During a 15-minute study break, senior Catherine Cadmus knocked the head off a piñata with her first swing and then returned for a second chance at getting the candy. Sweet treats in hand, she went back to writing her honors thesis.
It is finals week.
From a relaxation station with snacks, tea and coffee to hula-hoops and jump ropes in the grassy circle at the entrance, Wake the Library provides students with all the resources they need for successful study sessions and creative ways to relieve stress.
Students spending hours hidden in the stacks or camped out in the atrium, can stretch their legs and get in a good laugh before hitting the books.
While it may be common practice for a university library to stay open until midnight or 24/7 during the week of finals, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and its finals programming is definitely different.
“We want to give students some unexpected surprises, like the piñata,” says Justice von Maur, a first-year student and ZSR ambassador. “We realized it is important that activities are available all day rather than just at midnight. We want to be sure we are giving all students the chance to take a break and relax.”
Wake the Library is not meant to disrupt studying students. The purpose is to provide a culture of care at ZSR, explains Dean of the Library Lynn Sutton.
“It is clear when you see students and staff volunteering past midnight to provide additional snacks and study breaks that they care about our students and the Wake the Library tradition,” says Sutton.
Join the conversation: ZSR keeps students in the loop of Wake the Library and library programming through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and encourages students to share their favorite ZSR study spot or study break using hashtags #myzsr and #wakethelibrary.