Volume 97 Issue 9 News

Beeghly Library adds graphic novels, changes policy on food, drink

by Theresa Oo

Starting this spring, Beeghly Library is making changes to extend hours, allow food in the library and add a graphic novel section.

Beeghly Library will be opening two hours earlier at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. “During the weekends, many students tend to sleep in. Sometimes you want to study on a Sunday and if you don’t feel comfortable studying in the room while your roommate is sleeping, you can go to the library. So the new opening hour is great,” said freshman Liliane Umuhoza.

“I’m also happy about the earlier hours. Most students, myself included, sleep in a little later on Sunday mornings before going to Baker for lunch. However, with Baker not opening until 11:45, I usually find myself awake, hungry and ready to start my day, watching the clock for 11:45 to roll around. It will be nice to be able to get up, grab some coffee and a bagel, and do a few hours of work on Sunday mornings,” said junior Madeline Bennetti.

Brewed Awakenings, the coffee shop in the library, has added snacks to their menu from Sodexo. “We will offer baked goods such as muffins, scones, turnovers, bagels along with healthy snack options and some not so healthy options. We are in the early stages of selection and would like feedback from the students and staff on what they would like to see there offered,” said Britt Knaub, retail manager of Sodexo at Juniata.

Cecile Lee, a senior who often buys food from Brewed Awakenings, said, “It’s great for all students here. I do all-nighters, and I think it’s nice because you can get hungry in the middle of the night and you have to go to Muddy to get some food, but now you can buy something here.”

“This is a good change because when people are stressed, mostly they want to eat. Even before the change, students bring their own food, or some snacks. This is absolutely great because when we’re studying, we need to eat,” said Umuhoza.

   The food availability can also contribute to students with dietary needs. “I’m a type 1 diabetic, so I often need to eat at inopportune times. Usually, if my blood sugar goes low in the library, I have to leave my work and come back to it. It will be nice to eat without having to interrupt my work,” said Bennetti.

Janice Hartman, the library archivist, said, “Provided that the students respect the space, that means being careful with the drinks, putting the trash in the trash can, so that we don’t have damaged furniture, damaged books from spills, I think this is actually not a bad idea.”

“Everybody that works here wants the library to be a welcoming place. We feel like we’re somewhere that you can come to do your work, to get help, to feel comfortable and I think getting beverages and snacks when you’re studying for your exam or doing a lot of research is a good thing,” said Hartman.

Graphic novels, which are located in the basement, are another new addition to the library. “Graphic novels are really an academic source in an art form while comics are a little bit more of a fun type thing, not necessarily a direct academic use but sort of a stress relief,” said John Mumford, the library director.

“Along with the graphic novels, there are also comic books down there. So if students want to take a study break, they can take a look at that. They might even get you interested,” said Mumford.

A few examples of graphic novels include: “The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy,” which is a rigorous introduction to philosophy in the form of comic, “Manga Classics: Les Miserables,” a historical novel adapted to Japanese comic form, and “Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species.”

“These graphic novels are like a guide, an introduction. If you’re not sure you’re interested in something like this or if you want to know about something in fifteen minutes, you can look through here. There is a lot here,” said Mumford.

Hartman said, “I used to teach CWS (and) I am so much about words, and the graphic novel is so much more about pictures, but I’m trying to be flexible and saying, ‘you know what? It’s all literature in different forms.’”

“I’ve only ever read one graphic novel, but I loved it. I’ll definitely be visiting the new graphic novel section to see what is available,” said Bennetti.

All of the changes in the library are underway. “It started right after spring break and so is the food that Brewed Awakenings is selling. They still have evening hours in the week. It has always open at 10 on Saturdays, but now we’re also open on Sundays. The Brewed Awakenings food has already been underway and the graphic novels are also available now,” said Woodling.

“So all in all, I think it’s probably a good idea, and I just hope that the students will respect the space and just be careful. Also the books cost a lot to replace, but at the same time, it is really cold and if I were a student I would love to have coffee and snacks while I’m spending two hours studying for O-Chem,” said Hartman.

“We hope that students would take this opportunity to come over and have a bagel and coffee as they get through their study and we will be looking forward to seeing them,” said Mumford.

“Also take advantage of the graphic novels and the comics. The end of the semester is coming, so I’m sure they need a study break, so hopefully, they’ll come and look at those,” said Woodling.

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