We had a busy fall semester at Harrison Libraries with events, activities, contests, and even dogs!
We welcomed students to campus in September with some giveaways and a chance to win a gift basket filled with Starbucks items and a UHart blanket. All students had to do was guess the weight of a full set of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography volumes. Our winner guessed within one pound of the correct weight (61 lb., 13 oz.)!
On Halloween we set up a table at Gengras Student Union called ExCITEing Snacks. Library staff made baked goods and cards with citations for the recipe in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. We played scary movies on a laptop and a small display of creepy books, music, DVDs, and CDs. The Allen Library also highlighted their collection with displays for National Piano Month, pumpkin-themed music, and materials of Hartt composer Stuart Saunders Smith. With the help of the Student Government Association in December, the Libraries hosted our annual Holiday Fest which featured Tails of Joy therapy dogs, an ugly sweater contest, and some holiday treats. We also collected cat and dog food to donate to Our Companions Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.
We didn’t just host events! All semester Mortensen and Allen Libraries continued stumping our library-goers with Questions of the Week. Every week in Mortensen Library, and every other week in the Allen Library, one lucky winner was awarded a $5 Starbucks gift card for correctly answering a trivia question.
Hodges, the UHart therapy dog, hosted “office hours” on the main level of the Libraries on Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. The Mitten Tree also reappeared after Thanksgiving for our annual hat, gloves, and scarf collection. With the help of UHart’s Center for Community Service, these winter items were donated to My Sister’s Place and the Second Chance Boutique, which supports the Village for Families and Children. The semester ended with some stress-busting activities and snacks during finals week. For this bi-annual tradition, we supplied students candy, puzzles, and coloring pages so they could take much-needed break from studying.