Earth Day 2017

Earth Day will be celebrated around the world April 22. Join in the celebration by visiting the library and checking out one of our many books or videos on the topic. Here is an online video to get started, Planet Earth: Seven Ways to Help Save the Planet, found in the database, Films on Demand. *

Additionally, Green Planet Films and The Green Interview films have many titles that may be of interest.

Enjoy Earth Day festivities with the Biology Club on April 20th at 11:00 am in the Pecan Campus Courtyard.


* Please note:  If you are off campus, you will need to enter your JagNet username and password to access library databases.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell


South Texas College Libraries Open House 2017

The South Texas College Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

“Service to the South Texas College community has always been the focus of the library,” said Cody Gregg, Dean of Library and Learning Support Services. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library. The events are free and open to the public.



On April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Highway in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Furious 7, as well as a photo booth, raffle, snacks and drinks.






On April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as an appearance of Jerry the Jaguar, games, drawings, popcorn and snacks.





On April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Nursing & Allied Health Campus Library located at 1101 E. Vermont Avenue in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Doctor Strange, as well a raffle, popcorn, drinks and snacks.






On April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Starr County Campus Library located at 142 FM 3167
Rio Grande City,  attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Deepwater Horizon, as well information tables, photo booth, giveaways, raffle, popcorn, drinks and snacks.





On April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Library (CLE A-105) located at 400 N. Border Avenue, Weslaco, Texas,  attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie SING, as well an appearance of Jerry the Jaguar, photo booth, Guess Our Favorite Superhero Contest, popcorn, drinks and snacks.

Women’s History Month Film Festival

Our Pecan Campus Library will be commemorating Women’s History Month by featuring the movie Suffragette.  This movie will be shown on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00am & 5:30 pm, in F-102 

Our Mid-Valley Campus Library will be commemorating Women’s History Month by featuring the movie Suffragette.  This movie will be shown on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 12:00pm in A-105 (inside CLE). 



Women’s History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are all joining in celebrating and commemorating the role of women in American. Explore the wealth of information found at:

Additionally, more on this topic can be found in the library’s database, NewsBank, in the Special Report for Women’s History, shown below. *

NewsBank database

Or, watch a streaming media video on the topic in the database, Films on Demand, by selecting Women’s History Month found under the heading, Featured this Month, shown below. *

Films on Demand database

*Please note: to access library databases off campus, you will need to enter your Jagnet username and password.


Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

My Very Own Room: Carmen Lomas Garza & Women of the Collection

Carmen Lomas Garza (San Francisco, CA) was born in Kingsville, Texas, in 1948. Inspired by her parent’s activism with the American G.I. Forum, Lomas Garza joined the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1981. Lomas Garza is an author, illustrator, and artist. About her work she says, “I saw the need to create images that would elicit recognition and appreciation among Mexican Americans, both adults and children, while at the same time serve as a source of education for others not familiar with our culture. It has been my objective since 1969 to make artwork that instills pride in our history and culture in American society.”

The Carmen Lomas Garza collection of artwork and books is a gracious loan from George Gause and Virginia Haynie Gause who began collecting in the 1970s.

Reception: March 7, 5 PM
Art Talk: March 7, 6 PM
On display at the STC Pecan Library
March 3 – May 3, 2017

South Texas College began collecting artwork in 2006 with a photograph from Ansen Seale. Eleven years later, the college has a collection of over 300 pieces and is a high value asset to the region. To celebrate Women’s History Month and to commemorate the generations of women whose significant contributions have proved invaluable to society, the exhibit will host thirty-eight women in South Texas College’s Collection.


Black History Month Film Screening: Black & Cuba

Black and Cuba follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite university, as they band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. Intent on sharing their experiences, the students film their journey through the streets of Havana and Santiago. They observe the literal signs of revolution—“¡Venceremos! We Will Overcome!”—as well as moving hip-hop performances. A stirring block party at a racially integrated housing project impacts the travelers in surprising ways.

