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Fly Fishing - Beyond the Sport

Posted on: June 11, 2019

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Hugh Lewis to present "Fly Fishing - Beyond the Sport"

person standing in front of a body of water with a fishing reelAvid fly fisher and conservationist Hugh Lewis will give a talk entitled “Fly Fishing – Beyond the Sport” on July 9 at 2:00 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).

This event is free and open to the public.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources 2019 Summer Fly Fishing Speaker Hugh Lewis will explore the fundamental connections between the natural world and the activities of fly fishing. He will discuss his personal journey into fly fishing and environmental awareness, which culminated in the formation of the Wild Fish Conservancy – celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. He will conclude with his vision of the future of fly fishing in the context of ethics and environmentalism.

Hugh LewisLewis is an avid conservationist and founding member of the Wild Fish Conservancy. He practiced law for over 40 years, retiring in 2017, and now spends much of his time working on conservation issues affecting fish, birds, and the natural environment.

Lewis currently sits on the Board of the Wild Fish Conservancy and Western Libraries’ Special Collections Fly Fishing Advisory Group. He is also a longtime member of 4th Corner Fly Fishers and a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited. 

For more information about this event, please contact Western Libraries Special Collections Manager Tamara Belts, at (360) 650-3193 or via email to

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Canines & Cats on Campus Return!

Posted on: May 30, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Program Visits WWU

photo of a  "Canines & Cats" dog participantWestern Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 12. 

Teams of humans and animals will be located in the gallery space at the end of the Mann Family Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library off and on between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. during both the week preceding and the week of final exams. 

During this two-week period, this space will be reserved exclusively for the registered Canines & Cats on Campus therapy animal program, and animals who are not official volunteers with this program are not permitted in this area. 

Additionally, Western Libraries would like to remind everyone that while ADA service animals are welcome in the library, pets may not be brought into library facilities at any time.

For more information about the upcoming Canines & Cats on Campus visit, a schedule which includes the names of the volunteers, photos of the animals, and the times when they will be available for visiting, will be posted on an easel in the designated gallery area beginning Monday, June 3.

Remember to stop by the library to say hi or de-stress when you are in need of a break from studying for finals, working on projects, or finishing up those last few papers!

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Western Give Day 2019 is May 30th

Posted on: May 29, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Western Give Day is May 30, 2019

WWU Give Day, May 30, 2019. A percentage of every gift will be matched

Thursday May 30th is the 4th annual Western Give Day, a day when we ask and thank you for your support of Western and of Western Libraries.  A percentage of every gift made today will be matched!

When you make a gift in support of Western Libraries, your gift helps us support teaching and learning throughout the entire university. It is through the generosity of donors like you the Libraries can meet student and faculty needs.

You can support the Libraries in a variety of ways, and you can find out more about that here:

Students looking at Heritage Resources materials

This year, we are highlighting the transformative work occurring in our Heritage Resources divisionwhich responsible for the development and care of Western’s archives and special collections. Heritage Resources is committed to creating engaging and empowering learning experiences for faculty, students, staff, and the broader community. 

Through the collection of historical resources (such as rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and oral histories), we seek to enrich the university’s mission to provide quality instruction and public programming. These services are designed to foster 21st century skills such as critical thinking, digital and media literacy, and active learning in multi-disciplinary contexts that illuminate the issues and ideas that have shaped our world.  
Thank you so much for your support of our students, our programs, our university, and the work we are doing together. 

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Daughter of the Nile at Pickford Film Center, June 4

Posted on: May 24, 2019

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Daughter of the Nile at Pickford Film Center, June 4

Masters of Asian Cinema at Pickford Film Center: "Daughter of the Nile"The last Masters of Asian Cinema film of the 2018-2019 season is Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1987 feature Daughter of the Nile, which screens on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

Sandwiched in between two of Hou's greatest films, Daughter of the Nile has often been overlooked. According to series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue, while the title comes from a Japanese manga, the story is pure Hou: a young woman in Taipei charts a path to adulthood while trying to keep her splintered family together and resist the pull of the criminal underworld that her charismatic older brother is involved with. The result is a haunting film about the loneliness behind the constant activity of a city.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series features some of the best films in World Cinema.  Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Daughter of the Nile will be introduced by series curator Jeff Purdue.

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Melissa Rice to Speak May 28 about Mapping Mars

Posted on: May 13, 2019

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Melissa Rice to Speak May 28 about Mapping Mars

Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University,  will give a talk called “Mapping Mars: Our Evolving Vision of the Red Planet - Part II” on Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at Western Washington University in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. This event is free and open to the public.

In recent decades, mapping efforts by sophisticated spacecraft at Mars have revolutionized our vision of the Red Planet.  Rice will discuss the mapping, science, and exploration of Mars. Once thought by scientists to be a living world covered with vegetation that changed with the seasons, the Space Age brought a new view of Mars as a dry, cratered and barren planet.

This talk picks up where Rice left off in 2015 when she was the inaugural speaker for the “Speaking of Maps” lecture series. Rice will explore new maps by NASA's Curiosity Rover, and talk about plans for the next big mission launching to Mars in July 2020.

Rice is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at WWU, where she teaches in the Geology Department and the Physics & Astronomy Department. Her research focuses on the geology and habitability of ancient environments on Mars. She is a team member on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and is part of the team building the Mastcam-Z cameras for the NASA Mars-2020 rover. Dr. Rice received her Ph.D. in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in 2012 and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology until starting at WWU in 2014.

This event is sponsored by Western Libraries, The Planetary Society, WWU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and WWU’s Geology Department. It is offered as part of the Western Libraries “Speaking of Maps” lectures, designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.

For more information about this event, please contact Dennis Matthews,, 360-650-3272.