Category Archives: Book Displays

Who Knew? Finding Bestsellers in the Library

Does the end of the semester have you feeling stressed? Relax with a bestseller at the library. To find a listing of these titles, go to the library’s homepage and click on the Library Catalog link. On the next page, in the drop down selection for Location, choose Bestsellers, as shown below, and search. Or, simply come in and browse the bestseller shelving display.


Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell


Cooking and Food – A Book Display

Do you enjoy barbecuing during the summer? … or trying new recipes? Stop by the library and check out one of our many books on barbecuing, grilling, or creating other culinary delights.

If you have ever thought about turning your love of cooking into a career, South Texas College has a Culinary Arts Program that may be of interest.


The best ribs ever! : 100 killer recipes including slaws, baked beans & finger-lickin’ sauces / Raichlen, Steven

Call Number TX 749 .R349 2012

Fresh grilling : 200 delicious good-for-you seasonal recipes

TX 840 .B3 F745 2014

Barbecue inferno: cooking with chile peppers on the grill / DeWitt, Dave

Call Number TX840 .B3 D49 2001

The food of Texas : authentic recipes from the Lone Star State / Stuart, Caroline

Call Number TX 715.2 .S69 S78 2000

Everyday Asian / Kingsley, Farina Wong

Call Number TX 724.5 .A1 K56 2012

Cupcake whimsy : [easy-to-make scrumptious cupcakes & toppers] / Antoine, Elisabeth

Call Number TX 771 .A618 2012

The busy mom’s cookbook : 100 recipes for quick, delicious, home-cooked meals / Lofaso, Antonia

Call Number TX 714 .L637 2012

In defense of food : an eater’s manifesto / Pollan, Michael

Call Number RA 784 .P643 2008

Pandora’s lunchbox : how processed food took over the American meal / Warner, Melanie

Call Number HD 9000.5 .W339 2013

Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal / Schlosser, Eric

Call Number TX 715 .S2968 2001

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell


A South Texas Ceramic Showdown Book Display


While you observe the exhibit which will be on view from June 11-August 7, also take note of the library’s vast collection of Ceramics books and magazines.  For more information about the exhibit and about the Library Art Gallery, visit their website:

These books are available to check out!

The book display is on the 2nd floor of the Pecan campus library.

Earth Day – A Book Display EarthDayImage3

April 22, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and will be celebrated around the world. Explore the topic further by viewing a PBS Earth Day video or a short NBC video on the history of Earth Day, or by browsing the many resources on the Sustainable Works website or the Earth Day Network.

Here are the Pecan Campus Biology Club’s top picks for Earth Day: Gasland, Food Inc., and Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011).

Join in the celebration by visiting the library and checking out one of our many books on the topic in the South Texas College Libraries. Here are a few titles to get started:

Ecotourists save the world : the environmental volunteer’s guide to more than 300 international adventures to conserve, preserve, and rehabilitate wildlife and habitats / Brodowsky, Pamela K.

Call number: G 156.5 .E26 B76 2010

A spring without bees : how colony collapse disorder has endangered our food supply / Schacker, Michael

Call Number: SF 538.5 .C65 S33 2008

The weather makers : how man is changing the climate and what it means for life on Earth / Flannery, Tim F.

Call Number: QC 981.8 .C5 F438 2005

Love Canal : And the Birth of the Environmental Health Movement (eBook) / Gibbs, Lois Marie

Save the Planet : 52 Brilliant Ideas for Rescuing Our World (eBook) / Marshall, Natalia

An unreasonable woman : a true story of shrimpers, politicos, polluters, and the fight for Seadrift, Texas / Wilson, Diane

Call Number: SH 20 .W55 A3 2005

Plastic ocean : how a sea captain’s chance discovery launched a quest to save the oceans / Moore, Charles

Call Number: GC 1085 .M66 2012

The eco-living handbook : a complete green guide for your home and life / Callard, Sarah

Call Number: GE 196 .C353 2009

Planetary citizenship : your values, beliefs, and actions can shape a sustainable world / Henderson, Hazel

Call Number: GE 195 .H46 2004

America Goes Green : An Encyclopedia of Eco-friendly Culture in the United States (eBook) / Duram, Leslie A.; White, Kim Kennedy

Gaia’s garden : a guide to home-scale permaculture / Hemenway, Toby

Call Number: SB 439 .H44 2009

Additionally, learn about environmental issues at Earth Times.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Women’s History Month – A Book Display

Women’s History Month – A Book Display

Women’s History Month is celebrated nationally during the month of March. In tribute, the Library of Congress provides a wealth of information at: and the Smithsonian at Smithsonian Education – Women’s History Month. Explore the online exhibits at the National Women’s History Museum and the videos, pictures, and speeches featured in celebration at the History Channel.

The South Texas College libraries have many books and resources on the topic. Here are a few titles to get started.

Women Nobel Peace prize winners / Davis, Anita Price

Call Number JZ 5540 .D38 2006


Makers. Volume 2, Women in war, space, comedy, business, Hollywood, politics Widescreen / Mann, Leslie

Call Number: HQ 1391 .U5 M354 2014 VOL. 2 DVD


50 women artists you should know / Weidemann, Christiane

Call Number N 8354 .W45 2008


The 100 most influential women of all time : a ranking past and present / Felder, Deborah G.

Call Number: CT 3202 .F395 2001


The book of Latina women : 150 vidas of passion, strength, and success / Mendoza, Sylvia.

