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!

March Is Credit Education Month

The first day of spring signals many people to begin their Spring Cleaning routine within their homes, but spring is also a great time to clean up your credit., a website that helps members monitor their credit, created Credit Education Month and this infographic to remind us of how expensive having a poor credit score can be. Curious about how much you know about credit? Take’s credit quiz here: Credit Quiz 


The LRC has a wide selection personal finance books that are made available through NCLive. Click here to browse these books: Personal Finance E-Books 

We also have The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey in both print and audio book.


To view the record for the print book, click here: Total Money Makeover Print Edition

To view the record for the audio book, click here: Total Money Makeover Audio Edition


Women’s History Month: Contributions From Women Throughout Our Curriculum

March is Women’s History Month, and the LRC is celebrating by taking a look at a sample of some of the contributions by women that have improved our areas of study and our lives.



Amy Tan is best known as the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club. Themes in her literary work revolve around mother and daughter relationships, family dynamics, and Chinese history and experiences.

The LRC has multiple titles from Amy Tan in its collection including The Joy Luck Club.

SOURCE: Amy Tan biography,


Harriet Martineau by Richard Evans

SOCIOLOGY: Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau is considered one of the first female sociologists. She is credited with contributing the idea of studying all aspects ( religious, political, etc.) of a social issue to the field of sociology. She was also an accomplished writer and published over 50 books in her lifetime.



PSYCHOLOGY: Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik is known as a leader within the field of child psychology, learning and development. She is the first psychologist to assert that the study of children’s minds could help us to understand deep philosophical questions.

The LRC has a copy of Gopnik’s book, The Scientist in the Crib : Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn, available for check out.

SOURCE: Alison Gopnik official website


FINE ARTS: Kara Walker

Kara Walker is a artist who is most known for her work with silhouettes. Through her work, Walker makes statements on the concept of race and racism. Her work has been  displayed all over the country and in England.

SOURCE: Kara Walker biography,


MATH: Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, also known as Ada Lovelace, is considered the world’s first computer programmer due to notes that she added to a translation of an Italian article about the work of Charles Babbage, father of the computer. In her notes, Lovelace introduced the concept of looping, a method by which a computer repeats a series of instructions, which is still used by computer programmers today.

If you’d like to know more about the work of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, check out the graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage from the LRC.

SOURCE: Ada Lovelace biography,


CHEMISTRY: Marie Maynard Daly

Marie M. Daly is the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in chemistry in the United States. Her work on the causes of heart attacks uncovered the link between high cholesterol and clogged arteries. This research created a new understanding within circles of health care and nutrition professionals about how food choices affect heart health.

SOURCE: Marie M. Daly biography,


BIOLOGY: Mary Styles Harris

Mary Styles Harris is a health researcher who has studied sickle cell anemia and breast cancer. She is an advocate for government action concerning promoting healthy living, and she also runs Journey to Wellness, a health centered website and radio show.

SOURCE: Mary Styles Harris biography,



Hedy Lamarr is probably known more for her career as an actress during the “Golden Era” of Hollywood, but her inventions within the field of engineering are part of the foundation for modern security technology for military communications. Her “Secret Communications System” changed radio frequencies to keep enemies breaking coded messages.

SOURCE: Hedy Lamarr biography,


NURSING: Dorthea Lynde Dix

Dorthea Dix was a nurse who is most known for her work as an advocate for the mentally ill. She lobbied the government for changes that affected how the mentally ill were treated that created the foundation for our current mental health care system today. One of the hospitals that she founded for the mentally ill was in Raleigh, North Carolina.

To learn more about Dorothea Dix, check out Voice For The Mad : The Life Of Dorothea Dix from the LRC.

SOURCE: Dorothea Dix biography,



DENTAL SCIENCE: Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor

Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor is the first woman to become a dentist in the United States. She graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Ohio College of Dental Surgery in 1866. In addition to dentistry, Taylor dedicated her life to fighting for women’s rights.

SOURCE: University of Michigan School of Dentistry


Who are your favorite women from history? Tell us in the comments!


February Is American Heart Month: Resources To Help You Live A Heart Healthy Life

Since February is American Heart Month, it’s a great time to think about modifying your lifestyle to support a healthy heart. Check out this infographic from the American Heart Association to discover what your risks of getting heart disease are:


Coastal Carolina Community College Library has resources that will help you start to make some changes for your best heart health:


Diabetes is a major risk favor for heart disease, and this book will help you to lose weight and help you control your diabetes with a step-by-step, easy to follow plan.

To view this book in our catalog, click here:



Recent research has revealed that inflammation is a main contributor to the onset of heart disease and other diseases. This book provides tips on how to limit the amount of inflammation in the body through diet, exercise, and stress management.

