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CTC Book Picks

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

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.


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

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.

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

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.


Diversity in Art

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

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

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.

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!


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

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

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!

video_returnbox.jpgBoth library locations will be closed  starting March 18th and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on April 4th. All books that are checked out now will be due during the break. You can renew your books online or return them during the break.

When the library is closed please return items to the outside return boxes. These boxes are checked once a day during the week.

NOTE: One return box is along the Green parking lot west entrance just north of Gaiser Hall, and two are right outside the library entrance. One of these is designated for audiovisual materials and the other for books. The CTC campus has one return box outside of the main campus doors by the parking lot.

We Want Your Art!

If you’ve been to the CTC campus, you may have noticed the iCommons` display case. Usually, it holds many amazing book selections expertly arranged in an eye-catching and creative way by *ahem* yours truly. Currently, the case is housing a collection of books inspired by the recent traveling Native Voices exhibit. However, with Winter Quarter coming to a close and the exhibit going back to whence it came on 3/16, the case will be empty and…boring (this is really the part in the story where the clock strikes midnight and everything turns back into vegetables and rodents).

Photo/Image Source: "Cinderella Pumpkin." by,Lisa Brettschneider (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

Photo/Image Source: “Cinderella Pumpkin.” by,Lisa Brettschneider (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

Now, this is where YOU come in, dear students/faculty/staff of Clark College! We want your art and we want it for Summer Quarter!


Have you made art? Do you like art? Would you like it displayed in a classy, yet hip, setting? Bring us your starving artist, your forgotten pieces, your art projects, your creative ventures into untapped mediums! We want to see it and we want to revel in your creativity. Help us make this case interesting again!


We will be focusing all Summer Quarter on this so don’t be afraid to offer up more than one item. If interested, please contact the iCommons staff at 360-992-6138.


Photo Image Source: Wild Flower Garden. CC0 Public Domain – no known copyright restrictions

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, March 18th and reopen Monday, April 4th.

Finals Week Hours (03/14 – 03/17 )

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 – Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Friday

Quarter Break (03/18 – 04/03 )

Both locations are closed Friday, March 18th through Sunday, April 3rd.

  • 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 March 19th at 5:30pm or a late fine will be charged.

We reopen Monday, April 4th at 7:00 a.m.

Open Education Week 2016 logo

“Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.”  – Open Education Consortium.

Open Education is alive and growing at Clark College!  Students and Faculty are interested in reducing textbook costs for students and increasing accessibility as reported in the Indy.

Community and technical colleges across Washington State are increasingly using more and more Open Educational Resources (OER) to help students reduce costs of textbooks and to give faculty more freedom to develop their course materials.  This Thursday, March 10th at 10:00 am, join the Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER) for an online student panel:  OER Adoption- Student Voices Panel and Campus Faculty Development.


Here are a few comments from students here at Clark about the costs of textbooks….

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