Recommended Reading for October (Theme 2) Disability Awareness

NDEAM 2016 poster: #InclusionWorks

October is also Disability Awareness Month. Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.”-United States Department of Labor

To celebrate this themes, our library provides October Recommended Reading/Viewing list. The resources linked on this page are mere samples. To see more of them, please click on the “Reading List” link at the top of each month’s column: Disability Awareness Reading List. You can also find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Please borrow and enjoy them!


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Recommended Reading for October (Theme 1): LGBTQIA Pride

Walt Whitman

LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Transexual, Questioning or Queer, Intersex, Asexual or Ally. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.  –Library of Congress

To celebrate this theme, our library provides October Recommended Reading/Viewing list. The resources linked on this page are mere samples. To see more of them, please click on the “Reading List” link at the top of each month’s column:  LGBTQIA Pride Reading List. You can also find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library.


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Recommended by the library

Are you curious about what the library staff are reading  right now? Please check out this blog for more information!

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak- recommended by Deborah

4th floor, Highline College Library

Call number: 823.92 Z96b 2013

book thief

The Three-body problem

by Cixin Liu- recommended by Wadiyah

Location: King County Library system


by Banana Yoshimoto- recommended by Karleigh

Available to purchase at

People I want to punch in the throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots and Other Suburban scourges

by Jen Mann-recommended by Andrea

Cover art


Wishing Day- Lauren Myracle

Available at the King County Library system

World made by Hand by James Howard Kurstler


Available on the 4th Floor

Call number: 813.54 K96w 2008

Wild Life by Molly Gloss


Available on the 4th Floor

Call number: 813.54 G563w 2001

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll


-recommended by Sabrina

Available on the 4th floor

Call number: 823.8 C319at 2013


Battle Royale by Koushun Takami-recommended by Catlin

Battle Royale

Available at King County Library system

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Recommended Reading: June – Children Awareness


The International Children’s Day has been observed in many countries on June 1 since 1950. It was established by the Women’s International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (22 November 1949). In the United States, “National Child’s Day” was proclaimed by President George W. Bush as June 3, 2001 and in subsequent years on the first Sunday in June.

Our library has presented a reading/viewing list related to diverse perspective views on children’s development, children’s mental and physical health, protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse, and children’s education. You can find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Please borrow and enjoy them!



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APA Heritage @ Highline College Library

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

“A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).”

The Highline College Library has a diverse collection of Asian Pacific American books, DVDs, and Government Documents, besides the amazing resources described in this blog post from earlier this month: May 2016 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Come in this month and check it out!

General APA Topics

A New history of Asian America
973.0495 L481n 2014, Main Collection, 4th floor


“A New History of Asian America is a fresh and up-to-date history of Asians in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Drawing on current scholarship, Shelley Lee brings forward the many strands of Asian American history, highlighting the distinctive nature of the Asian American experience while placing the narrative in the context of the major trajectories and turning points of U.S. history. Covering the history of Filipinos, Koreans, Asian Indians, and Southeast Indians as well as Chinese and Japanese, the book gives full attention to the diversity within Asian America. A robust companion website features additional resources for students, including primary documents, a timeline, links, videos, and an image gallery.”

Major problems in Asian American history
973.0495 M234 2003, Main Collection, 4th floor


“This collection, designed to be the primary anthology or textbook for courses in Asian American history, covers the subject’s entire chronological span. The volume presents a carefully selected group of readings that requires students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.”

Yellow peril : an archive of anti-Asian fear
973.0495 Y43 2014, Main Collection, 4th floor


“The ‘yellow peril’ is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture—indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is the first comprehensive repository of anti-Asian images and writing, pop culture artifacts and political polemic.”

War baby/love child : mixed race Asian American art
305.895073 W253 2013, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with 19 emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai’i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of ‘optional identity,’ this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.”

The Chinese American Experience

Driven out : the forgotten war against Chinese Americans
973.04951 P523d 2008, Main Collection, 4th floor


“Driven Out exposes a shocking story of ethnic cleansing in California and the Pacific Northwest when the first Chinese Americans were rounded up and purged from more than three hundred communities by lawless citizens and duplicitous politicians. From 1848 into the twentieth century, Chinatowns burned across the West as Chinese miners and merchants, lumberjacks and fieldworkers, prostitutes and merchants’ wives were violently loaded onto railroad cars or steamers, marched out of town, or killed.”

