“Being Jazz” By Jazz Jennings

beingjazzJennings is a trans woman, YouTube celebrity, spokesperson, activist, and author. She has been named to Time’s Most Influential Teens list twice. This memoir talks about her life so far and the challenges she has faced. She encourages accepting yourself, learning to live an authentic life and helping everyone to embrace their own truths.

Current memoirs, non-fiction, fiction, and mysteries are available in the Popular Reading Collection!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Do You Copy?

copyFile → Print. Today, that’s all it takes to print a document. Going back sixty-three years, though, it wasn’t that easy. Pictured below is the College of Puget Sound’s copy center in 1953. According to A Sound Past, the lady in the picture is operating a “mimeograph machine which made copies of documents from a stencil wrapped around the central drum that picked up ink as the drum was turned. Each revolution of the drum cranked out another copy of whatever was on the stencil. This was the copy machine of its era and most course syllabi and examinations were made on the mimeograph machine. All you had to do was type your document on to stencil and take the stencil to the copy center where the mimeograph machine operator made your copies.” You can get a workout in while you copy especially if you messed up the stencil or had to copy a long document…pressing the Print button gives me enough anxiety.

Check out more pictures in the Archives & Special Collections or go online to A Sound Past. The Archives and Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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Collins Library By the Numbers 2015-2016

collinsstats_2015-16There’s plenty going on in Collins Library. Check out our numbers!


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So You Want to Write a Children’s Book? Karen Robbins, Saturday, Oct. 8, 12-1pm, Library 020

blog_karenrobbinsA conversation with local author and illustrator, Karen Robbins

General curiosity? What about marketing? Working with an illustrator? Publishing?

Saturday, October 8
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Collins Memorial Library
Room 020


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Rocking Chair Room Story Hour, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, 10am, Pacific NW Room

storyhour_oct8Family Story Hour

Saturday, October 8th
Pacific NW Room

Come create your own original art!
Local author and Puget Sound graduate, Karen Robbins will be reading from her children books Care for Our World and Shoe Print Art.

*Children (and adults) can bring their own stuffed animal too!



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Not all promises can be kept in Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

salttotheseaAs World War II comes to an end, three refugees and one soldier share nothing but the dream of something better, of freedom and safety. However, there are thousands just like them, and only room for few.

With all the buzz about Syrian refugees today, this book provides immense insight into the life of refugees of the past. Take a break, and check it out in the Popular Reading Collection today!

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From the Archives & Special Collections

archives_tacomaThe Canse pamphlets are a lot of fun to wander around in. According to our finding aid on Archives West, John M. Canse was a pastor for the University Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle in 1909. Most of his collection of pamphlets are relevant to this area, particularly travel pamphlets in the Washington and Oregon area. Among these are railroads, highways, bridges, expositions, national parks, forts, and other material. Again, I say they’re a lot of fun because a lot of them are very colorful and have a very vintage, not-necessarily-correct-anymore info, though this one is pretty close still.

This specific one I’ve chosen to take photos of is Tacoma: where to go – what to see in the Evergreen Playground. It also happened to include another pamphlet for the Floating Bridge in Seattle. So in case you’re wondering what exactly there is to do in our lovely city, here are some ideas!

Check out the State Historical Museum!

Go wander around Wright Park (it also has a very nice botanical garden).

Look at McChord Field, a Northwest Army Air Base. From a distance. They won’t let you on.

Tacoma is the fifth city in the nation in flour milling.

Point Defiance Park has excursion boat trips during the summer (supposedly).

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Morgan Ford

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Find your Library Zones: Quiet vs. Group Study

Collins Library has designated study areas for all your needs.

orangezoneOrange Zone: Quiet study is requested. Check out the Learning and Study Commons.





greenzoneGreen Zone: Collaboration, discussion & group work encouraged. Too noisy? Check out the other floors for quiet spaces, study rooms and individual carrels.


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Diversity and Inclusion Resources: Black Studies Center

blackstudiesctrNew to the Collins Library collection, the Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies which includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more.

Black Studies Center brings together essential historical and current material for researching the past, present and future of African Americans, the wider African Diaspora, and Africa itself. It is comprised of several cross-searchable, component databases, described below.

Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience
Is a resource created by collaboration between the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and ProQuest. Major topics on the African diaspora experience throughout the Americas are examined with in-depth, scholarly essays accompanied by detailed timelines, important full-text research articles, as well as images, film clips, and more. The thirty substantial essays were commissioned from leading academic black studies scholars who surveyed and analyzed the most important existing research literature in their respective fields. Presented are concise overviews which detail the most up-to-date thought on major topics of origin, culture, identity, art, religion, social justice, and more. Also included are reference textbooks Handbook of African American Literature and Encyclopedia of African Literature.

International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP)
Is the only periodical database of current titles pertaining to black studies and culture available today. It also has the largest backfile of retrospective bibliographic citations for black periodicals from as early as 1902. IIBP covers journals and magazines from the United States, African nations, and the Caribbean. Coverage is international in scope and multidisciplinary, spanning cultural, economic, historical, religious, social, and political issues of vital importance to the Black Studies discipline.

The Chicago Defender
Black Studies Center provides the historical full-text of one of the most influential black newspapers in the United States, The Chicago Defender. Coverage is from 1910 to 1975.  Robert Sengstacke Abbott founded The Defender in May 1905, and by the outbreak of the First World War, it had become the most widely-read black newspaper in the country, with more than two thirds of its readership based outside Chicago. When Abbott died in 1940, his nephew John Sengstacke became editor and publisher of The Defender, which began publishing on a daily basis in 1956. The first full-text issue presented here is from January 1, 1910, as earlier issues have not been found. The newspaper was instrumental in the Great Migration of the early twentieth century, in publicizing the lynchings in the southern states, and in its use of political cartoons to highlight race issues. Almost two million full-text records offer a broad and valuable archive for researchers.

Black Literature Index
Black Studies Center includes the online index to Black Literature, 1827-1940, a microfiche collection which is one of the most significant research efforts in African American studies. Begun at Yale University by Professor John Blassingame and continued by another colleague, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the project was completed by Gates at Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research. Since its release, the collection has redefined African American literature. Gates described it as rediscovering “a hermetically sealed library of the Afro-American periodical literature after a century of neglect.” This index allows users to search over 70,000 bibliographic citations for fiction, poetry and literary reviews published in 110 black periodicals and newspapers between 1827-1940.


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Embark on a journey in Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

PopReads_Sept14Effia and Esi are born in different villages in Ghana in the eighteenth-century. Effia is married to a British slaver and lives in the comfort of Cape Coast Castle while her sister is imprisoned beneath her rooms. Esi is sold into slavery and taken to America where she and her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery.

Follow their journeys through history and discover the story of their family. Now available in the Popular Reading Collection!

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