Monday, July 21, 2014

Curious About the Construction on Campus?

Ground was broken on the new Student Life Center last fall and the work is still, steadily, in progress!

 Fenced off from the main walkways on campus, bulldozers, excavators, and an array of construction equipment can be seen.

Even though the building isn't expected to be completed and in use until fall of 2015, for anyone who has been around GRCC for a while, there is an air of expectation for what is to come!

Over the last 20 years there have been a variety of remodeling, improvement, and maintenance efforts all across campus. Hidden among the trees, the campus is being expanded, updated, and spruced up as new students and new programs are welcomed!

Intended to replace many of the services currently housed in the Lindbloom Student Center, the new 61,000 Square-foot Student Life Center, which was funded both by students and the college, will be home to a larger bookstore, food services and dining areas, student government, athletics, and much more! To learn more about the new building, click on one of these links: 

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14th is Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day (or La FĂȘte Nationale as it's called in French-speaking countries). Did you know that the French-speaking town of Kaplan, Louisiana, where most of the inhabitants are descended from French Canadians (Acadians), claims to hold the only community-wide celebration of Bastille Day in the United States? Find out more about Bastille Day from Credo Reference.

Learn more about Bastille Day and other international holidays using the Encyclopedia of Holidays & Celebrations (available in the Reference Collection):

Explore French culture and society using CultureGrams (a database covering cultural information, statistics and more for nearly 200 country and all states in the US).

Discover the history of Bastille Day using the database World History in Context.

Watch streaming videos of Bastille Day celebrations available from Films on Demand.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

h0w $trOng !s y0ur P@ssWoRd

How strong is your password for your email? How about your password for Canvas? For Facebook?

In her TED Talk, "What's wrong with your pa$$w0rd?", security researcher Lorrie Faith Cranor from Carnegie Mellon University discusses her studies of thousands of passwords--done without compromising anyone's security and privacy--and the common mistakes that we make when creating passwords.

Cranor has several observations and tips for creating stronger passwords and for remembering them too. What do you think?

If you're looking for a video source for your research, TED Talks, like the one above, provides free access to lectures--usually 18 minutes or less--on various topics by experts (e.g. science speakers are required to share only what can be supported by peer-reviewed research). For more helping videos in the library and on the web, check out the Research Guide: Audio and Video, which gives plenty of starting points for finding documentaries, lectures, and film archives.

And, speaking of passwords, if you're having problems with accessing your Green River CC student email, a librarian can help with that!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Looking for something to do over the summer?
Why not try learning a new language!
There are many benefits to learning how to speak, read, and write other languages.
 (click on this info graphic to learn more)
The Benefits of Being Bilingual

One of the privileges of being a student here at GRCC is having access to many wonderful databases - including Rosetta Stone.
By logging in with your student information, you can access this interactive, computer-assisted language learning software. Listen, read, and practice, and explore any of the following languages:
Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin Am.), Arabic, Dutch, Filipino (Tagalog), Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russia, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
If English is not your first language, Rosetta Stone is also a great source for listening and learning English. Still want to learn more? Check out this research guide for access to other great language learning resources:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Library Bill of Rights Celebrates 75 Years

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights. This is a document created in 1939 by the American Library Association that expresses the rights of library users to intellectual freedom and access to information.

Since 1939, the Library Bill of Rights has gone through 6 major revisions and to this day is the library profession's standard for preserving intellectual freedom.

Below is the text of the Library Bill of Rights. We encourage you to read through this text and celebrate with us your ability to access the many balanced library collections across the United States!

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

World Cup, Soccer, and the Library

Trying to impress your friends with your World Cup knowledge? The library can help you with that!

For starters, try A History of the World Cup, 1930-2010 by Clemente A. Lisi. This book includes historical background of the tournament, accounts of individual games, statistics and records.

Holman Library also provides access to many other soccer-related resources, such as soccer training and fitness guides, biographies on famous players, news clips (video and audio), etc. Ask a librarian for help.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Same Databases, New Name

Looking for literary criticism? Author biographies? You can now search the library databases Literature Resource Center, Literature Criticism Online, AND Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) with one search using the new Artemis Literary Sources database.

