Usually, the number one rule is a library is to keep quiet. The Bankier Library in Lincroft, however, knows that rules are meant to be broken. On Sept. 20, library staff joined with the Office of Student Life and Activities to throw a massive welcome back party in the library for Brookdale students and employees as part of the seventh annual CeLIBration.
The free event, open to all members of the campus community, featured a variety of games, contests, food, refreshments, prize giveaways and activities, including karaoke, team Pictionary, a free photo booth, Cornhole, adult coloring stations and a Hawaiian-themed tiki hut serving up fruit smoothies and blended coffee drinks.
Students were also offered guided tours and given a few insider tips and tricks on how to make the most of the Bankier Library.
“New students, and even some returning students, may not know about all the resources we have here,” said library director Steven Chudnick.
“Students can check out laptops or Kindles, work with a research librarian to find valuable course materials, receive free tutoring at the Brookdale Tutoring Center, do coursework in a computer lab, study with a group of classmates or even study independently in one our of new quiet areas. CeLIBration is really about bringing students in and showing them how to take advantage of everything we offer.”
Students were able to earn a stamp in their First Year Experience (FYE) Passport for attending the event, and received raffle tickets for participating in each of the activities offered. From bingo to Jenga to chess and dominoes, there was no shortage of opportunities for students to engage with their classmates and increase their chances of winning a Brookdale gift basket, loaded Brookdale backpacks, USB hubs or the grand prize: an iPad Mini.
That honor went to second-year business administration major Bryan Batista.
“It’s amazing,” said Batista, after receiving his engraved iPad at the end of the event. “I use the library all the time – I kind of live here during the semester – but today I’m walking away with an iPad. It feels great.”
For first semester student Saad Shafique, CeLIBration was an eye-opening introduction to Brookdale’s vibrant student life community.
“I’m very glad I came today,” said Shafique. “This kind of event really gives you a break; it frees your mind for a little bit from your classes and your work. I’ve played some games, had some fun and got to meet some new people. It’s pretty cool.”
To learn more about the Bankier Library, the Brookdale Tutoring Center and the exlcusive services offered to students and alumni, click here.
Find out about upcoming Brookdale campus events by visiting the Student Life and Activities webpage.
Check out more photos of the 2016 CeLIBration here.