April contests, activities in the Central Reading Room

This month the Central Reading Room is providing patrons with fun distractions and a chance at prizes, just for using our services.

In honor of National Poetry Month, a magnetic poetry board has been set up near the large display case in the Central Reading Room to give students a chance to express their more creative side.  Feel free to read the poems and statements crafted by other patrons, or create one of your own.  The board will remain standing for the duration of the month to draw attention to the art of poetry.  Have fun with it, we read it every morning!









Also new this month is a contest to see who will be the one to ask the 250th reference question.  This contest is meant to encourage researchers to take advantage of the knowledge and usefulness of our reference librarians, especially at a time when students are working so tirelessly on research papers and materials to help prepare for final exams.  Unlike simple directional questions, reference inquiries involve searching the online catalog and databases, exploring materials available for your chosen research topic, learning about our popular Subject Guides, and finding out all you need to create proper citations and avoid plagiarism.  These are just a few of the examples of guidance that our helpful reference staff provides.  Stop by today, or ask your questions online through our Ask-A-Librarian chat widget, located on the Library’s homepage.  The winner will receive a free gift card!

Stay tuned to learn about additional interactive activities soon to be introduced in the Central Reading Room as a nice distraction from all the end of the semester cramming and stress!  Also, we would appreciate hearing from you if you think of anything that would make your visit more enjoyable.  Contact us here.

Janet Clarke

Janet Clarke

Associate Dean, Research & User Engagement at Stony Brook University Libraries
email: janet.clarke@stonybrook.edu
Janet Clarke
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