Search options include:
  • Person Search (author, poet, playwright) 
  • Works Search (title of novel, poem, play)
  • Limit to full-text documents
  • Limit to peer-reviewed (scholarly) publications
  • Search all three databases at once or search within a selected database
  • Limit your search by content (criticism, biography, reviews, topic/work overviews)

Check out Artemis Literary Sources by going to the Holman Library main page, under Find Articles you can select Databases by Subject, you will find Artemis under English Literature and Composition OR you can select Databases by Name and select Artemis from an alphabetical list of library databases.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Zen Sutherland. Tower of Books and a Man Interested. 9/7/2006. FlickR Creative Commons. June 2014  

If you are looking for a novel to read this summer, check out these current books in Holman Library.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: “Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives--Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America--until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.” 813.5 L183l 2013 Main Collection

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff: “Twelve-year-old Mila travels with her father to upstate New York to visit friends and family, who may lead them to clues to the whereabouts of her father's best friend, who has gone missing.” 813.6 R822p 2013 Main Collection

Homeland by Cory Doctorow & next year’s One Book: “When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer's election campaign, are all endangered.” 813.6 D637h 2013 Main Collection

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers: “Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem" 813.5 M996da 2013 Main Collection

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett: “The endearingly bitter writer, Amy Gallup, 60, has happily isolated herself from the world spending the last two decades teaching and reviewing. She has done a lot of thinking, but very little writing. On an unassuming morning, in her slippers, Amy trips in her backyard, goes head-over-heels, and into the side of a birdbath. She knocks herself out just hours before she's scheduled to play the role of has-been local writer, none too excited about the newspaper interview she's agreed to give. But her head injury leads her to be interpreted as a rambling genius… This novel is a mirror into today's publishing world, a humorous roman-a-clef about a bitterly uninspired writer…” 813.5 W713a 2013 Main Collection

Every Day by David Levithan: “Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon.” 813.5 L666e 2013 Main Collection

Home by Toni Morrison: “When Frank Money joined the army to escape his too-small world, he left behind his cherished and fragile little sister, Cee. After the war, his shattered life has no purpose until he hears that Cee is in danger. Frank is a modern Odysseus returning to a 1950s America mined with lethal pitfalls for an unwary black man. As he journeys to his native Georgia in search of Cee, it becomes clear that their troubles began well before their wartime separation. Together, they return to their rural hometown of Lotus, where buried secrets are unearthed and where Frank learns at last what it means to be a man, what it takes to heal, and--above all--what it means to come home.” 813.5 M882h 2013 Main Collection

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected." 823.92 A235a 2013 Main Collection

Fault in our Stars by John Green: “Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.” 813.6 G796f 2012 Main Collection 

Are movies your thing? We have lots of great entertainment! Newly added:

Her (2013) Spike Jonze: “Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, Theodore, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny.” 

12 Years a Slave (2013): "Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive."

Pet Sematary (2006) (written by Stephen King): "After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family ... but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle into a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery--built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Their mysterious new neighbor, Jud Crandall, hides the cemetery's darkest secret ... until a family tragedy brings the secret to life. Now, an unthinkable evil is about to be resurrected."

Dallas Buyers Club (2013): "Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Shunned and ostracized by many old friends and bereft of government-approved medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful "buyers' club."

Nebraska (2013): "After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he's struck it rich and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father's hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father."

King Kong (2005): "In the 1930s, a down-on-her-luck actress accompanies an over-ambitious filmmaker on an expedition to a remote island. There they encounter a terrifying giant ape who forms an attachment to the beautiful actress. Hoping to win fame and fortune, the filmmaker brings the ape back to New York City for public exhibition, with catastrophic results."

Shaun of the Dead (2004): "When flesh eating zombies go on the hunt for a bite to eat, it is up to Shaun and his best pal to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree."

All descriptions are from the library catalog or WorldCat. Images are from the publishers or Amazon. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Maya Angelou belongs to the ages

"I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine ... before she realizes she's reading." ~ Maya Angelou

Angelou died recently at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.
Upon her passing, President Barack Obama said: "Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time: a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman."

Angelou's artistic work influenced generations of readers, and she honored our campus as a recent guest of the Artist & Speakers Series. 

Some random facts from a life well lived:
  • San Francisco's first female streetcar driver at the age of 16.  
  • Waited tables to support her son while a 17-year-old single mother.  
  • Toured Europe in the mid-1950s in the opera production "Porgy and Bess."
  • Recorded her first album, "Miss Calypso."in 1957.
  • Joined the Harlem Writers Guild in New York in 1958.
  • Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.  
Perhaps her most famous contribution to literature, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," was a stark portrayal of racism. Part of Maya Angelou's legacy is this beautiful transmutation of ugliness into beauty:

"A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped
and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Are You Graduating?

Commencement is just around the corner!
This year, the Kent ShoWare Center will be hosting the
Green River Community College
Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 13
 So you're graduating on moving on...what comes next?
Are you transferring to a four-year college?
Are you entering the workforce?

