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SPC True Crime Investigation Event at SPC Gibbs

Are you obsessed with true crime?  Love a good whodunit mystery?  Ready to get into the spooky spirit?  The SPG Library is hosting an evening of True Crime Investigation presented by the St. Petersburg College Crime Scene Technology program faculty and students on Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in LI-101.  The event will highlight the areas of crime scene investigation, including forensics, technology, and law enforcement, while participants explore a reenactment and attempt to solve the crime.  

A photo of a tape strip being used to record prints from crime.

Attendees will meet the SPC CST faculty, including Professor Lynn Ernst, and fellow students at stations throughout the event.  For those who may be interested in the Crime Scene Technology program, this event is a perfect opportunity to explore the program and see if it’s right for them. 

This event is free and open to SPC students and the public.  Enjoy light refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the West Community Library at St. Petersburg College-Gibbs Campus.

A photo of three individuals, two students around a centered professor. The students are looking over the professor's clothing with blue lights to detect any indication of crime.

Details about the event can be found on the Facebook event page. Remember, you can visit the library at the St. Petersburg College St.Pete/Gibbs Campus (6700 8th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710) anytime from:

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information regarding future events, check out the Learning Resources blog community at

Written by Learning Resources Staff and Faculty Kaitlin Crockett.

Come Down to Downtown for Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month, Sylvia Marsters, a librarian and writing tutor, selected just a few of the many relevant books and e-books that are available in the St. Petersburg College Library system. These are now on display in the Downtown Campus Learning Resources:

  • Cuban-American Art in Miami, Cumbia (a genre of Latin American music) Daughters of the Fifth Sun
  • Documenting the Undocumented
  • Harvest of Empire
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Salsa World
  • Soul Sacrifice (the musician Santana) Tampa Cigar Workers
A photo of specially curated books for Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month at the St. Petersburg College Downtown Center.  Featured books are aligned, face-up, in a row with blocks in front of them spelling out "Hispanic." There is a cute llama plush to the left.

Afro-Cuban Religious Arts, including Santaria, are also displayed. Visit our Downtown Learning Resources Center and check out a book in celebration of Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month today! And if you can’t make it out, read more on events being held by participating St. Petersburg College locations at

Author Sylvia Marsters is a Librarian and Writing Tutor at St. Petersburg College’s Downtown Center.

Celebrating “Banned Books” at St. Petersburg College Libraries

Banned Books Week (September 22 – 28, 2019) is an annual week-long celebration of the freedom to read.  It started in 1982 in response to a rise in the number of book challenges in schools, bookstores, and libraries. 

According to the American Libraries Association, books are usually challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, usually children, from difficult ideas and information. These challenges often label books “controversial” or “offensive” based on topics of religion, politics, violence, and sexuality. Prohibiting access to information and stories is a dangerous practice, one that libraries all over the world fight against.

The List of Banned Books may Surprise you…

A photo of a book case displaying banned books.

Do you read banned books? Many of our most beloved classics have been banned or challenged.  Check out the video from librarians, Heather Holtzman and Kaitlin Crockett, highlighting some of the banned books in the St. Petersburg College Libraries. You might be surprised by some of the titles:

The Tarpon Springs Campus library has a special collection of these books. In an effort to preserve the freedom of information, SPC librarians are committed to providing students with access to books that face censorship. Books are available to be checked out for a period of 28 days with a Student or Staff ID card. 

Read-A-Long “George

Students can participate in a Banned Books Read-A-Long and Discussion at the St. Pete/Gibbs Campus library on Wednesday, September 25th at 2 p.m. They will discuss “George” by Alex Gino, a children’s novel about a young, transgender girl, which is the #1 banned or challenged book in the past year. 

A flyer highlighting "George" by Alex Gino, a children's book featuring a transgender lead. The flyer reads "SPC Gibbs Library and GLOW Present BANNED BOOKS WEEK READ-A-LONG and Discussion, Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 2-4 p.m. in LI 223. Copies of the book (George) are available for students at the SPC Gibbs Library."

Library paraprofessional Antonia Green, who will be co-hosting the Read-A-Long, hopes that cisgender readers will gain a better understanding of and empathy for their fellow transgender students from the book. 

