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 Spike & Friends read aloud

The Friends of the AHC Library are excited to announce the start of a new read-aloud program called “Spike & Friends Reads Aloud"! Each week, new videos will be shared of a book reading and these will be posted on AHC’s social media pages. (The readings will be presented by our wonderful PCPA student readers and Early Childhood Studies students, as well as librarians and other brave readers.) On Monday mornings, the readings will be geared toward readers ages 3-5 (and their families). Later in the week, other special readings will be released, geared toward a variety of age levels and themes. 

More than ever, reading remains an important part of self-care and intellectual stimulation, as well as a source of calm, comfort, joy, and personal growth. With physical libraries closed across the country, we wanted to remind our community that the library remains here for you, and we are committed to promoting literacy and a  lifelong love of reading and learning. Won’t you join us for a read?
Spike & Friends Read Aloud is made impossible through a partnership with PCPA, the AHC Early Childhood Studies program, the Orfalea Children’s Center, and the Friends of the AHC Library. Hear (and view) Spike and friends read aloud by visiting the AHC Facebook page and the AHC Instagram page. New videos will be premiered on Mondays and Fridays. We hope you will join us! 


  • Friends of the Library Book Club: The Friends of the Allan Hancock College Library invites all staff and faculty to participate in timely discussions, develop relationships with peers and mentors, gain a fresh perspective, and re-energize as a team, all through a monthly Book Club! We will be reading a variety of genres to include a mix of fiction and non-fiction. The December book pick is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (to be discussed on Friday, December 18, from 1:15-2:15 pm, and we will meet virtually). 
  • The January book pick is The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (to be discussed on Friday, January 15, from 1:15-2:15 pm, and we will meet virtually).
  • The February book pick is The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (to be discussed on Friday, February 19, from 1:15-2:15 pm, and we will meet virtually).
  • The March book pick is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (to be discussed on Friday, March 19, from 1:15-2:15 pm, and we will meet virtually).
  • The April book pick is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (to be discussed on Friday, April 16, from 1:15-2:15 pm, and we will meet virtually).

Book Club Flier for the Friends of the Library. This flier lists the monthly book pics.



In February and March of 2020, the Friends of the AHC Library sponsored a series of free lectures presented by AHC faculty on the topic of the play Julius Caesar (in conjunction with PCPA's production of it). Missed the lectures? Enjoy Dr. Omidsalar's lecture on tyranny.

Missing your AHC family? See more lectures from the Friends of the Library-sponsored lecture series "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go," presented by Dr. Roger Hall in the fall of 2018. 

View Lecture 1 of "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go"

View Lecture 2 of "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go"

View Lecture 3 of "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go"

View "WWI: A Centennial Perspective"

Spring 2020 Faculty Lecture Series flier with presenter names and dates and times of lectures

 G. Allan Hancock Lecture Poster F18



Unfortunately, the basket silent auction will be postponed for the time being. more details tba. tHANK YOU AS ALWAYS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE AUCTION IN THE FALL! 

We will plan to host the popular tradition of the AHC Friends of the Library basket auction again in the fall of 2020! This year, the baskets will be displayed in the library, but for the first time, all bidding will be done online!

Come fall of 2020, join in the bidding fun at

Proceeds go towards supporting free campus and community events (such as the popular lunch and learn series, the faculty lecture series, the Banned Books Week scavenger hunt, and much more)! Anyone is invited to donate a basket (though baskets with books are highly encouraged)! 



The Friends of the Allan Hancock College Library provide vital ongoing support for the AHC Library. The funds raised through contributions, donations, and special events enable the library to expand the educational resources offered to students and the community.

The Friends of the Allan Hancock College Library was formed in Spring 2000 as part oFriends of the Libraryf the Allan Hancock College Foundation. Its mission is to enhance existing and planned library resources and programs and to serve as partners in fostering appreciation for the library.

Become a friend today! 

The primary goal of the Friends is to raise funds for materials, projects, and services that exceed the resources of the library budget. Other goals include:

  • Fostering enthusiasm for the library and strengthening ties to the community.
  • Encouraging bequests and gifts to the library.
  • Sponsoring special events and programs that enhance the awareness of the library.
  • Supporting the literary works of students, faculty, and staff of Allan Hancock College.