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“Twenty Feet from Stardom” screening for Women’s History Month

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Twenty Feet from Stardom will be showing at the Pecan and MidValley Libraries in honor of Women’s History Month.

About the film:

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, Academy award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom.    Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.  However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

Maria Agui Carter, filmmaker, presents “Rebel: Secret Soldier of the Civil War”


Filmmaker María Agui Carter will be visiting South Texas College in honor of Women’s History Month on March 16th. She will be screening her film Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. She will be giving a special introduction to her film at MidValley Auditorium at 1:00 pm and then at the Pecan Campus Library at 6:00 pm.  Following the movie will be the opportunity for Q&A with the director.

Rebel is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory. Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago — one of an estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history?

Director María Agui Carter emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador as a child, grew up an undocumented “dreamer,” and graduated from Harvard University. She produces films for PBS and cable, specializing in visually arresting and complex storytelling as a writer, director, and producer.

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For more information on these events please call (956) 872-6485 or email or visit All events are free and open to the community.

Karen Abbott: “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War”

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Imagine being a woman, dressed as a man fighting in the Civil War. This March 4th during Women’s History Month, you will be able to get insight into four women’s lives during the American Civil War when New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott visits the South Texas College Libraries.

During her visit, Abbott will explore the spellbinding true stories of four very different women – a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow – who took on the responsibility of soldiers and spies. Her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War has received many accolades with many noting Abbott’s pulse-quickening narrative as well as praise for her wealth of primary source materials. It has been named a best book of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and has been optioned by SONY for a miniseries.

Abbott will visit two of South Texas College’s campuses on March 4th. At 1:00 pm, Abbott will visit the MidValley Campus Auditorium, and at 6:00 pm, she will visit the Pecan Campus Library. Following her discussion, there will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have the author sign it.

“We are delighted and honored to be hosting someone of Karen Abbott’s caliber as she visits us to discuss such an exciting topic,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “She seamlessly weaves the thrilling narratives of these four women together who continually put their lives at risk in order to change the outcome of the Civil War.”

Abbott’s previous books include Sin in the Second City and American Rose which were both New York Times Best sellers. She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian Magazine and also writes for the New York Times series about the Civil War. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives in New York City where she is at work on her next book.

Abbott’s visit coincides with the South Texas College Library’s commemoration of Women’s History Month. Other events throughout the month will include lectures, movies, and book displays.

For more information on these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956) 872-6485 or or visit All events are free and open to the community.

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney: “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas”


The South Texas College Library joins the nation in celebrating the contributions and achievements made by African Americans as well as paying tribute to the generations who struggled with adversity throughout the entire history of the United States.  Black History Month is an annual commemoration held in the month of February.

The South Texas College Library will take part with a series of events featuring movies, book displays, and a guest speaker event.

On Thursday February 26th, Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney will give his lecture “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month” at 1:00 pm at the Mid Valley Campus Auditorium and also at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library.

In his lecture Dr. Dulaney will discuss the origins of African American History Month, how people and events have been omitted from history, and he will highlight the history of African Americans in Texas.

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney is the chair of the UT Arlington History Department. He wrote the lead essay, as well as other essays for the new “Handbook of African American Texas,” an online resource created by the Texas State Historical Association.  His other entries include one on Estevanico, a Moor who was the first African Texan on record, as well as other entries.  Dr. Dulaney is also the author of the book Black Police in America (Indiana Press University).

“We are proud to offer these events to our students and our community,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “People are continually drawn to the complex stories in history that help inform our world today.  Through his talk, Dr. Dulaney will help us see how broad Texas history truly is.”

For a complete list of events, visit or call (956) 872-6485 or email  Admission to events is always free and open to the public.

Black History Month Film Festival


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To commemorate Black History Month the STC Libraries will be screening movies throughout February at different campuses.

Check with your library for more information.

