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So many possible things after breakfast

Do you wonder what possibilities await at your library?

UB’s Langsdale Library opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends. Come on down, right after breakfast.

On April 2, there will be a citations workshop at the library.

But that’s not all.

One of the library’s popular Lunch-and-Learn’s is scheduled for the week of April 20. Heather L. Pfeifer, Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, will be leading the session. To find out more, contact Mike Kiel at skiel@ubalt.edu.

Or visit the library April 30 for a long night of studying. The library will be open until 1:30 a.m.

“Unlimited possibilities @ your library” is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, celebrated April 12-18.

Unlimited possibilities at the library mean different things to different people.

“I think of the library as a place a student can explore an idea that they would not have the opportunity to explore otherwise,” Tracy Dimond, Graduate Teaching Assistant and writing student at UB, said.

“We have so many books they might not realize are academic,” Dimond added. “I hear people say ‘Oh, I can write my paper about that?’ I think that’s really cool. Music, sex, and gender are usually the big surprises.”

“Because I work at the circulation desk and as a writing instructor, I get an academic thrill when I see students start to make connections about different topics,” Dimond continued.

“When I see them in the process of thinking, writing, and learning, I get excited for them. It’s fun.”

“You can do anything at the library!” Kemi Kodja said, another student worker at Langsdale. “You can read, do your homework, hang out with your friends. You can eat or have a group meeting.”

Kodja likes to shelve books because she can jot down titles while she works.

“Like shopping for a book, only it’s free,” Kodja said. “I always have a pen and paper so I can write down titles.”

Kemi Kodja in Wonderland

Kodja is currently reading The Little Women Letters, a novel by Gabrielle Donnelly, which she found at Langsdale.

From an academic, standpoint, Reference and Instruction Librarian Pete Ramsey said the role of the librarian is to give people access to everything—because we want the possibilities hidden inside each person to come to fruition.

“So the unlimited possibilities of individual potential, when combined with what we, as a library, hope to do, can change the world,” Ramsey said.

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