The palooza is a free event scheduled for Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Learning Commons area on the second floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
The library is synonymous with studying all night with little sleep and no fun or games.
However, the library is opening after hours for a special night of games, competitions, catwalks, hunts and much more Friday night.
The library will provide snacks and drinks for attendees. Aubie will even make an appearance from 7 to 7:45 p.m. to play games with students.
“Some of the activities we have planned are video games, a variety of board games, a dry erase board art competition, a photo scavenger hunt, a football toss, a trivia contest, even a Project Runway fashion contest and much more” said Leigh Younce, librarian and coordinator for RBDpalooza.
The event is designed to encourage students to explore the library and see the opportunities the library can offer in a relaxed atmosphere.
The fliers remind attendees to “put your game face on!”
“It’s a night of games for students to get comfortable with the library for a mid-semester break,” said Jayson Hill, library communication specialist. “There will even be a scavenger hunt and even prizes.”
Tables usually meant for studying will be littered with board games, food and drinks instead of laptops and books.
“The basic idea behind the event is to have a night where students can come to the library and enjoy a night of fun and games,” Younce said.
The RBDpalooza is an effort to get students acquainted with the library in a less stressful setting.
“The library has a wealth of information that can really be useful when it comes to that 20-page research paper,” said Jacob Guerin, freshman in education. “If people feel comfortable with it, they won’t be afraid to use the library’s resources.”
After RBDpalooza, the library will be back to business as usual.
“The RBDpalooza is a good way for students to get acquainted with the library,” said Micah O’Dell, freshman in psychology. “If I go, I think I will be more comfortable stepping foot in the daunting library and if I am comfortable, then I can focus more on my studying—that’s a good thing.”
As the name suggests, the event will be a memorable night in the library.