The complete listing is as follows:

“42: The Jacky Robinson Story” starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman is a film about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number 42 through his Major League career. It will be shown at:

  • Starr campus library – Feb. 11 at 12:00 pm
  • MidValley library – Feb. 11 at 1:00 pm
  • Pecan library F-102 – Feb. 12 at 11:00 am


“Fruitvale Station” starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer is based on the true life events of a flawed young man trying hard to live a clean life and support his family who gets swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy.  It will be shown at:

  • MidValley library – Feb. 17 at 10:00 am
  • MidValley library – Feb. 17 at 11:30 am
  • Pecan library F-102 – Feb. 19 at 1:00 pm


“The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey is a film the real life story of Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler.  It will be shown at:

  • Technology campus Library – Feb. 23 at 12:00 pm
  • Pecan library F-102 – Feb. 24 at 1:00 pm
  • Starr campus library – Feb. 25 at 12:00 pm
  • MidValley library – Feb. 25 at 2:30 pm

For a full listing of all of our events visit or call (956) 872-6485 or email

Nov. 24 – “Miss Representation” Screening at Pecan


On Nov. 24th at 1:00 pm and at 5:30 pm, there will be a screening of Miss Representation with a special introduction by Dr. Patricia Blaine.  The film will be shown at the Pecan campus at the D-Auditorium.

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (87 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

For more information call 872-6485.

Nov 20 – The Real History of Thanksgiving and Make-Your-Own-Turkey at MidValley


The History Department and Library Services present The Real History of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 20 at 1:00 pm in the MidValley library. We will feature the movie The Real History of Thanksgiving along with a Make Your Own Turkey Craft. The film covers the Thanksgiving feast of 1621 between Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indian. It also cover the movement to create a national holiday.

Tuesday, November 20, 2014

1:00 PM – MidValley Library400 N. Border Ave. • Weslaco, TX 78596

For more information call 447-6663.

Women’s Studies Film Festival – Fall 2014, at Pecan


The STC Women’s Studies Group is hosting a series of documentary films.

On Nov. 13 at 6:00 pm they will be showing Sound of Torture (2013). The film is about a Swedish journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She’s given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them. How can she ignore them?

On Nov. 19 at 6:00 pm, they will show Maria in Nobody’s Land (2010). The film is an unprecedented look at the illegal and extremely dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the US. Doña Inés, a 60 year old woman, has been looking for her daughter for years and is following her to the US. Marta and Sandra, escaping domestic abuse and poverty, decide to leave their families behind to travel to America.

Movies will be held at Building D– Aud at the Pecan Campus.

For more information contact



WWI Centennial – Emilio Zamora “The WWI Diary of Jose de la Luz Saenz”


The year 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War I.  Join us in commemorating the Mexican-American participation in the Great War.

Dr. Emilio Zamora will join us to discuss the WWI diary of José de la Luz Sáenz and help us commemorate the centennial of WWI. He is a Professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.

Published in Spanish in 1933 and now edited and translated by Dr. Zamora, the diary recounts the author’s war experiences and those of his fellow Mexican Americans. The book is the only WWI diary ever published by a Mexican American.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

6:00 PM –
Pecan Library
Build – F   Rainbow Room
3201 W. Pecan Blvd., McAllen, TX

For more information contact 872-6485 or

Family Reading Night – Oct. 22 @ 5:30

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Want to find some fun entertainment for the entire family? Your local library is a good place to start. And you can get to know your South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library at its annual “Family Reading Night” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free event, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with Reading Week.

“We want to help children develop a love of reading and to encourage Valley parents to read with their children,” said Lillian Carrillo, Mid-Valley Campus Librarian. “Our college’s libraries are a gateway to the community, and we hope that participants will not only take advantage of these fun activities, but also learn more about some of the great services that the college has to offer.”

The night’s festivities include South Texas College Ballet Folkórico, book distribution by South Texas Literacy Coalition, entertainer Teensy Weensy the Clown, face painting and a variety of arts and crafts activities for the entire family offered by The Storybook Garden, and Mayor Sánchez Public Library. As an added bonus, fun opportunities will be featured by the college’s Library Art Gallery, Center for Mexican American Studies, CADD, Civil Drafting, & Construction Supervision Program, Design & Building Technology Department, Mid Valley Psychology Club, Jerry the Jaguar, and a special photo booth.

While on campus, attendees have the opportunity to use the library’s free services, view artwork on display in the Library Art Gallery, or sign up for a Community Library Card, which allows community members to check out books at any of STC’s libraries for free.

The library is located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. For more information about the event contact Lillian Carrillo at 956-447-6663.