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Library Spotlight: October 2021

October 2021 Spotlight

Fall time is finally upon us! We are celebrating many things this month. October is National Information Literacy Month!!!! Accessing, processing, and understanding that information is critical in education. We are happy to support students, faculty, and staff with your information literacy needs. Making its return after a year off, is our Baker and Taylor best seller list; theses titles are on the shelf and ready to checkout. We have some of our favorite Hispanic authors featured in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. If you are interested in any of their titles,  please check our online catalog to see if we have it in our collection. New to the library databases is "Academic Videos Online" (AVON). More for October is Mental Health Awareness week, National Savings Day, Breast Cancer Awareness, and so much more. Thanks for joining us this month! Enjoy reading. 

New Bestsellers

Black Ice

Scot Harvath is having his best summer ever. With a cottage on the fjord, a boat, and his beautiful girlfriend Sølvi, he’s got everything he could possibly want. But out of vacation days and long overdue back home, America’s top spy has a decision to make - return, or submit his resignation.

The Four Winds

From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

Golden Girl

On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of 13 beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident while jogging near her home on Nantucket. She ascends to the Beyond where she's assigned to a Person named Martha, who allows Vivi to watch what happens below for one last summer.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

France, 1714: In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever - and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

The Last Thing He Told Me

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers - Owen’s 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

The Maidens

Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike — particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.

The Midnight Library

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Not a Happy Family

Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there, and Fred and Sheila Merton certainly are rich. But even all their money can't protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered after a fraught Easter dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated.

The Paper Palace

It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at “The Paper Palace”—the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside.

Project Hail Mary

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission - and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.


In the summer of his 17th year, Sam­uel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basket­ball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.

Academic Videos Online (AVON) is here!

We have a new video database called AVON. You may access it from the Databases A-Z page on the library website:

Search the channels to find the genre you desire. 

When you find the channel that interests you, click on an image and see more videos in that category.

Images of different categories of classical music.

For off-campus access, enter your SPCC email address and password.

Faculty, you can embed links to these videos in Moodle!

Billy Dick's History Corner

                 Picture of Billy Dick

October history

October 1st, 331 BC: Alexander the Great of Macedonia defeats the Persian king Darius III at the Battle of Gaugamela, setting the stage for Alexander’s ultimate conquest of the Persian Empire.

October 4th, 1830: Belgium secedes from the Netherlands; its independence is not officially recognized by the European powers until 1839.

October 6th, 1927: Premiere of The Jazz Singer, the first “talking” move, starring Al Jolson.

October 8th, 1918: Corporal Alvin York captures 132 German prisoners during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign in World War I; he is awarded the Medal of Honor for his exploits, which are later portrayed in the movie Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper in the title role.

October 11th, 1942: The Battle of Cape Esperance: A U.S. Navy cruiser force, led by Admiral Norman Scott, intercepts and repel a Japanese cruiser squadron off Guadalcanal.

October 12th, 1915: A British nurse, Edith Cavell, is executed by a German firing squad, after being convicted by a court-martial, for violating her non-combatant status by helping Allied POWs escape to friendly territory. The execution causes an international outcry, drawing criticism from several Allied and neutral governments.

October 14th, 1066: The Duke of Normandy, William, defeats the English at the Battle of Hastings, securing his claim to the English throne and earning the byname William the Conqueror.

October 16th, 1793: The French queen, Marie Antoinette, is beheaded at the height of the French Revolution.

October 19th, 1781: Lord Cornwallis surrenders the British army at Yorktown, effectively ending major combat operations in the American Revolution; the peace treaty is not signed until 1783.

October 23rd, 1906: Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont makes the first powered, heavier-than air flight in Europe.

October 27th, 1962: In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet submarine officer Vasili Arkhipov refuses to confirm orders to launch a nuclear weapon at an American warship, thus averting a possible nuclear war.

October 30th, 1974: The “Rumble in the Jungle”: Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman after 8 rounds, in a boxing match in Kinshasa, Zaire.

October 31st, 1517: Martin Luther publishes the 95 Theses, sparking the Protestant Reformation.

Banned Books

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Isabel Allende

Famous works:

Zorro: a novel

The House of Spirits

Eva Luna


Portrait in Sepia


Manuel Puig

Famous Works: 

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Miguel Cervantes

Famous Works:

Don Quijote


Pablo Nerunda

Famous Works: 

Twenty love poems and a song of despair

Sandra Cisneros

Famous Works:

The House on Mango Street

Medical Assistants Week-3rd Week in October

October 12 - National Savings Day