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Search for banned books via the SPC Online Libraries here, or visit your campus library. You can even read them at our new Learning Center at the Downtown Center, which you can read more about at

This blog was written by Learning Resources staff Kaitlin Crockett.

“Tailgating @ the Library” was a HUGE Success!

The inaugural Tailgating event at the St. Pete-Gibbs Campus Library on Thursday, September 5 was a HUGE success! More than 240 students were in attendance between 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A photo of a library flyer at the St. Pete/Gibbs "Tailgating @ the Library" Library event.

Students made their way to four stations marked by pop-up tents located throughout the library, where they could play games and win prizes. They were also able to meet the LRC staff and get more information about the resources available to them, including research help, math, science, technology tutoring, the Writing Center, and the St. Petersburg Public Library.

A photo of a student playing the "Titan Toss" game at the St. Pete/Gibbs "Tailgating @ the Library" Library event.

Games included Fake News Jeopardy, the “Titan Toss”, tabletop bowling, corn hole, and more. Food and drink was sponsored by Student Life & Leadership, and prizes were donated by the St. Pete Gibbs Campus Book Store.

A photo of students gathered at the Fake News Jeopardy table at the St. Pete/Gibbs "Tailgating @ the Library" Library event.

It was an awesome event where our department could work together to help students succeed,” said Russell Oriol, Sr. Instructional Support Specialist.

Librarian, Kaitlin Crockett, who conceived of the event, was thrilled with the turn out and energy of the day. Staff wore t-shirts designed by Rosie White that read “Keep Calm & Ask A Librarian” and “Keep Calm & Get a Tutor”.

According to Russell Oril, Sr. Instructional Support Specialist, the Tailgating event was a great opportunity for faculty to support St. Petersburg College students. “It was an awesome event where our department could work together to help students succeed,” he said. Thank you to the staff and faculty that worked hard to make this event such a success.

A photo of the Learning Resources Department Library team at the St. Pete/Gibbs "Tailgating @ the Library" Library event.

Our grand prize – a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Sirata Beach Resort – was won by lucky student Chikara Parks! Thank you to the Sirata Beach Resort for their generous donation, and congratulations Chikara. The Learning Resources Department hopes you enjoy a relaxing beach vacation!

Interested in other events?

More information about future events at the St. Pete-Gibbs Library can be found on the Facebook page, as well as Workplace. The SPC Tarpon Springs Library is currently home to a Hispanic & Latinx Heritage month display, with corresponding events being held at other campuses. Remember, you can visit the library anytime on:

  • Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This article was written by LRC staff Kaitlin Crockett.

Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month with St. Petersburg College

Join the Tarpon Springs Library in celebrating Hispanic & Latinx month!

The Tarpon Springs Campus Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with a spotlight on notable figures of Hispanic and Latinx heritage, such as

  • Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter whose art explores questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race among other topics. 
  • Pope Francis, the 266th Pope and first Jesuit, as well as the first Pope to come from the Americas
  • Ellen Ochoa, JSC’s first Hispanic director and the first Hispanic woman to travel to space
  • José Ferrer, the first Hispanic Actor to win an Academy award among other accomplishments, and many others.

Our display highlights Hispanic and Latinx literature, such a poetry, short stories, personal narratives, cookbooks, and autobiographies among others. These titles are available for check-out and inter-library loans!

Interested in other celebrations?

In addition to the display held by Tarpon Springs Library, other SPC Campus events will be held in celebration throughout September 2019. Mark the following dates on your calendar and join us!

  • Clearwater Campus will be holding their celebration on September 19 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM on the Quad.
  • Downtown Center will be holding their celebration on September 26, 12:15PM – 1:00 PM on the 2nd floor student lounge.

Display created by Tarpon Campus student Kat Deschamps with blog post by student Alex Stewart.

Join SCORE Pinellas for a series of Free Business Workshops

Free Business Workshops are being held at St. Pete/Gibbs Campus for students and community members. Photo is of a group of students, faculty, and community members gathering for business networking.

Are you a business major? Interested in learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Starting a small business? Or maybe you’re looking for some guidance to grow an existing business? Join us for a series of Free Business Workshops presented by SCORE Pinellas at the West Community Library at St. Petersburg College-Gibbs Campus. 

The workshops will be held monthly, and are open to both SPC students and the members of the community who are interested in learning tips and tricks for small business. The series will include workshops on start-up, market research, writing a business plan, and more.

Free business workshops being held at St. Pete/Gibbs Campus and available for students and community

The first workshop, Business Startup will be held on Thursday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in LI-101.  Registration is encouraged. Dates for the September – December 2019 workshops will be announced soon.

Pinellas County SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed.  They offer free personal and confidential mentoring plus educational workshops sponsored by local businesses, professionals, and organizations. To learn more about SCORE Pinellas, visit:

Written by Kaitlin Crockett on August 21, 2019.

“Tailgating @ the Library” with the St. Pete / Gibbs Campus LRC Team

Experience the St. Pete / Gibbs Campus Library & Learning Resources like you never have before at the upcoming “Tailgating @ the Library” event on Thursday, September 5th, 12pm-2pm.

A flyer for the tailgating event being held at St. Pete / Gibbs Campus on September 5th, 2019 from 12pm-2pm.
A photo of the inside of St. Pete / Gibbs with students scaling the stairs.

Presented by the St. Pete / Gibbs Campus Library & Learning Resources, this event will highlight the free learning support available to students, including the Writing Center, research help, and math, science, and tech tutoring. This also includes the St. Petersburg Public Library resources.

A photo of the St. Pete / Gibbs Campus with students cycling across Campus.

More information about the event can be found on the St. Pete / Gibbs Facebook event page. If you’re interested but would like to speak with staff on Campus, you can visit the library anytime between:

  • Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Attendees who scan their ID upon entrance will be entered to win a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Sirata Beach Resort! The lucky winner will be announced on Workplace and the Library & Learning Resources Facebook page, so make sure you’re following our social media. The St. Pete / Gibbs LRC team hopes that the event will show both new and returning students that the library is a fun and welcoming place for all!

Looking for more?

The St. Pete/Gibbs Campus offers plenty of student resources, like a vinyl collection at Retro Joe’s and the Planetarium and Observatory. Additionally, Tarpon Springs Campus is home to an untranslated manga collectionavailable to students, while Seminole Campus is home to an innovation lab. Visit each Campus Library and see what they have to offer!

Written by LRC Staff Librarian Kaitlin Crockett, edited by Mia Landeck.

‘Wizards Unite’ community walks being held at SPC Clearwater

Wizards Unite walk at SPC Clearwater Campus Flyer, featuring Harry Potter inspired text

Start off the 2019 – 2020 school year on the right foot with Wizards Unite Walks on the Clearwater Campus!

Wizards Unite is a popular, free augmented-reality mobile game. Wizards Unite is similar to the globally renown Pokemon Go, where the player takes on the responsibility of a lifetime – in this case, the responsibility of a wizard pursuing a profession at Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Teams are a necessity in overcoming challenging levels of game-play and progress through the game. If you’re still searching for your wizarding community yet, why not join us?

We will be meeting every Tuesday in August and September at 12:00 p.m. in the lobby of the LI building. We’ll take a walk around the Campus to return Confoundables for the Ministry of Magic and protect the Statute of Secrecy!

Bring a friend (or 10), meet your fellow students and LRC staff, get some exercise, and rack up the XP points! All players are welcome.

Wizards Unite walk at SPC Clearwater Campus Flyer, featuring Harry Potter inspired text

Want to reach out before the walk?

Never been to Clearwater Campus before, or a little nervous to join the walk? Take a look at our Clearwater LRC staff and reach out – we’re here to help make this walk more accessible and would love to have you join us.

This article was written by SPC Library and Learning Resources staff Antonia Green on August 8, 2019. Additional content added and line edits made by Marketing Intern Mia Landeck.

SPC Tutor Recycles Discarded Books by Turning Them into Art

Books displayed and created by Lauren, co-founder of Dilly Dally's Custom Book Folding

Lauren Dykes, tutor at SPC’s Downtown Learning Center, has a side talent: book folding! Book folding is a creative process which transforms old books into art through folding and cutting. Lauren is a professional and attributes her discovery of this craft to the LSC where old textbooks, having served their purpose, would be discarded.

