 from 1-3 pm in BT 101.


The movie stars Robin Williams as a teacher at a prep school for boys who uses a mix of quotes from classic poets and unconventional teaching methods to encourage the boys to learn more about themselves and their true purposes in life.

Refreshments will be served. Please bring a friend with you to enjoy this classic movie!

Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt


Come by the LRC to pick up a copy of the Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt! There are eight poems that are posted in various areas on campus. As you read each poem, explain what kind of connection you feel to the poem in the space provided on the scavenger hunt sheet. Each student who brings a completed scavenger hunt to the Poetry and Pizza Reading on April 27 will receive a ticket for a prize raffle.

Poetry and Pizza Reading

Make sure that you stop by the Student Center Patio on April 27 from 11a.m to 12:30 pm for a slice of pizza and poetry readings by members of the Coastal community.



March Is Women’s Month: A Look at Contributions from Women Throughout the Curriculum

ENGLISH: Tracy K. Smith is a prize-winning poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for her collection of poetry titled Life On Mars. She won the Cave Canem Award in 2003 for her collection entitled The Body’s Question and the James Laughlin Award for Duende in 2007. She currently teaches creative writing at Princeton University. Read more about Tracy K Smith and some of her poetry on the Poetry Foundation’s website.

SOCIOLOGY: Patricia Hill Collins is best known for coining the term “intersectionality”, a concept that recognizes the overlapping identities within a particular social group. When she was elected as the president of the American Sociological Association in 2008, she became the first African-American woman to serve the organization in that role. She has written many books and articles on race and sexuality, and her first book,  Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, won the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Award in 2000. Read more about her accomplishments on her faculty profile from the University of Maryland .

PSYCHOLOGY: Mamie Phipps Clark and her husband Kenneth Clark are best known for their Doll Test, which revealed the effects of segregation and racism on the the self perceptions of black children and had a significant impact on the ruling of the historic Brown vs. The Board of Education case in 1954. In 1947, the Clarks opened a research center called the Northside Center for Child Development, which still provides mental health education and services for families who are living in poverty in New York, NY. Read more about her accomplishments at the American Psychological Association‘s website.

FINE ARTS: Annie Leibovitz is a celebrity photographer who has worked for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines. She has shot some of the most iconic covers for Vanity Fair magazine, including the 1991 cover shot of a pregnant Demi Moore and the 2015 cover shot of Caitlyn Jenner. In 1991, she became the first woman to have her work displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Read more about Annie Leibovitz and view more of her work at Vanity Fair magazine‘s website.

MATH: Katherine Johnson was a NASA mathematician whose calculations were a major reason why John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission was a success. She received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2015. Her life, along with the lives of two other black women mathematicians at NASA ( Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn) were portrayed in the Academy Award nominated movie Hidden Figures. Read more about her accomplishments from her biography on the NASA website.

CHEMISTRY: Stephanie Kwolek is most known for her work with polymers that led to the creation of Kevlar, a fabric that is so strong that it is used in bulletproof vests, helmets, and spacecrafts. She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1994 and she won the Perkin Medal and the National Medal of Technology in 1999. Read more about her accomplishments on the webpage that the American Chemical Society has created for her.

BIOLOGY: Cheryl Hayashi is known for her research on the silks of spiders, which could lead to improvements in medical sutures, fishing lines, and stronger ropes. Read more about her from her TED Talk profile.

ENGINEERING: Mildred Dresselhaus is called the “Queen of Carbon Science” as she is most know for her research regarding this mysterious element. She received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2014 and the National Medal of Science from President George H.W. Bush in 1990. She passed away on February 20, 2017. Read the tribute from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a school where she served as Professor Emerita, to find out more about her accomplishments.

NURSING: Hazel W. Johnson-Brown  is the first African-American woman to become an Army general and she served as a former chief of the Army Nurse Corps. Read more about her life in this Washington Post article.

DENTAL SCIENCE: Jeanne C. Sinkford is the former dean of Howard University’s dental school and she is the first woman to be the dean of any dental school. She as recruited women and minorities to the dental profession through her position as Director of the Center for Equity and Diversity at the American Dental Education Association. Read more about her accomplishments on the webpage that the Sindecuse Museum at the University of Michigan dedicated to her.

Coastal Carolina LRC Celebrates Black History Month with The Butler and 42

The Coastal Carolina LRC will celebrate Black History Month with two films that highlight two important figures in history.

The first movie in the LRC Black History Film series will be 42, a biopic about Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson.

From the official biography of Jackie Robinson on the Jackie Robinson Foundation website:

Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia and later moved to Pasadena, California. Continuing his education at UCLA, he remains the only student to earn varsity letters in four sports in one year. He served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army and, after his honorable discharge in 1944, played baseball in the Negro Leagues. Having caught the attention of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mr. Robinson joined the franchise’s farm team in 1946, debuting with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947 as the first black player to compete in the Major Leagues. He overcame unimaginable bigotry and during his ten-year career, was named Rookie of the Year (1947), Most Valuable Player (1949) and won a World Series title (1955). His .311 batting average, 197 stolen bases and six All-Star game appearances ensured his enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. The father of three continued to push for equality through his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, a leadership position within the NAACP, as an executive for Chock Full O’ Nuts, and through his help in establishing the Freedom National Bank. Jackie Robinson died on October 24, 1972 at the age of 53.

