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With the Fourth of July behind us and Summer Quarter just beginning, we wanted to remind you of some of the awesome resources you have access to through the library…and maybe learn a little something about early America in the process!

Cover of 1776: Excerpts from the Acclaimed History, with Letters, Maps, and Seminal Artwork

Our Reference Collection has a wide variety of materials that can give you the background information you need, including subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, and primary sources. 1776: Excerpts from the Acclaimed History, with Letters, Maps, and Seminal Artwork contains copies of eighteenth-century paintings, and 37 removable replicas of letters, maps, and historic documents in 10 envelopes secured with the congressional seal. How cool is that?! While you’re in the library, take a look at The American History Cookbook, from which you can replicate early colonial dishes and patriotic cakes.

If you’re looking for a brief overview of pretty much anything, the books in our Very Short Introduction series are perfect. For example, you might want to learn more about The American Revolution, The Founding Fathers, or Decolonization.

Our main collection has even more sources, like A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independencewhich uses diaries, letters, and memoirs to recount the events of the American Revolution from the perspective of African Americans, Native Americans, women, and others.

And don’t forget all our databases!

You can learn more about patriotic music in Oxford Music Online, read the eyewitness account of a cobbler who participated in the Boston Tea Party in History Study Center, or find colonial statistics in Historical Statistics of the United States. Did you know that “on the eve of the American Revolution, real per capita gross domestic product in the Thirteen Continental Colonies was higher than that of any other nation in the world at the time” (McCusker)?

As always, if your research topics or personal interests happen to not be the American Revolution, feel free to ask a librarian to find the best sources for what you want to learn about!

Star Spangled Banner

“The Star Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key, printed on silk to commemorate the bombardment of Fort McHenry, 1814. Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.


This quarter, the Clark College Libraries UX Team carried out another collaboration with Robert Hughes’ CGT 105 class to do usability testing of the library website. Read about the findings in Librarian Julie Austad’s presentation Clark Libraries Website Usability Feedback. It is also published on the class guide where you can see some highlights from previous years: CGT 105 – User Experience Design (Hughes) – 2012-2017             
CGT 105 Spring 2017 Students                                             Photo by Julie Austad

The long term collaboration between Clark College Libraries and students of Professor Robert Hughes’ CGT 105, User Interface Design class, started in 2002, thanks to Professor Hughes and Reference and Instruction Librarian Kitty Mackey. In the past fifteen years, students in this class had conducted numerous usability testing and created new design proposals for the library website and related research applications. Implementing their feedback, Clark College Libraries had improved user experience for the library website and other information literacy tools.

Thank you, CGT 105 students and Professor Hughes, for yet another successful collaboration!

iCommons window

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The iCommons at CTC will be closed on Thursday, June 22.

Due to the CTC iCommons closure on Thursday, June 22 students must make arrangements to return quarter loan graphing calculators earlier to CTC.

If you are done with your finals in advance of that date, please return the calculator to the iCommons circulation desk in CTC 219. If you need the calculator through June 22, please return the calculator to the book drop either outside of the CTC 219 door or to the metal book return outside of the CTC main entrance door.

To avoid fines, please return all library items on time.

iCommons Finals Week Hours

Monday-Wednesday (June 19-21), 7:30-5:30 and closed Thursday, June 22.

Questions? Please call the CTC iCommons at 360-992-6138.


Photo Image Source: Wild Flower Garden. CC0 Public Domain – no known copyright restrictions

Finals Week Hours

Cannell Library:

Monday-Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

iCommons at CTC:

Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 22 Closed

Quarter Break Closure

Cannell Library: Friday, June 23th through Sunday, July 9th

iCommons at CTC: Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, July 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 and quarter loan graphing calculators must be returned by June 22th at 5:30 p.m. or a late fine will be charged. Questions? Please call Cannell Library at 360-992-2151.
  • Due to the CTC iCommons closure on Thursday, June 22 students must make arrangements to return quarter loan graphing calculators earlier to CTC. Questions? Please call the CTC iCommons at 360-992-6138.

We reopen Monday, July 10th at 8:00 a.m.

Spring Semester is coming to a close; but you still have time to Request Library Materials for your final projects. Your assignments will transition into completed works through the multitude of available resources.

Current Clark students may request items from the Clark College Libraries, Summit Libraries, and additional libraries via Interlibrary Loan. Most Summit items arrive within 3-5 business days and Interlibrary Loan request may take more than 10 days to obtain. When items arrive, patrons will be notified by e-mail.

A step-by-step guide on how to request Clark College Libraries, Summit Libraries, and Interlibrary Loans items is available on the Clark College Libraries website under the Services Tab and Request Items.

Remember, please, return all borrowed items on time to avoid late fines.

