The Bankier Library was transformed into a miniature fairground on Sept. 19, offering free games, prize raffles, photo booths, smoothies, sandwiches and more as part of the 2017 CeLIBration program, co-hosted by the Office of Student Life and Activities (SLA).
Students were encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities – from cornhole to Pictionary to bingo – in which they could win raffle tickets for one of four prizes handed out at the end of the event.
Attendees could also earn extra raffle tickets by taking a guided tour of the library or registering to vote with the League of Women Voters of Monmouth County. In between activities, students could relax at a tiki-themed smoothie hut, create masterpieces at an adult coloring station, or help build origami birds for International Peace Day with members of the EOF Rising Leaders Academy.
The event, now in its eight year, was established to create a welcoming environment in the library and encourage students to visit more often throughout the semester, said library director Steven Chudnick.
“We recognize that we have students who may have never been in an academic library before, and who may not be familiar with all of the resources and services we have to offer,” said Chudnick.
“CeLIBration is an opportunity for students to explore, to ask questions, to learn their way around and to discover how we can help them succeed. It’s about showing students that our doors are open to them, and that the Bankier Library offers more than just books and computers.”
Those services, Chudnick said, include free laptop and Kindle rentals, recently renovated study rooms and quiet study areas, free tutoring, and a team of research librarians dedicated to helping students craft the perfect term paper or locate important course information.
By next month, he added, the library’s study rooms will also boast new furniture, carpeting, flat-screen TVs, and charging stations.
Despite the rain and wind outside, many of the dozens of students attending this year’s CeLIBration said they were happy they “checked out” the new and improved Bankier Library.
For Andrew Tessenholtz, a returning engineering major, the event was especially rewarding.
“I’m definitely glad I came, because I won an iPad,” said Tessenholtz, who took home the coveted Apple device by winning the grand prize raffle at the conclusion of the event. “But even if I didn’t, I would be glad I came. In the past I would just go to class and go home, but this year I am trying to be more outgoing and join some clubs and be more involved on campus. Now I’m almost surprised that I haven’t done more of it before.”
To learn more about the Bankier Library, the Brookdale Tutoring Center and the exlusive 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 2017 CeLIBration here.