ReadUP Update

Charming Billy - ReadUP BookReadUP, the campus initiative to read one book together, launched last semester. Over 300 copies of the ReadUP book, Charming Billy, were given away before Winter Break. If you finished the book, pay it forward and pass it along to a friend. Or if you cherish your copy, lend it to a friend.

Soon there will be opportunities to discuss the book and hear directly from the author.

Everyone is invited to participate in the book discussions moderated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C. in the Clark Library Conference Room (upper floor). Here are some starter questions to ponder in advance.

Feb. 11, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 19, Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 24, Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Alice McDermott, the book’s author, will be on campus to give a public lecture followed by a book signing.

Feb. 26, Thursday, 7:00 pm in Buckley Center Auditorium

Therapy Dogs Reduce End of Semester Stress

For the first time the Clark Library had two therapy dogs visit. During the last week of classes Chelsea Ritner of the University Health Center brought her dog Laika in for a few hours of stress relief. During Exam Week graduate student Kristin Gustaff brought in her therapy dog, Dalai. Both were very popular!

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Getting ready for the holidays

Decorating the tree

Decorating the tree (click to enlarge)

What does the fox say? Happy holidays!

What does the fox say? Happy holidays! (click to enlarge)


The Clark Library’s student workers wasted no time in decorating for the upcoming holiday. We hope the festive atmosphere illuminates everyone’s studies. The Toys for Tots collection box is also out and underneath the monitors on the main floor.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Help make a child’s holiday brighter this year!  The Clark Library is participating in the U.S. Marines Corps’ Toys for Tots program as a drop off location for the 2013 Holiday season.  Toys will be collected in the library for distribution to families in the Portland area who cannot afford to purchase toys as gifts for their children.

You may bring donations of new, unwrapped toys to the main level of the library beginning on Monday, December 2nd through Tuesday, December 16th.


Orientation 2013

Greeting new students

Greeting new students (click to enlarge)

Fall 2013 Orientation

Fall 2013 Orientation (click to enlarge)


It’s been fun greeting students and their families during Orientation. The umbrella tables for Orientation weekend are a nice touch too.

We’ve also been giving out Clark Jr. bars because… we are now named the Clark Library! Extras will be in baskets at the Service Desk as long as supplies last.

Clark Library is open!

The Clark Library’s doors opened to the public today and it is fun for us to see faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors admiring the building. We are still ironing out the kinks and having “real” people using the facility is helping us identify what else might need attention. More pictures to come soon, or stop by and see it firsthand (library hours)!

It’s really happening!

New entrance at sunset

New entrance at sunset (click to enlarge)

Furniture unpacked

Furniture unpacked (click to enlarge)


The fences are down and the furniture is in the building. Now it needs its people to be complete! We’ll be moving out of the Terrace Room on August 2nd and settling staff into our new home the following week. This means we will be closed to the public from August 2 – 11. The Clark Library will reopen on August 12. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back into the wonderfully renovated building!

Return of the Books

Lile movers in action

Lile movers in action (click to enlarge)


The construction phase is mostly done. Now it’s all about getting things back into the building. First up: the storage collection from Tyson garage.

Books are guided into their new home

Books are guided into their new home (click to enlarge)






Moving a library collection requires a high degree of coordination and our super staff, in partnership with Lile movers, are making sure things end up in the right place.

Tentative Timeline

Panorama from upper floor

Panorama from upper floor (click to enlarge)

The fifteen month building renovation project is nearing the one year mark! Below is a rough timeline for the move-in process. As more details are known, the campus community will be updated via the UpBeat and PilotsUP.

June: The storage collection will begin moving in mid-June and is expected to take a few weeks to complete.

July: Furnishings and some staff will move into the building.

August: After summer session ends on August 1, the Terrace Room staff and collection will move into the building.

If all goes according to plan, the building will reopen in mid-August and a campus celebration will be held in late September.


Library dog

Library dog goes to fetch books

Happy Halloween! Some libraries have cats, but for today, we have a hardworking Dalmatian.