Collins Library Links: Reading and Relaxing in the Time of COVID19


Reading and Relaxing in the Time of COVID19

During this stressful time for our community, please be reminded that Collins Library offers you a number of resources that might provide some escape from the worry that we are all facing.  Before you leave for spring break, and/or while you’re away from campus, consider the following:

Check out a Popular Reading Book:  We have extended our loan policies for our Popular Reading Collection.  Explore a biography, a mystery or recent work of non-fiction.  The books are located in the Learning Commons.

Are your children home from School?  In addition to your local public library, Collins Library has a nice collection of books for Children and Young Adults.  For fiction, browse the PZ’s up on the fourth floor.  For non-fiction, search Primo for a topic of interest and add the word “juvenile” to your search.

Read the Classics!  Consider catching up on Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Hemingway, Charles Dickens and more.  Browse the PR and PS section of the Library on the 3rd floor for classic favorites.

On the Go?  Check out an Ebook:  Our electronic book collections offer a number of great books to occupy your mind for a few hours of relaxation.  A few titles come to mind, like:  An Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant, Festive Ukrainian Cooking by Marta Pisetska Farley, Seed Libraries And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner or Out of the Woods: A Bird Watcher’s Year by Ora E. Anderson, Deborah Griffith, Jean Andrews, and Jean Andrews.  You can search Primo for electronic books or browse individual collections like the Ebook Central collection offered by ProQuest.  But remember, you do have to login with your Puget Sound account information.

Music:  We all know the power of music to inspire and relax. Check out the  Naxos Music Library.  It is a comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes thousands of tracks. Select works by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists can also be created. Includes information about the works, artists and composers.

Craving travel but your plans have been cancelled?  Check out the travel programs on Films on Demand like:  Patagonia, Chile: Don’t Forget Your PassportOn Holiday in Germany or Rick Steves’ Europe.

Take Some Time to Explore Your Local Public Library:  There are many excellent collections available online from your local public library.  Tacoma Public Library recently sent this out as an excellent reminder of some of the online resources they offer:

We encourage you to maximize the eResources available with your Tacoma Public library card to continue your library experience from home: 

  • Stream movies, TV, and the Great Courses with Kanopy and Hoopla
  • Download eBooks and Audiobooks with the Overdrive/Libby apps and Hoopla
  • Stream music on Hoopla

Both Hoopla and Kanopy (and OverDrive/Libby) also offer content for children

  • Brush up on your skills with Lynda, from LinkedIn Learning

All Tacoma Public Schools students’ ID cards act as library cards in the Tacoma Public Library system. We recommend these eResources to continue learning outside of the classroom:

  • Worksheets and educational activities for elementary-age students through Scholastic Teachables
  • Literacy and learning for younger learners from BookFlix and TrueFlix
  • Educational lessons for all ages via HelpNow – check out the “Skill Surfer” section

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
Remember – Your best search engine is a librarian!

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Collins Library is delighted to have copies of two recent novels by Puget Sound English Graduates! 

Collins Library is delighted to have copies of two recent novels by Puget Sound English Graduates!  Congratulations to Kevin Nguyen and Ryan Chapman!  The books are on display in the library – but we imagine they will be checked out soon!

Nguyen, Kevin. New Waves : A Novel. First ed. New York: One World, 2020. PS3614.G888 N49 2020  

Read about Kevin’s book in the New York Times.

Summary provided by the publisher:  Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company’s sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he’s nearly invisible as a low-paid customer service rep. Together, they decide to steal their tech start-up’s user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret–and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo’s computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her secret online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend. With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and start-up culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know each other? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?

Chapman, Ryan. Riots I Have Known. First Simon & Schuster Hardcover ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2019. PS3603.H37428 R56 2019

Find out more about Ryan’s book by reading this NPR interview.

