By Megan Leonard
The fireplace and lounging area are available to all students for reading and relaxation.
The Clinton Community College library has finished its construction and updates just in time for the new semester in January of 2017. This is the first update to the library since the 1980’s. The school has not only improved the look of the library but also added a few special areas. Charlotte Darsidan, who has been working in the Clinton Community College library for over 24 years, says there are a “zillion things to like” about the new updates.
The traveling graphic arts area is a new addition. The art shows will be changing frequently throughout the year and will be traveling to each community college in Iowa that is wishing to participate. The first display which was shown until February 3, was the ICCADI, Iowa Community College Advertising and Design Invitational. This was a display of the winners of 2016 graphic design programs in all the Iowa community colleges based off of the students art concept, creativity, innovations, functionality, execution, and effective delivery.
|The traveling graphic arts area will rotate art exhibits by different artists.|
|Robyn Smith, CCC art instructor, stands with works |
by Pat Cheak in the traveling graphic arts area.
The next display will be from Pat Cheak, Clinton Community College graphic arts instructor, who will be showing glass sculptures and photography. There will be a reception to meet the artist on February 27. It is expected that the library will have a showing of Iowa high school students and also our own Clinton Community College students later this year.
Another exciting new area is the three new study rooms. These rooms are a great place for students to focus on school work or to get together with a group or organization. To reserve a study room, students may schedule a time at the library desk or call the school switchboard and ask for the library. If a student finds a need for a room and has not made an appointment, they are free to use the room as long as it is open.
Brand new computers are available as a student resource and for printing school work. As the year progresses, there is an expectation for new technology. Books that range from nonfiction to fiction are available, as well as many DVDs for check out or for students to read while sitting next to the new electric fire place. Sally Myers, assistant dean of library services, said, “Stop in regularly to check out the new books and DVDs.”