Library’s open-house carnival a success

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Jennifer, first year engineering student, just finished crafting her book passport.

    Jennifer, first year engineering student, just finished crafting her book passport.

Written by Abigel Lemak

The McLaughlin Library has once again outdone itself. In their attempt to make their services and resources more accessible to students, last Wednesday, Jan 16, they threw a carnival-styled open house on the first floor of the library. 

The open house area was packed with giddy students as they enjoyed the simple fun of fishing for information in the info tank, playing trivia, ball games or checking out the photo booths and mystery tours. Most of which were awarded with candy, not to mention the cotton candy and popcorn machines waiting in the back.

Included as one of the features of the open-house event was a look into Guelph’s archive, showcasing the smallest to the hairiest books in their collection. Guiding students through their sample of archival texts was Katherine Harvey, head of archival and special collections at U of G. 

“Since I’ve been here [the event] has been quite well retained,” said Harvey. “When I learned about this I said we should definitely be involved, and it just evolved from a series of discussions from my staff [about what to include in the displays] and how to present it.” 

For a lot of students this seemed to be an eye opening experience. With the students volunteers and staff friendly and inviting, students had a great opportunity to engage with the library crew and get a feel of the kind of services they had been missing out on. The line of students following a fully costumed wizard staff was enough to put a smile on anyones face, as they paraded through the library stopping at each notable library station.

With tuft of cotton candy and a bag of popcorn, the McLaughlin Library buzzed with an energy that, for a moment, took off the edge of the new winter semester.  

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