If you need some direction or advice, check out one of these books today!


Or perhaps you need some use some more inspiration...check out this commencement speech from Steve Jobs:
For more information about the ceremony, see this page on the GRCC Website:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Islamic Awareness Week events and research guide

Islamic Awareness Week, hosted by Green River CC's Muslim Student Association (MSA), is next week, May 27-30. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend, learn, and engage in discussion about various aspects of Islam.

Islam 101
Tuesday, May 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Glacier Room

Muslim Contributions to Modern Day Civilization
Tuesday, May 27, 12 - 1 p.m.
Glacier Room

Women In Islam
Wednesday, May 28, 2 - 4 p.m.
Baker, Olympus, St. Helen's

Movie and Discussion Night (My Name Is Khan)
Thursday, May 29, 4 - 8 p.m.

Friday, May 30, 5 - 7 p.m.
Glacier Room

Also, in collaboration with MSA, the Holman Library has prepared a research guide for Islamic Awareness Week:


The Islamic Awareness Week guide includes:
  • event info
  • Muslim Student Association info
  • books and reading suggestions
  • films and video clips
  • online resources
  • statistics
  • and more!
This range of resources will be useful to those interested in learning the basics about Islam as well as those looking to research a topic more in-depth. For additional help, contact an MSA member or a librarian!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On this day in history...

The collected sonnets of William Shakespeare were published for the first time on this day 405 years ago. But did Shakespeare ever intend to have his sonnets published? Or was the 1609 publication an early case of bootlegging by an unscrupulous London publisher? Check out Holman Library's ebook collection for Clinton Heylin's So Long as Men Can Breathe: the Untold Story of Shakespeare's Sonnets for the whole strange and surprising story behind one of the most famous books ever published...

 So Long as Men Can Breathe - Clinton Heylin

Want to know more about Shakespeare? Need help researching Shakespeare for an assignment? This library guide can help you research Shakespeare and his work.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fax a Few For Free?

Sending a fax is easy if you have a fax machine handy, but what do you do when you need to fax something while working in the Holman Library, or elsewhere on campus?

You can always go to the PaperTree bookstore in the LC where the friendly staff will helpfully send your fax documents to their destination for a small fee.

Or, you may wish to try an online option such as Hello Fax. Hello Fax will allow you to send  up to five faxes for free, in hopes that you will like the service and decide to pay to sign up for more. (Click the image if interested.)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Find Bios for Asian-Pacific Americans

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Find biographical information about dozens of prominent Asian Americans using Biography In Context, a database available through the Holman Library.

From the Holman Library homepage, click on "Databases by Name". From the alphabetical list, click on "Biography in Context", and sign in with your Green River CC student ID number for database access.

On the Biography in Context homepage, click on "Browse People".

Then, from the Choose a Category drop-down menu, select "Asian and Pacific Americans".

The resulting list includes biographical information on APA actors, artists, politicians, journalists, writers, etc., such as:
  • Bobby Jindal
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Bruce Lee
  • Maya Lin
  • Anna Sui
  • George Takei
Ask a librarian for more help using the Biography In Context database!

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For more research help, visit the library's Asian Pacific American Studies research guide, where you can find resources on current events affecting APA populations, immigration acts, and APA history. Plus, use the guide to learn about student clubs and upcoming campus events celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Read a Graphic Novel This Weekend!

What better time than a rainy weekend in the middle of the quarter to escape from your school work with a little outside reading! Graphic Novels are the perfect weekend reader as they are generally short and contain fantastic visuals.

You can find many Graphic Novels at Holman Library for you to check out and take home today. Our Graphic Novel collection contains a wide range of characteristics, from comic strips to historic fiction. Below are some of our favorite Graphic Novels:

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Any Empire by Nate Powell

The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

Buddha: Volume One by Osamu Tezuka

You can also check out a volume in the Best American Comics series to see the storytelling styles of a bunch of different artists in a single volume.

Do you have a favorite graphic novel? Let us know what it is in the comment box!  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

The 5th of May marks the 152nd year since Mexico defeated the French in the battle of Puebla in 1862. Considered a national holiday, Cinco de Mayo celebrations highlight Mexican culture with regional dancing and Mexican cuisine.

To learn more about the history of Cinco de Mayo, check out Films on Demand, one of the Holman Library’s many databases!

Watch this video to learn more about the history of this holiday!

Films on Demand lets you stream films on a wide range of subjects such as anthropology, engineering, Health & Medicine, Mathematics, and much more! It can be a great source to turn to when you need more information.

 The photo above is Creative Commons Attribution License)