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Memorial Day Library Closures

May 23, 2016 - 10:47am

Photo/Image Source: “Remember” by, Ian Sane (

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 28th and reopen on Tuesday the 31st at 7am.
The iCommons @ CTC will be closed on Monday, May 30th, and will reopen on Tuesday the 31st at 7am.

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.

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Enjoy! Discover New Cookbooks @ Your Library…

May 18, 2016 - 11:12am

Search Discover Catalog for your favorite cuisine and use Virtual Browse option to discover more books on the same shelf!

Image of Virtual Browse tab in Discover Catalog (with a hyperlink to Baking Chez Moi book details)



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CTC Book Picks

May 18, 2016 - 10:00am

This week’s CTC Book Pick comes from Librarian, Zachary Grant! Time to tap into your inner detective and see if you can solve the mystery hidden in this fun and enchanting tale.

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Photographer: Keelie Wray

“The Eleventh Hour, A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base is a wonderful book. The illustrations are fantastic, the story is brilliant, but there is also a marvelous mystery to be solved. Horace the elephant is turning 11 and decides to hold a grand birthday party with all his friends to celebrate. He creates a scrumptious banquet and shows it to his guests before they go off to have fun playing birthday games. However, when they return to eat the meal, it is already devoured! Who could have done this? It’s up to you to read the story closely and examine the pictures carefully for clues in order to solve the curious mystery of the Eleventh Hour.”

Check out this book, and others, in our Discover Catalog! Remember, many items are also available through Summit, so if we don’t have it, we may know someone who does.

If you are a CTC student, faculty, or staff member who would like to recommend your own book picks, contact iCommons staff at 360-992-6138. For more information on book pick requirements, go here.

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LearningExpress Library for Transitional Studies Students

May 12, 2016 - 2:46pm

The Clark College Libraries have many resources selected just for our students in the Transitional Studies programs. LearningExpress Library is a database accessible on any device with Internet.

These centers within LearningExpress are great for Clark students:

  • Adult Learning Center
    • math skill building
    • reading skill building
    • writing/speaking/grammar skill building
    • U.S. Citizenship information and practice

  • High School Equivalency Center
    • Practice GED tests
    • Skill building for the GED (reading, writing, math, grammar, vocabulary and spelling)
    • Preparing for the GED Test
      • learn about the test
      • Reasoning through Language Arts
      • Mathematical Reasoning
      • Science
      • Social Studies

Follow these steps to access LearningExpress Library:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose “Article Databases” under the search box
  3. Choose “Learning Express” from the list
  4. On campus, skip to 5. Off campus, log in with your Clark username and password
  5. On your 1st visit, select “Register.” After your 1st visit, select “Login.”

Register for an account is free and allows you full access to the resource and the ability to save your progress on practice tests and tutorials.

Have any questions? Just ask us at the library, and we’ll get you on your way.

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CTC Book Picks

May 12, 2016 - 9:43am

This week’s CTC Book Pick comes from Nursing Assitant Certified (NAC) Program Director, Patricia Berglund. Her pick is the delightfully delicious, My Life in France, by Julia Child.

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Photographer: Connie Anderson

“This is one of the books I read while preparing for a trip to France; even though it was written from the memoirs of Julia Child when she lived in France in the 1950’s, the observations she made about France, French food and especially the people of France and French culture are pertinent today. Very enjoyable for anyone who loves French food or France, or wants to learn about them!”

Check out this book, and others, in our Discover Catalog! Remember, many items are also available through Summit, so if we don’t have it, we may know someone who does.

If you are a CTC student, faculty, or staff member who would like to recommend your own book picks, contact iCommons staff at 360-992-6138. For more information on book pick requirements, go here.

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May 4, 2016 - 1:35pm

Beginning May and going until the middle of June, we will be posting book recommendations by fellow CTC students, faculty, and staff. While reading is generally a large requirement for many classes, it’s also an enjoyable pastime and can be a great way to unwind, destress, 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?

Introducing…..CTC Book Picks!!

This week’s book picks are from English Professor, Ray Korpi, who recommends Chasing Monarchs and Mariposa Road by Robert Michael Pyle.

