La Spiritu

La Spiritu exhibition in Pecan Library Rainbow RoomLa Spiritu, an exhibition by Leila Hernandez, will be on view May 1 through June 25, 2018 in the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. There will be a reception for this exhibition, as well as the Ceramic Showdown and Art x Culture, on June 20, from 6-8 pm at the Pecan Campus Library. Hernandez is a native of El Salvador and received her MFA from the University of Florida. Hernandez draws inspiration in nature and art using re-purposed mixed media that she finds in her visits to ropas, pulgas, thrift, craft and art stores.

“The term La Spritu is drawn from the Spanish word Espiritu which means spirit. In the Spanish language the word espiritu/spirit is male (El Espiritu) which becomes incompatible with the portrait of the feminine matriarch energy represented in my work,” said Leila Hernandez. ”I use elephants to represent many concepts and ideas like knowledge, strength, healing, memory and even luck.”

About her process and inspiration, Hernandez continues, “The application of garments, largely used by women, applied on the mandalas are meant to create a social and political awareness on several issues such as enslavement, obedience, communion and spirituality. Through the use of clothes worn by women, an alliance is forged and hopefully an understanding is created among viewers—especially female viewers, that binds them through common experience, even if to some it is as simple as knowing how to weave or learning a “simple” craft.”

For more information contact (956) 872-3488, or visit This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Journeys to an Education – A Book Display

Read one of these inspiring accounts of pursuing education against the odds.

Becoming Dr. Q : my journey from migrant farm worker to brain surgeon / Quiñones-Hinojosa, Alfredo

Call Number: RD 592.9 .Q46 A3 2011

Becoming Dr. Q

Educated : A memoir / Westover, Tara

Call Number: CT 3262 .I2 W47 2018

Educated a memoir

Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis / Vance, J. D.

Call Number: HD 8073 .V37 A3 2016

Hillbilly Elegy

Into the magic shop : a neurosurgeon’s quest to discover the mysteries of the brain and the secrets of the heart / Doty, James

Call Number: RD 592.9 .D69 A3 2016

Into the magic shop

The color of water : a Black man’s tribute to his white mother / McBride, James

Call Number: F 128.9 .N4 M328 2006

The color of water

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

recycling, misconceptions

Misconceptions of Recycling

Have you ever wondered what the City of McAllen Recycling Center does, if so, here’s your chance to learn some new things or to refresh yourself with some of the “Misconceptions of Recycling”

Join us, Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00 am at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, Mr. Marco Ortiz from McAllen’s Recycling Center will come speak to us about:

  • Overview of what the facility does
  • Items that we recycle and the ones we don’t
  • The overall impact that not recycling can have on our environment
  • Examples of things students can do to minimize impact on our environment
  • How many recyclables come to our facility and why we need to increase the number
  • Recycling, and its meaning, and common misconceptions.

recycling, misconceptions


Earth Day 2018

Earth Day picture


Earth Day will be celebrated around the world on April 22. Explore this year’s theme, Ending Plastic Pollution, by visiting the Earth Day Network or viewing End Plastic Pollution. National Geographics and United Nations also have short videos on the topic.

Enjoy Earth Day festivities with the Biology Club on Thursday, April 19th at 11:00 am in the Pecan Campus Courtyard.

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

Saved by the sea : hope, heartbreak, and wonder in the blue world / Helvarg, David

Call Number:  QH 91.3 .H45 A3 2015

Saved by the sea

Plastic paradise : the great pacific garbage patch / Sun, Angela

Call Number: TD 427 .P62 P53 2014 DVD

Plastic paradise the great pacific garbage patch dvd

Junk raft: an ocean voyage and a rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution / Eriksen, Marcus

Call Number:  GC 1471 .E75 2017

Junk raft: an ocean voyage and a rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution

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

Call Number:  GC 1085 .M66 2012

Plastic ocean : how a sea captain's chance discovery launched a quest to save the oceans

A hole in the wind : a climate scientist’s bicycle journey across the United States / Goodrich, David M.

Call Number:  GV 1045 .G66 2017

A hole in the wind: a climate scientist's bicycle journey across the united states

Tapped / Soechtig, Stephanie

Call Number:  HD 9349 .M542 T36 2010 DVD


Planet Earth: Seven Ways to Help Save the World  (database – Films on Demand)*

Planet Earth: Seven Ways to Help Save the World (Film on Demand database)

Environmental Issues  (database – eLibrary)*

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Earth Day image from:

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell



Veterans Expo 2018

Please join us, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the South Texas College Pecan Campus Library for the 2018 Veteran’s Expo.  Come learn about the services provided by STC to help you succeed.  Some participating agencies will be:

  • Texas Veterans Commission
  • Employers seeking Veterans
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • American Legion
  • Family Endeavors
  • VIDA
  • and much more……….

