by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library
“Freedom is found through the portals of our nation’s libraries.”
—David McCullough, American historian
Next week (April 13 – 19) is the 56th annual celebration of National Library Week, a yearly observance sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution libraries make in the cultural and civic life of our country.
To mark this special week, the Library has planned four events:
1. Monday: Student Appreciation Day
We love and appreciate our students! Join us for a fun day at the library—games, snacks, surprises, and a chance to win a bookstore or Ordinary gift certificate.
2. Monday – Thursday: NLW Essay & Video Contest Announcements
Regent students were invited to submit essays and videos on the 2014 National Library Week theme, “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Winning essays will be announced daily, followed by the winning video.
- Monday: 3rd place essay – Kelsey Bowersox, College of Arts & Sciences, Sophomore
- Tuesday: 2nd place essay – Hannah Clark,College of Arts & Sciences, Freshman
- Wednesday: 1st place essay – John Scritchfield, School of Communication and the Arts Masters Program
- Thursday: 1st place video – Annette O. Harris, College of Arts & Science, Junior
3. All Week: Share your Library Selfies and Shelfies
Library guests are invited to snap a library selfie telling their story about how libraries have changed their lives. Bubble signs are at the reference desk and we will snap your photo and send it to you. Alternatively, you may share your shelfies (selfies with book shelves) on our Facebook group page.
4. All Week: Faculty Recommends Posters
Six Regent faculty members share their favorite reading quotes, books, periodicals, music and movies, and Scripture verses. The posters are in the main Library Lobby and on bulletin boards throughout the campus.
To help us kick off our National Library Week festivities, Regent Student Services today released its latest question of the week video: “What book character would you be?”