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Clue: Harry Potter Edition @ ZSR

Friday, April 17, 2015 5:30 am

Guest blog story by Heidi Gall (President, ZSR Ambassadors) and Madison Cairo (Vice President, ZSR Ambassadors and Student Assistant, Access Services)

On April 10, Hogwarts took over the library with the Clue: Harry Potter event hosted by the ZSR Ambassadors. The classic board-game was brought to life with a Harry Potter twist. Students worked to deduce the details of the grisly murder of Dolores Umbridge while ambling around the library.

During a late-night game night, the idea for live-action Clue began to form and instantly the library came to mind as the ideal location due to its diverse spaces and circuitous pathways. Also, as a campus of Potterheads, a Harry Potter theme seemed a natural leap and one that would appeal to most Wake Forest students. Plus, it was all too easy to assign the Wilson 1 Basement area as the Slytherin Common Room.

Clue: the Harry Potter Edition

Following the birth of the idea, the logistics became the problematic part of planning. We had to decide the best way to organize the game in a way that allowed players to remain with their group and still have the agency to control the progress of their game. It was decided that the players would be able to move together along a circuit with a ZSR Ambassador serving as a game host to manage the progress of the group. We created a route by deciding what path the players should take from one “room” to the next. We even planned for secret passageways!

Beyond the actual game, we wanted to make the experience magical for the players and what better way to incorporate the theme than by decorating each room? We had a decorations committee meeting to brainstorm and paint the posters. Our theme was Harry Potter, so the rooms, weapons, and characters were all taken from that fandom. We decided to do a decoration for each room that we used.

Clue: the Harry Potter Edition

The Owlery, for example, had a sign that alerted the participants to what room it was and many cut-out owls that we spread throughout the area. Additional decorations included Slytherin “graffiti” in the elevator that went to the basement and a Honeydukes sign in the secret passageway. We also had posters printed for each character, reminiscent of the character cards that come with the board game. These had a picture of the character, a one-line bio, their motive, and their favorite spell. To round out the experience, we provided homemade butterbeer and assorted cookies.

The event went spectacularly well as we exceeded our 30 person goal. We pre-registered 36 participants as either teams or individuals and had four walk-in participants, which was wonderful! Overall, 34 people ended up participating. As players arrived and checked in, they were offered homemade butterbeer and assorted cookies while waiting to be assigned to their game hosts (a sorting of sorts). Following this, the groups were sent on their way! It was very cheery to hear the giggles and excited voices of the different teams as they walked around the library with the soundtrack from the Harry Potter movies playing in the background.

Hopefully, this event can continue to evolve and become a cherished Wake Forest tradition similar to Humans vs Zombies. Next year, we vote for Clue: Game of Thrones edition, but that’s just a suggestion!

*More pictures of the event are available on the ZSR Flickr site.

6th Annual Senior Showcase coming on April 21

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 4:06 pm

The Senior Showcase recognizes exemplary senior theses and research projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Selected students have the honor of sharing their research or projects with the Wake Forest community at an event hosted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Plan to join us on Tuesday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium to hear from this year’s honorees.

The Senior Showcase honorees for 2015 are:

  • Division I: Shoshanna Goldin, “The Land of Milk, Honey, and Motherhood: An Examination of Jewish, Muslim, and Druze Women’s Perspectives of IVF Policy in Israel”
  • Division II: Caroline Huskey, “A Revolutionary Civil Society: The Rise of the Micro-blogger and Innovative Censorship in Contemporary China”
  • Division III: Rachel Rhine, “Strangers in their Own Land: An Exploration of Irish Travel Images in the 18th Century Within the Wider Context of British Isles and the Depiction of Travelers in William Ashford’s Killarney Series”
  • Division IV: Rachel Brown, “Basel III and Financial Inclusion: Unintended Consequences of Risk-based Capital Requirements on Financial Access and Inclusion in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs)”
  • Division V: Courtney Smith, “Mechanism of Action of Metronidazole, a Nitroheterocyclic Antibiotic”

Take the bite out of crunch time with Sources, Citations & Cookies

Sunday, March 29, 2015 5:23 pm

Every Monday in April, we will be offering our drop-in research assistance sessions–Sources, Citations & Cookies– from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. If you are working on a research paper or project, and would like a bit of help from one of our research experts at ZSR, here’s your chance! Our drop-in research assistance sessions will be held in the Mandelbaum Reading Room on:

  • Monday, April 6th from 2:00-6:00 pm
  • Monday, April 13th from 2:00-6:00 pm
  • Monday, April 20th from 2:00-6:00 pm &
  • Monday, April 27th from 2:00-6:00 pm

We will have librarians available to help with any aspect of your research project from selecting a topic, to finding resources, to setting up Zotero or citing tricky sources. Delicious spring refreshments will also be on hand to help keep everyone fueled!