All Students, Staff, Faculty and Veterans Welcome!!!!

For more information please contact Mr. Jessie Luna at 956-872-2606

National Poetry Month Lecture Series Presents Jose Antonio Rodriguez

April is National Poetry Month it is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

Please join us, April 19, 2018 at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 10 am, then at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6 pm as we welcome Jose Antonio Rodriguez, he will be talking to us about his book “House Built on Ashes: A Memoir”

José Antonio Rodríguez, born in Mexico and raised in south Texas, is the author of the memoir House Built on Ashes and the poetry collections The Shallow End of Sleep and Backlit Hour.  His awards and honors include the Bob Bush Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters; a finalist citation for the 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize, a finalist citation for a 2017 International Latino Book Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award from the Paterson Literary Review, the Founders’ Prize from RHINO, multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and the Clifford D. Clark Doctoral Fellowship from Binghamton University, where he earned a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing. He is also a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, POETRY, The New Republic, The Texas Observer, Huizache, the Poetry Society of America online, and elsewhere. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

National Library Week, Open House 2018

South Texas College Libraries Open House 2018

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.

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.

Wonder Woman FlyerMonday, April  9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Highway in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Wonder Woman, as well as a photo booth, raffle, snacks and drinks.








Wonder Woman FlyerTuesday, April 10 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 Wonder Woman,  as well as games, drawings, popcorn and snacks.







Thor Ragnarok FlyerTuesday, April 10 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 Thor Ragnarok, as well a photo booth, popcorn, drinks and snacks.







Thor Ragnarok FlyerTuesday, April 10 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 Thor Ragnarok, a photo booth, popcorn, drinks and snacks.






Despicable Me 3 Flyer

Wednesday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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 Despicable Me 3, a photo booth, contest, popcorn, drinks and snacks.








Carol Flueckiger: Solitude of Selfie

McAllen, TX – South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents “Carol Flueckiger” a 2-D exhibit of Cyanotype Prints by Artist, Carol Flueckiger.

Carol Flueckiger is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  She has developed a mixed media painting technique that uses the blistering West Texas sun to expose blueprints of historic handwriting and vintage graphics onto painted wood surfaces, paper and fabric.  She merges this cyanotype technique with feminist history, weather and geography.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program 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 956-872-3488, or visit

Photo: Number 25, Educated, Carol Flueckiger, 18×12, cyanotype and sharpie on watercolor paper, 2017

ON DISPLAY: APRIL 26 – MAY 30, 2018

Cyanotype Demonstration: April 26, 2:30 pm
Art Talk/Reception: April 26, 6-7 pm

Controversial Topics

Need to write a paper on a controversial topic? Check out the database, eLibrary Curriculum’s controversial issues or environmental issues resources. *

eLibrary Curriculum database

Find additional materials in CQResearcher, Issues & Controversies, Points of View, NewBank (below Suggested Topics, see Social Issues link), and the library’s book series Opposing viewpoints.

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

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Women’s History Month Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series

March is Nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, South Texas College Libraries will be hosting several events to celebrate Women’s History Month.  We begin with Ms. Barbara Cigarroa, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  She will be speaking to us about her book “A Mexican Dream and Other Compositions”  presents a rare collection of interwoven essays chronicling the fascinating history of the Cigarroa family and their influence on the Texas-Mexico border landscape.

Barbara González Cigarroa brings to life stories of her ancestors and other family members, including: Rebecca Iriarte, who raised her five children during the Mexican Revolution of 1910; Judge Manuel J. Raymond, one of the last of the border patrones who expertly navigated contrasting cultures across border lines; Henry B. González, US Congressman and the first Mexican American elected to the Texas Senate during a time of blatant racial discrimination; Dr. Joaquin González Cigarroa Jr., a revered physician and education activist; Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, pediatric transplant surgeon and former chancellor of the University of Texas system; Barbara Flores Cigarroa, a mother of ten whose values and resolve inspired her children and many grandchildren to excel in the finest universities and beyond.  In presenting richly detailed vignettes with keen observation and grace, Cigarroa offers captivating and original insights not only into her family’s remarkable story, but also into the beauty of the extraordinary traits and enduring spirit of the people of our Texas borderlands

We continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, Dr. Sandra Ledesma will be presenting her book, “Bombolai” on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium (G-191), then at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  We conclude with at the Starr County Campus Auditorium, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Her book is a  collection of funny stories, that make you laugh, think and reflect. The stories are somewhat feminist, but with warm love with the many teachings from ancestors and semi-modern Mexican wit that strengthens wisdom and the desire to live life fearlessly with not too much or a lot on hand.

For more information, please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia or at 956-872-2277