Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer is Here!

Hello, and congratulations! You made it to the end of spring quarter and through the entire 2015-2016 academic year!

As classes wrap up this week, some of us are looking forward to summer, perhaps considering taking some summer classes, or excited about graduation--
  • Need a book? Check out our selection of summer novels, non-fiction, and more to find a great summer read!

  • Taking summer classes? If you have research tasks, perhaps our recent Academic Search Premier vs. ProQuest database guide can help you decide how to start out your research!

  • Graduating? Congratulations! You might want to take a break and enjoy some of the amazing campus views as you say "farewell" to Green River -- check out our post about interesting and beautiful campus trails while the nice weather is here.

  • And if you just want to use the library, Holman Library will be open during the summer quarter, from June 20th - August 11th. Except for holidays (July 4th), the library's hours are:
    • Mon - Thurs  7:30a - 7:30p
    • Fri & Sat        Closed
    • Sun                  2p - 6p
The library will be CLOSED when classes are not in session, between June 11 - June 19 & Aug. 12 - Sept. 18.

  • If you need to return library items during the break when the library is closed, you can always use our drop box, located by Holman Library's south entrance:

And if you need librarian help during the break when Holman Library is closed, don't forget about our 24/7 Ask-a-Librarian chat service!

Have a fantastic summer, congratulations again if you are graduating (we'll miss you), and if you're not graduating just yet-- the librarians look forward to seeing you again in the fall! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sun + Books = Relaxation!

"One benefit of summer was that each day
we had more light to read by"
-Jeannette Walls

One of the perks of the summer - especially summer in the rainy Pacific Northwest - is how beautiful it gets outside! When the sun comes up, the people come out! All the great national parks are filled with hikers, and hot-spots like Seattle's Pike Place Market come alive!
There are so many great places to go out and see!

Perhaps the crowds are not your thing... do you just want a nice relaxing day? Then pack a beach towel, sun tan lotion, and a good book and head for the beach! Get some fun, leisure reading in this summer!

The Holman Library has a lot of popular fiction books  - from SciFi, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, Horror, Romance, Steam Punk, and much more! And if non-fiction is your thing, we've got you covered for that too!

 Come to the library and browser the shelves, or check out the "New Books" stand  adjacent to the Reference desk upstairs. We can help you find just the right book! 

Look in the library's catalog  - Search by title, or author,
or come in and just browse to see what catches your eye!
Be sure to stop by and check out the latest book display...
perhaps one of these books will strike your fancy!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Search Alternitive Newspapers

Looking for the other side of the story? Alternative newspapers, such as Seattle’s The Stranger, are great sources to find news, current events and editorials from alternative and minority points of view.

Holman Library provides two databases that provide access to these types of newspapers and publications.
 This is a great way to add a varied point of view to your research.
 Try searching this database on topics such as:
  • Climate Change
  • Homelessness
  • Feminism
  • Affordable Housing
    Plus Many More Topics

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Academic Search Premier

ProQuest Combined Databases

Library databases all contain content that is not available for free online. Holman Library pays for access to these so you don't have to. Aren't libraries great?! All databases are accessible to current GRC students, faculty and staff -- from anywhere on the planet you have internet access.

Are you often wondering whether you should search Academic Search Premier (ASP) or ProQuest, our two largest, multi-disciplinary databases? Here's some information to help you decide.

Academic Search Premier

  • Its strength is its large amount of full text holdings of scholarly journal articles.
  • Contains articles on all subjects.
  • Contains scholarly (peer-reviewed), popular press (magazines), and newspaper titles.
  • Contains full text of ~4,000 scholarly journals and 4700 non-scholarly titles.
  • Contains citations for 12,000 scholarly journals and 13,600 non-scholarly titles.

ProQuest Combined Databases

  • Its strength is its large amount of full text holdings of state, regional and national newspaper articles.
  • Contains articles on all subjects.
  • Contains scholarly (peer-reviewed), popular press (magazines), and newspaper titles.
  • Provides simultaneous searching of 21 ProQuest Databases.
  • Contains tons of newspaper articles including: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, other national newspapers, Washington state newspapers, and western state newspapers.

