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Celebrating National Library Week

May 24, 2011
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Law students spun a prize wheel and had the opportunity to take home Kindle e-reader.

Drake Law students had a unique opportunity during National Library Week to identify their professor's favorite books and take home a Kindle e–book and other prizes in the process.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. Drake Law School has been observing the tradition since at least 2001.

"This event is about getting students to come into the library so they can get to know the library staff," says John Edwards, associate dean for information resources and technology and professor of law. "If they know the library and the people who work here better they might not be as intimidated to ask questions."

This year during National Library Week (April 10–16), students spun a wheel for prizes, made donations to assist needy children in Belize and engaged in a contest that required them to match up law professors with their favorite books. Though popular, the contest proved quite difficult with the top contestant correctly pairing only 6 of the 11 professors with their chosen titles (Think you can do better? Give it a shot below).

Participating students took home a wide variety of prizes from candy bars and gift certificates to local businesses, to the grand prize of the Kindle e–book.

"With finals just a few weeks away at that point, everyone appreciated having a break," says Edwards. "Even when the conversation remained solely focused on the prize wheel or contest, we think the National Library Week events help underscore the message that library faculty and staff are accessible and here to help."

Staff at the Dwight D. Opperman Law Library can be reached via phone, email, text or in person on site. Please visit for a complete list of hours and for further information.

News PhotoA. "The Inextinguishable Symphony," by Martin Goldsmith

B. "A Confederacy of Dunces," by John Kennedy Toole

C. "Bleak House," by Charles Dickens

D. "The Richest Man in Babylon," by George Samuel Clason

E. "The Elegance of the Hedgehog," by Muriel Barbery

F. "The Best Short Stories of Damon Runyon," by Damon Runyon

G. "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson Burnett

H. "The Mists of Avalon," by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I. "Middlesex," by Jeffrey Eugenides

J. "Grapes of Wrath," by John Steinbeck

K. "The Language of Bees," by Laurie King


____  1. Melissa Weresh

____  2. Laurie Dore

____  3. Andrea Charlow

____  4. Cathy Mansfield

____  5. Maura Strassberg

____  6. Shontavia Johnson

____  7. Jonathan Rosenbloom

____  8. David McCord

____  9. Neil Hamilton

____ 10.  Jennifer Zwagerman

____  11. Jerry Anderson

Answers: 1,H; 2,E; 3,K; 4,A; 5,I; 6,D; 7,B; 8,F; 9,J; 10,G; 11,C