Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Getting political at the library

After what seems like years (in fact, it was years) of campaigning, it’s hard to believe that the 2008 election has finally come to a close! Regardless of your joy or grief at the outcome, no one can deny that it has been quite an extraordinary race.

Palpable excitement and anticipation was more evident in the library and on campus than in past elections, and the library made a point of not letting students forget the importance of voting and voicing opinions about political issues.

The “graffiti board” where students scribbled their thoughts about the candidates started as a single panel, but expanded quickly to three. Lengthy, intelligent analyses were scrawled alongside comic quips (some a bit tasteless, but that’s part of the fun!). It was impossible to pass by without stopping to browse.

The library made voter registration forms available to students and built a website focused on the election. Decked out in election season décor—including bunting and our 2-D candidates dressed in elephant and donkey garb--the main floor of the library maintained a lighthearted tone, while never failing to remind us of our civic duty.

Thanks for participation and enthusiasm! If you have creative ideas for future election activities, please let us know.

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