Black History Month at the Main Campus Library

Black History Month grew out of Negro History Week, which was established in February 1926 by African-American historian Carter G. Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

Expanded in 1976 to a month-long observance, this celebration of the contributions and achievements of African Americans was initially designed to encompass the birthday of the abolitionist orator and journalist Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) on February 14 as well as Abraham LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY.

The event is widely observed by schools, churches, libraries, clubs, and organizations wishing to draw attention to the contributions of African Americans.

Douglass was a fugitive slave who assumed this name when, by posing as a sailor, he escaped to New Bedford, Massachusetts. His former master’s wife had secretly taught him to read and write, and after his escape Douglass became a skilled orator who lectured widely in favor of abolition. He settled for a while in Rochester, New York, where he founded an anti-slavery newspaper, and eventually ended up in Washington, D.C., where he held a number of government positions. One of his former residences there now houses the Museum of African Art and the Frederick Douglass Institute.


Association for the Study of African American Life and History


2225 Georgia Ave. N.W.

Ste. 331

Washington, D.C. 20059




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Trial: History Databases

The College Library has a trial to the following databases from ABC-CLIO Solutions.


American History (Academic)


Daily Life through History (Academic)

Each databases includes 3 innovative components:

  1. a comprehensive reference library,
  2. a textbook/course companion, and,
  3. multiple perspectives on key issues.

Also included are new video learning modules in American History, World History: The Modern Era, and World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. Powerful text-to-speech and translation tools are available.

American History Topics

The Origins of a Nation, 1350-1776

A New American Nation, 1774-1800

An Expanding Nation, 1790-1850

A Nation Breaks Apart, 1840-1877

A Growing Nation, 1850-1900

An Evolving Nation, 1870-1920

A Nation in Transition, 1920-1939

A Nation Faces Conflict, 1939-1960

A Nation in Upheaval, 1954-1975

A Nation Being Redefined, 1975-2000

A Nation Begins a New Century, 2001-Present

Daily Life Through History Topics

Life in the Ancient World, 10,000 BCE – 500 CE

Life in the Medieval World, 500 CE – 1400 CE

Life During the Renaissance, the 15th and 16th Centuries

Exploring New Lives, the 17th and 18th Centuries

Revolutionary and Industrial Lives, the 19th Century

Life in the Modern World, 1900 – Present

The trial to both databases ends on March 4, 2016. You must be on-campus to access.

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Welcome to the Libraries at the Community College of Philadelphia

Main Campus Library
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Northeast Regional Center Learning Commons
12901 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1021

Northwest Regional Center Library
1300 W. Godfrey Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141-3315

West Regional Center Learning Commons
4725 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

We offer:
-Study Space
-Electronic Resources
-Online Databases
-Special Collections
-Expert Help
-Off Campus Access to Library Resources via MyCCP

We look forward to serving you

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Trial Database: Films on Demand

films_on_demandThe College Library has a trial to Films on Demand, with access to thousands of videos. Additional information about the trial can be found on the Trial Databases page.

If off-campus, you can access the trial through MyCCP, or use the login information in Campus Announcements.

Please provide feedback to help us as we evaluate this resource.

The trial is available until February 14, 2016.


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Having an Attitude of Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”       – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Northwest Regional Center student Krystal Brewington add a post to the thankfulness board.

According to an article by Jami Murphy in Cherokee Phoenix published May, 2014, Thanksgiving and Christmas are referred to as the “thankful” part of the year. Yes, there is a feeling of thankfulness that is conveyed by many.

So, throughout November, students at the Northwest Regional Center were asked to reflect and share what they were thankful for. Below are some of the responses posted on the NWRC Library board of thankfulness:

  • I am thankful for true friendship and the bond of sisterhood.
  • I am thankful for my children.
  • For my wife
  • Our beautiful world, my child, my family, friends and the opportunity to serve other.
  • I am thankful for my family, health, and God as my Savior.
  • Jamaica, land of wood and water
  • Today and always, I am thankful for the many blessings that’s bestowed upon my life and my children’s lives and their children.
  • I am thankful for being able to face each day with a smile of love, hope, and faith.
  • I am Thankful for getting up on time today.
  • I am thankful for my mommy!
  • I am sooo thankful for my spouse.
  • I am so thankful for God’s unyielding, everlasting love!
  • My health, newborn daughter, and life itself
  • Jesus waking me up and my family
  • I’m thankful for God’s love, family, friends, and people.
  • I am thankful for life and another chance at life.
  • Thankful for having a wonderful job.
  • A good night’s sleep when I can get.
  • I am thankful for Allah. For my family, daughter and unborn child I am currently carrying.
  • Thankful for grace.
  • I’m thankful that my boyfriend’s car accident wasn’t too bad.
  • I am thankful for my education and everything I have.
  • Thankful for the mints on the table!

As we draw closer to ringing out the old year and bringing in 2016, I take this opportunity to ask: What are you thankful for?

Warm wishes for a New Year of peace, health, and happiness.

See you in 2016!


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Honoring Our Veterans

U.S. holiday celebrated on November 11, honouring veterans of the U.S. armed forces and those killed in battle. Originally called Armistice Day, it began as a commemoration of the ending of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. After World War II it was recognized as a day to pay tribute to all service members, and in 1954 it was designated as Veterans Day. It is usually observed with parades, speeches, and flowers placed on military graves and memorials. The holiday is called Remembrance Day in Canada and Remembrance Sunday (on the Sunday nearest to November 11) in Britain.

Veterans Day. (2014). In Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from

Come look at our display at the Main Campus Library.


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Books to read over the Winter Break

Winter Break Leisure Book Reading 2

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