Read more about Jackie Robinson and the work of the Jackie Robinson Foundation here:

Jackie Robinson Foundation website

The movie 42 will be viewed in BT 101 on Wednesday, February 8th at 1:00pm.

The second movie in our Black History Film series is based on the life of Eugene Allen, who served as a butler in the White House from the Truman administration through the Reagan administration.


Born on July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, Virginia, Eugene Allen was an African-American butler who served under eight U.S. presidents, including Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. He witnessed firsthand some of history’s major events, as well as the changing perspectives on race in political arenas. Known as having been a modest man, Allen is the subject of the 2013 film The Butler. He died in 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Read more about the life of Eugene Allen here: Eugene Allen biography at

The Butler will be viewed in BT 101 on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00pm.

We hope that you will join us to celebrate these two icons of American history!





Information Tools for All of Your Santa Related Needs

Santa is a very busy man, especially during this season, so the LRC thought it would be helpful to gather some information tools that can help you keep track of him during the holidays.


Photo: Isaace Koval | E+ | Getty Images

Confirm Your Status On Santa’s Naughty or Nice List

With Christmas right around the corner, many kids may wonder where they stand on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list. Fortunately, Santa’s list is now a searchable database that will reveal the Naughty or Nice status of any child ( or adult). To view this database and search for your name, click on this link:


Photo: NORAD Santa Tracker

Find Out When Santa Will Arrive In Your Area

Your kids may also want to keep up with Santa’s travels on Christmas Eve so that they will know when to put his fresh cookies and milk by the chimney. Fortunately, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, has been tracking Santa’s yearly trip around the world on Christmas Eve since 1958. Starting the day of Christmas Eve, click this link to see when Santa will deliver gifts in your neighborhood:

Google also tracks Santa’s voyage. To access their tracker, click this link:


Photo: Toys For Tots Foundation

Find Out How You Can Help Others Have A Wonderful Christmas

Finally, make sure you take time to be Santa for a child in need. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve collects toys for less fortunate children through the Toys For Tots program every year during October through December. Click this link to find the nearest drop off point for any new and unwrapped toys that you would like to donate:

Merry Christmas from the Coastal Carolina LRC!

Honoring Veterans in the LRC



According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, even though the signing of the Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I on June 28, 1919, fighting stopped months earlier on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month  of 1918 when an armistice between Germany and the Allied Nations went into effect. During the November after the war ended in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th to be Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the war which was known at the time as “The Great War”.

On May 13, 1938, Congress approved November 11 as a federal holiday. In 1954 at the request of veterans advocacy organizations, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” to commemorate the contributions of U.S. Armed Forces in World War II and the Korean War. Since then, we have celebrated the men and women who have served our country through all of the branches of our military every November 11.

Read more about the history of Veterans Day here:


The LRC at Coastal Carolina Community College is celebrating veterans by showing the documentary High Ground as one of the movies in this year’s LRC film series. High Ground tracks the story of 11 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as they climb Mt. Lobuche, a 20,000 ft. mountain in the Himalayas.

This movie will be shown on Wednesday, November 9th in BT 101 at 1pm. Refreshments will be served!

Learn more about this movie here:



Also, if you are a veteran or an active duty service member, please come by the LRC to put your name on a green light bulb for our Green Light A Vet Wall of Honor. Please see Public Services Librarian Dana Johnson for more details.

If you need a great book to read during the Veterans Day holiday, check out one of these from the LRC!


From the author’s official website:  “Valor tells true stories of extraordinary heroism by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a Navy rescue swimmer in the Atlantic.  The book is modeled after John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, with nine chapters describing incidents in which these Americans placed themselves in extreme danger to save lives or accomplish a mission.  These stories place the reader in the minds of the individual soldiers, sailors, and Marines as they face – and overcome – enormous odds.”


From the authors’ official website: “For Love of Country is a celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front.

Because so few of us now serve in the military, our men and women in uniform have become strangers to us. We stand up at athletic events to honor them, but we hardly know their true measure. Here, Starbucks CEO and longtime veterans’ advocate Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post offer an enlightening, inspiring corrective.

The authors honor acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an Army sergeant who repeatedly runs through a storm of gunfire to save the lives of his wounded comrades; two Marines who sacrifice their lives to halt an oncoming truck bomb and protect thirty-three of their brothers in arms; a sixty-year-old doctor who joins the Navy to honor his fallen son.”

Happy Veterans Day!

Welcome Back From The Coastal LRC Staff!



Welcome to a new school year at Coastal Carolina Community College!

While you were on your summer break, Coastal was working hard to make changes that will ultimately make accessing classes and the services you need easier. Two major changes have happened in the LRC:

New sign-on system

We have a new system on our computers that allows students to sign on one time for computer access, Blackboard, and MyCCCC (formerly Campus Cruiser). You will need to create an account with this new system, which you can do at home or by signing in to any computer on campus. For more information about how to set up your account, click here for a brochure:

New Method to Access Computers on Campus, Campus Cruiser, Blackboard, and Webadvisor

New departments in the LRC building

The LRC has some new neighbors! Our building now houses the Career Center and the  College Transfer Student Success Center. Please come by and say hello to James Andersen, Career and Placement Coordinator and Chris Ellen, College Transfer Student Success Coach.

As always, the staff in the LRC is happy to assist you with any needs you may have. We look forward to serving you this year!