Pride Day Book Display

Clark College Libraries celebrates the 2nd Annual Pride Day at Clark College with a display of related titles on the library’s new display stand.  You’ll have a lot of titles to choose from, including:

  • Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America (Kevin M. Cathcart and Leslie J. Gabel-Brett, editors)
  • Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (Jim Downs)
  • My Brother, My Sister: Story of a Transformation (Molly Haskell)
  • George (Alex Gino)
  • Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America (Colin R. Johnson)

The 2nd Annual Pride Day takes place Thursday, June 8th, 2017, kicking off with the Queer Students Luncheon from 11:30 – 1:00 in the PUB Fireside Lounge (PUB 161). For more information please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity, diversity@clark.edu, (360) 992-2292.

book display for pride day

The library’s new display stand features LGBTQ+ books.


Photo/Image Source: "Remember" by, Ian Sane (https://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04/4655351538/in/photolist-86nTPG-85VTWG-7NDXkz-7JxCQC-7C8NTf-6swrwd-6ryrhT-6raAcR-6r1XdP-6qY3ZX-6qSKCJ-6qKnT6-6qsrZ1-6pYnbG-4UsaQC-4RdQzK-4R1x2i-4QWysd-4niQzS-MS4sk-f1x3Z-ABEJKN-vp7FFm-tXwKtq-tWGDd6-tTusKK-tD1V3s-tgNXu7-tevynx-ttJ4c4-rZZXcL-s7BxLr-nJB7gS-dncHAs-cm2epj-c7Esbq-c7rE35-c71mg7-c6mVWN-c6kur7-c55LTs-bEtz8u-9QRnLx-9Nf4yJ-9MSfBk-9DRRax-9dtGCp-8yz2Uh-85Gr6Q-85GhJY)

Photo/Image Source: “Remember” by, Ian Sane (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

The Clark College Libraries will be closed in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.

Cannell Library will close as usual at 5pm on Saturday, May 27th and reopen on Tuesday the 30th at 7am.
The iCommons @ CTC will be closed on Monday, May 29th, and will reopen on Tuesday the 30th at 7:30am.

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.

Remember in April, when we said that there’s nothing librarians like more than a themed display? Well, we have an idea for the next one here at the iCommons, and it features you. No, it won’t be an art installation with big mirrors, or some kind of embarrassing audience participation. It’s something much better: summer reading recommendations!

In summer, it’s easy to let reading slide, especially that offline reading that really restores our minds. That’s why every year, we encourage students and staff to read and recommend books to each other. To make this easier, we’ve put a box and some slips of paper in the iCommons, so you can just write down your favorite book and submit it. Like so!

A hand places a piece of paper into the summer reading suggestion box.

Source: Clark College Libraries

We all have our own definition of a good book for summer. I like to read about painting and nautical disasters, and I have friends who prefer to relax with fan fiction, religious books, ghost stories, or Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks. We welcome all suggestions.

Please write a sentence or two about why you recommend the book, too. In early June, we’ll make a bulletin board of your suggestions and also put the books on display in the iCommons (provided we own them, and they are physical books, and you don’t tell us not to). This way, we can keep the Clark community reading together all through the summer.

When you’re looking for an interesting book to read it is helpful to get a great recommendation! We’re again featuring book picks from Clark faculty and staff! This week we are featuring recommendations from STEM instructor Erin Harwood and Art instructor Lisa Staley.

Do you want to find these titles and more? Log into our Discover catalog!


Instructor holding book

Source: Clark College Libraries

STEM instructor Erin Harwood recommends The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

“This is a book to read for pleasure and great enjoyment!  It is a unique and delightful story about a special circus and the competition between two dueling magicians.  Imaginative and at times thrilling, it is a book you can barely put down.  The circus has always intrigued many a person, and the behind the scenes details and information about the performers lives and interactions really add depth and interest to the story.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intriguing stories with a touch of mystery and excitement”!


Instructor holding book

Source: Clark College Libraries

Art instructor Lisa Staley recommends The World of Yesterday / Die Welt von Gestern by Stefan Zweig.

“On a sunny day in late June 1914, Jewish author Stefan Zweig sat in a spa garden just outside of Vienna listening to lilting music and reading a book. Suddenly, everything stopped. It was announced that Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian Empire, had been assassinated. You can read his eyewitness account of events that gutted the security of Europe and led to the madness of World War I, the rise of his fellow Austrian, Adolf Hitler, and then to World War II.

This is my favorite book, because my grandpa was born one year before the author was in the same area of the Austrian Empire. I feel as though I see something of his life play out as I read Stefan Zweig’s The World From Yesterday / Die Welt von Gestern. Zweig is able to lift these events to a level of vitality and poignancy that is unmatched . . . because he saw them for himself.”


In the mood for some streaming video? Then, get your motors runnin’ … head out on the highway … with Constitution USA … a 2013, 3-part PBS series, available free on the Clark Libraries website!

Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America? Join Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! as he hits the road to find out. Traveling across the country by motorcycle, Sagal is in search of where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn’t … how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart.” – pbs.org

Get zoomin’ with Constitution USA‘s first three parts!

But wait … there’s more! See the complete list of Clark Libraries streaming videos … How to find ’em … How to watch ’em … (off-campus, you’ll be asked for your Clark College computer username and password) … Plus, DVDs!

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