Events, Special Collections

Family Weekend Activities at the Library

Students and their families are invited to the UNC libraries during UNC’s 2012 Family Weekend on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29. The following events and fun activities are free and open to everyone. Find a map of library locations here.

The Undergraduate Library: Learning and Creating at the Heart of Campus
Friday, Sept. 28: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Meet inside the Undergraduate Library for one-hour tours that will introduce the technology and media-rich spaces and expert staff of the Undergraduate Library. Begin with a choice of:

College in the Digital Age: Learn how the Undergraduate Library partners with English 105 instructors to help first-year students navigate the complex information world of college-level research; or

Focus on Media: A select screening of short films and multimedia projects created by students with a discussion of the important role of multimedia in the academic and creative experience at UNC.

Sessions will conclude with a 30-minute tour of the Undergraduate Library.

Carolina Photobooth
Friday, Sept. 28: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Pose for the camera in front of the Undergraduate Library to document this new chapter in your family’s life. You can even add a caption! The library will send you a digital copy of the photo so you can hold on to UNC Family Weekend Memories.

Banjos, Parakeets, and Astonishing Books: The Treasures of Wilson Library
Friday, Sept. 28: 3 p.m.

Meet in the Wilson Library main lobby to enjoy a guided tour of the current exhibits there. The Wilson Special Collections Library is home to rare and unique material at UNC’s libraries. Visitors will learn about the history and development of the banjo through a display of instruments and archival photographs; the stunning but now extinct Carolina Parakeet; and Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese (or conjoined) Twins, who settled in North Carolina in the nineteenth century. The tour will also include a special viewing of rare books in the Grand Reading Room.

Gridiron Glory: Films from the Football Archive
Saturday, Sept. 29: 3 hours before kickoff, during Tar Heel Town

Head to the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library to view football feats from seasons past in Gridiron Glory. This 20-minute film loop features archival highlights from 13 Tar Heel games played between 1934 and 1985. Woody Durham, the “Voice of the Tar Heels” until his retirement in 2011, provides the play-by-play for such greats as Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice and “Famous Amos” Lawrence.

We Found It in Davis Library: Family Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Sept. 28: 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Meet in the Davis Library lobby to borrow an iPod and set out on a scavenger hunt. You will discover all the ways that Davis Library can help students learn and study. Library staff will be on hand to answer questions about the library and to award a prize to the fastest family.


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