“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.” ~ Harold Howe
Recently, libraries all over the United States celebrated National Library Week. National Library Week is an annual observance that celebrates the contributions of libraries and library workers and promotes the use of the resources of the nation’s libraries.
At Globe University-Wausau, the library offers many resources for our students, staff and faculty. These resources were highlighted in the 4th Annual Titanic Survivor Games with activities throughout the week.
For those who were willing to brave them, the 4th Annual Titanic Survivor Games kicked off with a “puzzling” challenge. Challenges continued throughout the week, and included a variety of activities, some of which incorporated the iPad®, apps and library resources. Teams raced neck and neck all week, entering into the final challenge with all teams separated by less than ten points. Team Charlie’s Angels, however, claimed a very narrow victory in the final challenge, the artifact excavation.
“I loved National Library Week,” said Raisha Zimmerman, member of team Charlie’s Angels, of the experience. “I loved all the activities and friendly competition. I also loved the prize of the Starbucks gift card because everyone needs coffee.”
“I would definitely participate again,” said team member Taylor Lahr. “National Library Week was awesome. The challenges were great, the competition was friendly but still competitive, and the prizes … who doesn’t want to win Starbucks gift cards? Nora knows the way into the hearts of struggling college students.”
Administrative Assistant Deborah Feldbruegge, member of Team BABs, observed, “It’s fun to see students walking around campus with their iPads, taking pictures, looking for treasures, or scratching their heads because they can’t figure it out. National Library Week is a wonderful way for students to get involved in school and it also raises awareness for the library itself and all the different services it offers students.”
National Library Week culminated in the closing ceremonies reception featuring the awards presentation, cookies and soft drinks. All students who participated in the 4th Annual Titanic Survivor Games will receive fully-punched Dare to Get Involved cards. The winning team received “trophies,” two fully-punched Dare to Get Involved cards, Starbucks gift certificates and a “brand new car.” Jayne Bloomer, veterinary technology student, won a “fabulous cash prize” in a random drawing, along with a box of Girl Scout cookies.
As National Library Week reminds us, we are all lucky when libraries are well staffed and well supported. The ready access to resources and information allows all of us to win.