Other search options

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is great for topic overviews and background information. It provides simultaneous searching of hundreds of encyclopedias on all topics. All full text.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context is great for pro and con perspectives on current social and political topics. Lots of full text.
  • Subject databases allow searching of just the literature and full text sources in particular subjects business, literary criticism, health and medicine, psychology, sciences, sociology, and other fields. 
Save time! Ramp up your research skills beyond Google. Get the sources you need for your papers quickly! Impress your professor with your excellent sources! BONUS: Most databases will format your citations (APA, MLA, or other) for you. Another time saver!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Comic books – concept to big-screen

Over the past few years, it has been a wonderful time to be a comic book fan! While there have always been the one-off movie series (i.e. Superman in the 1980s, the original Batman movies from 1989-1990s, the first Spiderman movies from early 2000s, and a dismal showing of not one, but 3 different Incredible Hulk movies), it seems Hollywood and the general public have now reached an insatiable pinnacle in their desire for more and more comic books brought to silver screen. This is leading to reboots of the original movies, as well as introducing characters and plot-lines heretofore only known to the most die-hard fans.

Lately, the tie-ins are exploding into so many entertainment mediums: television shows tying into current subscription comic book plot lines, tying into movies, which link into video games for a seamless plotline that can drive the average fan crazy in trying to follow. It is, indeed, a great time to be a comic book fan!

But how does all of this start? Here’s a few titles from the Holman Library collection to answer that question, and then some.

Filmish : a graphic journey through film / Edward Ross
Call Number: 741.4309 R823f 2015
ISBN: 9781910593035

Cult pop culture how the fringe became mainstream / Bob Batchelor
Call Number: 306.0973 C9683 2012
ISBN: 9780313357800

The comic book film adaptation : exploring modern Hollywood's leading genre / Liam Burke
Call Number: Available online
ISBN: 9781626745193

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Academic and Public Libraries: Why Not Use Both?!

Here we are, recommending that you join and use a local public library, but please know that we want to see you here, too.  Holman is the best place to find resources and assistance for most of your school assignments – that is our mission – but when it comes to movies; music CDs; audiobooks; books on home repair, gardening, child care, or personal finance, or even novels, the public libraries have us beat.  That is because public and academic libraries fulfill different purposes. 
There is a lot of overlap, too, but belonging to additional libraries gives you more options for rare or popular items. For example, if you want the script of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, and both of Holman’s copies are out – maybe it’s a class assignment – you can get it from the public library: seven branches of KCLS (King County Library System) own it and, if you can wait a few days, you can even have it sent to the branch nearest you. If you want to read to your toddler, Holman has a small collection in that area, but the public libraries have thousands of children’s books and videos, not to mention story hours and games.  Holman has a good, small collection of feature-film DVDs, but again: the public libraries give you access to many thousands of movies, old and new.
So, which library should you join?  Auburn? Kent? Downtown Seattle? Most public library branches in our area are part of larger systems, and when you join, you belong to the whole system; you can have materials from any branch sent to the one that’s most convenient for you, within that system.  Not only that, but most people (depending on where you live) can join more than one public-library system without paying a fee. There are no limits on age or citizenship but, in order to get a borrower’s card, you will need proof of your address and a picture ID. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Ready to get out and moving this month? Why not try out some flamenco or another dance form!

Flamenco is " a solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork and intricate movements, [that] originated with the Gypsies in Andalucia. Flamenco then evolved over centuries, melding the three main cultural traditions of Spain: Christian traditional music, Moorish music and Jewish liturgy. It also takes some of its rhythms from Africans who came to Spain as slaves" (Whiting 2016).

We have flamenco experts right here in the local South Sound area - check out this April 2016 On Trak article on Green River College's own Marisela Fleites Lear and her work with the Tacoma Flamenco group--

Marisela Fleites Lear On Trak Magazine April 2016. Photo by Cameron Zegers.