Portraits of pride II : Chinese-American legacies, first 160 years in America
973.04951 P853 2014, Main Collection, 4th floor


“This book features a collection of biographical stories and achievements of those individuals profiled – such as architect, Maya Lin; classical cellist, Yo-Yo-Ma; French Open tennis champion, Michael Chang; Prozac developer, David T. Wong; eight Chinese-American Nobel laureates; and many other distinguished Chinese American men and women, is an inspiration to middle school, high school and university students. The book takes a broad view and fresh look at Chinese Americans’ successes in agriculture, education, fishing, technology and transportation. Stories are told in two sections: Superstars and Unsung Heroes; Group Portraits of Pioneers, and the book contains detailed appendices.”

Accidental Asian : notes of a native speaker
305.8951 L783a 1999, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“Eric Liu reflects on his life as a second-generation Chinese American and reveals the shifting frames of ethnic identity. Finding himself unable to read a Chinese memorial book about his father’s life, he looks critically at the cost of his own assimilation. But he casts an equally questioning eye on the effort to sustain vast racial categories like ‘Asian American.’ And as he surveys the rising anxiety about China’s influence, Liu illuminates the space that Asians have always occupied in the American imagination.”

Becoming American : the Chinese experience (DVD)
973.04951 B398c 2003, Media Collection, 5th floor


“In interviews with historians, descendants, and recent immigrants, this program traces the history and experiences of Chinese in the U.S., from the Gold Rush in California and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act which barred their entry into the country.”

The Japanese American Experience

Judgment without trial : Japanese American imprisonment during World War II
940.547273 K19j 2003, Main Collection, 4th floor


“Judgment without Trial reveals that long before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government began making plans for the eventual internment and later incarceration of the Japanese American population. Tetsuden Kashima uses newly obtained records to trace this process back to the 1920s, when a nascent imprisonment organization was developed to prepare for a possible war with Japan, and follows it in detail through the war years.”

Manzanar National Historic Site, California
I 29.6/6:M 31/3/2015, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor


Read about the history of the Manzanar Relocation Center in this visitors’ guide.

Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho/Washington
I 29.6/6:M 66/2015, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor

Read about the history of the Minidoka Relocation Center in this visitors’ guide.

Starting from Loomis and other stories
973.04956 K19s 2013, Main Collection, 4th floor


“A memoir in short stories, Starting from Loomis chronicles the life of accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. In this dynamic portrait of an aging writer trying to remember himself as a younger man, Kashiwagi recalls and reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries, and choices—the things in his life that he cannot forget—that have made him who he is.

“Central to this collection are Kashiwagi’s confinement at Tule Lake during World War II, his choice to answer ‘no’ and ‘no’ to questions 27 and 28 on the official government loyalty questionnaire, and the resulting lifelong stigma of being labeled a ‘No-No Boy’ after his years of incarceration. His nonlinear, multifaceted writing not only reflects the fragmentations of memory induced by traumas of racism, forced removal, and imprisonment but also can be read as a bold personal response to the impossible conditions he and other Nisei faced throughout their lifetimes.”

Nisei linguists : Japanese Americans in the military intelligence service during World War II
940.5404 M169n 2006, Main Collection, 4th floor


“At the start of World War, II the U.S. Army turned to Americans of Japanese ancestry to provide vital intelligence against Japanese forces in the Pacific. Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II tells the story of these soldiers, how the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) recruited and trained them, and how they served in every battle and campaign in the war against Japan.”

Remembering Manzanar (DVD)
940.547273 ‡b M296 2004, Media Collection, 5th floor


“Through the use of rare historic footage and photographs, and personal recollections of a dozen former internees and others, Remembering Manzanar explores the experiences of more than 10,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in a remote desert facility during World War II.

Created for use at the Interpretive Center at Manzanar National Historic Site, Remembering Manzanar gives viewers a sense of the place and its past, and a glimpse into a time when American citizens were exiled because of their ancestry.”

