It’s not always that one finds students drinking smoothies under a tiki hut and singing karaoke in the library. During the Fourth Annual CeLIBration held at Brookdale’s Bankier Library Sept. 18, however, it was commonplace—along with students tossing beanbags, playing rounds of Pictionary and engaging in cup flipping games.
“We wanted it to be more of a welcome for students so they would feel comfortable with the library, get to know us and see it as a warm and inviting space,” said librarian Blake Doherty.
Staffing the activity centers and food stations were staff and student volunteers, including Speech Professor Dan Leyes, the event’s unofficial emcee. The more activities students participated in, the more chances they had to win the grand prize, an Ipad mini. The electronic device was won by student Hasnan Ijaz. Dr. Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services, pulled the winning ticket before a crowd of enthusiastic student ceLIBrators.
Besides smoothies, students could feast on sub sandwiches and cookies. In one study room, students were able to don costume props for a photo and tag themselves later on Facebook.
“There are more educational aspects of the event, too,” Doherty noted. “We do library tours, a scavenger hunt and other activities,” she said.
The hunt directed students to locate a print journal on the library second floor, seek a clue from the Help Desk and find someone on the library Facebook page.
In addition, learning assistants gave out information on the new Library Tutoring Center where students can seek help with writing and research, reading and study skills, as well as speech and communication assignments. Representatives were also on hand from the Testing Center, the Math Department and the Student Library Advisory Council.
Check out the photo gallery to see more pictures from the event.