National Library Week 2017 Library Week hosted by Alcorn’s J. D. Boyd Library

Alcorn State University’s J. D. Boyd Library hosted the 2017 Libraries Week with the theme, “Libraries Transform,” with faculty, staff, students, and the community, beginning Monday, April 10 through Thursday April 13, 2017. The first event consisted of a “Walk for Literacy.” More than fifty participants registered and were energetic as they prepared for the walk. The library wore camouflaged design shirts. Students, faculty, staff and the community joined the “Walk for Literacy” from the library’s parking lot onto Infirmary Lane. The committee created signs with slogans that supported reading.

Story Hour with the Alcorn Nursery occurred during National Library Week. The children and the audience were mesmerized as LaDonna Cook, learning specialist of the Men’s Basketball team, Office of Athletic Academic Enhancement & Compliance, read the story titled, “Larry the Alligator Makes Friends.” Cook asked questions and lessons learned from the story that were tools the children will be able to apply to life. Cook has become a well-known author and as a result is giving back.

The week of activities ignited, developing a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. Wednesday was a day of “Robotics.” Mr. Randy Derby, lab instructor/research technician in the Department of Advanced Technologies, demonstrated his line of robots. This collection ranged from robots that danced to the snake that crawled. This brings us to the idea of technology and how we are constantly changing.

Dr. Stephen Hall, professor in the Department of Social Science, reviewed a book titled, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Legacy of Trayvon Martin.” “Rest in Power” is a combination of compelling, alternating narratives told by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

The Department of Fine Arts provided class recitals Thursday as part of National Library Week. Vocal and instrumental talents concluded this week of the J. D. Boyd Library transformation.

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