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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

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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

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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!

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

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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

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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


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