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Library Invites Students to Learn About Resources, Play Games

THIBODAUX, La. —  Drop by the Ellender Memorial Library on Tuesday to play some video games and learn how the library can help you succeed.

The Open House, part of Colonel Fest, is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23. The event will feature gaming stations, bingo, trivia, origami demonstrations and food. 

“Open House is an event aimed at reducing library anxiety,” said Andrew Barbier, Research and Instruction Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. “I feel that there are two main things preventing students from utilizing our resources. The first is taking the first steps through our doors. The second is knowing how to use our resources. Open House will try to solve these two issues.”

The various events and tours will help solve those issues. 

There will be a gaming station on the first and second floor. On the first floor, a Xbox Series X, will be hooked up to a 4K TV, and on the second floor, a Switch will be hooked up in Study Room 1. Nicholls Esports will be assisting with the gaming stations.

The event also includes bingo and library trivia, which will start every 30 minutes beginning at 2 p.m., and the winners of these will be able to claim prizes. Assistant Archivist Mary Katherine Kearns will be showing students how to do origami, and while you are in the library, you can check out her origami display on the second floor.

Three times per hour, Barbier and other library staff will talk to the students about what the library offers and answer questions. Tours meet at the first floor display cases at 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:15, 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.

Open House will feature a self-serve snack table sponsored by Nicholls State Veterans Organization.

“Colonel Fest is about learning all that Nicholls has to offer,” Barbier said. “It is also about getting free stuff. We will have food, games and prizes to win. We also have one of the coolest places on campus, so it is a great way to beat the heat.”



CONTACT: Andrew Barbier, Research and Instruction Librarian/Outreach Coordinator, andrew.barbier@nicholls.edu or 985-448-4633