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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Academic Chair of Health and Information Technology Kengia Sabree at email@example.com.
To stay up to date with the latest information and events surrounding SPC Reads, please visit the libguide at: stpe.co/et89p
“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