Old man river (DVD)
973.04956 O44 2004, Media Collection, 5th floor

“Jerry Fujikawa, a character actor, played every imaginable Asian stereotype in movies like Chinatown and television shows like M*A*S*H and Taxi. His daughter, Cynthia, an actress herself, never fully knew the man behind so many onscreen personas. And during a search for her family history, she discovered a secret life that her father had erased and taken to his grave. Old Man River is an unusual portrait of a daughter trying to know her stoic and enigmatic Nisei father, years after his death. In a stirring collage of archival footage and still images, Cynthia Gates Fujikawa’s one-woman performance creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of her father. The film also explores an infrequently addressed subject, American racism–specifically the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the profound effect incarceration had on Fujikawa and his family. Also included on this DVD is Day of Remembrance, a short documentary which compares the internment of the Japanese Americans with the post-9/11 plight of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S.”

Fumiko Hayashida : the woman behind the symbol (DVD)
940.547273 F978 2009, Media Collection, 5th floor

“Story of Fumiko Hayashida, relocated with her family from Bainbridge Island, Washington to the Manzanar relocation camp during World War II and later to Minidoka. A photo of Hayashida and her daughter became a national symbol of the internment experience.”

Honor & sacrifice : the Roy Matsumoto story (DVD)
940.547273  H774 2013, Media Collection, 5th floor

“This is the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill’s Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma. He was born near Los Angeles, educated in Japan, and used his Japanese language skills and military training to save his surrounded, starving battalion deep in the Burmese jungle. At the same time his parents and sisters were living in their family’s ancestral home, Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy’s daughter Karen as she discovers her father’s work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years.”

Beyond barbed wire : untold stories of American courage (DVD)
940.5404 B573 2001, Media Collection, 5th floor

“Beyond barbed wire recounts the personal sacrifices and stories of heroism displayed by the Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service who fought for the United States during World War II while their families were held in internment camps.”

Most honorable son (DVD)
940.5404092 K96 2007, Media Collection, 5th floor

“After the Pearl Harbor attack, Ben Kuroki would be the first Japanese-American war hero, surviving 58 missions as an aerial gunner. But he found himself at the center of controversy, as the lone spokesman against the racism faced by the thousands of Japanese-Americans.”

The Southeast Asian American Experience

Songs of the caged, songs of the free : music and the Vietnamese experience
780.89 R457s 1999, Ma

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May 2016 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

History of API Heritage Month

API Heritage Month originated in June 1977 when Representatives Frank Horton (New York) and Norman Y. Mineta (California) called for the establishment of Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. Hawaii senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both bills passed, and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the resolution. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush expanded the celebration from a week to a month. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated to commemorate the arrival in May 1843 of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States.

Proclamation from the White House

Diverse magazine

Asian Pacific Heritage in Washington State

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History

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April is National Poetry Month

The library’s recommended reading display for the month of April is now up! This month we are celebrating National Poetry Month.  Below are some of the resources you’ll find in our library and on our Recommended Reading list.
For the complete list, please visit our Recommended Reading page.
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Be sure to check out the events that are happening on campus throughout the month of April:

Poetry Exhibit 
April 7–May 31
Highline Library Exhibits and Art Gallery

Poetry Open Mic
April 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Writing Center: Building 26, room 319

Poetry Reading and Reception for Student Contest Winners and Finalists
April 12, 1:30–3 p.m.
Library Exhibits and Art Gallery: Building 25, 4th floor

Spoken Word Workshop and Open Mic Presented by Scribe
April 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Highline Student Union: Building 8, Mt. Constance room

Leija Farr, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate: Poetry Reading
April 14, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Highline Student Union: Building 8, Intercultural Center

Claudia Castro Luna: Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop
April 20, 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Highline Student Union: Building 8, Mt. Constance room

Rick Barot: Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop
April 26, 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Highline Student Union: Building 8, Mt. Constance room

Happy National Poetry Month!

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April is Earth Month!


The Highline College Library has a lot of great resources, if you’re looking for books or other types of information on environmental topics.


April 16-24 is National Park Week. 2016 is the Centennial for the National Park Service.

