From the Archives: Homer T. Bone papers

BoneHomer T. Bone served Washington State as an attorney, house representative, and state senator.  Included in his papers is an original work seen here, painted on canvas.

Interested in getting a close-up look at some full size history? Stop by the Archives & Special Collections during our open hours, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

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Food for Fines! April 21 – May 11, 2014

FoodForFines_flyerThis spring, Collins Memorial Library and Backpacks of Hope are co-sponsoring Food for Fines. Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash, April 21st – May 11th. Donate to a worthy cause AND clean up your library debt at the same time. Bring in 1 can of food and we will waive $1.00 of your library fines (for returned items). That’s right! $1 per can! No limit!

Welcomed Items:  Peanut Butter, Canned meats, Canned dinners, Canned vegetable & fruits, Dry beans & pastas, Stuffing mix

  • One – 6 ounce can or larger = $1.00 of fines. (Unlimited waived)
  • Canned food accepted for fines on returned items only, not for replacement fees of lost items.
  • Bring cans to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.
  • Only non-perishable, un-dented, and labeled cans will be accepted. (Additional donations are welcome. Please, no jars/glass containers. Thank you.)
  • All canned food will be donated to the St. Leo Food Connection.
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New in the Popular Collection: “The Remedy” By Thomas Goetz

RemedyIn this nonfiction title, Goetz takes readers behind the scenes of a marvelous tale of hubris and ambition involving two of history’s greatest men.

In 1890, Dr. Robert Koch announced his cure in Berlin for century’s deadliest disease: tuberculosis.  Among the many euphoric citizens who came to celebrate Dr. Koch’s achievements was none other than the revered Arthur Conan Doyle, a fellow doctor who had his suspicions when rumors surrounding the cure first began.  Amid the frenzy of Koch’s success, Conan Doyle secretly traversed the areas of “treated” patients only to find that Koch’s remedy was false.

At this point, Arthur Conan Doyle had no choice but to reveal Dr. Koch for the charlatan he was, but who would the world believe?

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In honor of tax day, we thought we would share some history from the Library of Congress!

Callout_TaxIf, in the midst of sorting receipts and studying the latest changes in the US income tax laws, you suddenly wonder “What is the origin of this annual ritual in the weeks leading up to April 15th?” here are some places you can go for answers… Read more…

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It’s National Library Week – Tell us what you like about Collins!

LibraryWorkersDayWhat kind of positive impact has Collins library made in your life? Your stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to share it.

On Tuesday, April 15, comment on the whiteboard in the Learning Commons!

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Books? Or No Books? Envisioning the Academic Library of the Future

Callout_GoldbooksThe book still holds a powerful symbolic message of wisdom, intelligence and scholarship The next time you watch a television interview or news briefing or press conference, check out how often books or bookshelves are used as a backdrop. But the reality is our academic libraries are filled with books that no longer are being used. Read more of this Huffington Post article by Jane Carlin and Barb Macke, (Director, Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound; Associate Librarian, University of Cincinnati), Books? Or No Books? Envisioning the Academic Library of the Future

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The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes, which honor excellence in journalism and the arts, will be announced on Monday, April 14th.

PulitzerPrizesTo see who the winners are please check the Pulitzer web site at:

In 1912, one year after Pulitzer’s death aboard his yacht, the Columbia School of Journalism was founded, and the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in 1917 under the supervision of the advisory board to which he had entrusted his mandate. Pulitzer envisioned an advisory board composed principally of newspaper publishers. Others would include the president of Columbia University and scholars, and “persons of distinction who are not journalists or editors.” Today, the 19-member board is composed mainly of leading editors or news executives. Four academics also serve, including the president of Columbia University and the dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


Joseph Pulitzer was born in Mako, Hungary on April 10, 1847, the son of a wealthy grain merchant of Magyar-Jewish origin and a German mother who was a devout Roman Catholic.  His younger brother, Albert, was trained for the priesthood but never attained it. The elder Pulitzer retired in Budapest and Joseph grew up and was educated there in private schools and by tutors.

To read about his work as a newspaper owner and editor, and more about his personal life, go to:

The Collins library also owns a number of biographies of Pulitzer, as well as many books on award winners in the various categories.  Just search ‘Pulitzer’ in Puget Sound WorldCat to discover more.

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April is National Poetry Month…


William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

-Wade Guidry


Want to know more about Poetry and need a reliable source?  Look no further – Collins has it covered: 

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

Edited by Ian Hamilton and Jeremy Noel-Tod

Over 1,400 entries

This impressive Companion is an extensive guide to the lives of influential poets writing in English, in Britain and around the world, illuminating the influences, inspirations, and movements that have shaped the lives and works of our best-loved poets. It provides over 1,400 thoroughly revised and updated entries on modern poets active from 1910 to the present day.

First published in 1994 as the Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry in English and compiled by a team of 230 experts, including famous poets such as Blake Morrison and Andrew Motion, this edition also includes new biographical entries on more contemporary poets such as Don Paterson, Anne Carson, John Kinsella, and Leslie Marmon Silko. It also contains insightful entries by well-known peers, such as Seamus Heaney on Robert Lowell and Anne Stevenson on Sylvia Plath.

The biographies are complemented by entries on poetry events and movements and lists of anthologies and important poetry prizes and prize-winners. In addition, many entries include details of in-depth supplementary material available online on the dedicated companion website. This superb reference work is the ideal companion for students of English Literature, Language, and Creative Writing, as well as for anyone with an interest in modern poetry.

-Jane Carlin


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From the Archives: A Quick Reminder…

CALLOUT_bookOnShelve…That the archives aren’t entirely old, dingy books and stuff. It’s also old, dingy letters and school memorabilia!

I’m sure that when you write a letter (or as is more common nowadays, an email), you don’t consider it to have any importance at all. You’re probably right, but how about that old receipt you got once, for the money required to build a bus shelter? How about that old football you used to own? How about that copy of The Trail you pick up every now and then, if only to see if you’re in the “Hey Yous”? Well, you’d be surprised how useful some of those things are. But if you’re, say, President Thomas, then it’s definitely worth saving.

You probably wouldn’t believe the amount of letters the President of an institution sends over the course of 31 years (that’s President Thompson, if you were wondering). We’ve got six boxes alone dedicated to general correspondence with every letter of the alphabet – and an entire folder labeled “Coffee, John M.” Do you want to know more about the Rockefeller Theological Fellowship Program? Hop on over to box 9, folder 38 of the Thompson collection. Want to know more about the Harry Brown Fountain? Box 10, folder 40. What if you had a question about how the College settled the riveting debate of who had to pay to water the flowers on Union? We’ve got that covered too (box 12, folder 4). Not enough context in letters for you? You could always check out the nine-volume (or 2,015 page) Thompson Histories.

So don’t forget, if you have an odd or abstract question about the school…chances are the answer is somewhere in the dozens of boxes we have. Stop by the Archives & Special Collections (2nd floor of the Library) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

By Morgan Ford

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New in Nonfiction: The Meat Racket – The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business

book_meatRacketIt may seem like we have all the choices in the world here in the United States, particularly when it comes to the food we purchase and eat.  Christopher Leonard’s new book, however, exposes this consumer choice for what it really is: an illusion.  No matter what it is; chicken wings, fillet mignon, or pepperoni, it’s likely to have come from one of four companies.

Leonard exposes the industry, delivering a first-ever account of how a few companies have come to dominate the nation’s meat supply, by forcing smaller farmers to the edge of bankruptcy, and charging high prices to American consumers in this shockingly illuminating account.

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