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Photographer: Keelie Wray

“During my research of birding big year accounts in the past year, I stumbled upon the nature writing of Robert Michael Pyle.  I own one of Pyle’s field guides—The Butterflies of Cascadia—and know of his scientific writing, but his two travelogues, Chasing Monarchs and Mariposa Road, turned me on to a different aspect of his writing.  Too often, the birder seeking a large count gets too focused on the mission. Pyle never does, and his observations of humanity, nature, and the changes that the world are experiencing really make one think about how we encounter the world. In many ways, his work hearkens back to Muir, Burroughs, and other key natural historians while keeping a foot firmly planted in the modern world.”

If you are a CTC student, faculty, or staff member who would like to recommend your own book picks, contact iCommons staff at 360-992-6138. For more information on book pick requirements, go here.

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El Dia del Nino/El Dia del Libro

May 4, 2016 - 12:56pm

Beginning this Friday, May 6th from 5 pm- 8 pm, the Celebracion de Mi Gente: El Dia del Nino/El Dia del Libro (“Celebration of My People: Day of the Child/Day of the Book”), will be happening at Clark College!

This annual festival coincides with the Mexican holiday of Dia del Nino and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Dia del Libro. The children’s focused holiday of Dia del Nino first began in Mexico in 1925 as a means to help the ailing and struggling children affected by World War I. Also known as Children’s Day, the holiday was universally adopted by many countries around 1954. For Mexican children, schools often suspend learning activities in favor of games and many families often spend the day together.

Photo/Image Source: “Children’s Literature is Central to Children’s Literacy” by Denise Krebs, CC BY 2.0

The family-friendly festivities planned include bilingual storytelling, face-painting, games, crafts, dancing, and, of course, food! Come celebrate Latino culture, the well-being of children, and the importance of literacy.

For more information, visit the festival’s event page here.


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Diversity in Art

April 27, 2016 - 1:04pm

We at the iCommons try to keep the display case interesting with relevant materials that reflect current classes taking place at CTC, or just something that will be eye-catching and spark some curiosity. Right before Spring Break, there was a call for artists (aspiring or otherwise) to bring us their art for display during Summer Quarter. While it is not quite Summer yet, we decided to get started a little early and exhibit the work by current ceramics student, Bruce Kelley!

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Photograph by: Keelie Wray

When asked about his piece, Kelley explained that he was influenced by the Haida tribe of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). Kelley went on to explain that the “Haida were traditionally a whaling culture, and have different names for the different types of whales (like Alaskans have 20 names for snow). The middle-sized whale (the humpback) together with a near cousin (the Grey Whale) were commonly harvested for food. The Orca were common predators, and the Sperm Whales were more rare (feeding mostly in deep ocean on squid).”

Kelley added that the basic idea behind the making of “Diversity Pod” was to celebrate the diversity represented by the First Nation peoples, Europeans, and others who all currently live on the islands.

Source: Clark College Libraries
Photograph by: Keelie Wray

Come on over and see this beautiful art piece for yourself, and, while you’re at it, check out our books about ceramics and pottery across cultures.

If you have more questions about “Diversity Pod,” you can email Bruce Kelley at

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Like Books? Tell us About it!

April 21, 2016 - 1:19pm

Do you like to read? Maybe “like” is a bit of an understatement for you? Perhaps you don’t read a ton but there’s that one book that you tell everyone about? Whatever it is, we want you to give us your reading recommendations!

Beginning this quarter, we will be highlighting book picks by faculty, staff, and students. There are no limitations on the genre or type of book you suggest. We only ask that your pick be available through the Discover catalog.

If interested, please contact CTC iCommons staff at 360-992-6138 with your name, position (student, faculty, staff), book title and a brief blurb as to why you love (or like) this book.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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April 13, 2016 - 8:53am

It’s Springtime! Birds are chirping, the weather is warmer, the sun is out, and everything is feeling fresh and new!

Continuing with the theme, Cannell Library has added some new pieces that will prove to be useful AND fun.

New print station in Cannell Library!
Photo by Tammy Boyer

What’s this? A  print station?!? Well, if that doesn’t scream convenience, I don’t know what will. This station is now in an easy-to-spot location (in direct eyesight of the doors) and allows for quick access for those looking to print and go.

New paper tables in Cannell Library!
Photo by Tammy Boyer

You may have also seen several of these friendly paper tables. These unique pieces not only hold the much-needed double-shot espresso, but also encourage collaboration between patrons. You can write, doodle, illustrate, and calculate (in long-hand….it’s a table, not a giant calculator) with the dry erase markers available on each table. Working with a friend? These little beauties also swivel so that you and a partner can share your drawings without moving from your seat.

Pop over to Cannell today and let us know what you think of these new changes!

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