Earth Day is Friday, April 22

Events in King County


Climate : a very short introduction

551.5 M397c 2013, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“In this wide-ranging Very Short Introduction to climate, Mark Maslin considers all aspects of the global climate system, exploring and explaining the different components that control climate on Earth. He considers the processes that allow energy to reach the Earth and how it is redistributed around the planet by the ocean-atmosphere system; the relationship and differences between climate and the weather; how climate has affected life on Earth and human settlements; and the cyclic and quasi-cyclic features of climate such as the Milankovitch cycles and El Nino. He concludes by touching on the issue of climate change, and outlines some of the approaches that are now being taken to tackle it.”

Preserving the nation : the conservation and environmental movements, 1870-2000

333.720973 W452p 2007, Main Collection, 3rd floor

“In Preserving the Nation, Thomas Wellock explores the international, rural, and industrial roots of modern environmentalism that emerged in the last half of the nineteenth century—three related movements in response to a rapidly expanding economy and population that depleted the nation’s resources, damaged land in rural areas, and blighted cities. The first group favored the conservation and efficient management of natural resources for production. The second, the preservationists, sought to protect scenic and wilderness areas and to sustain the spirit of the nation’s pioneer heritage and virility. The third group, the urban environmentalists, sought reform to control industrial pollution and retard urban decay. What all three movements always shared was a common recognition of the limits of America’s natural resources and environment, a belief in preserving them for generations to come, and a faith in at least some government environmental action rather than relying purely on private solutions. Not only does the history of these movements bring to light much about the expanding role of government in environmental regulation and the growth of the modern American state, but a look at environmental campaigns over the course of the twentieth century reveals a great deal about the racial, gender, and class divisions at work in the ongoing efforts to preserve the environment.”

The Environment (Opposing Viewpoints Series)

363.7 E61o 2014, Main Collection, 3rd floor

“In Opposing Viewpoints : The Environment, multiple authors discuss the existence and source of climate change, the scope of climate change and other environmental threats, the most appropriate and effective responses to various environmental issues, the impact of Western societies’ lifestyles and business practices, and what policies represent the best opportunities for curbing damage to the environment and addressing and reducing existing environmental threats.”

Global Warming (Opposing Viewpoints Series)

363.73874 G562o 2002


“The authors in this anthology debate the theory of global warming, examining its causes and effects, and present their arguments for limiting its consequences. Chapters include: Does Global Warming Pose a Serious Threat? What Causes Global Warming? What Will Be the Effects of Global Warming? Should Measures Be Taken to Combat Global Warming?”

What’s the worst that could happen? A rational response to the climate change debate

363.73874 C898w 2009, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“Based on a series of viral videos that have garnered more than 7.2 million views, this visually appealing book gives readers-be they global warming activists, soccer moms, or NASCAR dads-a way to decide on the best course of action, by asking them to consider, “What’s the worst that could happen?” And for those who decide that action is needed, Craven provides a solution that is not only powerful but also happens to be stunningly easy. Not just another “change your light bulb” book, this intriguing and provocative guide is the first to help readers make sense-for themselves-of the contradictory statements about global climate change.”

Global crises, global solutions

327.17 G562 2004, Main Collection, 3rd floor

“This volume provides a uniquely rich set of arguments and data for prioritizing our responses to some of the most serious problems facing the world today, such as climate change, communicable diseases, conflicts, education, financial instability, corruption, migration, malnutrition and hunger, trade barriers, and water access. Leading economists evaluate the evidence for costs and benefits of various programs to help gauge how we can achieve the most good with our money. Each problem is introduced by a world-renowned expert analyzing the scale of the problem and describing the costs and benefits of a range of policy options to improve the situation. Shorter pieces from experts offering alternative positions are also included; all ten challenges are evaluated by a panel of economists from North America, Europe, and China who rank the most promising policy options. Global Crises, Global Solutions provides a serious, yet accessible, springboard for debate and discussion.”

Atmosphere of hope : searching for solutions to the climate crisis

363.73874 F585a 2015, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“Today, Earth’s climate system is fast approaching a crisis. Political leadership has not kept up, and public engagement with the issue of climate change has declined. Opinion is divided between technological optimists and pessimists who feel that catastrophe is inevitable. Drawing on the latest science, Flannery gives a snapshot of the trouble we are in and more crucially, proposes a new way forward, including rapidly progressing clean technologies and a ‘third way’ of soft geo-engineering. Tim Flannery, with his inimitable style, makes this urgent issue compelling and accessible. This is a must-read for anyone interested in our global future.”

