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Recommended Reading January 2019 – Mental Health & Wellness


The Library’s Recommended Reading theme for January 2019 is Mental Health and Wellness.

As the winter sets in and gray skies can trigger the winter blues, it is a good time to engage with caring for our minds. It can be difficult to talk about our mental health for many reasons: sigma, need for privacy, and lack of support. These resources will help inform you about different aspects of mental illness, help you reflect on your own needs, and find stories to comfort an entertain you this winter.

Find some suggested titles, as well as online resources and local support for mental health on our Recommended Reading Guide.

Need someone to talk to? Don’t wait. Visit the Highline College Counseling Center. Confidential and open to all Highline faculty, staff, and students.

Building 6, Upper Floor | Phone: (206) 592-3353 | Email:

If you or someone you know is experiencing an acute mental health crisis, you can call the King County Crisis Connections 24 hour hotline at 866-427-4747. Over 400 trained volunteers and experienced staff provide support, resources, and training to people in King County.

Sample Reading List:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der KolkPublication Date: 2014-09-25

Borderline Personality Disorder by Alexander L. Chapman; Kim L. Gratz

Publication Date: 2013-10-01

Publication Date: 2017-04-04

The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid by Gerald Koocher; Annette La Greca

Publication Date: 2010-11-12

Willow Weep for Me by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

Publication Date: 1998-02-17

Winter Blues, Fourth Edition by Norman E. Rosenthal

Publication Date: 2012-09-04

Unholy Ghost by Nell Casey

Publication Date: 2002-01-08

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November 2018 Recommended Reading: Hunger and Homelessness

The Library’s Recommended Reading theme for November 2018 is Hunger and Homelessness.


Link to hunger and homelessness facts

Here are ways you can explore this topic and learn more:

Sample reading list:

Breaking Night by Liz Murray

Call Number:  362.74092 M982b 2010
ISBN: 9780786868919
Publication Date: 2010-09-07
Dear America by Jose Vargas

ISBN: 9780062851352
Publication Date: 2018-09-18
The Divide by Matt Taibbi; Molly Crabapple (Illustrator)

Call Number: 339.2 T129d 2014
ISBN: 9780812983630
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich; Frances Fox Piven

ISBN: 9780805088380
Publication Date: 2008-06-24
No Room of Her Own by Desiree Hellegers

Call Number: 362.5092 H477n 2011
ISBN: 9780230116573
Publication Date: 2011-10-20
One Billion Hungry by Gordon Conway; Katy Wilson; Rajiv Shah (Foreword by)

Call Number: 338.19 C767o 2012
ISBN: 9780801451331
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
The Open Door by Carol L. M. Caton

Call Number:  362.20973 C366o 2017
ISBN: 9780190463380
Publication Date: 2017-04-25

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10/8/18 Recommended Reading List – LGBTTQIA History Month!

The library’s recommended reading theme for this month is LGBTTQIA History Month.

This October for LGBTTQIA History month, we celebrate and remember the history of the gay rights movement and look to the present and futures of queer and trans politics. This month’s library display and following libguide highlight resources and stories of past and present LGBTTQIA artists, thinkers, and activists from around the world! Libguide with more media and resources found HERE

Peak some of the featured media and books below!

Paris is Burning

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

Gender Outlaws: the next generation

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: a resource for the transgender community

Exile and Pride: disability, queerness, and liberation

Transcendent: the year’s best transgender speculative fiction

Juliet Takes a Breath 


See the full list in the Recommended Reading Libguide


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August 2018 Recommended Reading: Summer in the Wild

The Library’s Recommended Reading theme for August 2018 is “Summer in the Wild”.


Great things can happen when you explore. Don’t let summer pass without trying a little or a lot of adventure outside.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Try a short walk around your neighborhood during a summer evening, a picnic at a city park, or a day hike on one of the local urban trails.
  2. Want a local adventure outside the city? Try backpacking or camping at a state or national park.
  3. Finally, the United States, North America, and the world are full of places to explore. Talk to a librarian to learn more!

TEDSalon Video: Why bother leaving the house? 

Speaker: Ben Saunders at TEDSalon London Fall 2012.

Video description:

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Get more information about our August theme from the following locations and follow us on social media.

Get ready for an outdoor adventure, or read about adventures and environmental activism with these books.

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July 2018 Recommended Reading: Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration.

By the 1870s, the Fourth of July was the most important secular holiday on the calendar. Congress passed a law making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870 (Library of Congress).

To celebrate Independence Day-the Fourth of July, Highline College Library presents the recommended reading list. For more information on this theme, check out the resources below.


Source: Wikimedia (open source)


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National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month 2016

Library Guide for National American and Alaska Native Heritage Month 2016

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Tanya Powers: Highline Voices

Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State Curriculum

Today’s Native American Topic Guide from King County Library

Northwest Coast American Indian Tribes List

  • Alsea
  • Bella Bella
  • Bella Coola
  • Chehalis
  • Chinook
  • Clatskanie
  • Comox
  • Cowlitz
  • Haida
  • Haisla
  • Heiltsuk
  • Klallam
  • Kwakiutl
  • Makah
  • Nisga-Gitksan
  • Nooksack
  • Nootka
  • Pentlatch
  • Puget Sound Salish
  • Quileute
  • Quinault
  • Siuslaw
  • Straits Salish
  • Takelma
  • Tillamook
  • Tlingit
  • Tsimshian
  • Tututni
  • Twana
  • Umpqua

Indigenous Environmental Network

Standing Rock

Native News ONLINE.Net

MSNBC’S O’Donnell and Standing Rock Video

History of Native American Indian and Alaska American Heritage Month by the U.S. Department Of The Interior Indian Affairs

National Museum of the American Indian

Indian Country Today

The Free Thought Project

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

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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