Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret. Forever.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation arousing fear, superstition, and prejudice amongst his small community.  Bookbinding is a sacred art, Seredith informs her new apprentice, that he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. With each binding they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. But while Seredith is an artisan, there are other bookbinders, greedy and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends. Just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

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Research Marathon! April 23 & 24, 2019, 7:00-11:00pm, Library 118

Work on your research projects with support available from librarians and peer research advisor!

Snacks, beverages, and camaraderie provided!

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Makerspace Hours: Reading Period & Finals Week

The Makerspace will have special hours at the end of the semester:

Reading Period: 
The Makerspace will be closed:
Thursday, May 9 – Sunday, May 12

Finals Week:
The Makerspace will be open by appointment:
Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17


Makerspace information:


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From the Archives & Special Collections: Illuminated Manuscripts with McCarver students

For the last few years, Collins Memorial Library has participated in the annual McCarver Elementary School visit to Puget Sound. Coordinated by Amy Ryken, Professor and Dean of the School of Education, and Monica DeHart, Professor of Anthropology, the annual trip brings McCarver 5th graders to campus to learn more about the college experience. During their visit, the elementary students are exposed to many different programs and facilities on campus, including the Slater Museum of Natural History, Norton Clapp Theatre, and Memorial Fieldhouse. The library is always happy to host the 5th grade visitors and this year we brought them upstairs to the Archives & Special Collections.

Our visitors viewed a selection of our most rare and valuable books and manuscript leaves. The students learned about the arduous process of creating a medieval manuscript by hand—the process of creating vellum from animal skins, making ink from minerals and plants, the work of scribes to write the texts, and the art of illuminating (or decorating) the manuscript pages. The Archives & Special Collections holds examples of both illuminated manuscript vellum leaves as well as replica copies of rare texts that live in museums and archives in Europe.

Next, our students were encouraged to make their own illuminated manuscript page. They had pre-printed pages with fanciful borders that they were encouraged to decorate and make their own with markers, crayons, silver and gold pens, stencils, and stickers. It was a fun and creative process that allowed students to create their own special and rare object.

We were thrilled to host the McCarver Elementary 5th graders and we cannot wait until next year’s visit!

The Archives & Special Collections is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM or by appointment.

By Adriana Flores ‘13, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian

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Collins Library Links: Makerspace Update


Makerspace Update

It’s been a busy and productive year in the Makerspace with projects ranging from handmade books to 3D printed maps of our campus for use by those with low vision.  We have also been working with classes and departments to host team building exercises ranging from “mystery bag” mashups to designing decorative papers.  Our library staff programmed a Raspberry Pi to provide access to our online catalog, thereby replacing the need for a stand-alone computer.  Students of Kristopher J. Imbrigotta and Nick Kontogeorgopoulos, who are both leading study abroad programs this summer, produced zines about Puget Sound to give to their host families.  Skylar Bihl, who is teaching a class about building community, had students produce posters on the concept of intersectionality.  Students continue to drop-in to the space to use the 3D printers, sewing machines, design tools and work together to create and make.

We are excited about our most recent addition to the Makerspace: a laser cutter.  Now through the end of the semester, we invite you to visit the Makerspace (by appointment only) to learn more about this new piece of equipment and how you might use it, and other Makerspace tools, in class to help foster creative assignments and projects.

Full details about the laser cutter can be found on our Makerspace page.  Below are a few images of items recently made.

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Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
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Music in the Library: HARPISTS, Friday, April 26, 3-3:20pm, West Reading Room, Collins Library

Friday, April 26th, 2019
3:00-3:20 pm
West Reading Room

Performances by: Augusta Grassl, Sienna Murphy, and Christina Sumprer



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An exploration of the thresholds between life and death

Henri Skinner is a hardened ex-war reporter on the run from his past. On his way to see his son, Sam, for the first time in years, Henri steps into the road without looking and collides with oncoming traffic. He is rushed to a nearby hospital where he floats between dreams, reliving the fairytales of his childhood and the secrets that made him run away in the first place. After the accident, Sam—a thirteen-year old with an IQ of 144 and an appetite for science fiction—waits by his father’s bedside every day. There he meets Eddie Tomlin, a woman forced to confront her love for Henri after all these years, and twelve-year old Madelyn Zeidler, a coma patient like Henri and the sole survivor of a traffic accident that killed her family.

Check out this and more in the Popular Reading Collection!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Spring Family Weekend in the A&SC

We’re so excited to welcome parents and alumni to campus this weekend for the 2019 Spring Family Weekend! To celebrate, we’ll be hosting an open house and installing our new exhibit.

The open house will be this Friday, April 12, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Join us in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of the library to view documents and artifacts from Puget Sound’s past. Drop by this casual event to learn more about the history of our Lu’au, student life on campus over the years, and the physical buildings and grounds of Puget Sound.

In honor of the Class of 1969’s 50th Reunion this year, we will be installing an exhibit focusing on their time at Puget Sound. The exhibit will draw primarily from The Trail, Tamanawas, and the Ephemera Collection, and provide a glance into what campus life was like at that time, from student organizations to special events to figures on campus. Come take a look to learn about the past and discover its connections to the present!

The Archives & Special Collections is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM or by appointment.

By Julia Masur

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A tale of neighbor hating neighbor

A gaudy, newly constructed behemoth of a home called The White Elephant looms over the quaint suburban town of Willard Park. When owner Nick Cox cuts down Allison and Ted Millers’ precious red maple—in an effort to make his unappealing property appealing to buyers—their once serene town becomes a battleground.

While tensions between Ted and Nick escalate, other dysfunctions swarm: Allison finds herself drawn to the man who is threatening to upset her quietly organized life. A lawyer with a pot habit and a serious midlife crisis ignores his responsibilities. And in a quest for popularity, a teenage girl gets caught up in a not-so-harmless prank. Newcomers and longtime residents alike begin to clash in conflicting pursuits of the American Dream, with trees mysteriously uprooted, fires set, fingers pointed, and lines drawn.

Find this and more in the Popular Reading Collection!

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New Directions in American Literature: Recommended Reading

Looking for a great, new book to read? Take a suggestion from Puget Sound English majors!

In the fall semester, students in ENGL 383: Post-1965 Ethnic Literature compiled recommended reading lists for new or recent literary works inspired by the themes, topics, and aesthetic or structural dimensions of American literature covered in the course. Using contemporary, professional book reviews appearing in major newspapers, magazines and journals, students selected noteworthy titles to be purchased by the library.

These fictional works engage a wide range of voices and perspectives, represent unique and innovative approaches to storytelling, and incorporate a variety of styles that are sure to appeal to adventurous readers. Topics include queer speculative fiction, speculative fiction and structures of power, ethnic supernaturalism, alternative histories, satire, and multiple consciousness in novels of color.

To find your next great read, see the full list of titles below or check out the display at the main entrance of Collins Library.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke
Curved Horizon Taylor Brooke Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke
Open City by Teju Cole The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim Severance by Ling Ma
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack Past Imperfect by Carrie Pack
Conjugating Hindi by Ishmael Reed The Plot against America by Philip Roth
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi We the Animals by Justin Torres
What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Airman

– By Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian

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