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April Showers bring a busy month for libraries

by Ashlynn Maczko
Posted on Apr 06, 2018

With students back from spring break and April just around the corner, the St. Ambrose University Library is preparing for one of the busiest months of the year.

The month of April is home to National Library Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians.

National Library Week was started by a non-profit called the National Book Committee in 1958, and was taken over by the American Library Association in 1974.

“They started it because there was a concern about people not spending money on books,” said Joyce Haack, interlibrary loan assistant. “People were buying TVs and going to the movies instead of reading.”

National Library Week is observed from April 8-14, marking the 60th anniversary. The national theme is “Libraries Lead.”

The St. Ambrose Library is creating its own theme to tie into the campus theme of globalization.

“This year we have a great project that goes along with the globalization theme,” said Onnica Marquez, the library’s archivist. “We call it ‘international candyland.’”

Senior Mary Perez played a big part in helping organize the international candyland activity.

“You go around to different posters that represent different countries and you learn about their libraries,” Perez explained. “For example, on the China poster you learn about censorship.”

After visiting the posters and answering questions on little slips of paper, students will receive candy prizes—Lindt Chocolates and Haribo Gummy Bears. They will also be entered into a raffle drawing for the grand prize—a grocery basket filled with foods from around the world.

As a part of the activities for the week, the elevator will be home to a giant word search created by the library staff. It will highlight different services that the library offers.

On April 13, at 7 p.m., the library will host a board game night to introduce games that will now be offered for check-out.

Each activity is available to students at any time during the library’s operating hours.

“We started doing passive programming where students can come and do [activities] whenever they have time, rather than trying to figure out a set time that will work for a large majority of students,” Karly Lyle, head of media services, said.

Aside from the National Library Week activities, the library will also be promoting activities for Money Smart Week and National Poetry Month.

This year, Money Smart Week is April 21-28. The lobby will have a wheel that students can spin to win “swagbags” related to financial literacy.

For National Poetry Month, also in April, the DIY depot located across from the circulation desk will have an activity called “haiku in a box.” Marquez explained that the activity will require students to unscramble three different haikus.

The library has been planning these activities since the summer, and has even provided a sneak peek for the main event next year—“lib-con,” or a library comic con for the St. Ambrose community.

“We want the library to be a relatable, friendly place for students aside from just their academic work,” Lyle said.