We have lots of videos and other multimedia sources available at the library to help you get a feel for flamenco, it's history in Spanish culture, and its performance around the world. Check out examples below from Holman Library's collection, including our Films on Demand video database--

  • "Flamenco" from Granada (2007). In Films on Demand database. 

  • "Flamenco Dancing" from Estrella de Sevilla (2006). In Films on Demand database. 

  • "Authentic Flamenco" from Inside the Palacio Real, Madrid: Museum secrets (Series 3). (2013). In Films On Demand database.  

Want to explore more in the world of flamenco or another famous style? Dance on over to Holman Library and a librarian is happy to help you tap out the way to more books, videos and resources!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 1st is May Day; or International Workers' Day

On May 1st, people around the world celebrate International Workers' Day. This day is often called May Day in the United State. It is a day celebrated by the working class and promoted by labor movements and anarchist groups. Events and marches take place round the world, including in our very own city of Seattle.

This article from Gale Virtual Reference Library gives great historical context for May Day in the United States:

"May Day" in Workers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia

For a book related to the labor movement check out:

Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to Create a Résumé

Next month students will have the opportunity to visit with dozens of employers at the Spring Job Fair! It may be tempting to see this event as far off but May 17th will be here before you know it. When you meet with potential employers they may ask you for a résumé. Here in the Holman Library we have several books that can help with creating a strong, thoughtful résumé. 

650.142 M848i 
650.14 B69wha 2014

650.142 K96s 2012

ebook - click here for access

ebook - click here for access
One more resource you may want to consider is the Job Search Center. On their website you will find information catered to current students and alumni seeking employment. Lastly, you are always encouraged to visit us at the Reference Desk for help finding résumé building resources.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Campus Study Spaces

Holman Library  
Cedar Hall 
Salish Hall
Technology Center
Green River College offers lots of different types of study spaces for silent study, group study, tutoring, computer access, maximum comfort, food and drink availability. Visit the new Campus Study Spaces web page to view all your options. Below is the list of hours each building is open. Stroll around your favorite building and find your best study space.

NOTE: Only Holman Library is open on weekends.
  • Cedar Hall (CH) | M-F: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Holman Library (HL) | M-Th: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm | F: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm | Sat, Sun: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Rutkowski Learning Center (RLC) | M-F: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Salish Hall (SH) | M-F: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Science Learning Center (SC) | M-F: 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
  • Student Union (SU) | M-F: 7:00 am - 7:30 pm 
  • Technology Center (TC) | M-F: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Trades Building (TT) | M-F: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

Monday, April 18, 2016

When the sun comes out...

Go out and hike! 

When the weather is nice like it has been lately, you've just got to get outside! Need a break from all the studying? Have some free time between classes? Then the trails here on campus are just the thing for you! 

One of the best things about our campus are the trees! Stretching over 180 acres, Green River College is surrounded by all kinds of wondrous trees! Walking trails go up and down and all around campus and even pass by the river. There are even paved portions of the trails for wheel chair access. Go on a walk, run, or go for a more strenuous hike through the forest. See the trees, flowers, plants, and wildlife. And be sure to pause a moment at the awe inspiring view of Mount Rainier.

Interested in learning more about local hikes? Check out one of these titles from the library's collection!

The ultimate guide to trail running

Beyond Mount Si : the best hikes within 85 miles of Seattle

The hiker's guide to hot springs in the Pacific Northwest

Day hike! Olympic Peninsula 

Nature in the city, Seattle : walks, hikes, wildlife, natural wonders

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Read about Pacific Islanders in e-Books

Green River College is celebrating Pacific Islander Month this April, and the Pacific Islander Student Union will be hosting several campus events the week of April 25.

If you are interested in learning more about Pacific Islanders and their heritage, the library can help you. Did you know that Holman Library has thousands of e-Books that you can access online for free? 

Here are a few e-Books about the Pacific Islands: 

"Including both traditional and contemporary arts, this book introduces the rich artistic traditions of the Pacific island chains of Polynesia and Micronesia, traditions that have had a considerable impact on western art in the twentieth century through the influence of artists such as Gauguin."

