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It’s National Library Week!

Since 1958, the American Library Association has chosen a week in April to celebration National Library Week.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

National Library Week is April 13-19th this year, and the national theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” UST Libraries will be celebrating from April 14-17th and have come up with a variety of programs and events throughout the week. We are excited to share it all with you!

Check out the schedule below or view our National Library Week website to learn more!


Special Events:

Tuesday, 4/15
Ireland Library Academiclete Games – 4-5:00pm

Wednesday, 4/16
Daniel Volovets Concert – 6:30pm in the Great Hall

Thursday, 4/17
Tom Hennen Poetry Reading – 12-1:00pm in the Great Hall


Ongoing Events:

OSF Booksale
Noon-6pm, OSF Leather Room
4/14-17 and 4/19

Theology Used Booksale & Silent Auction
8am-10pm, Ireland Library

Daily Trivia
Questions will be posted Monday-Thursday on the UST National Library Week website

Food for Fines
Back again for 2014, donate nonperishable food items to help pay off any library fines you may have

“Why Get an MLIS?” Display
Throughout the week, information will be on display in the OSF library about Masters of Library and Information Science degrees and what they’ve meant to staff here at UST.

How have Libraries Changed Your Life?
Join the community discussion of this year’s National Library Week theme on the OSF Rotunda whiteboard, Twitter, Flickr, and other social media sites (viewable on our website, as well)

“Tommies on the Loose” Selfie Scavenger Hunt
Do you like taking selfies?  This week, look for pictures of Tommie reading scattered throughout the libraries and share selfies with them for prizes.
Library Week, News & Events

Coming Soon: Storytime at OSF Library!


Wednesday, April 9th – 10-11:00am

on the front patio (weather permitting)

or the Leather Room – 1st floor, OSF Library

Children of all ages – and those who are young at heart! – are welcome to help us kick off an early preview to National Library Week with springtime stories, songs, and fun.

Classes from UST’s Child Development Center will join us in a joint celebration of National Week of the Young Child and National Library Week.

National Week of the Young Child is from April 6-13, 2014.

National Library Week is April 13-20.  Get a sneak preview of all the fun in store at UST Libraries next week on our National Library Week webpage.

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New Ireland Library Academiclete Games date! Tue, Apr 15, 4 p.m.

AcademicleteIreland Library staff is excited to share the date for the Ireland Library Academiclete Games! 

Academicletes, mark you calendars for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4 p.m.

Tommies are good academic sports.  So we challenge your mental toughness, intellectual flex, academic rigor, and scholastic agility!  Compete in the Ireland Games and show us your burn to learn in three Academiclete events. 

  • For the daring, play a round of SkeeBook, sending eager journals rocketing down a banister* like greased lightning with the accuracy of Swiss Biathletes! 
  • For the focused, race against time as you bring harmony to a shelf of books faster than anyone before! 
  • For the adventurous, plumb the stacks for hidden volumes and bring them home for all to see!


  • First, second, and third place finishers in each event will be awarded chocolate for their efforts. 
  • The best all-around winner will be awarded a $25 gift card from the UST Bookstore. 
  • The first 50 participants will receive a commemorative Ireland Library Academiclete button. 
  • The best Academiclete uniform will be awarded a special prize. 

Register now at!

Contact us at if you have questions! 

Fortuna Fortibus Favet! 

~ Ireland Library Staff

* Disclaimer:  No university library property will be harmed in the playing of these games. 
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Do you have overdue fines? Pay them with Food!

Have you ever returned a library book so late that you got fined for having it so long? 

It’s okay.  We know you really needed it to write that awesome-possum paper on <insert your favorite major here>.  That’s why you’re here … to dig into it more, right?!?

2013 food for fines poster

The UST Libraries is holding its 5th Annual Food for Fines Drive again this year.  It kicks-off during Library Week, April 15-19, 2013, and run until the end of May.

Now you can pay down those fines* with currency in your pantry and not currency in your pocket (Yeah, we know it’s mostly lint.  Thanks for not sharing.)

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Drumroll, please! Announcing Library Week’s “Search for the Holy Grail” winners!

During National Library Week, we had a “Search for the Holy Grail” Treasure Hunt every day and invited everyone to participate. 

Here’s the winners and the “Holy Grail” treasure they found:

Student Workers modelling the new Ireland Library T-Shirt

  • Brandon Wanless was the first to find Tuesday’s Holy Grail:  John Henry Newman’s book, The Difficulties with Anglicans.
  • Christian Washburn was the first to find Wednesday’s Holy Grail in the 2012 Catholic Almanac in the Reference Room.
  • Kelsey Willits was the first to find Thursday’s Holy Grail, an Latin-English edition of the Code of Canon Law.
  • Brandon Wanless was the first to find Friday’s Holy Grail, Chevalier’s Repertoire des sources historiques du moyen âge in the Oversize Collection.

These winners recieved $5 on their Express card. 

At the end of Library Week, we had a drawing for this year’s Ireland Library T-shirt of all the people who found the Holy Grail.  The winner of the Grand Prize is Kelsey Willits. 

All 10 items on the Silent Auction found new homes.  Over $300 was raised for adding new books to Ireland Library collections. 

Library Week began with two full tables of used theology books.  Now it’s down to one and all of them are free.  Come and grab some titles to fill in your bookshelves.

Thanks to everyone who visited Ireland Library and made National Library Week great.  The used theology book sale, silent auction and “Search for the Holy Grail” Treasure Hunt were a success!