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March Recommended Reading: Immigrants and Refugees


To promote awareness about immigrants and refugees, their challenges as well as their valuable contributions.

What is an immigrant?
An immigrant is someone who chooses to resettle to another country.

What is a refugee?
A refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

According to the U.S. Department of State, in 2013, 69,909 refugees were admitted to the United States. The leading countries of nationality for refugee admissions were Iraq (28 %), Burma (23%), Bhutan (13%), and Somalia (11 %). Other leading countries included Cuba, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

What is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or “green card” recipient?
This is defined by immigration law as a person who has been granted lawful permanent residence in the United States. In 2013, a total of 990,553 persons became Lawful Permanent Resident Status of the United States. The leading countries of birth of new LPRs were Mexico (14%), China (7.2%), and India (6.9%).

Please come see what Highline College Library has to offer by browsing our recommended reading list. You can find a selection of these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Please check them out!

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November Recommended Reading: Career and Job Planning


This month’s Recommended Reading is all about Career and Job Planning. You will find resources on:

  • choosing a career path,
  • preparing for a chosen career,
  • specific job skills,
  • interviewing,
  • much more!

You can find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Here is a link to our Recommended Reading Library Guide.

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September Recommended Reading: Food for Thought

Our Septemdesigner foodber selection is a veritable feast – from cookbooks to kitchen science, from cannibals to Creole, from culinary history to Seattle dining, from food safety to food politics, from Slow Food to No food. Enjoy, Cook, Learn.

Please take a look at the Recommended Reading List here or visit our display on the Plaza Level of the Library. Check them out!


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In the mood for love… February Recommended Reading List

MB900436240The Legend: According to Encyclopedia Britannica, more than one Christian martyr was named Valentine, but a priest killed about 270 AD by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus probably gave the day its name. As legend has it, the priest fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and signed a letter to her, “from your Valentine.”

Tradition: The American Folklore Encyclopedia looks at some holiday practices from the past. For example, if you were a young man during the 19th century in America, you might attend a party and  pull names of prospective sweethearts from a hat.  If you were  a young woman, you might put bay leaves sprinkled with rose water under your pillow to help you dream of your future husband.

Valentine’s Day continued in popularity so much so that after 1860, you could buy your beau a commercially made Valentine card.

In celebration for the month of love, take a look at the Recommended Reading libguide for this month  at or visit our display on the Plaza Level of the Library.

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Top Ten Challenged Books 2011


Out of 326 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle 
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

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March Recommended Reading…

Graphic Novels!

Need a change of pace? Textbooks got you down? Why not try a graphic novel!

What’s your pleasure?

Something fun? We have some of The Sandman
Memoir? Take a look at Persepolis
Historical? How about Barefoot Gen: Life After the Bomb
HeartbreakingCancer Vixen
Want Shakespeare? Henry V : the graphic novel
Scientific? Try DNA : a graphic guide to the molecule that shook the world.
Mathematical? I’m thinking  Manga guide to statistics
What’s that?  A comic book ABOUT comic booksUnderstanding comics : the invisible art

And now, a few definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary to get us started…

  • Cartoon: a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco); a drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor. First Known Use: 1671.
  • Comic Strip: a group of cartoons in narrative sequence. First Known Use: 1920.
  • Manga: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel; Japanese, comic, cartoon, from man- involuntary, aimless + -ga picture. First Known Use: circa 1951.
  • Graphic Novel: a fictional story that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book.  First Known Use: 1978.
  • Anime: a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes. First Known Use (outside of Japan): 1988.

Graphic Novels and Comics

Akira. Book one / Katsuhiro Otomo.   808.838762 O88a 2000

American born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang.  813.6 Y22a 2009

Anne Frank : the Anne Frank House authorized graphic biography / Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón. 940.5318092 F828j 2010

Arrival / Shaun Tan. 305.906912 T161a 2007

Barefoot Gen : life after the bomb : a cartoon story of Hiroshima = Hadashi no gen / Keiji Nakazawa.  940.5425 N163b 1999

Bluesman : a twelve bar graphic narrative in the key of life and death. Book one / by Rob Vollmar & Pablo C. [i.e. G] Callejo.  781.643 V924b 2006

Book of Genesis / illustrated by R. Crumb. 222.11 B724 2009

Cancer vixen : a true story / Marisa A.  Marchetto.  362.196994 M317c 2006

Cartoon history of the modern world / Larry Gonick.  909.08 G638c 2007

City of glass / Paul Auster ; adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli.  813.54 K18c 2004

