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Fun! Games! and Prizes! at the Library


Libraries get a bad rap. With the ability to have the entire world of information right at their fingertips, there are plenty of people who view libraries as old and outdated. Of course, libraries are a spectacular resource, especially for college students. In an attempt to make sure those students know it, the Penn State Libraries held their 14th annual Open House this week.

The open house was designed to get students inside the library, and there were seven stations around Pattee and Paterno libraries meant to show students how various areas of the library can help them with just about anything:

  1. Research Jumpstart
  2. Stacks Tour
  3. Knowledge Commons and Media Commons
  4. Arts and Humanities Library and News and Microforms Library
  5. Life Sciences Library
  6. Research Hub
  7. Special Collections Library

These stops featured a brief speech from a librarian about what was in each area, as well as examples to help students understand what they can glean from being there. For example, students could make origami at the Arts and Humanities library, go through an art exhibit at the Special Collections library, and, at the Life Sciences library, walk through a maze which taught them about the size of the university’s library system.

The best part? There were incentives to complete the tour. Students scanned their ID cards at every station, and at the end, they could enter to win prizes—like Apple Watches and Fitbits—and were guaranteed cool free gear, like temporary tattoos and water bottles. Those who made every stop got a free T-shirt.

“Each stop that [students] go to gives them some information about the library and how to use it,” said Sandy Hoffmaster, a library supervisor.

In all, the tour didn’t take long—I rushed through it in about 20 minutes. Even though I spent a fair amount of time there as a student, I can safely say I learned more about Penn State—did you know there was a time when an African lion was the mascot? I had no idea—and its spectacular library system.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Inside Our Latest Issue

JF_coverHad a chance to peek through our latest issue? The Jan./Feb. 2014 issue of The Penn Stater likely arrived in your mailbox sometime over the last week or so; our office copies were patiently awaiting us yesterday when we returned from the holiday break.

Some highlights from the new issue:

—The cover story, “Wired for Learning,” is a photo-filled virtual tour of the Paterno and Pattee Libraries. Especially if you haven’t been on campus in a while, you’ll be surprised by how much has changed. The library is not only outfitted with the latest technology, but, as senior editor Ryan Jones ’95 discovered firsthand, it’s becoming the place to “see and be seen” on campus. Thanks to group study rooms, TV lounges, and tons of computer workstations, the library now rivals the HUB as University Park’s most social spot.

—In November, when senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 came back from Discovery-U, a daylong event at which Penn State scientists and engineers gave brief presentations on their research, she raved about the fascinating talk by Khanjan Mehta ’03g. Mehta’s controversial concept: that even the most brilliant-seeming ideas can—and often do—fail to effect real change. As director of Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program, Mehta helps students engineer ways to improve life for people in developing countries—and turn good ideas into workable solutions. An adapted version of his talk, “Why Ideas Fail,” is featured on page 26.

—”Shows of Support” is a behind-the-scenes look at USO tours as seen through the lens of Steve Manuel ’84, ’92g, who’s photographed dozens of USO tours all over the world. You’ll see some familiar faces in Manuel’s photos, as the tours often include big-name athletes and performers. And Manuel’s stories (like the one about comedian Dane Cook’s brush with heat stroke in Kuwait) are just as interesting as the images he’s captured.

What do you think of the new issue? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or send an email to

Mary Murphy, associate editor

January 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

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