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Merry Christmas! We have two grand and glorious gifts for you!Special tickets to travel into the past! Hop aboard the National Digital Newspaper Program Express!

100 years ago today, December 7, 1916, the cartoon on the front page of The West Virginian foretold the perils of Christmas shopping crowds …


Your second gift is a local journey into the past aboard the Washington Digital Newspapers (WDN) Collection! … 100 years ago, The Seattle Star‘s December 25, 1916 cartoon shows a delighted family (who survived the shopping melee) on Christmas morning …


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

Cannell Library will be open regular hours Monday thru Wednesday and will close for the quarter break on Thursday at 6pm. The Information Commons at CTC will be open regular hours during finals week and will close for quarter break beginning Friday, December 9th and reopen Monday, January 9th.

Finals Week ( 12/5 – 12/8 ) Hours

Cannell Library:

  • Monday-Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Friday

iCommons @ CTC:

  • Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Friday

Quarter Break (12/9 – 01/8 )

Both locations are closed Friday, December 9th until Monday, January 9th.

We reopen Monday, January 9th at 7:00 a.m.


Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a time for being with your loved ones and celebrating everything that you are thankful for. Please take note of the following hours and days of closure for both Cannell Library and the iCommons.

Remember, if you need to request or renew a book, you can always do so online by logging in to your library account. Also, to avoid fines, return borrowed items to outside collection boxes when libraries are closed.

Have a wonderful holiday and safe travels!

Cannell Library:

– closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 11/23

– CLOSED Thursday 11/24 – Saturday 11/26

– opens at 1:00 pm Sunday 11/27

iCommons @ CTC:

– closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 11/23

– CLOSED Thursday 11/24 – Sunday 11/27

– open at 7:00 am Monday 11/28

Looking for something to read during the holiday break?

CTC iCommons Browsing Collection

Located in the CTC iCommons is the Browsing Collection which offers a broad range of subjects. Items featured among the history section are two titles: Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel by C. M. Butzer and Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive by Ray Raphael.

Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel

C. M. Butzer depicts the Battle of Gettysburg in comic book style. The fully-illustrated graphic adaptation draws its inspiration from primary sources, letters, diaries, speeches, and President Abraham Lincoln’s writing to portray the historical event.

Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive

How did George Washington become president? Ray Raphael describes fascinating electoral processes of the past. For example, States would choose electors however they felt. Electors would meet on a single day at their respective state capitals. Each elector would vote for two presidential options; one was required to live in another state. The person who gathered the winning vote became president and second place was vice president.








Veteran’s Day 2016

We at Cannell Library would like to honor our veterans, those who have served and to those who are serving us today, by sharing a few poems by soldiers from past wars.

The first is a poem by Carl Sandburg from 1918


Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

The second poem is by Marc de Larreguy de Civrieux from February 1916.

The Soldier’s Soliloquies – I

After the Charleroi affair
And since we waved the Marne goodbye,
I drag my carcass everywhere,
But never know the reason why.

In trench or barn I spend each day,
From fort or attic glimpse the sky,
At this war simply slog away,
but never know the reason why.

I as, hoping to understand
This slaughter’s purpose. The reply
I get is: ‘For the Motherland!’
But never know the reason why.

Better for me to just keep mum
And, when it’s my own turn to die,
Depart this life for kingdom come,
But never know the reason why.

Translated by D. D. R. Owens.

The final poem is by Walt Whitman from 1865

Dirge for Two Veterans

The last sunbeam
Lightly falls from the finish’d Sabbath,
On the pavement here, and there beyond it is looking,
Down a new-made double grave.

Lo, the moon ascending,
Up from the east the silvery round moon,
Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon,
Immense and silent moon.

I see a sad procession,
And I hear the sound of coming full-key’d bugles,
All the channels of the city streets they’re flooding,
As with voices and with tears.

I hear the great drums pounding,
And the small drums steady whirring,
And every blow of the great convulsive drums,
Strikes me through and through.

For the son is brought with the father,
(In the foremost ranks of the fierce assault they fell,
Two veterans son and father dropt together,
And the double grave awaits them.)

Now nearer blow the bugles,
And the drums strike more convulsive,
And the daylight o’er the pavement quite has faded,
And the strong dead-march enwraps me.

