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    Community Welcome: International Students and Scholars

    Tue, September 24 5:00-7:00pm
    Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St.

    Our community continues to grow and welcome new visitors and residents. On Tuesday, September 24th we’ll have the opportunity to meet incoming CWU international scholars and students. The welcome reception will be held at Hal Holmes Community Center from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. immediately following Bite of the Burg.

    This is an opportunity to learn about our new guests, to share our own international experiences, and to answer questions they might have about living in our beautiful valley. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all. For accommodations, e-mail

    Sponsored by the James E. Brooks Library, the Office of International Studies and Programs, and The Ellensburg Public Library. 

  • Fall PAC Program
    Last chance to join the Fall 2019 PAC Program!

    Are you a transfer student looking to connect with other transfer students? Do you want to improve your time management skills? The Peer Accountability & Connection (PAC) Program is for you! The goal of this group is to provide transfer students guidance on improving organization and time management skills, meet with individuals from around campus that represent a range of resource assistance, and create opportunities to build connections around academic support issues.

    Participants in PAC meet once a week throughout the Fall 2019 quarter in Brooks Library, Tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm or Wednesday from 12:00-1:00pm. The deadline to apply is September 27, 2019 at noon.

    To apply, please visit:

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    Active Print Collection

    As students, teachers, researchers, and life-long learners, even if we don’t always use books, we like the idea of books. There’s a joy in interacting with the printed word that we celebrate here at Brooks Library. We will continue to care for our print collections at CWU as collection management is an active, constant process. While we develop that plan, in Fall 2019, we’ll be presenting dynamic mobile book displays on the first floor and in the Student Commons.

    We invite ideas for interaction with print! Want to talk about a teaching in the stacks session? A scholarly works laboratory? Talk to us, and be part of Active Print! For more information, be sure to check out:

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    New Databases Available

    We added some exciting databases to our collection to help you with your academic and personal research!

    American Indian Histories and Cultures
    American Indian Newspapers
    American West
    Everday Life and Women in America, c1800-1920
    ender Identity and Social Change

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    Ellensburg Archives & Museum Crawl

    Saturday, October 5 9:00am-1:00pm

    Join us for this free tour that will visit the Ellensburg Public Library Archives, the Kittitas County Historical Museum, the Kittitas County Genealogy Society, the    CWU Museum of Culture & Environment, the Washington State Archives, and the CWU Archives & Special Collections. The tour will meet at the Brooks Library at Central Washington University to board the shuttle. The tour is free, but reservations are required as space is limited.

    To reserve your spot, email or call (509) 963-1717.

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    Library Receives Generous Endowment From Former Librarian

    Through the generosity and foresight of Professor Emerita Ruth Hartman, generations of CWU students and faculty will benefit from an annual enrichment to library collections. 

    Ruth (Dahlgren) Hartman (1916-2014) was a member of the faculty at Central Washington University from 1965 until her retirement in 1985. She was a pioneer at CWU and served as the inaugural head of the Documents, Maps, and Microforms Department. Professor Hartman initiated the organization and development of the Government Publications collection.

    Professor Hartman grew up in a farming community in North Dakota in a Swedish immigrant family. She received a BS from Minot State College in North Dakota and an AMLS degree from the University of Michigan. Before her arrival at what was then Central Washington State College, she taught in in the North Dakota public school system, served as a librarian in the Glendale (California) Public Library, the University of Nevada in Reno, and Fresno State College. Her passion for her specialized field of Government publications developed during her tenure in Fresno as the Government Depository program began.  In 1967, she married local rancher Donald Austin Hartman and made Ellensburg home for the rest of her life.

    During Professor Hartman’s career, librarianship transformed with technology and Central’s Library grew and evolved. The library collection and its services moved from Bouillon Hall to our current James E. Brooks Library building.  Research discovery went online with the digitization of the card catalog.

    Active in her discipline, Professor Hartman served as a member of ALA’s Government Documents Round Table, the Washington State Library Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Western Association of Map Librarians. She published articles, bibliographies, papers, and periodical reviews. Holding the position of Liaison to the American Library Association, she promoted access to information, stating, “We’ve worked to convince the Government Printing Office that is has to do something to get their information to the people.” Professor Hartman was named a lifetime member of the North Dakota State Historical Society by the North Dakota Legislature.

    Professor Hartman willed Central Washington University with an endowment for the library. We will strive to be excellent stewards of her legacy.

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    High Mountain Valley Local Authors Collection and Donor Jampa Dorje

    Tuesday, October 8 7:00-8:30pm
    CWU Archives and Special Collections - 2nd floor of Brooks Library

    Jampa Dorje, also known as Richard Denner, is Ellensburg’s resident Tibetan Buddhist monk. He is an artist, painter, writer, and poet. This reception celebrates the collection of works by local authors that Jampa Dorje collected and donated to the CWU Archives and Special Collections. A talk by Mr. Dorje on the collection will be followed by a reception and tour of the Archives. Light refreshments will be served.

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    CWU Scholastic Book Fair

    Where: Black Hall, Suite 127
    When: October 8 9am-4pm - Sale preview
    October 9 - 16 Book Fair M-F 9am - 4pm
    October 12 1-4pm

    Who doesn't love a Scholastic Book Fair? Help us add more books to the Curriculum Library collection at the School of Education by shopping the fabulous selection at our upcoming fair. We'll be previewing the selection on Tuesday, October 8. Sale begins Wednesday, October 9. On Saturday, October 12 bring your family for refreshments, a raffle, and activities!

    Check out the event's homepage to sign up to volunteer, view our calendar, get a sneak peek at sales, or set up an e-wallet for easy payment during the sale. All profits go towards purchasing fresh materials for the Curriculum Library, so please tell everyone to come visit!



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