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Summer Reading

June 14, 2016 - 4:17pm

This week marks the end of Spring Quarter and the beginning of summer! Some of you may only have a couple of weeks to relax before going back to class in July, while others will be working out ways to fill their newly-open schedule until Fall.

This is where the Summer Reading List comes in!

We know that you may not be too eager to crack open a book during your much-anticipated break. However, this Summer Reading List is meant to aid in your enjoyment and get the most out of your time off.

Honest.

We asked other students (just like you) what their favorite books were and thus a list was born! All of these titles are available directly in our collection or through Summit, and can be found in our Discover catalog.

Battle Royale by Kōshun Takami

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Alix R.

“I like it because it is very thrilling and brutal. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down ’til I was done.”

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Jonathan P.

“This is a fantasy book that uses a lot og English mythology to tell a completely new story. It’s great for all ages!”

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Kristian B.

“Roller coaster of emotions. First time I cried at a book in a long time.”

What Went Wrong: How the 1% Hijacked the American Middle Class… by George R. Tyler

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Patricia P.

“The 1980’s brought about a lot of economic changes that grew into the dilemma that we have today and that the 1% are fighting to keep. It also gives us solutions and compares other world economies with ours.”

Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey by Jane Goodall

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Pema A.

“Profound meditations on how the forest, chimpanzees, and people have influenced Dr. Goodall’s perspectives on major issues in the world today, such as environmental destruction, inequality, materialism, and genocide. A beautiful and important book.”

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Sabrina N.

“I read this in sociology and it was a great book! It’s about a white man changing his whole life, skin color included, to see how under-privileged it was to be an African American first hand. Also there is a documentary/movie on it.”

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Suzanna M.

“This book is about two men who lived blocks from each other. Both grew up in poverty, however, one chose a path of crime while the other achieved success. It’s a very relatable book for those who know the struggles of poverty.”

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Xavier C.

“Fun adventure book that has a bunch of small stories into one big adventure. Amazing!”

The Firm by John Grisham

Source: LibraryThing

Recommended by Vitaliy L.

“I like this book because it teaches a lot about forms, business, partners, associates and the hectic schedule of working at a firm.”

Have a favorite book? Tell us about it! Contact staff at the iCommons at CTC 360-992-6138 or email them at clanderson@clark.edu.

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Paper Table Art

June 10, 2016 - 1:15pm

Way back in April, Keelie wrote about Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes! (cue David Bowie’s song) happening at Cannell Library. One of those changes was an addition of paper tables, tables with glass tops that you can write on with dry erase markers.

Here are some pictures of the artwork that students have left behind.

Puppy lovers might like this one:

Or perhaps you prefer chemistry:

Maybe you like natural landscapes:

Maybe this cow and sheep are more to your liking:

Or perhaps you like like to play Overwatch:

Maybe you want to add one of your own? Take a break in between, or after finals next week and add to our growing collection of art on the paper tables before we close for the break between spring and summer term.

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Quarter Break and Final Hours

June 9, 2016 - 1:11pm

Clark Libraries will be open regular hours during finals week but will be closed for quarter break beginning Thursday, June 16th at 6:00pm. Libraries will reopen Tuesday, July 5th.

Finals Week 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 at CTC: Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Friday

Quarter Break

Both locations are closed Friday, June 17th through Sunday, July 3rd for quarter break. Cannell and iCommons at CTC will also be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

  • 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 June 16th at 5:30pm or a late fine will be charged.
We reopen Tuesday, July 5th at 8:00 a.m.
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ENVS 218 Class Survey

June 3, 2016 - 1:41pm

Students in Environmental Studies 218 need your opinion! Their New Clark College Campus Design Survey  takes just a few minutes.

This photo by Ramsay Fencl was taken during student field work at the future north county satellite campus (Clark College at Boschma Farms).

 

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CTC Book Picks

May 25, 2016 - 10:00am

This week’s CTC Book Pick comes from Librarian, Laura Negal! Her recommendation is the incredibly enlightening, 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History, edited by Tonya Bolden.

Source: Clark College Libraries
Photographer: Connie Anderson

“This book should really be called “33 Things Every PERSON Should Know About Women’s History.” Although some of it is written for a younger audience, I was astounded (and a little ashamed) by what I didn’t know. Because of the multitude of writers, the book avoids taking just one perspective on women’s history and tells the stories of women of color, women with different abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, and the men who have also fought against oppression. Whether you’re interested in music, sports, poetry, politics, quotes, or timelines, this book connects the things you’re doing today with the women who made it possible.”

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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Memorial Day Library Closures

May 23, 2016 - 10:47am

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 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.

Source: Clark College Libraries
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 library.clark.edu
  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.”

Registration 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.

Source: Clark College Libraries
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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Book-Picks-R-Us

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.

Source: Clark College Libraries
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!

Source: Clark College Libraries
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 brucekelley55@gmail.com.

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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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