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Looking for a good book to read! We will be posting book recommendations by fellow CTC faculty and staff. Reading is an enjoyable pastime and can be a great way to unwind, relax or escape! With the end of Spring Quarter and the beginning of summer fast approaching, finding a great book may be the last thing on your mind.

Well, how about we just give you a list to pick from! Stay tuned for more book recommendations next week!

librarian holding book

Source: Clark College Libraries

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Zachary Grant, recommends The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua.

“Do you like to read about the Victorian time period? Are you curious about who Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage are and what place they have in history? Do you ever wonder what might have happened if Charles Babbage’s dream of creating his Analytical engine had come true and if it had, what sort of programs Ada Lovelace would have written for it? If you answer yes, or even if you answer with a “maybe?” to any of these questions, then this brilliant book by Sydney Padua is definitely for you. Ms. Padua takes the correspondence between Lovelace and Babbage, along with other items they wrote, to put together a “what if?” story that takes place in a pocket universe, (or alternate reality), in which the Analytical engine is constructed. Ms. Padua’s excellent imagination not only shows us how the Analytical engine might have affected Lovelace and Baggage, but the people and the world around them. This book is chock-a-block with wonderful artwork, foot notes, end notes, not one, but two appendices and an epilogue. Whether you are looking to be educated or entertained, (or both?!), you’ll love this book from beginning to end.”


librarian holding book

Source: Clark College Libraries

Library Intern, Rachel Fellman, recommends The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

“Eleanor is an isolated, uncanny young woman. When a paranormal investigator asks her for help uncovering the secrets of ghostly Hill House, she leaps at the chance to escape her own haunted life. But the house is more than she can handle, and her fellow investigators – reasonable people who underestimate both the ghosts and Eleanor — are even worse.”

“Without Jackson’s careful attention to detail, this would only have been a fantastically creepy little book. Instead it’s a masterpiece. The characters are richly drawn and charismatic. Hill House is full of unnerving angles, doors that close by themselves, and interior decoration so matchy-matchy that it actively drives people mad. If you love to read about poltergeists and paranoia, then this is the story for you.”

Log into the Discover catalog and explore these titles and more!

A Makerspace Pilot Program will be coming to Clark Libraries next week, just in time for Mid-terms.

Transform your posters and classroom presentations into engaging works of art that capture your audience’s attention. ​Faculty and staff at the library want to support student projects through the provision of markers, color pencils, glue, scissors, rulers, compasses, protractors, construction paper, hole punch, and paper clips.

If the pilot program is successful, poster and presentation supplies may be available before finals week too, and subsequent years to come. Please donate art supplies from your home or office if you have extra to share.

Intrigued by Makerspaces? The following book is available through Clark College Libraries in ebook format:

Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft

These two titles are available through Summit loan:

Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich


iCommons students at computers

Source: Clark College Libraries

The iCommons at CTC will be extending its hours to host an open house Monday, May 1 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this event is to help introduce students who attend evening classes after library hours to the materials and staff at the iCommons location.

All Clark students and staff are encouraged to attend. Come and enjoy refreshments and chat with the iCommons staff!

Happy National Poetry Month!

Washington State Poet Laureate 2016-2018, Tod Marshall, will visit Clark College during his Southwest Washington Tour.  Marshall will read poetry in the Cannell Library on April 26, 2017 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. As an author of poetry, Marshall’s diverse subjects include containment, extraction, and transformation. Serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate, Marshall will develop an awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in Washington State. Marshall is also a professor at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Tod Marshall books available at Clark College Libraries.


Tod Marshall book available through Summit Libraries.

Learn more about Tod Marshall’s visit to Clark County: http://library.clark.edu/featured/426-wa-state-poet-laureate-visit-clark-college 



We all loved Hidden Figures here at the iCommons, and so we decided to put together a themed display. Except for information freedom, there’s nothing librarians love more than a themed display, so this will be the first of many.

A row of books about women in science, math, and engineering, with small profiles of female astronauts.

Source: Clark College Libraries

The Clark library system has about 67,000 books, which sounds like a lot until you have an idea like “Women of NASA.” It turned out that we have only four books on women at NASA, and one of them is the one Hidden Figures is based on; since that’s a brand-new book, it had to stay at Cannell. So we broadened the idea to “Women in Science, Math, and Engineering.”

In the process, we recognized some hidden figures of our own: the library had relatively little material on women of color in science. So we bought a general history (Black Women Scientists in the United States by Wini Warren) and a book of contemporary interviews (Sisters in Science by Diann Jordan), which will be added to the collection over the next few months.

