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Pizza and Positivity

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Student holding finals friend card

At the University of Dayton, the alumni association and libraries partner on programs that reach out to younger alumni without asking for much. This includes a fundraiser for a pizza break for students and a note-writing drive that brings smiles. UD is a Catholic, Marianist institution that is known for its sense of community, nice people, and everyone holding a door open for the people behind them. These programs align with the community spirit of the institution.

Books and Bites

Inside of a restaurant

Books and Bites celebrates the best in our local literary and culinary talent. From inspiration to intrigue, sample treats at local restaurants and discover the authors in your own neighborhood. Enjoy a reading and Q&A while you savour a scrumptious dessert and coffee.

The Very Important Prize

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A study room key

One program we repeat every semester in the University of Dayton Roesch Library — the Club Roesch VIP contest — is my favorite for three reasons. One, the idea initially came from a student who thought library "super users" should be rewarded. Two, it helps promote our social media presence and drives followers and engagement. And three, the prize is the best prize ever, according to students, and it’s completely free for us to provide. What is it? A study room during finals week.

The Best Minecraft Mini-Games (According to Middle Schoolers)

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Minecraft Creeper

By now, most people have heard of Minecraft. You may have even played it, and your young patrons certainly have. It's amazing how long this game has remained popular in a world where the shelf life of technology is so short. This long-term popularity is in part due to Minecraft's flexibity. It is a building game, sure, but it's also a game that can be used to build other games.

Zombie Appreciation Day

People dressed as zombies

Zombie Appreciation Day is a program for teens and adults that promotes library resources (streaming movies and comic books through the library website, print graphic novel collection) while having fun (playing games, watching a movie, and making crafts).

Coffee and Conversation at Cambridgeport School

The mayor speaking with parents and caregivers

Coffee and Conversation provides a monthly forum where families can engage over a cup of coffee with school administration, government officials, local nonprofit employees and others in the convenient and casual setting of the school library. The talks are held in the mornings so parents and caretakers can attend after dropping their children off at school.


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