Holman Library News

Holman Library serves Green River Community College in Auburn, WA.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Emma Darwin's Recipes from the Darwin Online Collection

To anyone who heard the story on NPR this morning about the Darwin Online Collection, here is a sample recipe (for Gingerbread) from Emma Darwin's cookbook.

The Darwin Online Collection "contains [Charles] Darwin's complete publications, thousands of his private papers and the largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue ever published; also hundreds of supplementary works: biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and more."


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Holman Library open 4-9 PM on In-service Day

All faculty and staff will be participating in In-service Day activities on Wednesday, April 23. The library will be closed most of the day, but will be open from 4-9 PM. The Technology Center labs will be open during the day as usual.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Lire avec April

April Jensen, who has been the college’s Executive Vice President for nearly nine years, finishes out our week of National Library Week Read posters. April has chosen Therese Raquin by Emile Zola. When asked why she chose this book, she explained “I was a French major in college (and beyond), and although I specialized in the language/linguistics side, I always loved 19th century novels. Emile Zola was the instigator of the "naturalism" period in France, which strove to depict the harsh realities of people's lives and their environment. Therese Raquin is a wonderfully written, but rather dismal look at human nature--a young married woman has an affair with another man, and between them they plot and kill her husband. But his mother, with whom she lived, knows what happened but has been struck unable to speak, and must witness all the horror of the murder and its aftermath. The two murderers end up being horrifically punished for their sin. Grim stuff, but somehow it has affected me for the 35 years since I read that book!”

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Journey with Student Saundrea Polk

Student Saundrea Polk began attending GRCC in Fall 2007, and she is a member of our women’s basketball and fast pitch teams. Although born in Germany, she lived much of her life in Georgia before moving to the Seattle area where she finds her hands are always cold. She is very interested in traveling and would like to play basketball in Spain after playing for a four-year school in the United States. Saundrea is working towards an Associate in Arts degree and is interested in Spanish and Business.

Saundrea loves Maya Angelou’s writing because she “touches people everywhere with her words and inspires them to be better people.” Saundrea chose Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Angelou as her Read poster book because she writes “… about living well, about the power of a word, and about the power of spirituality to move and shape your life.” We asked GRCC reading instructor Harry Rosemond, who posed for his own Read poster last year, to recommend a student from one of his reading classes. So, we are pleased to have Saundrea, one of his former students, as a reading advocate for 2008.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Terri Does Talk to Strangers

Terri Thayer is the supervisor for CAP, or the Commencement Achievement Program, which helps first-year, under-represented students and students of color navigate the college campus and services. Terri has been at the college for two years and is featured in the third Read poster that we’ve created for National Library Week. She chose to pose with Never Talk to Strangers by Irma Joyce and explained that “This is the first book that I remember from my childhood. My parents would read the “classic” Golden Books but this one was my favorite. I’ve saved it all these years because of the important memories it has for me.” We are guessing that Terri does talk to strangers now, as she works with our new students.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Little Engine that Could: Sylvia Mantilla

Faculty member Sylvia Mantilla is retiring after 38 years at GRCC. She was very active in the faculty union, serving as president for four years and secretary for “years and years.” Although her background is in Medieval Studies, Sylvia was hired to teach developmental writing. Being the division chair for fifteen years, she said she taught many classes that she wasn’t originally hired to teach, including medical terminology. Sylvia’s book choice, The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, reflects on her childhood home two blocks from the railroad tracks in Nebraska and her years of teaching children’s literature at GRCC. Thank you, Sylvia, for all you’ve done for GRCC and for our students. We wish you well in your retirement.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Reggie Redmond's Read Poster Celebrates National Library Week

Holman Library is excited to again be celebrating National Library Week with our very own Read Posters. You've probably seen the American Library Association versions with celebrities, and now you can see some GRCC celebrities. Each day this week we will be revealing a new poster. Be sure to check back daily to see the latest!

Like last year, Julie Spiers (Communications and Program Marketing) did the photography and aided Katy Dichter and Brenda Philip when they were stuck. Thanks also go to William Stence, IT student worker in the library, for technical assistance.

For many of you, the first face you see each week, besides that of your spouse or children, is Reggie Redmond’s. So, we’ve chosen Reggie to be the first of five Read posters we will reveal to celebrate National Library Week. If you enter campus via the west entrance, you will recognize Reggie as the person who smiles and waves at you each morning from the booth. In fact, if you arrive on campus really early, and Reggie is not yet in his booth, he will wave to you as he locks up his car. Although Reggie is too busy waving to read, he has posed with an issue of Popular Mechanics. One might think that Reggie would get tired of waving, but he enjoys waving in hopes that it will brighten people’s day. It does. Thanks Reggie!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


The Governor’s-appointed Washington Lewis and Clark Trail Committee, the Washington State Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, have partnered to produce this bibliography. It is the third bibliography the three partners have produced in honor of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. The final bibliography will encompass the two hundred most significant books published about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Copies or reprints of nearly all the titles are available via interlibrary loan from the Washington State Library.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Books and Authors

To celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19), Gale is allowing free access to Books and Authors, an online readers' advisory resource. Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN lets you browse by Character, Subject, Location and Time Period, and get a visual representation of your matching books.