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Why Volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

Join writer, speaker, and volunteer advocate Marla Bautista and the United Way of South Texas for a presentation on the benefits of volunteer work and altruism. This online presentation will be on September 1st at 4PM, and is free and open to all!

Presenter Marla Bautista

Event Title: “Why Volunteer?”

Speaker: Marla Bautista and United Way of South Texas

Date: Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Time: 4PM – 5PM CST

 

YouTube video coming soon! For now, check out this event as archived on Facebook: https://fb.watch/7MSd7PZDjs/

Author Visit with Jo Reyes-Boitel

Pride Talk with Jo Reyes-Boitel

Jo Reyes-Boitel is a queer, mixed-Latinx parent, poet, essayist, and playwright with a new book coming out in 2021. Tune in for a reading of her work and a talk on how she established her voice as a writer. This event is free, open to the public, and will be hosted on Zoom Webinar.

Event Title: “Pride Author Talk with Jo Reyes-Boitel”

Speaker: Jo Reyes-Boitel

Date: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Time: 6PM – 7PM CST

Recording available!

Juneteenth with JUSTUSarts

Header Image: How Many Freedom Songs Must We Sing Before Freedom Comes?

In honor of Juneteenth, STC Library is thrilled to present JUSTUSarts Educational Entertainment and their program “How Many Freedom Songs Must We Sing Before Freedom Comes?” Join us for a special performance by master storyteller Oba William King, vocalist Lisa Williams White, and drummer Mark Vaughn. Featuring selected poetry, old and original folk tales, and spoken word stories like only Oba can deliver. Ms. Lisa’s vocalizations and songs bring spirit, harmony, and an unmatched reverence for African American history and share the magnificence of the African American journey. Join us for a unique experience of African drumming and storytelling on Zoom webinar.

JUSTUSarts members Oba William King, Lisa Williams White, and Mark Vaughn

Event Title: “How Many Freedom Songs Must We Sing Before Freedom Comes?”

Performer: JUSTUSarts Educational Entertainment

Date: Thursday June 17th, 2021

Time: 1PM – 2PM CST

Recording available!

A Brief History of African American Suffragists - Recording Available

A Brief History of African American Suffragists

A Brief History of African American Suffragists

Recording available here: A Brief History of African American Suffragists

STC Library is proud to invite Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago Library, who will be presenting a brief history on African American suffragists.

Photo of Marcia Walker-McWilliams“This presentation will explore the generations of African American women who have sought the vote for themselves and their communities, from the earliest efforts of African American women suffragists in the eighteenth century to the work of African American suffragists in the 2020 election. At times their efforts aligned with the broader women’s suffrage movement, but the ‘double cross’ of race and sex dictated that African American women’s suffrage efforts confront the ways in which race discrimination in addition to sex discrimination influenced their disfranchisement. Whereas the broader suffrage movement largely culminated in 1920 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, African American suffragists continued their pursuit of a vote held captive by Jim Crow. This presentation offers insight into their struggles and explores how African American suffragists are born every day.”

Chef talk & cooking demo

Chef Medrano on The Cooking Spot

Chef Adan Medrano on the Cooking Spot

Check out the recording on the Culinary Arts YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMrUYBlft0k

STC Library and the STC Culinary Arts department is thrilled to announce that we will have Chef Adán Medrano as a guest on the Culinary Arts live streaming show The Cooking Spot. Chef Medrano was recently the subject of a documentary  about South Texan cuisine, Truly Texas Mexican. Chef Medrano is the author of a cookbook of the same name, which you can also find in our library collection! Join us for a special talk and a cooking demonstration.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be conducted through Zoom.

Chef Adán Medrano

Event Title: “Chef Adán Medrano on the Cooking Spot”

Speaker: Chef Adán Medrano

Date: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm CST

Shakespeare’s Anatomy of Love: Much Ado About Nothing

A recording of this lecture is now available: https://youtu.be/2ogILax0p0E

STC Library presents scholar, author, and professor Dr. Paul Cantor of the University of Virginia, who will be discussing Shakespeare’s play, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“Shakespeare’s contemporaries promoted an overly idealistic—and hence impractical—view of love, which bred overly cynical views of love in reaction. In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare used all his considerable comedic skills to debunk these false ideas of love, and thereby to reintegrate alienated lovers into society, and restore the healthy role of love as a force for community.”

STC students, faculty, and staff are invited to enjoy film versions of the play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” from 1984, 1993, and 2012. The play can also be read in full, here. Access to these resources requires an STC username and password.