Candid, spontaneous encounters with AfroCubans highlight similarities between African American, Latin@ and Cuban experiences. Although Cuba declared racism illegal after 1959, the travelers’ new friends describe recent experiences of racial profiling, police misconduct and employment discrimination.

The students also see the positive benefits of Cuba’s social safety net. AfroCubans enjoy access to public education, health care and homeownership in a manner that remains out of reach for many of the students’ neighbors and family members in the US. Despite seeing the realities behind the myths of color-blindness and social mobility, the students return home empowered with renewed hope.

With cutting-edge style and humor, this inspiring documentary illuminates how racial equality is an international human rights issue. Due in part to the US government’s restrictions on travel and trade with socialist Cuba since 1962, many Americans are unaware the island’s population is 60% Black.


For More Information please contact: Angelica Maria Garcia, 956-872-2277




Black History Month Film Series

The South Texas College Library will be hosting a film series throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

Pecan Campus Library, Rainbow Room

         Loving, Monday, Feb. 20 at 1:00 pm

        Southside With You, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 am

Mid-Valley Campus Library, CLE Room A-105

            Loving, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 pm

            The Good Lie, Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:00 pm

Starr Campus Library, F 1.500

          Think like a Man, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 pm

          The Good Lie, Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:00 pm

Technology Campus Library, A179

            Loving, Monday, Feb.27 at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm


Jeff Nichols wrote and directed this biopic about Virginian interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who were sentenced to prison in 1958 for violating the state’s laws against miscegenation. The Loving’s decided to fight back, and their case led to a landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage.


Southside With You 

Young Chicago lawyers Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama spend a sweltering summer afternoon visiting the art museum, eating lunch together, watching Do The Right Thing, getting some ice cream and sharing a first kiss in this dramatization of the President and First Lady’s fateful first date.


Think like a Man

Based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, Think Like a Man follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursing buy Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire to use the book’s insider information to turn the table and teach the woman a lesson of their own.


The Good Lie

A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.


For more information, call Angélica María García at 872-2277.

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The Unexamined Portrait


New exhibit explores mixed-media

ART TALK: 1 PM – February 22, 2017 (Rainbow Room)
RECEPTION: 5-7 PM – February 22, 2017 (Pecan Library)

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with the college’s Black History Month Celebration, has curated an exhibit entitled, “The Unexamined Portrait” featuring the work of Los Angeles mixed-media artist Len Davis that will be on display until February 26, 2016. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Pecan Campus Library.

The Library Art Gallery invites community and students to a special talk by Davis on February 22 at the Pecan Library Rainbow Room at 1 p.m.

 The talk will be followed by a reception from 5 – 7 PM in the Library Art Gallery. The Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibit will also feature local printmaker and mixed-media artist, Jessie Burciaga. Burciaga will give also give an art talk with Davis at 1:00 and 5:00 PM.

“The two artists create highly-skilled, layered work that evokes nuanced, overlapping meanings and metaphors; Len Davis through collage and Jessie Burciaga in his mixed-media paintings,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “For centuries, artists have used varying motifs to conjoin real and fantastic to the interior and exterior world. Both Davis and Burciaga join in tradition to help us explore the layers of identity.”

Len Davis was born in Philadelphia, PA, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in North Carolina, and later moved to Los Angeles. Since 2004, Davis has been exhibiting and lecturing across the United States and working on television and movie set designs for popular sets on Showtime, HBO, ABC, NBC and others. Davis works mainly in assemblage and collage where he uses found objects, drawings, graphite, gouache, and acrylic. About his work, he says, “My artwork is about the people we are, what we create, our capabilities and the issues with which we deal.”

Jessie Burciaga (Brownsville, TX) is a local printmaker and painter who received his degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Burciaga grasps the soul of his border town and imprints it through portraits of its hardworking people. The intention behind these portraits is to capture, immortalize, and display the level of resilience of each person. He says, “My subjects, often considered average by outsiders, are our local urban heroes.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at or (956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events visit: