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SPC Reads Selection for 2019-20 is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

SPC Reads Born a Crime by Trevor Noah for 2019-2020

The SPC Reads title for 2019-20 is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Copies of the book are available now in print and electronic format through the SPC Library. Stay tuned over the summer to learn more about events and programs coming August 2019 – May 2020!

SPC Guide: http://spcollege.libguides.com/bornacrime

About the Book

“Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is a funny, honest collection that details the popular comedian’s coming of age in South Africa as apartheid ended. The son of a black mother and a white father, Noah regularly had to acclimate to a variety of fraught situations, forcing him to think critically about race and the country’s legacy of racism and colonialism. Throughout these experiences, Noah remained anchored by his mother, Patricia, whose aspirations for her son guaranteed that he would be able to rise above his meager beginnings. Ultimately, Noah’s text is a thoughtful account of what it means to forge one’s complex identity in a country that is grappling with its own attempts to come to terms with its legacy of injustice. Born A Crime is an important update and addendum to classic literary texts about apartheid, offering a relatable, contemporary perspective to readers.” – Penguin Random House

What is SPC Reads?

Each year, SPC students, faculty, and staff vote for a common reading selection that is celebrated college-wide. The book is intended to reach across many of the College’s curricula and is incorporated into assignments in many courses, including as required reading selections, critical analysis projects, art projects, and more. Furthermore, this common reading program across the College community promotes discourse and learning beyond the classroom.

The SPC Reads selection was decided by an all-College vote from students, faculty, and staff. The five finalists were chosen from a selection of 20 book titles nominated by SPC faculty. The SPC Reads Nomination Committee members voted for their top five choices based on reviews, programming options, and course integration ideas.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Kari Morrel at (727) 398-8255 or Paula Knipp at (727) 712-5240. To see the previous SPC Reads selection, ‘The Hate U Give,’ click here.

The Hate U Give Art Project: Original Art and Poetry by SPC Students and Faculty

Original Art and Poetry Project for The Hate U Gives Banner

The Hate U Give original art project is sponsored by SPC Libraries and the Arts, Humanities, and Design academic community at St. Petersburg College.  The artwork is on display at the Tarpon Springs Campus library (FA Building) (Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 17) and is open to the public.

This art collection features SPC Tarpon Campus students enrolled in Studio Art courses with Professor Linda Berghoff, Phi Theta Kappa members, and Tarpon Gaming and Anime Club students.

The poetry collection features SPC Tarpon Campus students enrolled in the College of Education course RED 4511 (Reading, Writing and Thinking) with Dr. Nancy Watkins.

Students created original art and poetry based on themes and emotions depicted in the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  This book was the SPC Reads selection for 2018-19.

To view the art collections online, please visit the Online Galleries:

Art Project:  https://spcollege.libguides.com/SPCReads2018-19/art

Poetry Project: https://spcollege.libguides.com/SPCReads2018-19/poetry

Voting is now open for SPC Reads 2019-20!

Voting is now open for SPC Reads 2019-20!  Visit our SPC Reads Guide  to find out about the five finalists, including book reviews and summaries.

It’s up to you to decide which title will be our SPC Reads selection for Fall 2019/Spring 2020. This year’s finalists are:

  • American Like Me by America Ferrara, Actress and Activist
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Comedian and Daily Show Host
  • Educated by Tara Westover a New York Times bestseller
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, a New York Times Notable Finalist
  • Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin a Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist starred review

Voting is open Monday, April 15th until April 24th at 11:59pm (midnight). Cast your vote at https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/27181 where you’ll also find summaries of each book.

What is SPC Reads?

Each year, SPC students, faculty, and staff vote for a common reading selection that is celebrated college-wide. The book is intended to reach across many of the College’s curricula and is incorporated into assignments in many courses, including as required reading selections, critical analysis projects, art projects, and more. Furthermore, this common reading program across the College community promotes discussion and learning beyond the classroom.

The five finalists were chosen from a selection of 25 book titles nominated by SPC faculty. The SPC Reads Nomination Committee members voted for their top five choices based on reviews, programming options, course integration ideas, and each books’ correlation to this year’s theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. After the final book is chosen in the all-College vote, the SPC Reads Planning Committee will convene to organize programs and activities related to the book.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Kari Morrel at (727) 398-8255 or Paula Knipp at (727) 712-5240.

Calling all Student Artists! Sign up and Get a Free Book!

Header for the Hate U Give SPC Reads Art Project

We are looking for students to create art based on the themes and emotions in The Hate U Give, the SPC Reads title for 2018-19. Throughout the book, Thomas takes great care to depict Starr’s thoughts and feelings as she navigates between her two communities. She experiences moments of grief, anger, confusion, and clarity while she processes the trauma of witnessing Khalil’s murder. In trying to grieve, she  seeks justice for Khalil in its wake.

Depicting Emotions Art Project for SPC Reads ‘The Hate U Give

Using a digital or print medium of your choosing, create a representation of a character’s thinking and/or feeling from a particular moment in the book. You might, for example, create a visual depiction of a scene from the book through a comic, drawing, or painting. You might create a collage or a scrapbook page representing the event that the character is reacting to.

To accompany your creative presentation, include a written statement describing:

  1.  The scene, emotion, or theme from the book that inspired your composition
  2. The goal or message of your composition
  3. Why you chose your particular medium.

**Project credit: Charleston College

Rules of Entry

1. All artwork must be submitted to either the Tarpon Campus Library (front circulation desk) or Clearwater Campus Library (upstairs information desk) by Friday, April 19 at 12:00 noon.

2. All submitted artwork must include a submission form (available online or at library front desk).

3. Submitted art projects will be displayed April 29 through May 5 in either of the Tarpon or Clearwater Campus Libraries.

4. All artwork will be returned and can be picked up at either the Tarpon Springs or Clearwater Campus Libraries.

5. Copies of The Hate U Give will be available for students to borrow for art inspiration from the Tarpon Springs Campus Library. Students who turn in a completed artwork may keep the copy of the book.

6. Artwork will be displayed at the discretion of SPC Libraries in accordance with SPC Student Code of Conduct.

SPC Reads the Hate U Give

There are many events happening on campus surrounding the SPC Reads book The Hate U Give

Tarpon Springs Campus

Tuesday, February 12th.  12:30pm-2:30pm.  LY 156.   Movie showing “The Hate U Give.”   Limited to SPC Students, Staff, and Faculty.

Wednesday, February 27th. 12:30pm-1:45pm.  Location FA Lobby (outside of library).  Ethical discussion about themes in The Hate U Give.  Hosted by Dr. Odutola and the Ethics department.

Friday, March 1st- April 26th. Art Project.”Depicting Emotions in The Hate U Give.”  Students can turn in artwork/submission form to either the Tarpon Springs Campus library or the Clearwater Campus library.  Artwork submissions will be displayed at the Tarpon and Clearwater Campuses the week of April 29th- May 3rd as part of the Arts, Humanities, and Design community week.

Clearwater Campus

Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:00pm.  Clearwater Library Community Room LI 109. Movie showing “The Hate U Give.”   Limited to SPC Students, Staff, and Faculty.

Friday, March 1st- April 26th. Art Project.”Depicting Emotions in The Hate U Give.”  Students can turn in artwork/submission form to either the Tarpon Springs Campus library or the Clearwater Campus library.  Artwork submissions will be displayed at the Tarpon and Clearwater Campuses the week of April 29th- May 3rd as part of the Arts, Humanities, and Design community week.

Wednesday, April 17th. 6:00pm. Location: Clearwater Library Community Room LI 109.  Open Mic.  Students and faculty are invited to perform original or memorable works based on themes of the book.

Downtown and Midtown Centers

February 1st – 15th. Collage contest in the MT Library.

Create a collage using the themes of community, race, injustice, identity, family, loyalty, belonging, or the power of language. Participate and receive a FREE copy of The Hate U Give (while supplies last). 

Voting will take place in the MT Library February 18th – 21st. The winner will be announced at the Midtown Black History Month Celebration, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, February 21 in MTJC 141 and will receive a gift card. 

Multiple SPC Campuses are hosting a showing of the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shootings of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Online

Weekly:  Online Student Book Club.

An online student book club has been started via Goodreads. This book club will meet online and is open for students to discuss themes of the book.  Students who participate weekly will receive a free copy of the book (while supplies last). 

Sign up for a free Goodreads account for access:  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/854761-spc-reads-student-group

For more information, contact Paula Knipp at knipp.paula@spcollege.edu

Tuesday, February 12th. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Online Workshop:  The Hate U Give.

This workshop would focus on “The Hate U Give” and the changes that it’s helping to spark in regards to teens and young adults becoming involved in their communities and speaking out for causes that they believe in.  I also hope to highlight read-a-likes and other authors of color that might appeal to readers. 

Register for the online workshop here.

SPC Reads The Hate U Give Online on Feburary 12, Tuesday, at 6:30PM

New Untranslated Manga Collection Coming to Tarpon Campus Library

manga collection

Coming soon to the Tarpon Springs Campus Library and Learning Resources Center is a new Japanese-language manga collection!

The Tarpon Springs Campus Library and Learning Resources Center has been working to grow their graphic novel collection, and thanks to a very generous donation from Fred Oppliger, Adjunct Instructor of Communications, this section has been expanded.  The Tarpon Springs Campus Library is now the proud owner of a substantial manga collection written solely in Japanese.  These titles will be available for check-out and inter-library loan soon!

Currently the library has a collection of graphic novels and manga, but this is the first time we are able to offer a selection of these types of books written entirely in Japanese.  Graphic novel and manga collections are popular in libraries and foster relationships with reluctant readers.  Students who are interested in learning the Japanese language may find these books helpful due to the visual nature of the medium.

Photo of manga collection including One Piece, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Rurouni Kenshin at Tarpon Library
Check out series like One Piece, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Rurouni Kenshin soon.

Stay tuned to the library’s Workplace and Facebook sites for further updates regarding collection availability and checkout.

SPC Reads Selection is ‘The Hate U Give’

The SPC Reads selection for 2018-19 is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This title was selected through a vote by the entire St. Petersburg College community consisting of students, staff, and faculty. Students were also polled via MyCourses to find out what activities they would like to see surrounding the book. The activities ranked highest by students were a movie showing on campus, guest speakers related to the book/film, and contests to win copies of the book.

A guide has been developed by SPC librarians with links to book reviews, a listing of events on each campus, and lesson plans for faculty to incorporate the book in their classes. Themes of the book include: Community, Identity, Race, Injustice, Family, Loyalty, and The Power of Language. All campus libraries have copies of the book available. There is also an online version available on the SPC Libraries website.

A faculty/staff book club is beginning in January. The first meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at the Clearwater Campus,  Library Room 213. If you are interested in joining the book club, please contact Librarian Kari Morrel at morrel.kari@spollege.edu or Academic Chair of Health and Information Technology Kengia Sabree at sabree.kengia@spcollege.edu.

To stay up to date with the latest information and events surrounding SPC Reads, please visit the libguide at: stpe.co/et89p

Book Synopsis:
“The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr Carter who grew up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood and now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she tries to speak her truth as her existence in two very different worlds becomes a challenge.”
Credit: Deesha Philyaw, Ebony Magazine March 14, 2017

Book displays at the Tarpon Springs Campus Library and Learning Resources Center

Banned Books Display and Art Project

Photo of Banned Book display at the Tarpon campus library
Banned Book display at the Tarpon campus library

Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries” (Freedom to Read). In an effort to preserve the freedom of information, the Tarpon Springs Campus is committed to providing students with access to books that face censorship in our ever-growing special collection of “Banned Books”.  Many of these books are challenged because they present controversial topics of religion, politics, violence, sexuality, vulgarity, etc.  Books are available to be checked out for a period of 28 days with a Student or Staff ID card.  Want to know why a book is banned? Ask one of our knowledgeable library staff members.

In addition, students can bring awareness to censorship by participating in the Banned Books Art Project taking place at the Tarpon Springs Learning Resources Center during the month of September.  Students are encouraged to use the provided art supplies to create their own interpretation of a book cover for a banned book.  Artwork will be displayed in the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art interactive gallery during Banned Books Week (September 23rd through 29th).

Staff Picks Shelf

“Staff Picks” is a curated collection of books selected by our Learning Resources team.  The collection can be found at the front of the library and features a shelf dedicated to each of the six staff members that participate.  The shelves contain a description about what each staff member enjoys reading, so that students can choose a book from someone with similar interests.  Fresh picks are added each month and are coordinated around a similar theme.

Written by Heather Holtzman, TS campus Senior Library Services Technician