In the eastern sky up-buoying,
The sorrowful vast phantom moves illumin’d,
(‘Tis some mother’s large transparent face,
In heaven brighter growing.)

O strong dead-march you please me!
O moon immense with your silvery face you soothe me!
O my soldiers twain! O my veterans passing to burial!
What I have I also give you.

The moon gives you light,
And the bugles and the drums give you music,
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,
My heart gives you love.


Clark CollegeUSflagphoto Libraries will be closed Friday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. Regular hours will resume the following day.

During the summer, Cannell received a  face-lift in the form of new carpet and a staircase leading down into the student commons.

Student Commons stairway


Student Commons Stairway/carpet

Student Commons Stairway/carpet

These changes are only the beginning to the bigger makeover taking place. Eventually, Cannell will have several new pieces of furniture to aid in the comfort and collaboration of Clark students. In addition, more computers will be added in the commons area to help provide more work spaces for students.

Be sure to keep an eye out for these exciting updates at Cannell!


Organization is an important factor in education success. Assignments, tests, and projects can be overwhelming by themselves, but throw in daily life and several other classes, and you got yourself a stress-fueled mess.

Whether you are a returning student or a newbie to the college game, here are some helpful tips and links to help you get focused and organized.

Start a Bullet Journal

This helpful tool has been sweeping Pinterest Boards with its customizable nature and friendliness towards type-A personalities. With this analog system, you can create lists and tasks, track habits, and keep a schedule for events and due-dates. Googling “Bullet Journal Layouts” will present endless inspiration for the artistic and doodle-centric, while also providing proof of the usability of the system as well. However, if you are someone who gets overwhelmed with layouts and color schemes, then a Bullet Journal is still for you. Keep it simple and remember to make the system work for you.

Check out these links to get started:

Clark Student Success Programs

Clark College has several resources available to help ensure your success! Learn how to balance and organize your classes and personal life through Clark Success Services. You will also learn about how to communicate with instructors and tap into the expertise and support of your peers. Struggling with grades? Let Academic Achievement Services help connect you to mentors, tutors, and teach you how to better manage your time.

The best thing about these services? They’re FREE!

Clark Libraries

Clark Libraries has access to thousands of materials and resources that can aid in your college success. Not only does our collection house information to better assist you with class assignments and projects, we also have resources that will help with college organization. A quick search for college level study skills in our Discover catalog lends 179 results! Titles in the list include, College Rules! how to study, survive, and succeed in college, and The Secrets of College Success.

Whatever your learning or organizational style, prepping for college success is a must. You are sure to power through your obstacles by adopting one of these success tips.

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If you see the following error: “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate”, or “Your connection is not private”, while accessing library databases, please:

  1. use a different browser (Firefox or Edge seem to be working), or, if this fails,

  2. follow these instructions from https://support.globalsign.com/customer/portal/articles/1353318-view-and-or-delete-crl-ocsp-cache:

Go to Start Menu > Run
Type cmd and press Enter
Type certutil -urlcache * delete  and press Enter

Mac OS X
If you’d like to delete both OCSP and CRL cache, in a terminal, enter the following command:
sudo rm /var/db/crls/*cache.db

This issue is the GlobalSign Validation service system issue – see https://www.globalsign.com/en/status/  and will resolve itself on October 18, 2016.   In the meantime, there will be the certificate errors showing in some browsers.

For additional help, please contact

TechHub (Student Technical Help)

Phone: 360-992-2010
Walk-In Hours (Cannell Library, main campus):
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00p.m.
Fridays : 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.

TechHub Agents

TechHub Staff  (Image © Clark College Libraries)

If you are trying to access library online resources (e-books, databases, streaming videos and more) off campus and run into technical difficulties,  the two most helpful resources for you are:

1.  Off-Campus Access & Troubleshooting Guide
Please read these instructions carefully and note that faculty/staff log-in instructions differ from those for students!

2.  TechHub (Student Technical Help)
Friendly TechHub agents are trained to help you troubleshoot variety of technical issues and they are eager to assist you in person, via phone, or email.

: 360-992-2010
Walk-In Hours (Cannell Library, main campus):
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00p.m.
Fridays : 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.

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