It’s a game show. It’s a karaoke bar. No, it’s the Bankier Library. On Sept. 16, the Lincroft campus library was once again transformed into a bustling hub of games, activities and prize giveaways as part of the fifth annual CeLIBration.
The event, co-hosted by the library and the Office of Student Life and Activities (SLA), allows students an opportunity to mingle, fill up on subs and cookies, sing cheesy pop songs and learn about the free resources and services available through the library throughout the school year.
“It’s really kind of an interactive orientation,” said library supervisor Matthew Ragucci. “We want to help familiarize students with the library and encourage them to come back and use it as a resource.”
While the promise of prizes and free food may have brought some students in the door, many stayed to tour the library with a staff member and learn about the unique services available, including e-book reader and laptop loans and the newly established “quiet area.”
Of course, the most popular offering of the day was the iPad Mini, due be raffled off to a lucky student at the end of the event. Every attendee received one raffle ticket, but students were able to earn more by completing puzzles and joining in the festivities with their classmates. New students were also able to earn a stamp in their First Year Experience (FYE) Passport for taking part in the event.
While providing an entertaining break in the middle of a rainy school day, SLA Director Robert Quinones said events like CeLIBration also encourage students to reach out and become more active in the college community, which in turn can translate into academic success.
“Students who participate in campus life, meet with a counselor and take advantage of the services available to them are more likely to succeed,” said Quinones, who was on hand to stamp FYE Passports for participating students. “That’s why we encourage everyone to join in and make the most of their first year here at Brookdale.”
Five lucky raffle winners received a stocked Brookdale goodie bag at the conclusion of the event, while student Murphy Dollear took home the grand prize iPad.
For more information about Student Life and Activities at Brookdale, click here.
To help contribute to library happenings and provide feedback on various library offerings and programs, attend the next meeting of the Student Library Advisory Council on Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Check out more photos of the CeLIBration event here.