They've gone mad. Someone just finished a beautiful puzzle by Gustav Klimt. I put a new one out yesterday and it's already almost done. Serious procrastination is going on. Tomorrow is the last day of the semester!
We had a very successful study break in Carlson Library last night. There were about 150 students, which meant the line snaked around in front of the circulation desk. We gave out paper bags, so students could easily take the food away and get back to studying. And in fact, within a half an hour, they were all back at their seats working.
On the "menu" - clementines, apples, bags of chips, granola bars, cookies, donuts, soda, water, juice, Hershey kisses, cow tales, and fire balls.
It's puzzle madness this semester. Every week the students do a huge jigsaw puzzle. We never see them working on it. But every morning a little more has been done. I just love and I can't tell you why.
You can tell it's exam time even with your eyes closed. It smells pretty funky out there this afternoon. The floor is packed with students who probably haven't slept, showered, or laundered in a while. Everyone has food with them - big bags of chips, cups of coffee, bags of take out. It's desperate times.
I just read in LibraryJournal Academic Newswire that Audrey Taylor passed away on November 28, 2006. I feel very sad. She was a lovely women and an excellent reference librarian. She really loved her work. I can remember laughing with her about being a "Cougar Doll", which is the name of the University of Houston Cheerleaders.
The Society of Physics Students took the department chair to lunch and raved about how the Physics-Optics-Astronomy (POA) Library is their second home. That afternoon he came to check out the library and brought a camera. By the next day, there was a very nice write up on the department's homepage. It doesn't get much better than that!