There were some heated battles recently on the Globe University – Appleton campus … literary battles that is.
In anticipation of National Library Week, a “March Madness” style battle of literary characters took place in the library. Entitled “Globe’s Literary Battle”, heroes were pitted against each other on one bracket and villains on another until one hero and one villain were left. Characters such as Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Iron Man were some early winners on the Hero Side and evil characters like The Grinch, Captain Hook, and Hannibal Lector made up some of the Villain sides. Students voted each week on who they wanted to advance to the next round.
The winner of the Hero side was Batman, and the winner of the Villain side was the Wicked Witch of the West. There was then a short story contest that had to contain both the hero and villain and the winner got a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift card. The battle started in late February and ended during National Library Week (April 11-15).
There were also other activities celebrating National Library Week. Throughout the week, students could come in and color on a tabletop mandala to de-stress from their studies. There was also book magnet making for those that wanted to make some keepsakes and gifts for others. Cupcakes were also available for students. National Library Week was also in conjunction with National Poetry Month (April), so there was also a magnetic poetry board for students to be creative and make poetry. Finally, as the theme for this year’s National Library Week was “Libraries Transform,” there was a food drive for St. Joseph’s Food Program to help students transform others’ lives by donating food.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
Post written by Michelle Karbon, campus librarian.