Climate changes, shifting ranges

I 29.2:C 61/3, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor

A visitors guide highlighting changes in climate in Florida’s national parks.

Climate change and Cape Canaveral National Seashore

I 29.6/2:C 16, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor

A visitors guide highlighting the changes that have occurred at this national park in Florida.

Climate change in the northwest

363.73874 C639 2013, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities is aimed at assessing the state of knowledge about key climate impacts and consequences to various sectors and communities in the northwest United States. It draws on a wealth of peer-reviewed literature, earlier state-level assessment reports conducted for Washington (2009) and Oregon (2010), as well as a risk-framing workshop. As an assessment, it aims to be representative (though not exhaustive) of the key climate change issues as reflected in the growing body of Northwest climate change science, impacts, and adaptation literature now available.”

Energy alternatives (Opposing Viewpoints Series)

333.794 E56 2006, New Readers Collection, 4th floor

“The age of cheap oil is ending. Adding to economic and political issues of oil-dependent energy are environmental alarms such as global warming heightening investigations into sustainable energy. Viewpoint selections explore the viability of the most frequently suggested energy alternatives. Writing exercises, discussion questions, and model essays then guide students as they create their own compare-and-contrast essays on the subject.”

Garbage and recycling (Opposing Viewpoints Series)

363.728 G213 2003, Main Collection, 3rd floor

“Rapid computer obsolescence has resulted in thousands of computers — which contain toxic components — being disposed of each year. Authors debate whether America’s consumerist lifestyle is creating serious garbage problems in the following chapters: Is Garbage a Serious Problem? Is Recycling Effective? Is Toxic Waste Disposal a Serious Problem? What Innovations Will Help Reduce Waste?”

An Inconvenient truth (DVD)

363.73874 I37 2006, Media Collection, 5th floor


“An Inconvenient Truth records a multi-media presentation hosted by former Vice President Al Gore in which he discusses the scientific facts behind global warming, explains how it has already begun to affect our environment, talks about the disastrous consequences if the world’s governments and citizens do not act, and shares what each individual can do to help protect the Earth for this and future generations.”

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (DVD)

333.72 R119 2008, Media Collection, 5th floor

“Witness the life of passionate biologist and environmentalist, Rachel Carson, and how she exposed the effects of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides by the federal government, and sparked a revolution in environmental policy.”

Extreme ice (DVD)

363.73874 E96 2009, Media Collection, 5th floor


“This videodisc focuses on climate change shown through time-lapse cameras set by internationally acclaimed photojournalist James Balog, who has placed equipment in more than two dozen glacial locations in the northern hemisphere in order to assess the impact of global warming on the cryosphere.”

The Day after tomorrow (DVD)

791.4372 D2731 2004, Media Collection, 5th floor

Motion Picture: “When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall, his son Sam, and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than anything anyone has ever encountered: Mother Nature.”


Discover America’s natural splendor at a national park in the Northwest.

Treasured landscapes :  National Park Service art collections tell America’s stories

758.1 T784 2016, Main Collection, 4th floor

A collection and history of art of national parks and park wildlife.

Mount Rainier National Park

I 29.6: M 86/6/2015, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor

Read about history, facts, and travel information for Mount Rainier National Park.

Crater Lake National Park

I 29.6:C 85/9, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor


Read about history, facts, and travel information for Crater Lake National Park.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

I 29.21: J 61/3/2015, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor


Read about history, facts, and travel information for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Dinosaur National Monument


I 29.21: D 61/2015, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor

Read about history, facts, and travel information for Dinosaur National Monument.

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Recommended Reading for March: New Books

Greetings Highline Community,

This month’s Library Recommended Readings features NEW BOOKS in the Library! Come CHECK THEM OUT!

boundaries of desire

end of memory

how we learn

new black man


For the complete list, please visit our Recommended Reading Library Guide.

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President’s Day Monday 15th, February 2016 Recommended Reading

The History of President’s Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

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