A free, online version of the play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” can be accessed by the public, here.

Black History Month Virtual Event: “Learning to Love Lincoln”

A recording of this lecture is now available: https://youtu.be/0Zvas_1Q0GM

STC Library presents scholar, author, and professor Diana Schaub of Loyola University Maryland, who will be discussing Frederick Douglass’s speech, “Oration in Memory of Lincoln.”

“Having originally been a severe critic of Abraham Lincoln, the radical abolitionist Frederick Douglass grew to appreciate Lincoln’s prudential statesmanship. In his 1876 “Oration in Memory of Lincoln” he recapitulated that intellectual and emotional journey for the benefit of all Americans.”

All are invited to read this important, captivating speech by Frederick Douglass prior to the event. The speech is available to STC students, faculty, and staff through STC library’s ebook collection at this link, and also available to the general public here.

Family Reading Night 2020

South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library will once again host the annual “Family Reading Night” event on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 4 (outside of the Library’s west side entrance by the book drop).

This year we have transformed the event into a drive-by parade, and are requiring face coverings as well as following social distancing guidelines for the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community users.  The night’s festivities include a book distribution by South Texas Literacy Coalition via curbside.

This free event, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with Reading Week. We know that the event cannot be structured the same as past years, but we believe this event is very important and have developed a plan to continue this tradition.

“We want to help children develop a love of reading and to encourage Valley parents to read with their children,” said Lillian Carrillo, Mid-Valley Campus Librarian. “Our college’s libraries are a gateway to the community, and we hope that participants will not only take advantage of these fun activities, but also learn more about some of the great services that the college has to offer.”

The library is located in Building E1.200 at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. For more information about the event contact Lillian Carrillo at 956-447-6663.

Family Reading Night 2020

Transforming Our World: Through Poetry

In conjunction with the Library Art Gallery’s virtual artist lecture series, “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” we will continue the conversation through a series of live poetry workshops, and we invite members of the community to submit poetry throughout the Fall semester. One of the overarching themes of both series is how creative expression can be a means of understanding the changes around us and coping with stress, especially in our current climate of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At these live poetry workshop sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the changes they are seeing and experiencing, and try their hand at creating “flash” or spontaneous poetry in response to a prompt.  The three poetry workshops will center around the first three themes explored by the virtual artist lectures:  Environmental, Political, and Social changes.

Join the conversation at the dates and times below:

  • September 10th, at 3:00pm – Environmental Change – View recording on YouTube.
  • October 8th, at 3:00pm – Political Change – View the recording on Facebook.
  • November 12th, at 3:00pm – Social Change – View the recording on Facebook.

Additionally, STC Library will be producing an anthology of community poetry titled, “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” that will include poetry submitted by students, faculty, staff, and the community.  Poetry submissions will be accepted on the themes of “Environmental Change,” “Political Change,” and “Social Change,” during periods listed below. Submissions will then be compiled into a digital anthology and made available for download.

September 10 – December 10:  Poetry Submission Form for Environmental Theme
October 8 – December 10:  Poetry Submission form for Political Theme
November 12 – December 10:  Poetry Submission form for Social Theme

Note: Submission forms for each of the three themes will be available during the corresponding dates.

Poetry Submission Guidelines:

  • One poetry submission per person, per theme.
  • Authors must be a minimum of age 6 to submit their work.
  • Poetry submissions must relate to the given themes.
  • Poetry submissions must not be previously published.
  • Poetry submissions must be appropriate for all ages – no foul language, no graphic/explicit depictions of violence or sex will be accepted.
  • By submitting a poem, you and/or your legal guardian agree to allow STC Library to include your work in the anthology, and to make reproductions in part or in whole with author credit as needed for marketing and promotional activities related to the anthology, without compensation.
  • Submissions must be typewritten.
  • Poems up to fifty (50) lines maximum will be accepted, and must not exceed this limit.
  • Only the first 300 poems submitted that meet all the above criteria will be accepted, per theme.
  • Poetry submissions by STC students, faculty, or staff will have an indicator in the anthology.

 

American Sign Language

Interview with American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Program Faculty

South Texas College Librarian Angelica Maria Garcia had the opportunity to sit down with Jovonne Delgado and Jorge Solis, faculty members from American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Program to learn more about the different pathways one can take if interested in obtaining a certificate in Deaf Support Specialist or Trilingual Interpreter Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Specialization.

 

Interested in taking the journey through the American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies program? Find out more on information on their department website!