David Boring / Daniel Clowes. 813.54 C648d 2000

DNA : a graphic guide to the molecule that shook the world / Israel Rosenfield. 572.86 R813d 2011

Domu : a child’s dream / Katsuhiro Otomo. 808.838762 O88d 2001

Epileptic / David B. 843.92 B111ep 2005

Flood! : a novel in pictures / by Eric Drooker. 741.5973 D786f 1992

Frankenstein : the graphic novel / Mary Shelley ; script by Jason Cobley. 823.7 S545f 2010

Golem’s mighty swing / by James Sturm. 813.54 S936g 2003

Henry V : the graphic novel / William Shakespeare ; script by John McDonald. 822.33 W3 M478h 2010

In the shadow of no towers / Art Spiegelman. 741.5973 S755i 2004

Incognegro / written by Mat Johnson ; art by Warren Pleece ; lettered by Clem Robins. 323.1196073 J68i 2008

King : a comic book biography / [Ho Che Anderson ; introduction by Stanley Crouch]. 323.092 K53a 2005

Manga guide to calculus / Hiroyuki Kojima, [illustrator] Shin Togami, Becom Co., Ltd.  515 K79m 2009

Manga guide to electricity / Kazuhiro Fujitaki, Matsuda, and Trend-pro Co., Ltd. 537 F961m 2009

Manga guide to statistics / Shin Takahashi,Trend-pro Co. 519.5 T136m 2009

Manga guide to molecular biology / Masaharu Takemura, Sakura, Becom Co., Ltd. 572.8 T136m 2009

Odysseus and the Cyclops / story, Gilly Cameron Cooper ; illustrations, Bookmatrix. 398.20938 C776o 2007

Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi.  955.0542092 S253p 2003

V for vendetta / Alan Moore, David Lloyd ; [with Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds]. 741.5973 M821v 1989

Buddha. 1, Kapilavastu / Osamu Tezuka. 294.363 T356b 2006

Books on Graphic Novels and Comic Books

Comic book nation : the transformation of youth culture in America / Bradford W. Wright. 741.5973 W947c 2003

Making comics : storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels / Scott McCloud. 741.5973 M127m 2006

Reinventing comics : [how imagination and technology are revolutionizing an art form] / Scott McCloud. 741.5973 M127r 2000

Understanding comics : the invisible art / [Scott McCloud]. 741.5973 M127u 1994

Alternative comics : an emerging literature / Charles Hatfield. 741.5 H362a 2005 

 Children of the yellow kid : the evolution of the American comic strip / Robert C. Harvey. 741.5 H342c 1998

 World encyclopedia of comics / edited by Maurice Horn. 741.503 W927

Artists on comic art / Mark Salisbury. 741.56922 S167a 2000

Opportunities in cartooning and animation careers / Terence J. Sacks. 741.5023 S121o 2008

Toon art : the graphic art of digital cartooning / by Steven Withrow. 741.5 W824t 2003

Manga : the complete guide / Jason Thompson. 741.5952 T473m 2007 

Manga : masters of the art / Timothy Lehmann.  741.5952 L523m 2005

KRAZY! : the delirious world of anime + comics + video games + art / [edited by] Bruce Grenville. 741.59 K91 2008

Electronic Resources

Manga [electronic resource] : an anthology of global and cultural perspectives / edited by Toni Johnson-Woods. 741.5/69

God of comics [electronic resource] : Osamu Tezuka and the creation of post-World War II manga / Natsu Onoda Power. 741.5/952

Japanese visual culture [electronic resource] : explorations in the world of manga and anime / edited by Mark W. MacWilliams ; foreword by Frederik L. Schodt. 741.5/952

Mechademia. 2, Networks of desire / [electronic resource] / Frenchy Lunning, editor.

Movies based on Graphic Novels

Alternate literary voices and vehicle: Films Media Group, [2006] Streaming video

Akira [videorecording]; written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. 791.4372 A3154 2001

Crumb [videorecording] / David Lynch 741.5692 C956 2006

Ghost in the shell [videorecording] / produced by Kodansha; director, Mamoru Oshii. 791.4372 G4275 1998


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Reference Resource of the Week

Encyclopedia of  American Immigration

This 3 volume set covers the full history of American immigration and addresses the demographic, legal, economic, political and social aspects of immigration.

Did you know that…?

“The English as a second language program came into popular usage during the late 1950’s.”


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