Wednesday night, Oct. 23, the UW-Parkside Library was the place to be! Movies, art, refreshments crafts, games and more made the evening a terrifying success. Students and staff greeted the community with a grand celebration for The Big Read.
The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. The National Endowment for the Arts sponsors the Big Read and the library has been giving away free copies of "Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe" throughout October as part of that event.
The entire staff got into the excitement. Library Director Jo Cates dressed as Edgar Allan Poe's mother and student worker Ryan Carney dressed as the great American author himself. Access Services Technology Coordinator Heather Spencer carved a replica of Poe's famous tombstone, and Acquisitions Supervisor Brian Dorband added trees and leaves to dress up the scene. Academic Librarian and Social Media Coordinator Paige Mano also contributed to the display creation and to marketing of the event. Continuing Resources and Copyright Librarian Anne Rasmussen coordinated much of the event and got permission to show several Poe film shorts. Archives Assistant Melissa Olson designed the print materials and Night Circulation Supervisor David Gehring dressed up the library windows with Poe-inspired paintings.
Visitors enjoyed the Artwork in the Library exhibit, which featured creations by UW-Parkside students and staff (current and retired). The collection was inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. An entire English class from Gateway Techincal College stopped in to create masks at the craft table. Guests voted on how Poe died (rabies was the most popular choice), played creepy video games, and watched films while munching on their "Poe"corn.
Special Thanks to: Jo Cates, Jennie Callas, Brian Dorband, Jay Dougherty, David Gehring, Dina Kaye, Paige Mano, Jan Mico, Melissa Olson, Sue Peacock, Anne Rasmussen, Heather Spencer, Anna Stadick, Kerri Willette
Plus their terrific student workers!