“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.

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