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!

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.


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