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SLRC and Library Events: Fall Event Info

What's happening in/with/around the library, part of the Student Learning Resource Center (12.800).

September: Tailgate @ the SLRC

Tailgate @ the SLRC graphicKick off the new school year with the Tailgate @ the SLRC! Get to know the resources available to help you succeed this semester at the library, assistive technology lab, and academic coaching areas: Math & Science Lab, Writing Lab, Math Hotspot, and Science Hotspot.


  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


The SLRC, building 12, 8th floor


Can't make it? No worries -- we've got a Tailgate page, too. Snacks not included, though.


September: Civic Engagement

Voter events - swag image

Constitution Day

Constitution Day celebrates the ratification of the US Constitution on Sept. 17.

We will observe this day a little early with a panel discussion, Freedoms Promised: Freedom to Read, Banned Books and Free Speech, followed by an all-American lunch of hot dogs and apple pie.



Thursday, Sept. 14, 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


B13.210, Multipurpose Room

Voter Registration

Mi Familia Vota will be on campus to register voters! (Not sure if you're registered? Find out! Pretty sure you are? Double-check!)


Monday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Sept. 14


2nd Floor Elevator Lobby (Leo's Landing)


Election Important Dates:

  • The general election day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023.
  • Early voting in Texas will start on Monday, Oct. 23 and ends Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.
  • To vote in Texas, you must be registered at least 30 days before the election date.


October: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (October 1 - 7, 2023) celebrates our freedom to read by highlighting books that have been challenged for removal from libraries and schools across the nation and around the world.

October: Once Upon a Pumpkin (Employees)

Once Upon a Pumpkin: No-Carve Decorating Contest

2023 Theme: Robots

Winning Pumpkin Team
2022 winning entry by Records & Advising



This contest is open to all full- and part-time employees at LSC-UP.  You can participate as part of a team (intra- or inter-departmental) or solo!



  • Sept. 18: Sign up period to reserve a pumpkin begins.
  • Sept. 29: Pick up your pumpkin from the library.
  • Oct. 23: Pumpkins are due first thing in the morning! Voting will start today and end on Oct. 30.
  • Oct. 31: Winner announced after one week of voting. If you want to keep your pumpkin, you may start picking them up in the afternoon.


  • No carving. You may use pins or staples to hold things in, but no cuts.
  • Pumpkins must adhere to the year's theme. You can be creative in your interpretation, but there must still be an apparent connection. (e.g. if the theme were "cars," a cat-styled pumpkin would not belong. On the other hand, the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro could!)
  • Pumpkins must be work-appropriate.
  • Participants are limited to current employees, full- or part-time, at LSC-UP. Student workers may also participate.

A special thanks to HEB at Vintage Park for donating the pumpkins, 2014-2021!

View entries from 2014: fairy tales, myths, legends theme  2015 entries: killers, thrillers, and chillers theme  2016 entries: sweets and treats theme  2017: science (mad or otherwise) theme

2018: superheroes (and villains) theme  2019: pets theme  2020 album  2021 photo album

2022 photo album   2023 album

 Get in the October spirit with our Spotify Halloween: Fun Edition and Spotify Halloween: Spooky playlists on Spotify!

October: Scary Story Contest (Students)

Writing Tips: content replicated in Word doc attached to this section, titled "Tips for Writing a Spooky Story"Students: Bare Bones Scary Story Contest

Write the scariest story you can in 2 sentences or less! It's harder than it sounds.


Currently-enrolled LSC-UP students (including dual credit) are eligible to participate.



This contest runs Oct. 1. through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26.


How To Enter:

The entry form will open starting Oct. 1 with the start of the contest. All entries must go through the online form. Each student may submit up to 3 entries. (The form will let you do all 3 in 1.)


To the Victor Go the Spoils:

Winner(s) will be announced on Halloween! We'll contact you to let you know you've won (or follow us on social media).

Prize: Neon light bat, haunted mansion-scented candle, and ghost beanie (three separate prizes for three separate winners!)

Past prize themes include: ghost hunting, divination, and spooky reads

View past winners & runners-up.

Get in the October spirit with our SpotifyHalloween: Fun Edition and SpotifyHalloween: Spooky playlists on Spotify!


Halloween: Fun Edition playlist cover. Orange background with faux-Polaroids depicting a skull, jack-o-lantern, and candy Halloween: Spooky Edition playlist cover - mostly dark with a lit candle in the bottom left corner 

October/November: Día de los Muertos Public Ofrenda

Ofrenda photo from 2021: Photos on a black background. A colorful paper banner hangs across the top with some sugar skulls in the corners. The table in front has marigolds and candles.When:

Día de los Muertos is officially Nov. 1-2, but we're going to have the ofrenda up all week, Oct. 30 - Nov. 3.


This is a public memorial to lost loved ones. Send in photos and/or stories you want to share -- we'll take care of printing out copies to display! You're welcome to leave items directly, too, but since this is a public display, don't leave anything you couldn't bear to lose.

Submit a Photo and/or Story

December: Finals Prep - Study Breaks

Therapy Dogs

  1. Reach out for a dog.
  2. Pet until stress is gone.


  • Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Teaching Gallery, B12.805

Take What You Need Table

Drop by and pick up study aids, snacks, and distractions to help you through finals week!


Monday, Dec. 4 - Friday, Dec. 15
Available whenever the library is open


Front of the library, B12.8