By Katie Kather
The lack of air conditioning on one of Aurora’s first warm days could not keep people away from the AU library Thursday afternoon. The READ poster unveiling, hosted by Amy Schlumpf Manion, drew the crowd of students, faculty and staff.
The READ poster was introduced in 1985 by the American Library Association as a way to encourage young people to read.
AU’s Philips library has participated since 2009. Past models include, but are not limited to, Dr. Sherrick, Jackson Shultz, Sarah Kilburg and Art Finley. The library produces four posters a year, including one faculty member, one staff member and two students.
“This is the fourth year the Philips library has had the READ poster and we wanted to do something different,” Manion said. Hence the Facebook contest was born.
The Philips library is no stranger to social networking, often using Facebook as a platform for library events from voting to announcing new exhibits and holiday hours.
Contestants took a picture reading a book, posted it on Facebook, and said something nice about the Philips library. The READ poster was awarded to the student that accrued the most Facebook “likes.” One student and the faculty and staff models were still chosen by a committee as they had been in previous years.
The 9 participating students garnered 837 Facebook likes and the Philips library Facebook fan base increased by 100 people due to the contest.
The winners chosen by the committee this year were Dr. Deb Stevens, advisor Kidada Robinson and senior Lauren Lawson. Junior Liz Cambron won the Facebook contest with 274 likes.
“It was a lot of fun. I was excited to participate with the library, it’s something students don’t do enough,” said Cambron.
All participant’s photos and captions can be seen on the Philips library Facebook page and are displayed in the library.