Welcome Week Open House
The Mudd Library hosts an open house for all incoming freshman as well as a parents' lounge during Welcome Week. Our open houses consist of fun, crafty activities, games, and prizes, as well as tours of the library. We also feature a parents lounge- a place where parents can come to relax, check their email, and learn about the library while their children are exploring and getting to know their way around campus. See our Flickr page for pictures of past Welcome Week open house events.
During finals week of spring term, we host canine therapy outside the Mudd Library. For this event, Lawrence University faculty and staff are invited to bring their well-mannered dogs to share some snuggles with stressed-out students. See our Flickr page for pictures of past canine therapy events.
Gaming in the Library
The Mudd Library hosts events with the Lawrence University Gaming Club throughout the school year. For more information about gaming in the library, see our Game Studies research guide.
Things Worth Knowing
Things Worth Knowing is a series of events about a wide range of interesting topics, presented by Mudd Librarians, Lawrence faculty and staff from outside the library, and even people from the community. Presentation topics have ranged from Star Wars to mnemonics and phrase origins and from conducting genealogy research to the thirtieth anniversary of Michael Jackson's album Thriller. Please, contact us if you know of a topic you'd like to share, or that you'd like to hear us talk about. See our Things Worth Knowing guide for information about all of our past presentation topics.
National Library Week
The Mudd Library participates in the American Library Association's National Library Week. Each year, we plan fun events and contests in the library such as well as make posters advertising library collections, spaces, and resources featuring members of the Lawrence community. For pictures of events as well as our posters, see the library's Flickr page.
During the summer, the Mudd librarians present on variety of library resources that we feel will be especially useful for Lawrence faculty and staff. These presentations last for 45 minutes. At our coffeehouses, we always have a snack (bagels, cookies, cake, etc.) as well as coffee and a selection of teas. For a list of past coffeehouse topics, see our coffeehouse guide.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
In the spirit of pirate mythology, we annually celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. This includes setting out pirate-themed buttons, guides on how to speak like a pirate, and revamping our home page in pirate-speak.
As an active member of the Lawrence community, the Mudd Library participates in a variety of additional events throughout the year. Examples of special events, include hosting the traveling exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, dedicating the Katie racing shell from Milwaukee-Downer College, and hosting a reception during reunion weekend. We also set up displays in the library for events such as National Poetry Month and Banned Books Week.