The Library Learning Commons recently partnered with Residence Life Association (RLA) and Project Strive/TRiO to launch Fun Fridays. This is a brand new initiative aimed at giving students an intellectually stimulating option for Friday nights, while also letting them interact with the library in a new way, i.e. experience the novelty of being able to shout and laugh loudly in the Library. In the Fall 2019 semester, we hosted three Fun Fridays, each held after hours from 7pm-9pm.
For our inaugural Fun Friday in September, we held a game night where the Library, RLA, and Project Strive all provided board games for students to play. Students sketched masterpieces and stick figures alike in Pictionary, raced against the clock to triumph in Minute to Win It, tested their knowledge in Trivial Pursuit, and strategized their way around a Mancala board in an evening of entertainment.
In October and November, we held more structured events. We thought it would be nice to switch off between self-directed game nights and planned activities in order to keep Fun Fridays fresh.
In October, we worked with Will Atnip, an RA and a member of Plainswalkers (CSC’s game club), to create a live-action Clue game. The Library was divided into nine rooms to mimic a Clue board. Participants were tasked with solving the ‘murder’ of Taylor Osmotherly by figuring out where (room) it took place, how (murder weapon) it was committed, and who (which RA) was responsible. Both prizes and door prizes were given.
In November, we partnered with Blue Key National Honor Society to hold a Pub Trivia night. Blue Key members Andrew Hultquist, Greg McCallum, Will Reiter, and Andrew Smith helped craft questions in twelve categories. In addition, Andrew and Andrew served as official timekeeper and trivia master the night of the event, respectively. Prizes were given to the teams that finished first and second.
We are planning to continue these events in the Spring 2020 semester, with themes to be named at a future date. If you have any great ideas for intellectually stimulating Fun Friday activities, don’t hesitate to contact Christine Fullerton (LLC – email@example.com), Taylor Osmotherly (RLA – firstname.lastname@example.org), or Amanda Lewin (Project Strive – email@example.com).