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Author Tim O’Brien Tours “The Things They Carried” Library Exhibit

January 15th, 2014 by calee51

Author Tim O’Brien made an appearance in the Wilmington Campus Library today to tour the Library’s “The Things They Carried” exhibit. The exhibit features items on loan from student and employee veterans. The items represent things that they carried or wore during their military service.

“The Things They Carried” exhibit is one of a series of events surrounding The Big Read Greater Wilmington’s current community read, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. In addition to touring the Library’s exhibit, author O’Brien also joined Storyforce veteran writers and their mentors for breakfast. This evening, at 7:00 p.m., O’Brien will be delivering a keynote lecture at Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Cape Fear Community College Library is pleased to be a Big Read Greater Wilmington partner.

Author Tim O'Brien tours "The Things They Carried" exhibit in the CFCC Library

Tim O’Brien (right) and Bob Philpott

The Things They Carried and Final Big Read Events

January 14th, 2014 by calee51

This is your last chance to see the exhibit of “The Things They Carried” now on display in the CFCC Wilmington Campus Library. “The Things They Carried” exhibit showcases veteran student and employee items that they carried while deployed overseas. The items on display represent many different wars and battlefields, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The exhibit has been prepared in conjunction with The Big Read Greater Wilmington, a community-wide effort to promote reading for pleasure and enlightenment. This year’s Big Read is Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, a semi-autobiographical collection of fictionalized short stories centered on O’Brien’s platoon’s experiences in Vietnam.

On Tuesday, January 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., there will be a reception at the Northeast Branch of the New Hanover County Public Library to welcome author Tim O’Brien.

On Wednesday, January 15 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., there will be a keynote address and book signing with O’Brien at Kenan Auditorium, UNCW.

All events are FREE and open to the public.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Veterans Day @CFCC with Student Ray Charfauros

November 13th, 2013 by calee51

If you couldn’t be here in Tabitha’s Courtyard on Veterans Day, here’s what you missed.

Student veteran Ray Charfauros has a few items on loan to the Library for “The Things They Carried” exhibit.

“The Things They Carried” Exhibit of Veteran Memorabilia – Now through January

November 12th, 2013 by calee51

The CFCC Wilmington Campus Library is pleased to present an exhibit of student and employee veteran memorabilia that has been carried by our veterans during combat and peacetime deployments overseas.

Ours is an exhibit focused on student items, curated by students, for students. CFCC faculty member Rick Conn and students in his ART 122 – Three-Dimensional Design class curated the exhibit

The display is part of the larger Big Read Greater Wilmington program. Our community read this year is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.  All of the community partners are hosting events and programs related to the book, culminating on January 15th with a free lecture by author Tim O’Brien at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. To find out about more Big Read activities, check out the website:

"The Things They Carried" at CFCC

“The Things They Carried” at CFCC


WECT Live Broadcast from Good Morning Carolina

Break #1 - CFCC library veterans exhibit with Bob Philpott
Break #2 - CFCC library veterans exhibit with Bob Philpott
Break #3 - CFCC library veterans exhibit with Bob Philpott

Author Neil Gaiman on Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming

October 18th, 2013 by calee51

For reminding us that “everything changes when we read” and that “Libraries really are the gates to the future,” we thank-you, Neil Gaiman. We could not have said it better ourselves.

Neil Gaiman


Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

October 10th, 2013 by calee51

Congratulations to Canadian short-story writer Alice Munro for winning the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature today. In announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy noted that Munro was a “master of the contemporary short story.” You can read more of this story at The New York Times Books site.

The Library has several of Ms. Munro’s books, including:

Dear Life     PR 9199.3 .M8 D43 2012

Too Much Happiness     PR 9199.3 .M8 A6 2009

The View from Castle Rock     PR 9199.3 .M8 V54 2006

Runaway     PR 9199.3 .M8 R86 2004

The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose     PR 9199.3 .M8 W47 1991


Banned Books Week, September 22-28

September 23rd, 2013 by calee51

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week is September 22-28.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.


The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Celebrate your fundamental Freedom to Read this week by reading a banned book or by reading something different from your normal reading routine.

September Is Self-Improvement Month

September 18th, 2013 by Cathy Burwell

What are you doing (or planning on doing) to improve yourself ?  Come tell us about it on the Library Chalkwall.  While you’re here, check out some inspirational books and movies.IMG_5710

And the Next BIG READ Is…..

August 23rd, 2013 by calee51


The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Tim O’Brien’s collection of related stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War has been chosen as this year’s Greater Wilmington Big Read.  There will be a wide variety of local events–including book discussions, lectures, film screenings, exhibits, etc.–beginning in October and continuing through February.  In January, author Tim O’Brien will be in Wilmington to speak about The Things They Carried.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For more details about The Big Read Greater Wilmington, check out our website:

The Things They Carried

Borrow a Dictionary for Fall Semester

August 22nd, 2013 by Jacob Deininger


Need a dictionary you can use all Semester? The Library has many to choose from–multi-language, medical, thesauri, handbooks–as well as some standard Webster’s. Check one out now, and it won’t be due until December !

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