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Lampman Pursues Passion for Reading, Acting at Florissant Valley

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Stacey LampmanSometimes the best things in life come from unexpected places. That’s particularly true for Stacey Lampman.

In 2001, she joined St. Louis Community College as a part-time circulation employee at the David L. Underwood Library at the Florissant Valley campus. Fast-forward 19 years. As a library assistant II, Lampman now manages the library’s reserve collection, which includes more than 800 books and DVDs.

Lampman joined the College after graduating from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in theater performance and English. While she hadn’t planned to build a career at STLCC, she’s found it to be the perfect place to explore her passions and interests.

“I’ve always loved reading and acting,” Lampman said. “While I thought my position in the library at Florissant Valley would be a temporary thing, I fell in love with the campus and decided it was where I wanted to be.”

In 2008, Lampman jumped at the chance to serve in a full-time role. Along the way, she’s pursued her acting, appearing in a number of productions.

“STLCC-Florissant Valley is a wonderful campus and a true asset to our students and the community,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve truly enjoyed sharing my love for books through my work as well as performing in campus theatrical productions at the Terry M. Fisher Theater.”

During her tenure with the College, Lampman has also taken an active role with events, initiatives and committees. Currently, she’s engaged in a new districtwide project titled “The COVID Chronicles.”

Stacey Lampman“The impact of COVID-19 runs deep, and each one of us has a story to share,” she said. “With this project, our goal is to document the personal stories from our students and staff during COVID-19. We plan to archive this multimedia collection so it will be accessible for future study of this unprecedented time in our College’s story.”

To fill her free time, Lampman, has been exploring works by a variety of authors.

“I love books and am currently indulging in some comfort reading of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’,” she said. “In this time of limited social interaction, I’m enjoying the wit and highly social atmosphere of her novels.”

Other recent recommended reads include: 

  • “On Tyranny: Twelve Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder.
  • “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own” by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • “Once Upon a River: A Novel” by Diane Setterfield.
  • “11/22/63” by Stephen King.

To explore STLCC’s collection, learn more about these services, or chat with a librarian, visit the STLCC libraries page.

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