A Little About Book Folding, from Lauren

“Besides being a math and writing tutor at the SPC Downtown Learning Center, I am also the artist behind Dilly Dally’s Custom Book Folding. This company is a partnership between my husband and me, created in September of 2016 when Daytime Channel 10 caught sight of one of my books and invited me to do a feature segment on the morning show.

I attribute my discovery of this art form to the LSC.  While cleaning out the cabinets, I came across many old, outdated textbooks. I suddenly felt bad about throwing these books away, yet I had no attachment to them. I wanted to find a way to give these books new life. With a good ole Google search, I discovered book folding. I have always been good with paper crafts in the past. (I have folded 1000 origami cranes. Legend says it brings good luck.) So I gave it a shot. 

Book folding is where each page in a book is altered by folding or cutting into the pages to create unique images, words, or logos. It takes patience, accuracy, precision and time to execute the intricacy of this art form. Needless to say, everyone in my family got a book fold for Christmas that year. I also gifted many books to local establishments like Haslam’s, Artpool, and Banyan.”

A display of books folded through Lauren's business, Dilly Dally's Custom Book Folding.
Lauren showcases her work under her business, Dilly Dally’s Custom Book Folding, inspired by St. Petersburg College.

Interested in Book Folding?

The Dilly Dally’s team participates in St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Markets and currently has an exhibit at Citrus Park Mall at the Pop-up Gallery in Tampa. Any student, staff, faculty, or family interested in learning more about the art of book folding is invited to reach out to Lauren at SPC’s Downtown Learning Center.

Additionally, learn a little more about our Learning Resources staff like Lauren through our libguides. They may have a unique passion or hobby to share

Make a Splash with the #PlasticFreeJuly Challenge & More

Join Learning Resources #NoPlasticJuly challenge and participate in the ocean themed, aquatic month!

                You probably remember being told as a kid to always “swim with a buddy.”  Now that you are a college student, that buddy is the Learning Resource Center.  As you swim through the semester, the LRC is here to help you stay afloat.  Not only do we offer lifesavers, like FREE tutoring, we also develop themes throughout the semester to help students manage stress and engage with their academic community.  This July, Learning Resources is making a splash by offering aquatic displays and programming across campuses:

Ocean Documentary, Tarpon Campus

The Tarpon Campus will be showing a FREE ocean documentary, with time and date still TBD.  As an SPC student, you also have access to free films through our databases.  Log in to your student account and click on the blue library tile.  Then, click on “Databases A-Z,” and select Films on Demand from the list of choices.  In the search bar, you can type key words like “ocean” or “shark” to find a film about marine life.

No Plastic July Challenge, Clearwater Campus

Join Learning Resources in a #PlasticFreeJuly in honor of July's ocean theme

This summer, the Clearwater Campus challenges you to go plastic free!  Share your ideas on our #PlasticFreeJuly board on the first floor of the LRC, or you can post to our Facebook. Ideas can be as simple as switching to re-usable shopping bags.

Bookmark Bar, Clearwater Campus

Take a minute to unwind and create your own shark bookmark – a sharkmark! The materials are located upstairs at the LRC reserve desk.

Mermazing Book Display, Tarpon Campus

If you need a break from your textbook, check out the curated collection of mermaid horror and aquatic mythology, recommended by Kassie Sherman, Library Services Paraprofessional. 

Research Shark… Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo, Clearwater Campus

I’m sorry, but we had to do it.  Librarians Heather Holtzman and Paul Vermeren usually help students hunt for research.  This month, they’ve also hunted for the very best aquatic-themed books, and now, you’re safe at last, doo doo doo doo doo doo.  Check out the display, and if you need help hunting for any more information, you’re welcome to schedule a research consultation with any of our librarians. Make sure to check out the libguides, too!

Aquatic Book Display, Clearwater Campus

Visit the first floor to see the Sharkey display, which features a paper mache shark, crafted by Library Services Technicians, Danery Pacheco and Maria Pantoja.  Pacheco and Pantoja are also responsible for creating the beautiful ocean mosaic displayed upstairs in the Clearwater LRC.   

Seems like students at Clearwater are taking #plasticfreejuly pretty seriously!

Posted by St. Petersburg College Libraries & Learning Centers on Friday, July 5, 2019

This article was written by SPC Library and Learning Resources staff Heather Holtzman on July 3rd, 2019.