Call Number: CT 3203 .M46 2013


Ladies of liberty : the women who shaped our nation 1st ed. / Roberts, Cokie.

Call Number: E 302.5 .R64 2008


Top 101 remarkable women / Author Nagle, Jeanne

Call Number CT 3207 .T67 2014


Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell


African American History Month – A Book Display


African American History Month is celebrated nationally during the month of February. In tribute, the Library of Congress provides a wealth of information at: the Smithsonian at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Smithsonian Education – Black History Teaching Resources. Listen and explore the African American music the Smithsonian is preserving.

The South Texas College libraries have many books and resources on the topic. Here are a few to get started.

#1) African American almanac : 400 years of triumph, courage and excellence / Bracks, Lean’tin L.

Call Number: E 185 .B8127 2012

#2) Life upon these shores : looking at African American history, 1513-2008 / Gates, Henry Louis.

Call Number: E 185 .G27 2011

#3) Black music 1st Da Capo Press ed. / Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-

Call Number: ML 3556 .B15 1998

#4) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass / Frederick Douglass

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

#5) The African-American atlas : Black history and culture–an illustrated reference Rev. ed. / Asante, Molefi K.

Call Number: E185 .A79 1998

#6) Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance 1st ed. / Obama, Barack.

Call Number: E 185.97 .O23 A3 2007

#7) Making freedom : the Underground Railroad and the politics of slavery / Author Blackett, R. J. M., 1943-

Call Number: E 450 .B59 2013

#8) The African Texans / Alwyn Barr.

Call Number: E 185.93 .T4 B36 2004

#9) African American biography.

Call Number: E 185.96 .A44 1994 VOL. 1

#10) African-American poets : Phillis Wheatley through Melvin B. Tolson / edited and with introduction by Harold Bloom.

PS 310 .N4 A69 2003

#11) Martin Luther King Jr. [videorecording] : the man and the dream / Akomfrah, John.

Call Number: E 185.97 .K5 M37 2002 DVD

#12)Sisters in science : conversations with black women scientists about race, gender, and their passion for science / Jordan, Diann

Call Number: Q 141 .S556 2006


Duke University is chronicling African American life in the Jim Crow South through oral history interviews at:


Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Native American Heritage Month – A Book Display

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated nationally during the month of November. In tribute, the Library of Congress provides a wealth of information at:

The South Texas College libraries have many books and resources on the topic. Here are a few to get started:

American Indian Histories and Cultures database.



#1) Native American mythology – E 98 .R3 P44 2012


#2) Native American voices on identity, art, and culture : objects of everlasting esteem 1st ed.

E 98 .M34 N38 2005


#3) Native America : a state-by-state historical encyclopedia – E 77 .N3512 2012 VOL. 1


#4) The Trail of Tears [videorecording] : Cherokee legacy – E 99 .C5 T73 2006 DVD


#5) The Texas Indians [electronic resource] – E 78 .T4 L32 2004 EB


#6) Everything you know about Indians is wrong – E 98 .C89 S64 2009


#7) Native American dance : ceremonies and social traditions – E59 .D35 N38 1992


#8) Native Americans – E 98 .S67 N38 2008


#9) Native American rights – KF 8205 .N3855 2008


#10) The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian – PS 3551 .L35774 A27 2009


#11) Native American boarding schools – E 97.5 .S76 2012

#12) Land of the Tejas : native American identity and interaction in Texas, a.d. 1300 to 1700

E 78 .T4 A76 2012

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell.



Constitution Day – A Book Display

Celebrate Constitution Day with one of the terrific books from our library collection. Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th throughout the United States.  It was September 17, 1787 that the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

And think about attending the STC Constitution Day event!  Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 | 11:30am-1pm at the Pecan Campus Courtyard! Click this link for more information!

America’s constitution : a biography – Akhil Reed Amar

Call number – KF 4541 .A87 2005

The writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution : practical virtue in action – John R Vile

Call number – KF 4541 .V555 2012

A companion to the United States Constitution and its amendments – John R Vile

Call number – KF 4550 .V55 2010

Plain, honest men : the making of the American Constitution – Richard R Beeman

Call number – KF 4510 .B44 2009

The words we live by : your annotated guide to the constitution – Linda R Monk

Call number – KF 4550 .Z9 M66 2003

Contributed by library specialist Rick Rosales.

Hobbies – A Book Display

Need a break from studying or looking for something new to do after the summer sessions? Stop by the library and check out one of our many books on hobbies. We have a wide variety of topics from which to choose. Below are a few titles to get you started.

#1) Grilling & roasting – TX 840 .B3 G755 2007

#2) Classic origami – TT 870 .T89 1995

#3) All new square foot gardening: the revolutionary way to grow more in less space – SB 321 .B275 2013

#4) Fishing basics – SH 441.C5924 1999

#5) Sew basic: 34 essential skills for sewing with confidence – TT 705 .S453 2002

#6) Soccer: technique & tactics – GV943 .K65 2000

#7) The artist’s handbook: a step-by-step guide to drawing, watercolour & oil painting – N 7430 .G35 2000

#8) Joy of backpacking: your complete guide to attaining pure happiness in the outdoors – GV 199.6 .B45 2007

#9) Scrapbooking techniques for beginners – TR 465 .M43 2007

#10) The crafter’s guide to taking great photos: the best techniques for showcasing your handmade creations – TR 658.5 .A36 2011

Contributed by Maureen Mitchell, Librarian.