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Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week 2016

Every year, libraries from all over the country celebrate Banned Books Week during the month of September. The idea is to bring awareness to the continuing issue of censorship of books through advocacy, education, and programming.

According to the American Library Association (ALA), between 2000 and 2009, there were 5,099 challenged books reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). These challenges were due, but were not limited, to: sexually explicit material, offensive language, unsuited to age-group, violence, homosexuality, and religious viewpoints.

“Intellectual Freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.”

-American Library Association (ALA), Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q&A, ALA.org

The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2015 are:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

For more information about the ALA, visit their website.

Defend your right to information and check out some of these banned books in our Discover catalog!

On Friday, October 7, Cannell Library will be closed for staff professional day, however, students can still get research assistance virtually.  On the Clark College Libraries website (library.clark.edu) select Ask A Librarian and chat with or email a librarian. Also, explore our Discover Library Catalog, Article and Databases and Research Guides to access thousands of e-books, online articles, streaming videos and more!

If you need technical assistance on October 7, contact TechHub from 10 am to 3 pm (phone: 360-992-2010, email: TechHub@clark.edu).


Image © Clark College Libraries

Concept of Biology record in Discover Library Catalog

Concept of Biology textbook can be accessed online 24×7. Search for it in Discover Library Catalog.





So, you’ve got a group project and you and your fellow group mates need a place to work. Come to Cannell and book that large group study room!

For groups with 12-15 students, the larger study rooms will provide a more comfortable space to work on presentations and other group assignments. With groups of 3-6, there are smaller rooms that are available on a first-come basis.

Cannell Study Room Keystudy_rooms_cannell_2nd_0

There are two ways to book one of the 2 large study rooms: in person or online.

Booking a room online is easy and convenient! For a step-by-step guide, watch this short video and for more information and booking, go here.


open hours

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Cannell Library Hours

Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

iCommons at CTC

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday-Sunday: Closed

Closing for Quarter Break

Clark College Libraries close for the quarter break today at 6pm. We will reopen on September 19th at 7:00am.

Please return borrowed items to designated outdoor return boxes during closure. Staff will be checking in returned items during the break. For questions during the break, please call (360) 992-2151.

Have you noticed some changes to the library’s website? We are now using a platform called LibGuides to organize and present our instructional material.

Here’s a tour:


Renovate: to make changes and repairs to a physical space so that it receives a refreshed look and improved condition.

User-friendly experiences are important at Clark College Libraries and positive experiences is part of the impetus behind the renovations and multiple phase projects happening in Cannell Library.

The renovation efforts are focused on creating an atmosphere that supports library services and contemporary approaches to scholarship. Collaborative skills are further developed and encouraged through resources provided in the Common Area of Cannell Library. The space is intended to accommodate a diverse user group and their needs to optimize their experience and learning. The open space provides flexibility to move furniture that supports group work and whiteboards for working through and sharing ideas.

Cannell Library Commons Area

Cannell Library Commons Area

The refreshed look of the Commons Area includes a new staircase and carpet. Service desks for Reference and TechHub services will be centrally located near the new staircase. New furniture is on its way that will complement the sea of blue and green in the carpet.

New Carpet

New Carpet

Transition is taking place within the library collection as well; many new e-books are available for your consideration such as Sustainable Renovation and Facilities Change Management. There are also traditional paper-based resources to view and borrow.

Book titled Blueprint Reading and Sketching

Blueprint Reading and Sketching

Technology-rich space can be found on both first and second floors of Cannell Library. Currently, the Second Floor Lib Lab is undergoing a new layout and installation of new computer desks.

Renovation progress to Lib Lab

Lib Lab

The ongoing renovations reflect efforts to bring together tools, resources, and the physical space to accommodate the learning community’s needs. The future is an integrated service center where users connect with the space that meets their needs with a high level of engagement.

Art display at CTC

Clark student Brad Brehe has always been interested in art, travel, and architecture. With a passion to learn, Brad was naturally interested in taking the Welding 120, Welded Sculpture class at Clark. Brad’s sculpture has welded metal box frames with brightly colored inserts. It is titled Cube-Año: Reflections of Time Spent in Havana  and was inspired by a year spent in Havana.

Brad states that the piece is “reflective of my travels to Latin America where you don’t necessarily see communities at first glance as functional, but as you meet the people in these areas their beauty and appreciation of LIFE is simply bright and fresh, hence the color”.

Brad’s sculpture is currently being displayed in the iCommons display case at CTC!

Students display photography, pen and ink, charcoal, oil, acrylic, watercolor as well as sculpture. We’re open to seeing your unique creativity! If you’re interested in displaying an art piece of your own for fall quarter please contact us at 360-992-6138 or email clanderson@clark.edu.

Metal sculpture

Source: Clark College Libraries



Welded sculpture

Source: Clark Libraries

Stop by the iCommons and see this unique art piece for yourself, and, while here, check out our books about sculpture made from all media types!

Cover of "Direct Metal Sculpture"

cover of "Creating Welded Sculpture"

cover of  "The Process of Sculpture"



Pokemon Go Photo Contest

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Calling all Clark College students:
Clark College Libraries wants you to enter a photo contest to win a solar-powered phone charger valued at $79!

Bulbasaur by Cannell Library

Submit a photo of a Pokemon at Clark College on our Facebook page (facebook.com/ClarkCollegeLibraries) or @-mention us on Twitter (@ClarkLibraries) and include the hashtag #ClarkLibrariesPokemon whether you submit a photo through Facebook or Twitter.

Photos will be judged on:

  • composition
  • creativity
  • a strong Clark College presence (bonus point for catching a Pokemon in Cannell Library or the iCommons at CTC)

Photos must be:

  • taken at either Main Campus or the CTC
  • taken using the Pokemon Go app
  • submitted by a current Clark College student

We will take submissions until August 21st and will announce the winner during the last week of Summer Quarter, August 22-26.

Good luck, trainers!




If you, like me, have had John Williams’s “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” stuck in your head for weeks already (or are maybe just excited about the Olympics), check out the following library resources to get you in the spirit. The 2016 Summer Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21.

Cover of "The Olympics" book with stylized figures
The Olympics
with chapters on whether or not Rio will be ready.
Cannell Library Second Floor, Call Number GV721.5 .O39275 2016

Cover of "Racism and the Olympics" book with two Black athletes raising their fists

Racism and the Olympics by Robert G. Weisbord
Cannell Library New Books, Call Number GV721 .W45 2015

Hear the “Olympic Fanfare” on The Very Best of Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Top 20 CD.

Cannell Library CD Collection – First Floor, Call Number M1070.C56 V47 1994

Cover of "Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World" book with sculpture of seated man

Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World by Donald G. Kyle about the earliest Olympics (available as an e-book).

Lecture 47 “One World, One Dream: The 2008 Olympics” on the DVD The Fall and Rise of China.
Cannell Library Check Out Desk DVD, Call Number DS735 .B3 2010

Watermarks which is a documentary about the Viennese Hakoah women’s swim team in relation to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Artstor logo

Or check out photographs of past Olympic games on Artstor.


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