Featured Library Resources for October

Horticulture, Gardening and Turfgrass Collections

Cooler temperatures and the beginning stages of foliage color changes are a sign that the fall season has finally arrived! This means it’s time for fertilizing, planting annuals and perennials, and landscaping while the soil is still warm. Don’t have a “green thumb”? The library has a large collection of books, DVDs and online resources available to help you learn about horticulture, turfgrass, gardening and landscaping projects. Just type in a keyword, e.g., gardening.

Below is a sample of some of our featured resources.

Be sure to check out the subject guide to assist you in locating more resources!

Helpful Fall Horticulture Tips: Courtesy of Randy Sigg, Instructor in the Horticulture Technology Program at Cato

  • Aerate-overseed and fertilize your cool season lawns (fescue) now
  • Be sure to use a good quality, hybrid fescue blend seed as well as a good starter fertilizer (ex.18-24-12 slow release). The first number is for nitrogen which affects the green & growing part of grass; the second (phosphorus) and third (potassium) numbers help establish a good, healthy root system.“The numbers reflect the percentage of weight of the three major nutrients to help ensure healthy plant growth: nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K).” (See website information below on Understanding Fertilizer Numbers: N-P-K)
  • Now’s the time to get ready to plant fall/winter annuals, e.g., pansies
  • Planting shrubs? Wait until temperature cools a bit more

*Understanding Fertilizer Numbers: N-P-K. http://www.learn2grow.com/gardeningguides/fertilizer/basics/understandingfertilizernumbers.aspx

Online Resource of the Month: The Turfgrass Information File

Looking for information on much? Fairy Rings? The latest research in turf grass developments and maintenance?  Check out The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF). This database contains over 150,000 records with over 40% full-text articles, books or linking to full-text online journals, magazines, web sites and other turf related resources.

TGIF is maintained by The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) at the Michigan State University Libraries and contains the most comprehensive public collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world.

HISPANIC Heritage Month 2010

Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America

¡Vamos a celebrar! Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15th through October 15th and we want you to celebrate with us. This year’s theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America” / “Herencia, Diversidad, Integridad y Honor: La Renovada Esperanza de America”. Join the library in our recognition of the traditions and accomplishments of our Hispanic friends and neighbors. Library materials have been selected to showcase Hispanic heritage and literature. These items are displayed at the Cato Campus Library. Take a look at the resources below to discover more about Hispanic cultures and experiences.

State Library of North Carolina Hispanic Heritage Month

Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Cultural Tour

Smithsonian Latino Center

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Leisure Materials Now Available at the Cato Law Library

Need a break from school work? Stop in the Cato Law Library (CT200) and view leisure reading books and DVDs picked by staff.  With a current CPCC ID, books can be checked out for three weeks and most DVDs check out for seven days.

Below is a selection of titles currently available for check out in the law library. To see more leisure materials, eAudiobooks and our most recent additions, view our online library catalog


Resources for legal research are permitted for use inside the law library only. There are multiple scanners, a copy machine and printer to help you obtain the information you may need.