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Let the Games Begin—ESF Holds Library Olympics

April 29, 2005
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SYRACUSE, N.Y.—There's no Olympic torch. There's no corporate sponsorship and no Olympic village. Even so the Library Olympics at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) are "serious" competition.

The Games are part of the library's end-of-the-year thank-you party for the "Moon workers," students who work in the Moon Library. This year the games will take place 5 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Moon conference room following a brief senior recognition ceremony and refreshments.

Students are divided into two teams to compete in the following events:

  • CD Rom Disk toss: Which team can throw the most disks into a box from a specified distance?
  • Stamping contest: Which team can stamp (neatly) the most date due cards in a specified number of minutes?
  • Book bowling: Which team can slide (bowl) an old book through the stacks (shelving area) closest to a mark on the floor?
  • Book truck relay racing: Which team can run through a marked path among the stacks pushing a book truck?
  • Book drop basketball: Which team can make the most "baskets" (i.e. toss a foam ball into the return book bin.)

A trophy for the winning team is displayed behind the Circulation Desk in the library. Much like the Stanley Cup, each member of the winning team gets to touch the trophy.

The Games were developed by Bonnie Charity, ESF's circulation/reserve supervisor, who hires, trains and supervises the students.

"We have done this for many years now and silly as it sounds, the students love it and it's a hoot to watch too," said Elizabeth A. Elkins, director of college libraries.

For more information, contact Charity at 470-6726 or Elkins at 470-6715.

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Release No. 33, 4/26/05


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