Library Open House a Success For Those Involved

By Robert Riches
October 12, 2011

The Holy Spirit Library welcomed all to see changes for the new year by hosting their annual open house Sept. 30.

The Holy Spirit Library welcomed the campus community during its annual Open House on Friday, Sept. 30.

It was a day to introduce itself to new students, to showcase the new changes made over the summer and to honor Saint Jerome, the patron saint of libraries. Refreshments were served, free Frisbees were handed out and the fish that serve as the unofficial mascots of the library were named.

It was a day celebrated by students, workers and even student-workers at the library.

“I love working here,” Colleen Biehl, sophomore early education/special education major, said. “It’s not an intimidating place. The art gallery and new flatscreen TVs are also very nice.”

The day started off with an emotional tree-planting in honor of  Corey Salazar, a Cabrini graduate from the class of 2002, who had been working in the library for several years. Salazar had passed away over the summer after a two-month long battle with a brain tumor.

After the tree planting, the open house was underway. The fish in the bowl immediately outside the library entrance were named Truman Capote, Bonnie, Clyde, John, Paul, George, Ringo and Nelly. Cake and apple cider were served.

Over the summer, the library made some new and exciting changes. The art gallery on the third floor made some new additions. More books and movies were ordered to add to the collection. Several flatscreen television sets equipped with cable were added on the main floor and basement, with the basement boasting a 55-inch set. The library will even host “Monday Night Football” viewing parties. A new front desk was added to be more visually pleasing.

“The new desk is more welcoming to students than the old desk,” Roberta Jacquet, library director, said. “The old straight desk was almost like a barrier between us and the students.”

Several students have taken note of these new changes as well.

“I like the new desk, it is pretty nice,” Kevin Gallagher, junior history major, said. “The flatscreens are pretty nice too.”

While students are excited about changes for another year at the Holy Spirit Library, they are not the only ones excited. Library employees, such as systems and emerging technologies librarian Lawral Wornek are excited as well.

“I’m excited about the flatscreens and the ‘Monday Night Football’ in the basement,” Wornek said.

While upper-class students were able to see the changes made from last year, first-year students did not get to witness the changes. Anitra Davis, freshman nursing major, is one of these students, but she does have a good first impression of the library’s new look.

“I like that I can always type a paper at almost any time if I need to,” Davis said.

For the Holy Spirit Library, this was a nice way to introduce the new improvements that it made over the summer, as well as explore the Catholic roots of the college.

Despite the emotional start, the Holy Spirit Library’s open house was a success for those involved. It was a tremendous way for anybody to check out the new and exciting features, learn a thing or two about St. Jerome and for students and library workers to get to know each other.

“I love the opportunity to work with the students,” Wornek said.

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