Category Archives: Books

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Now on Display


CPCC Libraries has recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The Muslim Journeys project presents to the American public new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

As part of the project, the library has received the following materials:

  • The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys collection- currently on display on the first floor of the Central campus library and available for checkout on April 18.

Additionally, as part of Sensoria, on April 17th at 11 am, the library will be hosting Shared History – Connected Lives, an event with readings from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf and shared personal experiences of Muslims from the CPCC community.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.




Download Audiobooks to Your iPod

CPCC students, faculty and staff now have free, online access to MyiLibrary eAudio Books, a collection of approximately 1300 audio books, which are compatible with most iPods and MP3 devices.  The entire collection focuses primarily on language learning audio books, classic literature, history, and biography.  A sampling of the available titles include Julia Child’s My Life in France, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption.  Languages learning titles include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

MyiLibrary is always available through the Research Databases section of our website. Need help? Watch a video tutorial on how to download and transfer an eAudiobook to an iPod.

Library Services for New and Returning Students

Welcome new students and welcome back to returning students!  Libraries are located on all CPCC Campuses.  Check our website for hours and locations. CPCC Libraries offers many resources and services to help you succeed.

  • Research Databases provide online access to trustworthy articles and books
  • Search the Library Catalog for both print and online books
  • Ask A Librarian for research help, help is available online 24/7
  • Subscribe to the RSS Feed from this blog for updates on new resources and services!

Resources for Planning your Summer

Whether you are traveling, getting outdoors, reading, tending your new garden, heading to the beach or looking forward to your ‘staycation’; CPCC Librarians have some helpful information to help you make the most of your summer plans.

Check out these and many other books from your CPCC Libraries:

50 hikes in the mountains of North Carolina : walks and hikes from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Great Smokies by Williams, Robert Leonard
Harris Campus Library GV 199.42 N66 W55 2001

The hiker’s companion : 12,000 miles of trail-tested wisdom by Ross, Cindy.
Levine Campus Library GV 199.4 R67 1993

Go there now! : a boomer’s guide to budget travel by Stewart, Don
Levine Campus Library HQ1062 .S74 2007

Best garden plants for North Carolina by Beck Pam
Cato Campus Library SB453.2.N8 B42 2006

The cook’s garden : growing and using the best-tasting vegetable varieties by Ogden, Shepherd.
Central Campus Library SB 321 O35 1989

If you are planning on doing some reading for pleasure this summer, use Novelist to find that perfect fiction book. It provides recommended reading, author profiles, as well as “author read-alikes” suggestions. Novelist is available through CPCC Library’s homepage. Click Find an article and select browse databases by name to find Novelist.

Also take a look at the websites we have selected on our Delicious Account list. Explore these and other pages on the list under headings such as travel, outdoor_recreation, gardening- and many more. Here are a few interesting sites from our list:


Planning on travelling? Use Frommer’s online to find articles written by ” experts”, read hotel and restaurant reviews for travel destinations, as well as gather valuable travel tips under the ‘planning a trip’ section for each city destination, also provided are excerpts from Frommer’s Guidebooks.

Outdoor Recreation:

Use Web to find resources for walking, hiking, and trail mapping. It also provides information on gear, trails, and more.
GORP (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages) offers backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, caving and biking information. Plan your adventure by destination or activity- use the packing guides for help in what to bring or read the gear reviews to find the best accompaniment for your activity. The City Guides feature suggests nearby outdoor locales “for turning your weekends into outdoor adventures”


This website for the National Gardening Association. Provides “gardening content for consumers and educators, ranging from general information and publications to lessons and grants.” Search the term organic to find articles on organic gardening. Provides tips for city gardens, ‘edible gardens’, videos, and message boards.

Currency Exchange:

Traveling to other locales? Use the Universal Currency Converter website- It offers currency and foreign exchange rates based on “up-to-the-minute mid-market currency rates”

Have a great summer!

Library Receives Collection Enhancement Grant

CPCC librarians were hard at work during the fall semester selecting new titles to enhance the library’s math and science collections.

In June 2008, the CPCC Library was awarded a $10,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Strengthening Library Collections grant by the State Library of North Carolina. An additional $2,500 in matching funds was received for a total of $12,500.

The CPCC Library was one of six libraries to receive a Strengthening Library Collections grant. The grants were announced in June 2008 for the July 2008-June 2009 fiscal year. These awards were made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant making agency.

Approximately 362 items have been added to the collection in the subject areas of General Science, General Math, Algebra, Statistics, Mathematical Analysis, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Human Anatomy. Items purchased will be distributed to each campus library.

Selections of new titles received are on display at the Central campus library. Stop by to check them out….literally!

Library Upgrading Computer System — Closed Spring Break

During the 2009 Spring Break, the CPCC Library is upgrading its entire online catalog and circulation system in order to maintain its cutting-edge, web-based library catalog and lending services. The new system, called SYMPHONY, is a versatile, user-friendly program that will help the library continue to meet the ever-expanding information needs of students, faculty, staff and our community users. Due to this upgrade, all CPCC libraries will be closed from March 9-14, 2009. The CPCC Library appreciates your patience during this innovative transition.