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Ellender Memorial Library Aims to Enhance Appeal on Give-N-Day

THIBODAUX, La. — When you have to spend hours studying for a midterm or final, finding the right space is important for your state of mind.

That’s why for Give-N-Day on Tuesday, March 15, the Ellender Memorial Library is asking for donations to help reupholster the chairs on the second floor to give them more appeal than orange and yellow ones that look straight out of the 1970s. 

“Our goal is to create a comfortable and welcoming space for students to study in, and upgrading our chairs would go a long way toward that goal,” said Dr. Robert Stephens, Research and Instruction Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. “We reupholstered a handful of them last year, and the refurbed ones have been the most used in the library.”

To donate, you can visit the Library’s Give-N-Day page or donate directly to library Director Elizabeth Batte on the second floor. You can give a minimum of $5 to help the library, or even donate $250 to upgrade a study room. 

“One of our core functions is to provide a variety of appropriate spaces to facilitate learning and communication,” Batte said. “By donating to this year’s campaign, our donors will help us create a more inviting and comfortable space for all Colonels.”

The library is hoping to reupholster around 200 chairs, which would cost approximately $10,000, to finish upgrading the chairs on the second floor. Each chair enhancement costs $50.

Stephens said the library is thankful for the opportunity Give-N-Day provides campus organizations, and the challenges can help make raising money possible even if a group cannot secure many donors. 

“It gives any organization on campus, no matter how small, a chance to fundraise, which can be huge for smaller organizations on a tight budget,” he said. “And it also gives students the opportunity to learn a little about fundraising, which is a skill that is really important in a lot of careers.”



CONTACT: Robert Stephens, Research and Instruction Librarian/Outreach Coordinator, rob.stephens@nicholls.edu or 985-448-4633

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