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Rosa Clemente, the speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration, reminded us that we’ve been here before.

Here are a few stories, but certainly not all, of where we’ve been:

To find more stories, search in our Discover catalog or Ask a Librarian!

United States city lights CC by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Photo/Image Source: "Civil Rights March on Washington D.C." by, U.S. National Archives (https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4101511358/in/photolist-7frjr5-8aBXjr-5TN1fs-9aSwMp-ahH9Gt-ahKXcs-kamgE6-xBYbTt-p7MsKd-AdK3Yz-yBQTF6-9aPE33-bdG46n-4F891W-2zm8L1-cbEwMy-dPahSb-dPaAAN-iwhXbu-jnrkfP-sj58DK-9aRoG7-dpBQM3-ahHaBZ-jneY6p-gcquSF-dmq3an-8feEjz-oNBbMH-gcrckc-jmnSfg-gwY7YH-64XL1x-ivPiK1-5aaJBm-qLZQCv-9aeK91-5GDU6Q-67u44K-beaFvv-5Abt5L-frHsbT-dvhysG-dS2tZF-n1nCeC-5R6sNL-jhwcbv-7uWoHT-7YbgG2-aEKfKj)

Photo/Image Source: “Civil Rights March on Washington D.C.” by, U.S. National Archives (No known copyright restrictions)

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 16, 2016. Clark Libraries will be closed on Sunday January 15th, and Monday January 16th in observance of this holiday. Clark Libraries will reopen on Tuesday January 17th with regular hours as follows:

Cannell Library

  • 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

iCommons @ CTC

  • 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to a new term and opening on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 am. During the break we have been busy making additional changes in the Commons area.

Electrical outlets and network connection boxes were installed. Plus, additional VDI stations have been moved to the Commons area. In the future decorative fabric will be added to cover the wires.

There will be more work completed to improve the aesthetics, atmosphere, and services of the library. Please feel free to provide any suggestions or comments about the changes.


Work Begins

Outlets and Network Connection















In Case of Bad Weather:

With the current weather forecast predicting snow, we want to make sure you know where to go (and what to do).

  • 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 other than equipment to outside collection boxes when libraries are closed.
  • Equipment can not be returned in the outside collection boxes, but if you give us a call (360-992-2151) we can make an appointment to get the items returned without a late fine.


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 …


penguins standing on snow

“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.

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