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Halloween Fun in the Library!

Haunt the Academic Support Center on Halloween for Fun, Games and Prizes!

Oct. 31st, 9am-2pm


Academic Support Center = ASC = Library, Writing Center, Learning Center, E-Learning & Trio

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April is Poetry Month

«Check out The Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month webpage HERE.

»Browse through our books on display at the Reference Desk.

«Also be sure to check out some poetry resources on our website. Search ‘poetry’ in the Quick Search tab.

»Some quick resources to browse are Granger’s World of Poetry and Artemis Literary Sources. Search these for full-text poems and information about poets.

It’s All I Have To Bring Today

by Emily Dickinson

It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—
Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

Post by Chris

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Library hosts Washington Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall – March 6

The John Spellman Library is excited to host our current Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, on March 6.

We have scheduled two events with Tod:

  • a poetry workshop in the library’s 1520 classroom from 3:00-4:00 pm, and;
  • a reading upstairs in the library from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Everyone (faculty, staff, students, and family) are welcome at both events. We will serve light refreshments during the evening reading.

Tod Marshall is a poet and professor at Gonzaga University and is serving as the poet laureate from 2016-2018. He is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015.

To get a sense of Tod and his poetry check out these readings of his work courtesy of KUOW:

You can also read more about him at the Washington State Poet Laureate site:

We hope you can attend!

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FINALLY! A just-for-fun library post to help you through the mid-quarter slump.


The first time I ever watched a Simpsons episode was when I took a ‘Simpsons and Philosophy’ class my senior year in college (Please don’t judge me too much). I loved the show!

If you are fan of The Simpsons AND you are a fan of memes and gifs, please check out Frinkiac.

Created by Paul Kehrer, Sean Schulte, and Allie Young, Frinkiac is a site dedicated to Simpsons memes. You add the words, Frinkiac supplies the screenshots. It is a lot of fun. Search the site by keyword, quote, or through the ‘random’ button.

Read more about Frinkiac by visiting this page.

Happy Meme-ing everyone!


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High School Art Show on now!

Stop by the Art Gallery at the John Spellman Library to view some great art work from Grays Harbor area high schools. The show features work from Aberdeen, Elma, Harbor, Hoquiam, Ocosta, and Wishkah Valley.

There is a total of 242 wonderful items to view, and a number of different mediums inlcluding 3D, 2D color and monochrome, mixed media, jewelry, and photography.

The pieces will be judged during the first week of May. The awards ceremony for 1st, 2nd, and honorable mention will be held here in the first floor Library foyer on May 12th from 6pm to 7pm.

The show runs until May 19th, so be sure to stop by before then!


If you are interested in past exhibits, click HERE.


posted by Lauren

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today, March 2nd, is the birthday of beloved author Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss.

Read more about this amazing man at

Because of his contributions to the reading development of so many young people, the National Education Association declared his birthday Read Across America day!

So, put your cat in a hat, a wocket in your pocket and oh, the places you’ll go!

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Just for fun…Wayback Machine

It is often fun to reminisce on the past. When grabbing lunch with old friends it seems the conversation eventually turns from current life happenings to the way things used to be.

Do you ever find yourself describing your old flip phone, what texting was like before the iPhone put conversations together instead of just ‘inbox’ and ‘outbox’, the funny bangs you and your friends rocked in middle school, or that one song you’d play over and over again on your portable CD player?

What about the internet? Do you remember how the internet used to look?

Wayback Machine is a site dedicated to the history of the internet. Recently, Google re-vamped their font – at first it was a little strange, but now we’re all used to it, right? When these minor changes happen it is easy to forget how things used to look.

Well here is what Google looked like on June 11, 2013. And here is what Google looked like on May 20, 2000. Kind of funny, right?

Do you remember old-school Yahoo?

Internet Archive is the creator of Wayback Machine. You can read more about the company and its digital-history preservation here. They are in the process of upgrading their site, which should be completed by next year. (The site is still fully operational).

So check out Wayback Machine, and have some fun. Tinker with the timeline and send your friends and family some old versions of their favorite websites – I bet they’d get a kick out of it!


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Check out our New Books!

If you need a break from studying (correction: WHEN you need a break from studying) be sure to take home and read some of our new books! The John Spellman Library has a great little selection of interesting and fun titles. Here are just a few…


Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn tells the “…true story of 28,000 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them”.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. This companion-novel to the bestselling book To Kill a Mockingbird features the same characters, and tells a new story revolving around “civil rights tensions and political turmoil” in Scout’s hometown of Maycomb County, Alabama.

Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe. This non-fiction books tells the “…account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq [and] reveals how their military service affected their friendships, their personal lives, and their families”.

The Resilient Investor by Hal Brill, Michael Kramer, and Christopher Peck. “This trailblazing guide will expand your ideas of investing way beyond Wall Street. Your time, your energy, and the things you own are investments too, and you’ll learn to diversify them in ways that move you toward your life goals.”

The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and its Legacy by Paula Becker, Alan J. Stein, and the History Link Staff. This lovely book details the preparation that went into the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, WA. Vivid photos and commentary tell the story of the whole process from start to finish, and ends with the how the Seattle Center is still a robust place for culture and art in the present-day.

Possession by A.S. Byatt. This national bestselling novel follows two young scholars who research and trace the steps of two Victorian poets. “As they uncvoer their letters, journals and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire…what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.”

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby. “…Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known.”

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. The authors of this non-fiction book “…explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.” This will be an interesting read for sure!

And we have many more!!

All of these books can be found near the entrance of the library, on the ‘New Books‘ shelf. Ask a librarian for help! And enjoy these reads!



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Summer reading display

If you’re trying to fit in some fun reading this summer, check out the display in the library reading lounge.

From classics like Emma by Jane Austen to modern novels like Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie, you’re sure to find something to love!

(and there’s even some Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey thrown in, yee haw!)

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Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day 2011 check out these earth-friendly ebooks!

Going green a wise consumer’s guide to a shrinking planet by Sally Kneidel and Sadie Kneidel.

Picture yourself going green step-by-step instruction for living a budget-conscious, earth-friendly lifestyle in eight weeks or less by Erinn Morgan.

There will be a Sustainability Fair in the HUB on Monday the 25th. Come by and learn more about ebooks and other topics.

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