Summary provided by the publisher:
An unnamed Sri Lankan inmate has barricaded himself inside a prison computer lab in Dutchess County, New York. A riot rages outside, incited by a poem published in The Holding Pen, the house literary journal. This, our narrator’s final Editor’s Letter, is his confession. An official accounting of events, as they happened. As he awaits imminent and violent interruption, he takes us on a roller-caster ride of plot and language, determined to share his life story, and maybe answer a few questions. How did he end up here? Should he have remained a quiet Park Avenue doorman? Or continued his rise in the black markets of postwar Sri Lanka? What will become of The Holding Pen, a “landmark of post-penal literature” favored by Brooklynites everywhere? And why does everyone think the riots are his fault? Can’t they see he’s really a good guy, doing it for the right reasons?

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. Puget Sound has hosted some incredible women on campus over the years. Here are some highlights from the archives:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Jones Hall Inside Theater on November 2, 1978. At the time, Ginsburg was the general counsel for the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Ginsburg would go on to become an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court in 1993, a position she still holds today.

Fannie Lou Hamer visited campus in February 1969. Hamer was one of the most powerful voices of the civil rights movement. She was the co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and was very involved with the NAACP and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi. The photo on the left is of Hamer meeting with Puget Sound students Lou Smith, George Neely, and Al Roberts. She gave a lecture that was written about in the February 28, 1969 issue of The Trail (page 7). Another article in the same issue of The Trail (page 12) discusses how Black Student Union president Lou Smith was so inspired by Hamer’s speech that he asked university president R. Franklin Thompson, “Are you moved enough now to sanction a separate, autonomous black studies course curriculum here at UPS?”

Nikki GiovanniPoet, educator, and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni visited the Puget Sound campus on at least three different occasions in 1981,1984, and 2019. Following her 1981 visit, The Trail published an interview with Giovanni in which she said, “We know that in any emergency we all pull together…because we understand each other more than we understand the unknown. So we should begin work on ourselves, getting rid of race, gender, and religious hang-ups that separate us.”

The Archives & Special Collections is currently open by appointment only. Please email to schedule an appointment.

By Laura Edgar, Assistant Archivist

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You are not alone: Is it a promise? Or a threat?

Shay Miller has three strikes against her: no job, no apartment, no love in her life. But when she witnesses a perfectly normal looking young woman about her age make the chilling decision to leap in front of an ongoing subway train, Shay realizes she could end up in the same spiral. She is intrigued by a group of women who seem to have it all together, and they invite her with the promise: “You are not alone.” Why not align herself with the glamorous and seductive Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane? They are everything Shay aspires to be, and they seem to have the keys to getting exactly what they want. But what secrets do they, and Shay, have that will come to a deadly confrontation?

Find thrilling books in the Popular Reading Collection!

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Overdue items and Returning Items

Information about overdue library items and how to return them during the switch to virtual classes.

Overdue Items:

  • Summit Items:  If you are away from campus and unable to return your SUMMIT items, please do not worry.  Although we are unable to renew Summit items,  we will waive any accrued fines once the items are returned, either when face-to-face classes resume or when the semester ends, whichever comes first.
  • Interlibrary Loan Items: If you are unable to return your Interlibrary Loan items due to the changes in classes or travel restrictions, please email to request a renewal for the items. If the renewal is approved, ILL staff will update your record with no fines.  If the renewal request is denied, please return the items when face-face classes resume and staff will waive any fines for overdue items.
  • Collins Library items:  Please try to renew items online.  If you are unable to do so or have no renewals left,  please email to request a renewal for the items.  We will waive any accrued fines once the materials are returned, either when face-to-face classes resume or when the semester ends, whichever comes first.

Returning Items:

We ask that you hold on to any library materials you currently have checked out from Collins Memorial Library or Summit, or by interlibrary loan. You will not be charged any overdue fees. We are currently working out details to allow you to mail library materials back to Puget Sound without incurring postage charges and will update this information as details become available.