"Following the success of prominent feature films shot on location, including Tolkien's wildly popular The Lord of the Rings, New Zealand boasts an impressive film tourism industry. This book examines the relationship between New Zealand's cinematic representation - as both a vast expanse of natural beauty and a magical world of fantasy on screen - and its tourism imagery...."

"In 1999, Noelani Goodyear-Ka'ōpua was among a group of young educators and parents who founded Hālau Kū Māna, a secondary school that remains one of the only Hawaiian culture-based charter schools in urban Honolulu. The Seeds We Planted tells the story of Hālau Kū Māna against the backdrop of the Hawaiian struggle for self-determination and the U.S. charter school movement, revealing a critical tension: the successes of a school celebrating indigenous culture are measured by the standards of settler colonialism...."
For more tips on searching for library e-Books, check out this Research Guide: Find Electronic Books

If you need assistance searching for or accessing the library's e-Books, talk to a Librarian. If you're interested in on-campus events, contact the GRC Campus Life's Clubs & Organizations

*All book descriptions from

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring (Break) is Here!

Colours of Spring (3486325902)

First things first: Spring Break is coming soon-- good luck with your finals!

Holman Library will be open this week:

  • Tues. Mar. 15 : 7 am - midnight
  • Weds. Mar. 16 : 7 am - midnight
  • Thurs. Mar. 17 : 7 am - 10 pm
  • Fri. Mar. 18 : 7 am - 6 pm
Sat. March 19 - Sun. March 27 : The library will be closed

You can return items to the drop-box on the south side of the library building, and they will be checked in as if you had returned them on Friday, March 18th when the library opens again.

Are You Registered to Vote?

Whew! What to do with your extra time?  Well, if you've been following the news lately, you probably have heard something about the latest Presidential race and the primary voting that has been taking place in many states. Today is actually one of the "Super Tuesdays" where the presidential nominees will be voted on in states like Florida and Ohio...and Washington's primary is coming soon! If you're eligible to vote in Washington, but not registered, now is a great time to register so your vote can be counted this spring and fall.

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You can register to vote:
The last day to register in order to be able to vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary is April 25th!

There is more information and a full list of important dates available at the WA Secretary of State's 2016 Presidential Primary FAQ website. Information is also available in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese as well.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Happy International Women's Day!

March 8 is International Women's Day
International Women's Day is celebrated in various countries across the world, including China, Vietnam, and Russia, to recognize the political and social achievements of women.
Check out Holman Library's research guide which has a page featuring International Women's Day. For even more information about the day's history and events, visit the following websites: 
Image: "International Women's Day" by Yon Garin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Friday, March 4, 2016

Extended Library Hours

It's that time again!
Finals are just around the corner....and the library is here to help! 

The Holman Library will have extended hours to accommodate all of your studying needs. Stay late to study, use the computers, or get help from a librarian.

The library will remain open until midnight on the following days:

 Wednesday, March 9th 
Thursday, March 10th 
Monday, March 14th 
Tuesday, March 15th
Wednesday, March 16th 

For more information about library hours, click on the "Hours & Contact" tab on the Holman Library website. 

*Image: "'Til Midnight" by Living in Monrovia is licensed under CC BY -NC 2.0

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Women's History Month

Today, March 1, marks the start of Women’s History Month in the United States. Here in the Holman Library we have a great selection of sources that explore the history of women and women’s rights. Here is just a sampling of the materials we have available in our Main collection and encourage you to checkout. 

The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Women's Rights Convention
by Judith Wellman

Early American Women: A Documentary History, 1600-1900
by Nancy Woloch

Women in Pacific Northwest History
edited by Karen I. Blair

Women's Rights (Great Speeches in History)
edited by Jennifer A. Hurley

When Everything Changes: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
by Gail Collins

America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
by Gail Collins

Women and the American Experience: A Concise History
by Nancy Woloch

Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women's History
edited by Vicki L. Ruiz with Ellen Carol DuBois

For help finding specific titles please stop by the Reference Desk, on the second floor, in the Holman Library, to speak with a reference librarian and please check out the National Women’s History Project for more information.