By Marielle Echavez, Staff Writer—

On Oct. 31, the UTC library hosted the annual Halloween Open House Celebration.

There were lots of games and showcases hosted by each department in the library, where students had the opportunity to win different prizes. 

The library had a Halloween cake, candy and drinks in honor of the celebration. 

One of the biggest highlights of the Halloween Celebration was a costume contest where students have the opportunity to win a Starbucks gift card.

 The first place winner receives a $50 Starbucks gift card, second place receives a $25 Starbucks gift card, and third place receives a $5 Starbucks gift card. 

Those who entered the costume contest got their photo taken in front of a spooky-themed wall. 

After the event ended, the library posted each of the photos on the UTC Library Facebook page, and whichever three photos get the most likes by November 12 will receive the Starbucks gift cards and will be named the 2019 costume contest winners.

 “I thought the library Halloween was super cute,” said senior El Taylor, who was dressed up as a space witch. “The library studio did a great job with their own D&D set, the photo contest was great, and the cake rocked.”

Each department of the library received a table and an area in which they could showcase something or design any activity they wanted for the students. 

Librarian in the research and instruction department Natalie Haber hosted a game in which students threw an eyeball designed ping-pong ball into a cup for prize candy. 

“Halloween Open House usually draws about a couple hundred students, and it’s really fun because we have the costume contest… and normally we get 50 to 75 people to actually come in costume which is really fun,” Haber said. “Otherwise it’s a great chance just to walk around and meet the librarians, the library staff and find out different collections we offer.”

The library’s studio created their own game for students to play through their 3-D printer, which is open for all students to use, and the special collections department showcased their spookiest books. 

According to Taylor, “I think these are important because it brings people together, and since the staff puts it on, it makes students feel appreciated and given a breather.”

This Halloween celebration offered plentiful activities during the school day, which provided a great opportunity for students to get involved in the fun and games that the UTC library staff worked so hard to put on.

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