The library may look static, but it’s in a continuous state of renewal. For every outdated engineering text that we remove, we buy a new book carefully selected by the staff for its quality, its relevance to the curriculum, and other considerations. As the Clark reference intern, these two books were my first purchase, but the reference librarians have years of experience with book buying. They make sure that the library stays in step with our school, our city, and our society. Our collection may never be huge, but it’ll always be just right for our needs (supplemented, of course, by ebooks and databases!).

We also included a “Summit Spotlight” in the display to highlight books that aren’t at Clark, but are only a click away. Sign in to the Cannell system with your computer lab login and you’ll have access to the Summit library system, which lets you order books from libraries all over Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. If you liked Hidden Figures, for example, you might want to read Martha Ackerman’s The Mercury 13 or Stephanie Nolen’s Promised the Moon, both about the female 1960s aviators who underwent the same testing as the male astronauts, trying to prove their worth to a NASA that wasn’t ready to listen. (Cannell does have one book on the Mercury 13, Margaret A. Weitekamp’s Right Stuff, Wrong Sex.) There’s also Lynn Sherr’s biography of Sally Ride, or Mae Jemison’s autobiography, Find Where the Wind Goes.

A collection of books about women at NASA available on Summit.

Source: Clark College Libraries

We hope you enjoy the capsule collection here at Clark’s satellite campus. (All puns are intended, always.)

Welcome to Spring Quarter! Did you know it’s National Library Week? Stop by Cannell Library or the iCommons at CTC and check out our new Libraries Are For Everyone posters.

Libraries Are For Everyone posters in iCommons Libraries Are For Everyone posters


Creating a new vision for the Clark College Libraries has been a cumulative process involving extensive planning and research. The library was closed to the public during Spring Break, but the staff were busy making the most recent improvements. You will notice new carpet and furniture. The new changes were implemented to combine function with the needs of today’s scholars. Among the goals of the new improvements were improving study spaces. We are here to assist with your library and research needs and look forward to welcoming you back.

Out with the Old

In with the New


Panoramic View of the Cannell Library Collaborative Commons

New Furniture in the Cannell Library Collaborative Commons


Photo/Image Source: "Justice Legg of America." by, JD Hancock (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Photo/Image Source: “Justice Legg of America.” by, JD Hancock (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

The Clark College Libraries will be closed during Easter Sunday. The Cannell Library will close at 5:00pm on Saturday, April 15th, and reopen at 7:00am on Monday, April 17th.

iCommons at CTC will, as per regular hours, be closed Friday April 14th thru Sunday April 16th. They will reopen at 7:00am Monday, April 17th.

Our outside return boxes are always open to return books, movies, etc. Don’t get a late fine!

Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account at http://bit.ly/2o0sV7b

Need expert research assistance to finish that paper? You can always contact a librarian online (at this address: http://library.clark.edu/content/ask-librarian and you can get instant assistance via chat.


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, March 24th and reopen Monday, April 10th.

Finals Week Hours (03/20 – 03/23 )

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 (03/24 – 04/9 )

Both locations are closed Friday, March 24th through Sunday, April 9th.

  • Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account.
  • To avoid fines, return borrowed items to outside collection boxes when libraries are closed.
  • At Cannell Library, extended loan netbooks must be returned by Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30pm or a late fine will be charged.

We reopen Monday, April 10th at 7:00 a.m.

We all have choices and beliefs that will be influenced by our experiences and all books have the potential to inspire the reader. Three new books acquired by the Clark College Libraries examine the development of creative thinking, explore what it is like to live as a wild animal, and question our relationship with stuff. Perhaps, one of these new books will shape your thinking, awareness, and interests. Check them out.

The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins

Judkins examines the habits of successful creative thinkers, such as the Beatles, J.K. Rowling, Tolkien, Sondheim, and Picasso, the reader then can understand and apply the principles to their work and lives. The theme of his book is to transform individuals, businesses, universities and organizations with a deeper understanding of human creativity. Author Rod Judkins encourages readers to think beyond the normative. Rod Judkins is an artist and writer who lectures on creative thinking techniques at the Central St Martins College of Art and is a visiting lecturer throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

Being A Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster

Foster closely examines the lives of five different species, the badger, red deer, urban red fox, otter, and swift by living in their environment and impersonating their lifestyles. The memoir is a radical approach that examines the human experience, neuroscience, and psychology and scrutinizes the differences that separate humans and animals. However, Foster is cautious not to attribute human traits, emotions, and intentions to his subjects.  Foster recounts his experiences with a sense of humor. Charles Foster is a veterinarian, professor, and research fellow at Oxford University.

Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff by Alison Steward

Sparked by the task of cleaning her late parent’s residence, Stewart began a three-year investigation about the American obsession with junk. Steward also examines alternative thinking toward stuff by presenting cases of people that give away their things or repair items verses throwing them away. The author further explores the popularity of tiny houses which promotes minimal living. A graduate of Brown University, Steward is an award-winning journalist with a twenty-year career with prominent networks.

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