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Library Spotlight: December 2021

Staff Picks

Dr. Pharr works in the Library

Survey Results

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We responded to your comments from the 2021FA

Student Satisfaction Survey:

The price of coffee at Cafe Shush: The cafe is actually separate from the Library. We do not have control over prices or what is offered. Cafe staff are open to suggestions, if someone would like to see a specific item on the menu.

Free Library: We had a free library on both campuses, but it was not heavily used and due to space issues, we have no current plans to bring it back.

Only seeing student workers at the circulation desk: We do have student workers on both campuses, but you are likely seeing library staff working at the desk.

Information regarding tutor availability: The Academic Support Center's website has all the tutor information: https://spcc.edu/academic-support-center/

Online streaming of movies: The Libraries have AVON and Films on Demand, which offer documentaries, clips of films and other educational and entertaining content. Access both of these platforms from the library's website and use your SPCC email address and password to log in from off-campus: https://spcc.libguides.com/databases

Billy Dick's History Corner

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December History

  • December 1st, 1822:  Pedro I (Peter I) is crowned Emperor of Brazil.
  • December 2nd, 1763:  Founding of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, in the Colony of Rhode Island; it remains the oldest synagogue in the United States.
  • December 3rd, 1967: In Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Christiaan Bernard performs the first successful human heart transplant; the patient, 53-year-old Louis Washkansky, lives for 18 days after.
  • December 6th, 1912:  The famous Bust of Nefertiti, wife of the ancient Egyptian king Akhenaten, is discovered in Amarna, Egypt.
  • December 10th, 1906:  President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, for his work in mediating the peace settlement to end the Russo-Japanese War.
  • December 11th, 1941:  U.S Marines repulse a Japanese attempt to invade Wake Island, sinking two Japanese destroyers in the process—the first Japanese surface ships to be lost in the Pacific War; Japanese forces return 11 days later and finally overwhelm the Marine garrison, at heavy cost.
  • December 13th, 1939:  The Battle of River Plate:  Three British warships trap the German raider Admiral Graf Spee off Montevideo.  The resulting battle is inconclusive; but four days later, the captain of the Graf Spee chooses to scuttle his ship, rather than attempting to break the British blockade.
  • December 15th, 1939:  The movie Gone With the Wind premiers in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • December 20th, 1803:  A ceremony in New Orleans marks the official transfer of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States (the “Louisiana Purchase”).
  • December 28th, 1885: Founding of the Indian National Congress—sometimes called the Congress Party—in Bombay (Mumbai);  in time it becomes the main political organization advocating independence for India.
  • December 29th, 1812:  Early in the War of 1812, the USS Constitution, captained by William Bainbridge, captures the British frigate HMS Java in the South Atlantic; the British ship is very heavily damaged in the three-hour battle, leading Captain Bainbridge to give orders to scuttle the Java two days later.

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FAQ

When can I check out a laptop for spring semester?

Laptops will be available the first week of January. We have to receive the ones that are currently checked out this semester and get them ready for the spring.

I tried to check out a laptop from the kiosk, but it did not work.

Please check with library staff. You may have a fine or overdue item on your account that prevents the kiosk from dispensing a laptop.

When are library items due?

All library materials (books, laptops, etc.) are due Friday, December 10th.

I need a student ID, where do I get one?

Student IDs are made in Student Affairs. They are in the Garibaldi building in Polkton and the Main building in Monroe.

How do I reserve a study room?

All study spaces are reserved via QLess. You may access QLess via the Navigate app, or through the iPad stand.

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