Summer 2015 Library Hours

Cato Library and Cato Law Library spring hours end Tuesday, May 12.

Cato Library and Cato Law Library will be closed Wednesday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 19.

Do not forget that items you have checked out from any campus library must be returned by Tuesday, May 13 to avoid fines.

Here are the Summer 2015 hours:



Tech Yrslf!

Cato Campus Libraries introduces … Tech Yrslf! These are free, walk-in classes (no registration required) to help improve your computer skills. Please spread the word to your students and colleagues!

Navigating Blackboard _ Wednesday, Jan. 22nd 1:30-2:30pm CT 267
Learn skills to help find your way through a Blackboard course, including locating your course syllabus, taking a practice quiz, submitting a practice assignment and participating in a discussion board. Participants with little to no knowledge about Blackboard will benefit most from this workshop.

Computer Basics _ Wednesday, Jan. 29th 10:30-11:20am CT 267
Demonstrations and hands-on exercises will show students the components of a PC or laptop, how to use and save documents on a USB, and how to use a mouse. Participants with little to no knowledge about computers will benefit most from this workshop.

Smarter Searching with Google _ Thursday, Jan. 30th 1:30-2:30pm CT 267
Tips and tricks to make this every day search tool work for you! Learn how to easily find what you’re looking for without sifting through thousands of unwanted results. Find trustworthy information quickly by utilizing the strategies you’ll learn in this workshop. Participants with little to no knowledge about Google searching will benefit most from this workshop.

PowerPoint Basics _ Thursday, Feb. 6th 1:30-2:30pm CT 267
Skills covered will include creating a presentation, adding slides, formatting a presentation using templates, themes, and layouts, and viewing and saving a presentation. Participants with little to no knowledge about PowerPoint will benefit most from this workshop.

More PowerPoint (Advanced) _ Thursday, Feb. 13th 1:30-2:30pm CT 267
In this workshop, you will learn how to insert objects (pictures, videos, audio) into your presentation, manipulate animation features, and use slide transitions. Participants whom have a basic understanding about PowerPoint will benefit most from this workshop.

Library fines? Forgiven!

From November 25 – December 12, you may bring in packaged food, cleaning products, baby care items or toiletries to get your fines waived. All items collected will be donated to the Shelter for Battered Women.

Here’s how it works:

_Bring in 3 items for fines between $1.00 and $5.00

_Bring in 4 items for fines between $6.00 and $10.00

_Bring in 6 items for fines $10.00 and above

NOTE: This excludes replacement fees for lost and damaged materials.

All materials must be returned in good condition. Donations are also welcome from those without library fines!

Priority needs include: Cereal, crackers, body lotion, coffee, juice boxes, canned pasta, peanut butter & jelly, pacifiers, towels, bar soap, deodorant, combs, brushes, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel/body wash, toothpaste/toothbrushes, Q-Tips, Ziploc bags, Tupperware, dishes/bowls and automatic dishwasher soap.


Civil War 150 Exhibition and Streaming of Programs _ November 13 and 19

Cato Campus will be streaming programs related to the Library Services grant-funded program Civil War 150 Exhibition. (The exhibition itself is housed at CPCC Central Campus (LRC Atrium, 2nd floor) and will be available for viewing Nov 5- Nov 25, 2013.)

The November 13 and November 19 events will be streamed at Cato and other campuses from 11:00am-12:30pm.

When: Wednesday, November 13
Where: Cato, 020 – Auditorium (Lower Level)
What: The Art of War: South Meets North
Panel discussion with civil war historians, moderated by Eileen Woodward (CPCC History Instructor)

When: Thursday, November 19
Where: Cato 020-Auditorium (Lower Level)
What: The Role of Blacks in the Civil War
Lecture by Michelle Lanier, Curator of Multicultural Initiatives for North Carolina Historic Sites and Acting Director of the state’s African American Heritage Commission

If you are interested in coming and bringing your students, please let Retha Hall know for planning purposes. Faculty/staff, please check LearnerWeb if you are interested in receiving PD credit for some of the events.

International Games Day!

Did you play games like checkers, Old Maid or Twister? Would you like to recapture a bit of your childhood? Then join Cato Library and Student Life on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in celebrating International Games Day! If you have favorite games you’d like to bring for the event, please do! We’re looking for popular games from around the world to showcase our international community.

International Games Day is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association. Come out and play!

For more information, please see:

**International Games Day – Thursday, November 14 – 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Cato  I Atrium**


Fall into reading at the Cato Library Book Sale

Need to find something great to read before the cold weather hits? Want to support two wonderful causes? Then be sure to come to CT 250 for the Cato Library Book Sale on Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 24th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Faculty preview will be Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22, also from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Prices are $1.00 for hardcovers and $0.50 for paperbacks. All proceeds will be donated to United Way and the CPCC Library’s Theresa Thompson Scholarship fund.

We’re in need of donations for the sale! Gently used books and DVDs of all genre types are greatly appreciated. Items can be dropped off at CT 250. Clear out your shelves and find something new for yourself!

Need Help Learning Computer Basics?

Every Tuesday in June (4, 11, 18, 25) and many Tuesday’s in July (2, 9, 16) at the Central, Harris and Levine campuses of Central Piedmont Community College there will be a computer basics series covering how to use a computer, keyboard, mouse, and the related terminology. Office basics will be covered, time-permitting. CPCC students, staff, and community are welcome.

The times of the sessions vary by campus:

Harris – 2pm

Levine – 4pm

Central – 6pm

Registration is required.

You can register using this link:

Or call: 704-330-4618 for questions or registration.

Library Book Sale – April 18th (Donations needed!)

Our Annual Book Sale, benefiting United Way and the CPCC Libraries’ Theresa Thompson Scholarship Fund, will be held on Thursday, April 18th. Don’t miss this opportunity to get some great books and videos at bargain prices!

In order for this event to be a continued success, we need your donations!

Kick-off spring cleaning this year by weeding your book or video collection. To help us raise funds for a great cause, drop-off any gently used books or dvds you can spare at the Cato Library (CT-250). Donations will be accept up to the day of the book sale.

If you have any questions, please email or call the Cato Library @ 704-330-4818.

Spring Break is almost here!

Spring Flowers ©

Spring Break is almost here! Spring Break for CPCC is March 11 – 17.


The Cato Campus Library hours that week will be:

Monday, Mar. 11 – Thursday, Mar. 14          8am-4pm

Friday, Mar. 15                                                   CLOSED

*The Cato Law Library will be CLOSED the entire week of Spring Break.


For Spring Break hours of other campus libraries:


Have a fun & safe Spring Break!

-from the Cato Library Staff