You will still receive automated notices of overdue materials, but please know that you can ignore them until either face-to-face classes resume or the end of the semester arrives, whichever comes first.

Please contact the library with any questions:


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The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest, May 3, 3-4:30pm, Archives & Special Collections, Collins Library

Sunday May 3, 2020
3–4:30 p.m.
Archives & Special Collections,
2nd Floor Collins Library
University of Puget Sound
Light refreshments and a small number
of books will be on sale.


The ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement–a celebration of craftsmanship and the creative process; an appreciation of sound construction, pleasing proportion, grace, and simplicity; and a comfortable rusticity that sees beauty in nature and honors indigenous materials–found fertile ground in Washington and Oregon in the first quarter of the 20th century.

This presentation, based upon an award-winning book by Lawrence Kreisman and Glenn Mason, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest (Timber Press, 2007), explores this theme of regional identity. Examples in architecture, interior design, furniture, decorative and applied arts, photography, and fine arts demonstrate the remarkable variety of progressive, architect-designed residences, bungalows for everyone, and all manner of artistic and practical furnishings and accessories that were the handiwork of anonymous amateurs and significant regional artists alike.

Lawrence Kreisman, Hon. AIA Seattle, was Program Director of Historic Seattle for 20 years. He has been recognized for significant work in bringing public attention to the Northwest’s architectural heritage and its preservation through courses, tours, exhibits, lectures, articles, and 10 books.  His publications include Apartments by Anhalt; The Stimson Legacy: Architecture in the Urban West; The Bloedel Reserve: Gardens in the Forest; Made to Last: Historic Preservation in Seattle and King County, Dard Hunter: The Graphic Works, and Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation, as well as hundreds of design features in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine.

Parking Information:

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Stephen King’s “Elevation” hits the Popular Reading Collection!



Scott Carey is losing weight.  He does not look any different, but his weight loss is steady and relentless, regardless of his efforts.  This condition cannot be medically explained.  As he comes to terms with this condition, Scott confronts some of his own prejudices, and those apparent in the town of Castle Rock.  Read this book and find out how Scott helps make Castle Rock a better community.

Find uplifting books in the Popular Reading Collection!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Archives Open House Today

(Left) African American Communist Party pamphlet collection.(Right) Alpha Kappa Alpha pamphlets,
the first African American women’s sorority in the United States.

The Archives & Special Collections will host an open house today, February 26, from 3:00 to 5:00 in honor of Black History Month. We will have items related to the African American experience available for viewing. Some materials that will be on display include university records related to fraternity desegregation in the 1960s and the history of the African American Studies department, rare books, and artists’ books. We will also have pamphlets from our African American Communist Party pamphlet collection and our NAACP pamphlet collection available for viewing, and a selection of zines from the Collins Library Zine collection.

Zines from the Collins Library
Zine collection.

The Archives & Special Collections is located on the 2nd floor of the Collins Library. All are welcome!

The Archives & Special Collections has drop-in hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM or is open by appointment.

By Laura Edgar, Assistant Archivist

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CANCELLED: Erin Zona, Women’s Studio Workshop will be showing books, April 27, 2-3:30pm, Archives Seminar Room, Collins Library.

Collins Library is pleased to welcome Erin Zona, Artistic Director at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Erin received her M.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute in 2002. Erin will be showing recent artists’ books created by artists affiliated with the workshop.

Women’s Studio Workshop envisions a society where women’s visual art is integral to the cultural mainstream and permanently recorded in history.

Their mission is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provides professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promotes programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

For more information visit Erin’s Website: or the Women’s Studio Website:

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Logger Day Challenge Event in the Makerspace, March 10, 4–5pm

Be a Maker! The perfect way to end the Logger Day Challenge – pop into the Makerspace and learn about the new equipment and resources. Make a button to show Logger Pride, see our laser cutter in action, make a beautiful felt flower for your office, or experience 19th century technology by printing a unique one of a kind keepsake on our newly restored Iron Hand Press!

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