Library hosts welcome week festivities

By Sara Vargas

The University Library, last week, was not only about studying. It was the host to Library Welcome Week, which consisted of various workshops and activities for students to participate in.

From a back to school book sale to a movie night showing of “Wreck-It-Ralph” hosted by the Library Club, students met new people and met those who work to make the library a helpful resource for everyone on campus.

“The goal of the week was for students to get to know the library,” said Engineering Librarian Paul Hottinger. “It is to help students find where things are in the library and meet people who could potentially help in research and in classes.”

This year, the planning committee decided on a gaming theme, which was displayed all week throughout each activity.

The event, particularly, drew in students who enjoyed playing videogames.

Students were able to compete against each other during the popular Mario Kart tournament that happened all week.

“I play videogames when I need a break from homework,” said third year civil engineering student Jake Gregg. “Since gaming was the theme, I decided to come out and play. It was fun, even if it was only for an hour.”

Throughout the week, there was also a scavenger hunt that took students all around the library.

They had to get stamps at each location, write the character name associated with that area and answer questions.

A chance to meet some librarians and a presentation on tips to help navigate the library were additional workshops available for students.

Students who planned to simply pass by the Knowledge Center on the second floor ended up staying and seeing what the next activity or workshop was going to be.

Before the Knowledge Center opened last spring, the activities were held in various rooms spread throughout the library. This year, however, students were able to see everything when they passed the circulation desk.

“I was just going to go up to the third floor to wait for my next class, but I ended up staying here because I wanted to see what was happening,” said Audrey Gaughen, a third year business administration student. “It wasn’t the quiet and studious library like usual.”

Button making, exhibit tours and a game development workshop hosted by the Game Design and Development Club were some of the other activities that filled the week.

“My friend just brought me here to make a button,” said Nicholas Villalobos, a fourth year food science and technology student. “I can’t even remember the last time I colored something.”

While students came and went all week, Library Service Specialist Thuy Nguyen hopes the event will continue to grow.

“Every year we pass out surveys to see what students like and what we can improve on for next year,” said Nguyen.

The committee takes advantage of every piece of feedback that comes their way because they want students to know that the library is here for them.

“The library is more than just books,” said Nguyen. “We are trying to transform it from the traditional library.”

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

The library hosted activities and workshops to welcome back students

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