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!

Get Ready For Summer Reading!

The semester is over and final exams have been done. Take some time this summer to treat yourself to a great book! Check this blog throughout the summer for recommendations to add to your summer reading list. Our first recommendations were contributed by Mary Gail Howland, Librarian at Coastal Carolina Community College. She recommends trying a book from popular Australian author Liane Moriarty.


From Publishers Weekly: Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel (after The Hypnotist’s Love Story), puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn’t cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O’Leary’s husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they’ve fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela’s Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela’s PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving. Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty’s novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way.

The LRC has The Husband’s Secret in both print book and audio book format.


From The Booklist (Feb 2015), by Joy Matteson: Spunky Madeline, shy Jane, and sensitive Celeste are mothers of kindergartners who become fast friends. Jane and Celeste harbor devastating secrets that threaten to spill over into the nastiest one of all-a murder at the elementary school costume party. Moriarty threads her carefully paced story with clues scattered throughout to create riveting suspense. Narrator Lee effortlessly uses her sparkling Aussie accent to breathe life into the tense dialogue, persuading her listeners into trusting that harrowing social issues can be told with the gentlest of ease, even with a bit of comedy. She deftly handles terrifying traumatic scenes, including domestic abuse and kindergarten bullying, with sensitive undertones. All of the women have their distinct voices, using a sparkly motherly tone for Madeline, a reserved tone for Jane, and a somewhat haughty tone for Celeste. In the hands of another narrator, the cadence could come off as falsely reassuring, especially in the male voices of the women’s husbands. But Lee’s gorgeous accent, imprinted with genuine emotion, makes this audiobook sing. Already an Audiofile Award winner, this is especially recommended for listeners who adore a good Australian accent-the way Lee pronounces her o’s are a sheer delight!

The LRC has Big Little Lies in both print book and audio book format.

What Alice Forgot

From Publishers Weekly: This winning not-quite amnesia story parses what happens when Alice, a married mother of three whose marriage is disintegrating, takes a knock on the head and comes to thinking she is herself, but 10 years younger and in the middle of a blossoming young marriage, with her first child on the way. As younger Alice adjusts to her older life and body, she finds much to be surprised at: a wealthy lifestyle she never dreamed of, a rejuvenated mother with a surprising love interest, and a sister whose life has turned out unexpectedly disappointing. And everyone is so sorry for something that happened with her best friend Gina, whom she doesn’t remember, but apparently who helped sow the seeds of her marriage’s collapse. But as the young Alice takes over the older Alice’s life and applies her goofy, laissez-faire approach to living, the tension builds: what will happen if old Alice regains her memory? Alice’s journey of reconciling herself to how her life came to be what it is, and her slowly building understanding of how the threads of her marriage began to unravel, is moving, well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable.

The LRC has What Alice Forgot in audio book format.

Happy Reading!

Mother’s Day

The American, time-traditioned celebration of all Mothers is upon us- Sunday, May 8, 2016 is the official day to honor our beloved Mothers!


So for a little background information on Mother’s Day…

From Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.

In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families might also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores. At times Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

Factoid: More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.

Toyota Motor Corporation recognizes inventive women who are changing the world through the Toyota Mothers of Invention Program. Read more about inspiring Mothers who are making a difference by transforming lives through innovative solutions.

To all Mothers, thank you for making a difference in who we are today. Happy Mother’s Day 2016!



Celebrate National Poetry Month With The LRC!


April is National Poetry Month! The LRC is celebrating with a  documentary screening and a display that features poetry from students, staff, and faculty. Come by the LRC today to contribute a six word poem to the PoetTree…


The LRC also sponsored a viewing of the documentary Louder Than A Bomb, which follows the stories of young Chicago-based poets as they navigate the spoken word poetry slam scene. If you missed the screening, the film is available for checkout.



We also have a variety of poetry collections that are available for checkout:

Conflict Resolution For Holy Beings

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo

From Publishers Weekly: Big but fast-moving, and inviting as it expresses tenacity and outrage, Harjo’s first collection of verse since her 2012 memoir, Crazy Brave, will please her fans. Harjo’s long lines, short prose paragraphs, and song-like lyrics record her Muskogee heritage, her love of jazz (“there’s something about a lone horn player blowing ballads at the corners of our lives”), and her high hopes for poetry itself, which creates a means of personal rescue (“we sang our grief to clean the air of turbulent spirits”) and a new moral high ground (“songs that aren’t paid for/ By the money and influence/ Of rich, fat, corporate gods”). Harjo records and performs music frequently, but some of the songs here do not translate well to the page (“One day I will be tough enough/ One day, I will have love enough/ To go home”). The book is not a new-and-selected, though some nonsong poems have previously appeared in earlier books and may find new life here. Less predictable are pages about living, landscape, and Native heritage in Hawaii—her part-time home—and pages about her visit to “the lands named ‘Alaska’ now”: these verses and anecdotes give the volume its freshness, even as they take part in Harjo’s larger project of Native, and human, solidarity.

brown girl dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

From Publishers Weekly: Written in verse, Woodson’s collection of childhood memories provides insight into the Newbery Honor author’s perspective of America, “a country caught/ between Black and White,” during the turbulent 1960s. Jacqueline was born in Ohio, but spent much of her early years with her grandparents in South Carolina, where she learned about segregation and was made to follow the strict rules of Jehovah’s Witnesses, her grandmother’s religion. Wrapped in the cocoon of family love and appreciative of the beauty around her, Jacqueline experiences joy and the security of home. Her move to Brooklyn leads to additional freedoms, but also a sense of loss: “Who could love/ this place—where/ no pine trees grow, no porch swings move/ with the weight of/ your grandmother on them.” The writer’s passion for stories and storytelling permeates the memoir, explicitly addressed in her early attempts to write books and implicitly conveyed through her sharp images and poignant observations seen through the eyes of a child. Woodson’s ability to listen and glean meaning from what she hears lead to an astute understanding of her surroundings, friends, and family.


Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry edited by Gary Glazner

From Library Journal, January 2001: “Poems ask only that they be heard, which is the purpose of the slam,” Bob Holman says. It has been ten years since Glazner produced the first National Poetry Slam (perhaps best described as a competitive reading), but many poetry enthusiasts remain virtually unaware of the phenomenon. This volume collects an assortment of slam poems and articles about the slams (setting up, judging, becoming participants, and group pieces). Some articles, such as Lisa Martinovic on using props or Daniel S. Solis on slam aesthetics and strategy, are elemental but extremely useful, while Patricia Smith’s brilliant piece on persona poetry adds little to the concept of the slam. Adding to the confusion is the growth of the audience for slams and the broadening of their scope to include many poets published by the academy. Are these the same poets whose poems work perfectly well on the page and would not readily be labeled “performance” poetry? Contributors’ notes would have been useful. “Good slamming starts with good writing,” Solis states, although at times the material here seems closer to stand-up comedy. It’s not perfect, but, considering how sparse slam literature is, this book should prove an asset to all poetry collections.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly with “Soho Weekly News,” New York

Happy Reading and Writing!