To view this book in our catalog, click here:



This comprehensive guide gives tips about lowering cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure as well as tips about exercise and diet. There is also a section on kids’ health so that parents can help children prevent heart disease early.

To view this e-book, click here:



Harper Lee, Author of To Kill A Mockingbird, Dies At 89


Coastal Carolina Community College Library is saddened by the death of Harper Lee, author of the iconic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.

Released in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird was Lee’s only book until she surprised the literary world with the 2015 release of Go Set A Watchman.


Both To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman are available for checkout at the LRC.

Just In Time for Valentine’s Day! Romantic Novel Recommendations from the LRC

Valentine’s Day may be on Sunday, but if you aren’t quite in a festive mood yet, a classic romantic novel from the LRC may be what you need. The books listed below are only a small snapshot of romantic novels that the LRC has in its collection. If you don’t see something you like here, please drop by our fiction section to find a better fit. Happy Reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!


From In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.


From Publishers Weekly: In Moyes’s (The Last Letter from Your Lover) disarmingly moving love story, Louisa Clark leads a routine existence: at 26, she’s dully content with her job at the cafe in her small English town and with Patrick, her boyfriend of six years. But when the cafe closes, a job caring for a recently paralyzed man offers Lou better pay and, despite her lack of experience, she’s hired. Lou’s charge, Will Traynor, suffered a spinal cord injury when hit by a motorcycle and his raw frustration with quadriplegia makes the job almost unbearable for Lou. Will is quick-witted and sardonic, a powerhouse of a man in his former life (motorcycles; sky diving; important career in global business). While the two engage in occasional banter, Lou at first stays on only for the sake of her family, who desperately needs the money. But when she discovers that Will intends to end his own life, Lou makes it her mission to persuade him that life is still worth living. In the process of planning “adventures” like trips to the horse track—some of which illuminate Lou’s own minor failings—Lou begins to understand the extent of Will’s isolation; meanwhile, Will introduces Lou to ideas outside of her small existence. The end result is a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling.


From Publishers Weekly: Adichie burst onto the literary scene in 2006 with Half of a Yellow Sun, her searing depiction of the civil war in Nigeria. Her equally compelling and important new novel follows the lives of that country’s postwar generation as they suffer endemic corruption and poverty under a military dictatorship. An unflinching but compassionate observer, Adichie writes a vibrant tale about love, betrayal, and destiny; about racism; and about a society in which honesty is extinct and cynicism is the national philosophy. She broadens her canvas to include both America and England, where she illuminates the precarious tightrope existence of culturally and racially displaced immigrants. The friendship of Ifemelu and Obinze begins in secondary school in Lagos and blossoms into love. When Ifemelu earns a scholarship to an American college, Obinze intends to join her after his university graduation, but he’s denied a U.S. visa. He manages to get to London where his plight is typical of illegal immigrants there: he uses another man’s ID so he can find menial, off-the-grid work, with the attendant loss of dignity and self-respect. The final blow comes when he’s arrested and deported home. Ifemelu, meanwhile, faces the same humiliations, indignities, and privations—first in New York, then in Philadelphia. There, attending college, she’s unable to find a job and descends to a degrading sexual act in order to pay her rent. Later she becomes a babysitter for a wealthy white family and begins writing a provocative blog on being black in America that bristles with sharp, incisive observations about racism. Ifemelu writes that the painful, expensive process of “relaxing” kinky African hair to conform to cultural expectations brings black women dangerously close to self-hatred. In time the blog earns Ifemelu fame and a fellowship to Princeton, where she has love affairs with a wealthy white man and, later, an African-American Yale professor. Her decision to return home to Nigeria (where she risks being designated as an affected “Americanah”) is the turning point of the novel’s touching love story and an illuminating portrait of a country still in political turmoil


From Publishers Weekly: In Nicholls’s (One Day) latest novel, Connie Peterson wakes her husband Douglas in the middle of the night to tell him she may want to end their marriage. The family already has a European trip planned, the last before their son, Albie, leaves their London suburb for college, and Douglas, ever the scientist, hatches a plan to change Connie’s mind: he will ensure their trip becomes an exemplar of the happy family they can be. Working against Douglas is the fact that he and his son have suffered a strained relationship from birth, and that Connie, an artist at heart, believes an organic vacation—one that evolves from the whims of any given day—would be a great improvement over Douglas’s strict, pedantic itineraries. Douglas is an amiably bumbling narrator, and Nicholls convincingly infuses his protagonist’s voice with the dry wit and charm that have served the author so well in his previous books. This is Nicholls’s most ambitious work to date, and his realistically flawed characters are somehow endearing despite the many bruises they inflict upon each other.

What are some of your favorite romantic novels? We’d love to know…please leave a comment!



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