There is no need to sign up for a time, but if you would like to, you can reserve an available appointment time from our online appointment calendar.

If these times don’t work, you can always use our Personal Research Session request form to schedule an appointment with a research librarian at a day and time that is convenient for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Research and Instruction Team, ZSR Library

A Tipping Point for HvZ!

Sunday, February 8, 2015 10:46 am

After each Humans v Zombies event, I like to write a Gaz post on the event just to keep a record of the event, but this time I’m writing to talk about what looks like a tipping point in the event. The Spring 2014 HvZ had 120 participants, this year we had 158 (and last Fall we broke our record, surpassing 200 participants at an event!) While those numbers are great, what caught my attention was the participation by students from UNC, (they brought 40 students) UNC Central, (they brought 12 students) UNC-G, and NC State, each with just a few participants. While UNC has joined us in the past for the Spring event, we have never had this level of participation from this many schools! We consumed 20 pizzas, said goodbyes to two senior student leaders of the event, Brandon West from WFU and Tanner Fadero from UNC, and found volunteers to lead next year’s events. We also had door prizes (donated Nerf blasters) and a visit from the event’s creator, WFU alumnus John Walsh!

One unexpected cool addition to the event was a student with a Go Pro camera mounted on them to capture footage of the event! I hope ZSR can purchase some Go Pro cameras for student checkout in the future!

I want to thank the faithful volunteers who help with this event every semester! Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Tim Mitchell, David Link and Chris Burris! And a shout out to Le’Ron Byrd who has not missed one of these events since he became the ZSR fellow! We now offer HvZ to our students in the Fall, Spring and Summer, and we host a joint event each summer for the LENS and Ben Franklin Fellows and another joint event for SPARC and the participants in the International Student Orientation. These hard working volunteers, along with the Student Activities Funds we apply for each year, make it possible for us to host these events for large numbers of students with very few staff and very little money!

Here is a link to Susan Smith’s amazing photos of the event!

A Conversation with Mr. Wake Forest: A Student Event with Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:39 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library proudly presents the first Library Lecture Series event for the semester: “A Conversation with Mr. Wake Forest: A Student Event with Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson”. It will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Students are invited to join Dr. Wilson, “Mr. Wake Forest”, for an informal discussion where he will answer questions and share reflections. A legendary figure on campus, Dr. Wilson graduated from Wake Forest in 1943, returned to teach English in 1951, and became the first Provost for the University in 1967. He has received numerous accolades along the way; for example, the Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is named in his honor.

Dr. Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost and Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will host this event.

Doors will open to the first 100 students beginning at 3:30 p.m. and then to the public at 3:55 p.m. A livestream of the event will be available through the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s YouTube channel and an overflow room will be set up in Room 204.

Students, this one’s for you! Please join us!

It’s time to Wake the Library!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 8:22 pm

Finals week is around the corner & we are gearing up for the popular tradition known as Wake the Library (WTL)! This well-known event lasts through exam week and seeks to motivate and energize students to close-out the semester strong.

This semester, Wake the Library begins on Sunday, December 7th and runs through Friday, December 12th. The library will provide a variety of food items beginning Sunday night. Midnight snacks for exam week will include pizza, subway, burritos, chicken biscuits, and hot dogs with a healthy side of grapes and water. In addition, to promote sustainability again this year, the library is encouraging the BYOM (bring your own mug) campaign for the all-day coffee service in the Atrium.

Since its inception in the Spring of 2006, Wake the Library has become a beloved late-night tradition that students do not want to miss. In response to the increased levels of student stress and anxiety during this time, ZSR and the ZSR Library Ambassadors plan special events to liven up the study-hard atmosphere, and give students a short break from their intense work sessions. Events in the past have included student-led raves, SOTOGAB performances, dance group performances, and surprise ice cream handouts. Interested to know what will happen this semester? Come to Wake the Library!

Stay up to date with all the festivities by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram! Share your Wake the Library experience with us by using #wakethelibrary, #myzsr, @zsrlibrary. Happy finals & Go Deacs!

Book-tacular Fun at Project Pumpkin with the ZSR Ambassadors!

Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:08 pm

ZSR Ambassador and Student Assistant, Megan Franks, reports on the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s recent participation with Project Pumpkin!

On October 29th, the ZSR Library participated in a longstanding Wake Forest tradition, Project Pumpkin, for the first time. Project Pumpkin is a frighteningly fun time on the Upper Quad of the Wake Forest campus. Children from the Winston-Salem community are invited to go trick-or-treating at dozens of booths set up by student organizations and campus departments. Besides the pure joy of candy, there are also activities and games at each booth for the children to participate in. This year, over 900 children were brought to Wake Forest to participate! Of course, ZSR had to get in on the fun.

bookmarks, stickers, and markers for Hallo-Read activity.

Hallo-Read book marks are ready for young readers to decorate with spooky stickers and art supplies.

ZSR staff members collaborated with members of the ZSR Ambassadors group on a Project Pumpkin booth. The Ambassadors are a group of students who plan fun events year-round in the library and promote the library’s services to the wider community. The staff members and the Ambassadors decided on a book-tacular “Hallo-Read!” theme. The ZSR booth was scattered with stickers and markers so the children could make their own bookmarks. There was also a handful of spooky Halloween books from the Education library on hand, in case anyone wanted a quick scare!

The President of the Ambassadors, Heidi Gall, and the Vice President, Madison Cairo, expressed their excitement in having a chance to serve the Winston-Salem community and also in getting more involved with the Wake Forest community of organizations. The volunteers at the booth throughout the day were all smiles as the kids approached in their cute costumes. The bookmarks were a hit – the kids loved being able to create something of their own to use in their books at home! And of course, the handfuls of candy weren’t a bad deal either.

All in all, everyone had a blast on this windy Fall day, celebrating the holiday and the community. The Ambassadors look forward to participating in more campus traditions, as well as giving back to the campus itself – with Wake the Library! Every year, the Ambassadors collaborate with ZSR staff to bring fun and food to the students studying hard for their final exams in the library. This year promises to be a great, grand time. And fear not, for there will be candy galore at this event as well!

Megan Franks is a senior from Kernersville, North Carolina. She is a psychology major. She works at the circulation desk and absolutely loves the library, and loves having the opportunity to flourish!

Humans vs. Zombies in the Library

Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:40 am

Join us for a game of Humans vs Zombies in the ZSR Library! We will use Nerf Dart Blasters to ward off the Zombies in the 170,000 sq. ft. Library. Bring your Nerf Dart Blasters if you have them, or borrow one from ZSR! Pizza will be served! Sponsored by the ZSR Library and the Student Activities Fund.

When: Friday, August 29 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For more information, see the event page.

Authors Lev Grossman and Najla Said at ZSR

Friday, August 8, 2014 10:38 am

Winston-Salem book lovers look forward every fall to the annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. This event, the largest annual book festival in North Carolina, brings nationally known authors to downtown Winston-Salem on the second weekend in September. This year Bookmarks will celebrate its 10th festival on Saturday, September 6. Wake Forest University and ZSR Library have been Bookmarks supporters since its beginnings.

This year the Wake Forest community will also have the opportunity to interact with two of the festival’s featured authors at ZSR Library on Friday, September 5.

At 10:00 a.m. Najla Said will give a presentation in the Library Auditorium (ZSR 404). Said’s book, Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family, is a memoir of her childhood and young adulthood as the daughter of renowned scholar Edward Said and his accomplished Lebanese wife. Her story is a very personal take on issues of racism, family dynamics, and ethnic identity, told with honesty and humor.

Author Lev Grossman will make an appearance in the ZSR Special Collections and Archives Reading Room (ZSR 625) at 3:00 p.m. Grossman is best known as the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. The third and final book in the fantasy series, The Magician’s Land, was released this month to enthusiastic reviews.

Both of these events are cosponsored by the ZSR Library Lecture Series and the Bookmarks Authors in Schools program, and both are free and open to the public.

Najla Said and Lev Grossman will also appear at the Bookmarks festival on September 6, along with James McBride (The Good Lord Bird), Sam Kean (The Disappearing Spoon, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons), A. Scott Berg (Wilson: A Life), Rita Mae Brown, Robert Morgan, and many others. For more information, visit the Bookmarks website at http://www.bookmarksnc.org .

5th Annual Senior Showcase

Monday, April 14, 2014 8:56 am


The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself'”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man'”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 22. Event details and registration may be found at pdc.wfu.edu/event/7584.


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