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Clark College provides an array of free and low cost student resources that can help propel your success. The key is knowing where to find them. Let’s explore the top 10 student resources available to Clark College students and where to find a list of more Penguin Perks

  1. Library Resources

Did you leave home without your charger? Do you need a laptop to write a research paper between classes? The library has these resources as well as many other resources to help you accomplish your goals. Check out a list of the computers and equipment available to check out at Clark college libraries.laptop.jpg

  1. Microsoft Office 365

Writing papers and giving presentations are just two of the type of assignments given to students. One of the best perks of being a Clark College student is the FREE download of Microsoft office 365. This suite of applications can become rather spendy but this resource allows you to download Microsoft office 365 for free!

  1. Counseling and Health Center

Sometimes life happens, the Counseling and Health Center is a great for students who may be facing health issues whether it is physical or mental health.

  1. Peer mentoring program

Are you new to the college life or just need someone to relate to and discuss how to succeed at Clark College? The Peer Mentoring Program may be the perfect resource for you. There are mentors with experience to help you learn to navigate college life and to give you advice on how to complete your goals.

  1. Gym Membership

Students who are currently enrolled in Physical Education, Fitness Trainer or HPE 258 (Fitness Wellness) courses are FREE to use the FC during that quarter. Students who are not can join the gym for only $20 per quarter. (Be sure to check with ASCC as they have a limited number of passes per quarter that can be purchased for $10). Learn more about all that O’Connell Sports Complex (OSC) Thompson Fitness Center has to offer.

  1. Game room

Time between classes and need to de-stress? Enjoy board games, a massage chair, wii games, or it is a place to make and hang out with new friends. Check out the game room at PUB 162..

  1. Ask an advisor

Do you have a question for an advisor but don’t have time to meet in person? Ask your question through this quick online advising service.

  1. eTutoring

ETutoring allows you to do live web conferencing, get help in an online writing lab, submit questions, and gain access to many other resources through an online learning environment.

  1. Student Success Workshops

The scope of things you can learn in student success workshops is huge. A few of the workshops include: Interviewing skills, job search tips, text anxiety, transfer degree, and debt management to name a few.

  1. Penguin Pantry

This resource helps to reduce hunger and basic necessity needs among students. The Penguin Pantry offers toiletries and grocery items to students who are in need. Visit Penguin Pantry for more information.

Map of Penguin Pantry location


The list of student resources doesn’t stop there! Visit Penguin Perks to learn about more resources including free legal consultation and discount bus passes.

Are you looking on ways to beat the winter doldrums? Winter is a great time to expand our horizons with a new book! This month the CTC iCommons is featuring books about winter. Here are a few of the titles:

Book about endangered polar bears

Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species

Author:  Ian Stirling

With 40 years of research author Dr. Ian Stirling explains the evolution, life history and behavior of polar bears. This beautiful book provides a diverse collection of polar bear photographs along with tables, maps and graphs. The book also touches on the current threat to their very existence due to global warming.

A book about Pacific NW decidious trees and shrubs

Winter Twigs

Author: Helen M. Gilkey and Patricia L. Packard

Winter Twigs is a fantastic resource for wintertime identification of deciduous trees and shrubs of Northwest Oregon and western Washington. Covered are 82 species readily identified by winter characteristics. It also includes a glossary of botanical terms and line drawings.

A book about exploration of the South Pole

1912: The year the World Discovered Antarctica

Author: Chris Turney

This book revisits the exploits of five separate teams representing the old and new world in search of the South Pole. The author shows how these discoveries begin a new look at our understanding of the natural world while inspiring the public’s passion for exploration.

These books are available in the CTC iCommons! Stop by to see what other titles in our browsing collection are available to check out.

Learn about all of the collections available to you at Clark!


Photo/Image Source: “Civil Rights March on Washington D.C.” by, U.S. National Archives


Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 15, 2018. Clark Libraries will be closed Monday January 15th in observance of this holiday. Clark Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, January 16th with regular hours as follows:

Cannell Library

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

iCommons @ CTC

  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Quarter Break Closure

penguins standing on snow

“Emperor Penguins” by Christopher Michel, CC BY-NC 2.0.

Clark Libraries Finals and Quarter Break Hours

Finals Week ( 12/11 – 12/14 ) Hours

Cannell Library:

  • Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Friday

iCommons @ CTC:

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Friday

Cannell Library and the CTC iCommons will close for the quarter break on Thursday at 6pm.

Quarter Break (12/15 – 01/08 )

Both locations are closed Friday, December 15th until Monday, January 8th.

We reopen Monday, January 8th at 8:00 a.m.

Sure the public library is great, but why not pick something up while you’re already on campus?

Popular reading cart at Cannell Library

Our Popular Reading collection is small but mighty. Here’s a few books I’d personally recommend:

Come take a look at our culinary display featuring many of the books purchased to support the Clark College culinary program.

The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute officially opened on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The ribbon-cutting included a thank-you to donors, cooking and baking demonstrations, and tours of the $10.5 million facility. The next cohort starts Fall 2018. To request information email the Culinary Institue at culinary@clark.edu. More information can be found on the Clark College website.

Culinary Insitute Application
Online Dining Menu

International Education Week (IEW) is a chance to appreciate and celebrate international education and the exchange of knowledge among different countries. The celebration is from November 13-17 at Clark College as well as around the nation. During this week, we will have the opportunity to welcome our transitional students, to promote learning about international cultures, and gain knowledge about studying abroad.

Come check out our IEW book display. We have books about studying abroad, Indian, Mexican, Vietnam, Japanese, and African culture just to name a few.

Some of the titles that are available:

Asian flavours: creating architecture for culinary culture (NA7855 .A78 2015)

Frida (ND359 .k33 H47 2002)

Culture shock India (DS421 .K81 2001)

A history of art in Africa (N73870 .H54 2008)


Also, check out information about  Clark College’s International Programs at: http://www.clark.edu/international/index.php.

For a list of local and national IEW events check here: https://iew.state.gov/.


The Cannell Library on main campus and the iCommons at CTC will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 22 at 4:30 p.m. Both locations will remain closed Thursday, November 23–Sunday, November 26. Cannell and iCommons will reopen on Monday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m.

pumpkin pie with one bite taken off on plate with fork

“Vegan pumpkin pie” by Suzette – www.suzette.nu is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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The United States Marine Corps celebrates its 242nd birthday, today, November 10th, 2017. Happy Birthday to all the people currently serving, or who have served in the US Marines. Many happy returns to you all!


Tomorrow, November 11th, marks the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I which we will observe as Veteran’s Day.  The signing of the armistice took place on the 11th month, of the 11th day, at the 11th hour and 11th minute past said hour. In honor of this event and to honor everyone who has served or is currently serving in the military, here is a picture of Wilfred Owen, who was killed on Nov. 4th, 1918, during the last week of the Great War. Along this his photo is an picture of one of his poems, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”

Image source W. Owen                                       Image source poem

Here is the poem, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Currently, at the Cannell Library, we have graphic novels on display. The display features many books from our collection. These books can be taken to the Check Out desk and borrowed for 3 weeks.

Here is a short list of our many available titles:

Gettysburg : the graphic novel (E475.53 .B985 2009)
Beowulf (PN6727.H53 B46 2007 )
A scanner darkly (PN6727.D53 S33 2006 )
Whiteout (PN6728.W585 R83 2007 )
Batman under the hood. Vol. 1 (PN6728.B36 W58 2005 )
Birds of Prey : end run (PN6728.B497 S54 2011 )
Southern bastards (PN6727.A22 S68 2015 )

Come take a look!

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