National Library Week

Shanna Braunschweig, Staff Writer

April 8-14 is National Library Week and the Dordt College library will be holding some entertaining and tasty activities that you won’t want to miss!

Kicking off the week, there is an edible book contest on Monday, April 9. Students are asked to bring their entries to the library by 10:30 a.m. so the judges can begin scoring the cakes/desserts.

Who are the judges you may ask? Cindy Nederhof from KDCR, Professor Jim Schaap, one of Dordt’s students, and a member of the community will be in charge of tasting and critiquing the entries.

However, the decisions are not left entirely to the judges. Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to come to the library and vote for the cake they think should win the prize for viewer’s choice award.

There will be four categories: judge’s choice, viewer’s choice, best tasting, and best pun. The prizes consist of $40 for 1st place and $20 for 2nd place in each of the four categories, so try out your culinary skills and win some cash.

“Last year was the first year we did this and we were absolutely amazed at how many people we got,” said librarian Kathy Fictorie. There were 24 submissions last year and they are hoping to surpass that this year.

In addition, on Wednesday, April 11, the “read celebrity” poster will be unveiled and chocolate chip cookies will be served while supplies last.

A paper airplane contest will be held on Friday, April 13, beginning at 11:00 a.m. So for all you engineers out there, or for those of you who think you have what it takes to construct a winning airplane, come to the library and participate. Let’s be honest, when is the next time you will be encouraged to fly airplanes across the library? Probably not until next year at this time, so take advantage of the situation. There will be a gift certificate for the winner.

As if that isn’t enough to bring students to the library, there will also be daily drawings for $10 gift certificates to local businesses such as the Pizza Ranch, Casey’s Bakery, and the Fruited Plain. Make sure to place your name in the drawing already on Monday morning.

Last, but certainly not least, there will be mints ALL week long! And who doesn’t love a winter mint lifesaver, or two, or four, to get you through the week of classes?

“It’s really one of the most fun weeks we have at the library,” said Kathy Fictorie, “so come join the fun!”

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