“Skylight” by Jose Saramago

skylightbookOne of the Nobel Prize Winner’s earliest novels, Skylight was left sitting in a publisher’s office in Lisbon for decades. After all these years, “the book lost and found in time” is finally being published in English.

It’s the late 1940’s in Lisbon. Faded apartment dwellers struggle to make ends meet: A cobbler and his wife take in a disillusioned young resident; A pretty young typist works under a boss who lusts for her; A cultivated family tries to block out their fallen status with books and music. Many other unique stories live inside Saramago’s seamless compilation of ordinary people.

Stop by Collins’ Popular Collection today to check out this book and others or to make a suggestion for a title you’d like to see!

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Vamp & Tramp Artists’ Books: A Conversation with Bill and Vicky Stewart, Oct. 8, Collins Library Rm. 020, 2 – 4 p.m.

CALLOUT_VampTrampPlease join us as Bill and Vicky provide the chance to see, read and touch dozens of exemplary books from the current Vamp and Tramp roadshow.

Thursday,  October 8, 2015
Collins Library, Room 020
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Vamp & Tramp Booksellers specializes in artists’ books and fine press editions. Proprietors Bill and Vicky Stewart represent over 250 contemporary fine presses and book artists, with works starting at under $10. For more information, visit their website at: vampandtramp.com.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: De Architectura

archives_pics9-29Welcome back Loggers! I hope you’re all enjoying your return back to campus, with all of its beautiful people and architecture!

Speaking of architecture… is that something you’re interested in? If so, come and visit the Archives & Special Collections! Here we have a fascinating reprinted book: De Architectura by the Roman architect Vitruvius himself. First published in the 16th century, the book was a treatise on architecture dedicated to Vitruvius’ patron, the emperor Caesar Augustus, as a guide for building projects. The work remains one of the most important sources of modern knowledge of Roman building methods, as well as the planning and design of structures. You may want to brush up on your Italian, but if architecture is your passion this is not an opportunity to pass up!

Architecture not your thing? Not a problem! This book also contains detailed human anatomy and proportions, perfect for you artists and pre-meds. Come check it out!

Archives & Special Collections is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm or by appointment.

By Monica Patterson

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Collins Library Links: Collins Library joins “The Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research”


Collins Library joins The Consortium on
Digital Resources for Teaching and Research
sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC),
Artstor, and the Mellon Foundation

StreetDesireCIC and Artstor, with support from the Mellon Foundation, have launched an ambitious three year project to support the growth of digital collections in the liberal arts. The goals of The Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research are to improve teaching and learning, enhance faculty and student/faculty research, and streamline administrative capabilities through a uniform and cost-effective system.  Teams from 42 liberal arts colleges will use the Artstor Shared Shelf platform to showcase unique hidden collections.

Puget Sound’s project:  From Script to Stage: Documenting the Process of Performance and Production will showcase the interdisciplinary nature of the theatre arts by documenting the process of faculty directed campus productions through images of set, stage and costume design drawings and photographs, production photographs, playbills and posters. The images will be accessible through the Artstor Shared Shelf platform and available to the academic community.  The Library currently hosts the senior art exhibitions on this platform and this pilot project is designed to evaluate the ongoing use of this digital platform.  Lori Ricigliano is the project leader.  Please contact Lori if you are intrigued by this project and would like to learn more: ricigliano@pugetsound.edu.

In addition to Puget Sound’s unique collections, the project brings together a diverse collection of resources including videos that document the Buddhist experience in this country, Lincoln memorabilia, as well as oral histories of immigrant populations.  For more information on the project consult the CIC website:

Additional information on the recent CIC/Artstor conference can be found at:  https://artstor.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/writing-a-book-in-a-digital-age/

Jane A. Carlin | Library Director

Collins Memorial Library
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Tacoma, WA 98416-1021
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Great Crime Mystery: “The Martini Shot” by George Pelecanos

martiniThe Martini Shot consists of a novella and stories, a first from the award-winning author/producer of The Wire George Pelecanos. Some plots include: the hunt for an allegedly dead man from Miami to Brazil, an aging underachiever’s final attempt at success by becoming a police informant, and a Greek American couple’s blended family. The Martini Shot is more than just crime and mystery, with anguish, compassion, and humor woven into each story.

To get your hands on this emotionally packed title, check out the Popular Collection today!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Growing Strong

archives_blog_9_22_15As the falls sports begin their season, you cannot help but notice the green, thick grass growing on Peyton Field. Football and soccer get the chance to play some of their games on this first-rate turf this fall. It would be hard to imagine this field being any less than it is, but there was a time when Peyton Field was just layers of “too-fine sand, silt and clay,” hardly a place to compete. It was back in 1964 that the University of Puget Sound decided to call in an expert to fix the problem. Dr. Ray Goss had all of the old grass torn up. An irrigation system was installed and new sod was rolled out. Fifty-one years later, Peyton Field is still growing strong.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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Great Drama Read on the Catholic Church: “A History of Loneliness,” by John Boyne

HistoryLonelinessFrom the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes another emotional and evocative novel. A History of Loneliness tells the story of Father Odran Yates, a man who turned to the Catholic Church after a life-changing family tragedy. He’s been the chaplain of an Irish boys’ school for over 30 years. For a long time, Yates has been perfectly content with his rather lonely life; firm in his faith, a diligent-albeit “behind the scenes”-worker, and an overall respected man. That all changes with the controversy surrounding the church during the 21st century.

A History of Loneliness depicts the downfall of both the church and one of its most avid, though average, representatives from “good guy” to pariah.

Check it out today in Collins’ Popular Collection.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: 400 years of Don Quixote

archivesBrownSketch“For me alone Don Quixote was born and I for him. His was the power of action, mine of writing.”

It is the 400th anniversary of the second part of Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. This Spanish novel was written by Miguel de Cervantes Saaverdra in 1615. The story follows the adventures of Don Quixote through Spain on his quest to undo wrongs and make the world a just place. Come by the Archives & Special Collections to celebrate the history of this powerful and influential book. While reading, check out the beautiful illustrations that appear throughout.

By Sierra Scott

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Rocking Chair Room Story Hour, “Get Dirty!” on Saturday, October 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us! Rocking Chair Room Oct

Ben Johns and students from the Greek Life Council will be reading several books then visiting the DIRT? Exhibit.

Painting afterwards in Room 020!

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Banned Books Week is Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2015.

BannedBksCollins Library celebrates free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Celebrate your right to read with a Banned Book today.



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